Willamette University Reviews

  • 28 Reviews
  • Salem (OR)
  • Annual Tuition: $52,290
80% of 28 students said this degree improved their career prospects
93% of 28 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 10/22/2020
  • Degree: Anthropology
"I've had a great experience at Willamette. My classes have been very interesting and I've learned so much, and the professors are incredibly kind and supportive. I've met lifelong friends here, and I so appreciate the sense of community that is in all parts of Willamette. Though Salem isn't my favorite city, there are plenty of things to do, and I really appreciate the proximity to so many experiences in nature."
  • Reviewed: 9/19/2020
  • Degree: Environmental Science
"There are many things to love about Willamette's professors and community, but they do not change the fact that the university does NOT care about it's students. In a pandemic, they raised tuition and cut scholarships, while gaslighting students and working families about what they truly need. They care only about money, the trustees, and the alumni (only so that they can keep asking for money the moment we graduate). Especially if you are a person of color or low-income, this environment is not safe for you, as the administration routinely ignores and conceals student appeals for holding racist students accountable. They only take action when it's a mass movement of students and then assign committees that they know will be forgotten about once the students in leadership graduate. Unless their horrible record doesn't bother you, don't give any more money to them."
Benjamin Hanks
  • Reviewed: 3/21/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
"If you like the close knit feel that goes along with a small campus this is the college for you. It seems that everyone on campus knows each other. This can be good and bad, for several reasons. If you are interested in making friends and enjoying your college experience and don't mind too much the polarized political climate than you will fit well here. If you are less interested in addressing on a daily basis the grievances against the conservative view point, this school might not fit you well, as this can be taxing on the emotions. The education your going to receive is outstanding. The classes are small and the teachers care about making sure you get every opportunity to achieve in your field. It is fairly expensive because of the small class sizes, but the college has a good record of helping people pay for it if they do not have familial means to do so."
  • Reviewed: 3/31/2017
  • Degree: Political Science
"Willamette University is an excellent university to study Political Science at. Across the street from the Oregon State Capital, it offers many opportunities for students to mingle with state senators, house members, and lobbyists. Although it doesn't offer a cheap tuition, the teachers in the Politics department are kind, willing to meet and mentor you through your major and teach you the many aspects of politics, theoretical and realistic."
Emmanuel Rodriguez
  • Reviewed: 3/11/2017
  • Degree: Exercise Science
"Expect to engage with a curriculum and peers that challenge you to think critically. You will learn to harness theoretical and technical concepts and use these to educate, and empower others. The faculty invest in students through personal guidance."
Michaela Freeby
  • Reviewed: 3/2/2017
  • Degree: Biology
"I graduated from Willamette University with a Bachelors degree in Biology. Willamette was the best possible place for me to have pursued an undergraduate education because I gained much more than an education in Biology. My experiences at WU showed me how important all aspects of education are. I learned the subject matter, but I also gained many mentors and cheerleaders in my life. The support that I was shown by my coaches and professors was never-ending. These relationships were more valuable than my study skills, ability to read a scientific article, or ability to do a research project. While all of the other skills that I gained in my field are important, I do not think that I would have been successful without the guidance of my mentors. This insight into education is priceless because it shows the importance of teachers in education. The leadership position that teachers are placed in gives them the opportunity to make a big difference in the lives of their students. It is interesting to reflect back on my experiences in the classroom and think about them from the perspective of the teacher or professor. I am fortunate to have built relationships with many great educators and they have inspired me to pursue my goal of making the difference that they made in my life in the lives of future students."
  • Reviewed: 5/31/2016
  • Degree: Psychology
"The Willamette Experience was amazing. Classes were small and engaging. Professors were approachable and caring. Campus was compact and beautiful. My time at Willamette prepared me very well for my future graduate studies and career and left me with life-long friends and wonderful memories. I am proud to be a Willamette Alumni."
  • Reviewed: 9/23/2015
  • Degree: Writing
"In general, I loved my college experience, mainly because of the courses I was taking and the friends I made. However, it really didn't seem like I got my money's worth. I don't regret going to Willamette, and I don't wish that I had gone elsewhere, but it sometimes seems like I went to college just to get a degree *somewhere*, because there was almost no help from the staff in my major or at Willamette in general that helped me apply my knowledge to my career goals."
