Willamette University is a jewel nestled in Salem, the capital city of Oregon. The university is located in the rolling hills of the Willamette valley, is 45 minutes from Portland, Oregon, less than two hours from the Oregon coast, and is not far from the mountains. It was founded in the early days of the Oregon territory, and was the first university built west of the Mississippi river. It maintains high standards in liberal arts educational excellence. Willamette is a close-knit community and it's students enjoy all of the positive relationships engendered by a low professor-to-student ratio (11-1), a strong academic orientation and a comparatively small student body. Prospective students desiring a sense of intimacy in their academic community will be pleased to spend four full years at Willamette. Graduate schools at Willamette include the Atkinson Graduate School of Management, the College of Law, and the School of Education.
More than half of the student body is from out of state, a few are international students, and the rest are Oregonians.
When I attended in the 1970's I was surprised to see how many Hawaiians went to Willamette. They held a campus-wide Luau, and wore flip-flops year-round! I attended from the east coast and happily spent spring breaks at different friends houses in Wasington, Oregon, and Washington. I loved it there and would return again without the slightest delay.