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Willamette University Campus Life

Campus Size

Small Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 110 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen

Gender Breakdown:

54% Women
46% Men


NCAA Division III (with football)

Northwest Conference

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $44,847)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $46,923)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
Baseball 36 - - -
Basketball 20 15 - Yes
Football 126 - - -
Golf 10 4 - -
Rowing 14 50 - -
Soccer 26 22 Yes Yes
Softball - 20 - Yes
Swimming 4 8 - -
Tennis 15 12 - -
Track and Field, Outdoor 42 26 - -
Track and Field, X-Country 19 16 Yes -
Volleyball - 20 Yes Yes
Archery - - Yes -
Badminton - - Yes -
Cheerleading/Dance Team - - Yes -
Court Sports - - Yes Yes
Cycling - - Yes -
Dance - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes Yes
Ice Hockey - - Yes -
Indoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes -
Kayaking - - Yes -
Lacrosse - - Yes -
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Mountaineering/Climbing - - Yes -
Outdoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes -
Rifle - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Skiing - - Yes -
Water Sports - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.8%
Asian/Pacific Islander 6.2%
Black/non-Hispanic 1.7%
Hispanic 5.0%
Non-resident alien 10.0%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 20.6%
Two or more races 0.0%
White/non-Hispanic 55.7%
Percent of students with disability 9%

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
  • Opera
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Yearbook
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Air Force ROTC
  • International Student Organization
  • Model United Nations
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 0
Liquor Law Violation 0
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 3
Property Crime 14
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Julia from Kaneohe, HI
  • 5
  • Dorm life is great, the residence life department does a great job of hiring skillful community mentors that organize hall activities and events. If you have any concerns they are…

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  • Grace from Salem, OR
  • 4
  • Dorm life is very comfortable and accepting. There are a wide array of housing options for gender non-conforming students, as well as an all women's hall, substance-free halls, and eco-conscious…

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  • Amanda from Stayton, OR
  • 3
  • Dorm life depends a lot on which dorm you choose. Baxter and Sheppard are substance free dorms, so they typically have a quiet environment (at least Baxter based on personal…

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  • Samantha
  • 3
  • Average dorm life, there is really nothing out of the ordinary. It is nice though that each dorm forms its own community and makes it easy to meet people. Depending…

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  • Andrew from Los Angeles, CA
  • 4
  • The dorms are fantastic. The regular dorms are small but comfortable, and you'll be wanting to go outside a lot anyway. The Kaneko dorms are the best, huge and very…

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 4
  • Grace from Salem, OR
  • I am a current student here

    There are a few dining options on campus which adds nice variety. Goudy is where most students eat because it offers three meals a day on and off meal points. The food is great at first, but can be very hit-or-miss and gets repetitive after a while. Luckily the off-campus food scene is very lively and diverse.Cat Cavern is open for lunch and can be a nice change. The Bistro has the best food and environment, but does not accept meal points. It is very artsy and open late, so it is a popular study location. Their vegan chai cookies are amazing.

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  • 2
  • Boris from Santa Ana, CA
  • I am a past student here

    Breakfast and lunch are actually pretty good but in very small quantities as they're not all you can eat but rather a meal point system. If you don't have a large appetite you can enjoy well made simple meals. However for the hungry ones you are expected to use 7 meal points a day to last the semester. One plate of 2 eggs bacon and a pancake cost 5 meal points. Dinner is terrible avoid when you can.

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  • 2
  • Anonymous
  • I am a past student here

    Goudy gets really boring after a while, and its the only place for dinner. Kaneko Cafe and Cat Cavern are pretty good but unfortunately only open for breakfast and lunch on weekdays. There are some good restaurants in the area.

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  • 5
  • Rosalind from Moraga, CA
  • I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    All the food I had in their cafeteria while staying there was great. Also, since you're in a city, there are a lot of good restaurants close by.

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  • 4
  • Jose from Salem, OR
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    The food is great. I enjoyed the variety that Willamette has to offer.

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  • 4
  • Amanda from Stayton, OR
  • I am a current student here

    There are several places open for dining on Willamette's campus including Cat Cavern, Goudy Commons, and Kaneko as well as a few campus stores to buy food at, and there are also many surrounding restaurants in Salem. Goudy is the main food cafeteria and serves breakfast lunch and dinner every day. The food at goudy is usually good and there are always many options including a salad bar (lunch and dinner), soup bar (lunch and dinner), desert bar, wrap bar (during lunch), and many other choices. The cafeteria also serves soda, coffee, water, hot chocolate/cafe machine (if its working), a juice machine, and during breakfast and lunch a choice of different bottled drinks at the cash register. Dinners are usually all you care to eat and breakfast and lunch are usually paid with money or meal points.

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  • 4
  • Jacqueline from Los Gatos, CA
  • I am a current student here

    Students tend to complain about Goudy, our main cafeteria, but as far as cafeterias go, it's not that bad. There are a few other on-campus food options if you don't want to eat at Goudy all the time. My biggest complaint about Goudy is that it can be difficult to find healthy options that also taste good.

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  • 3
  • Darrin from Honolulu, HI
  • I am a past student here

    There are very few dining options on campus, but as a small school, it is to be expected. There are many good restaurants downtown, within 10 minutes walking distance.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Grace from Salem, OR
  • I am a current student here

    Greek life at Willamette plays a big part in hosting fun and stress-relieving events on campus. As someone who is not and will never be part of Greek Life I still appreciate the positive mark greek life makes.

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  • 0
  • Anon from Fremont, CA
  • I am a current student here

    Greek Life at Willamette is so different from that at other schools. The sororities and fraternities mostly follow strict rules and do not haze. They're also committed to their philanthropy and organize many fun on campus events, such as the majority of dances.

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  • 0
  • Courtney from Salem, OR
  • I am a current student here

    There has been controversy at this school surrounding Greek life; however, this is mainly aimed at fraternities and not sororities.

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  • 0
  • Kate
  • I am a current student here

    A large portion of the campus is Greek, but Greek life isn't what you think here. It's not traditional; there's little to no hazing, it's overall pretty inclusive and Greek students tend to be some of the most involved on campus. If you're not into Greek life it's not a big deal, you won't be looked down upon at all. However, Greek organizations put on most events and fundraisers around campus.

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  • 0
  • Erica from Paradise, CA
  • I am a current student here

    Greek Life is a huge part of Willamette. Instead of rushing, the recruitment process is much more personal. Freshmen get to go to open houses and join fraternity's and sorority's activities in their first semester to get a feel of which one they feel more at home with. This way they are sure of their choices in the spring semester.

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  • 0
  • Samantha
  • I am a current student here

    There are four different fraternities at Willamette: Sigma Chi, SAE, Kappa Sigma, and Phi Delta There are three different sororities: Alpha Chi Omega, Pi Phi, and Delta Gamma

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  • 0
  • Emily from Eugene, OR
  • I am a current student here

    This is a really great way to become part of a smaller community at Willamette. Rush happens second semester so you have plenty of time to decide if Greek life is right for you. It's not as big as it is at other schools and you don't have to be a member to go to their parties and some events unlike at other schools, which i think is really nice.

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