  • Reviewed: 9/23/2015
  • Degree: Religious Studies
"I loved it- small class sizes, individual attention from professors who cared. gorgeous campus. high academic expectations."
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2015
  • Degree: Psychology
"Willamette is a fantastic school. I felt very supported by my adviser and the rest of the faculty. I went on to complete a masters degree in public health and felt that I was very prepared for graduate level studies. I use the tools and skills I gained at Willamette on a daily basis and wouldn't trade my experience for anything."
  • Reviewed: 8/19/2015
  • Degree: Economics
"Unnecessarily expensive due to the addition of unneeded administrative positions. Lacking practical application of knowledge taught. Not effectively utilizing school partnerships that are establish(they have a financial engineering program with Columbia University that no one told me about until senior year when I was no longer eligible). The university prides itself on diversity of race/gender/sexual orientation but not thought."
  • Reviewed: 8/4/2015
  • Degree: Philosophy
"Willamette has an excellent academic program coupled with a wide varieties of cocurriculars. It's easy to find a niche or two where you excel."
  • Reviewed: 8/4/2015
  • Degree: Philosophy
"Willamette has an excellent academic program coupled with a wide varieties of cocurriculars. It's easy to find a niche or two where you excel."
  • Reviewed: 5/29/2015
  • Degree: Writing
"The campus has a lot of different activities and groups to interact with, and the academics were very solid. In my major, I was not given very much coaching regarding life after college or help finding a job. In general, the career center was fairly useless to me. People are also incredibly engaged in social justice, which can be both a plus and a minus. There is very little diversity in terms of how people think and what kind of people go to Willamette. But it is very easy to find a niche or social group that you fit into."
Lauren Barnes
  • Reviewed: 1/6/2015
  • Degree: Law
"Pros: The program at Willamette is fairly small. This creates a real community in the school. I have heard horror stories from other law schools about such intense competition that other students hide materials in the library in order to gain an advantage. This is not the case at Willamette in my experience. The faculty is also readily available to assist students whenever they have questions or concerns. The Placement Office is also very helpful and works hard to assist students looking for work, whether it is for a clerking position while in school or if it is for a job after graduation. The school is also located across the street from the state capital building, giving the law students great opportunities. Cons: Willamette Law is not very recognizable outside of the Pacific Northwest. This could hinder potential outside of the area because so few know of the program."
Brooke Parker
  • Reviewed: 10/2/2014
  • Degree: MBA
"Small class size with quality professors. Textbooks are included in the tuition price, which helps tremendously with the time to prepare for classes. They are very cognizant of professionals' work/school balance, and the administration is very helpful. The career workshops are useful, and the networking events foster a great community."
  • Reviewed: 8/22/2014
  • Degree: Psychology
"In general, my educational experience was good. I enjoyed my time at Willamette and learned a lot. I think that research opportunities in the psychology department are lacking, or at least not sufficiently publicized to students. If you are proactive and willing to seek out opportunities, it will be a great place to learn and grow. I went to graduate school straight from Willamette, and I felt very well-prepared for that next step."
Colton Theer
  • Reviewed: 8/19/2014
  • Degree: Law
"I have just started the program but I think that the schools attention to detail gives their students the edge they need to be a success. The only cons I can think of are the incredibly high price of tuition and the fact that it is in Salem."
  • Reviewed: 8/5/2014
  • Degree: Mathematics
"I had a great experience at Willamette. The professors are kind and very helpful. They truly want you to succeed and are extremely available outside of class. The school has a hearth system where tables are situated near the professors' offices in each department for studying. It is a great system, and creates an environment where the students and professors work very closely. My professors really helped me get where I wanted to be after college, and provided me with many opportunities that helped me achieve my goals. Being a small school, it was also very easy to get involved in research, which was a wonderful experience. Because the school has only undergrads, the students work very closely with the professors in research. This is particularly helpful for those going on to grad school, as research experience is extremely important. The school also has a wonderful community atmosphere, being so small."
Kimberly Davis
  • Reviewed: 8/1/2014
  • Degree: Law
"The professors and staff are incredibly dedicated to your education and achievement. They go out of their way to ensure each individual is receiving the education they expected. Being across the street from the state capitol is an incredible resource and opportunity for work in the government, as well as the supreme and appellate courts."