15 Facts About Willamette University


Willamette University is a private liberal arts college with locations in Salem and Portland, Oregon.

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Willamette University founded the first medical school and law school in the Pacific Northwest in the second half of the 19th century.

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The following day, many of the Willamette University students witnessed the bombing of Pearl Harbor from their hotels on Waikiki Beach.

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Willamette University owns several other properties along State Street west of the main campus.

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Willamette University is a Common Application-exclusive school and is test-optional.

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Co-located with Tokyo International University of America, Willamette offers opportunities for students interested in Japanese language and culture, and connections to Asia and the Pacific Rim.

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Willamette University has many active club and intramural sports on its campus, including rugby, poi spinning, ultimate frisbee, basketball, and others.

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The fraternities at Willamette University are Phi Delta Theta, Kappa Sigma, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Beta Theta Pi, and Sigma Chi.

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Greek life at Willamette University began in the 1920s with the foundation of several local fraternities and sororities.

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Greek life at Willamette University came under intense scrutiny in 2013 for a series of leaked messages on a private Sigma Chi Facebook group.

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In 2021, Willamette University will begin the first women's varsity triathlon program in the Pacific Northwest and the 23rd program nationally.

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Willamette University is a founding member of the Northwest Conference league.

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Notable alumni from Willamette University include a range of people involved in business, government, education, science, sports, art and entertainment.

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Government officials who have graduated from Willamette University include members from both the judicial and legislative branches of government.

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Nick Symmonds won seven NCAA Division III 800-meter championships during his undergraduate years at Willamette University before going on to win the 2008 Olympic Track and Field Trials.

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