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Willamette University

Willamette University
Former names
Oregon Institute
Wallamet University
Motto Non nobis solum nati sumus (Latin)
Motto in English
Not unto ourselves alone are we born
Established 1842
Type Private
Endowment $234.1 million (2014)[1]
President Stephen E. Thorsett[2]
Vice-president Kristen Grainger
Chairman of the Board of Trustees Steven E. Wynne
Academic staff
Students 2,800[3]
Undergraduates 2,000[3]
Postgraduates 800[3]
Location Salem, Oregon, United States of America
Campus Urban
80 acres (320,000 m2)
Colors Cardinal & Old Gold        
Athletics NCAA Division III
Northwest Conference
Sports 20 Varsity Teams
Nickname Bearcats
Mascot Blitz
Affiliations Annapolis Group

Willamette University is a private liberal arts college located in Salem, Oregon, United States. Founded in 1842, it is the oldest university in the Western United States.[4] Willamette is a member of the Annapolis Group of colleges, and is made up of an undergraduate College of Liberal Arts and post-graduate schools of business and law. The university is a member of the NCAA's Division III Northwest Conference. Willamette's mascot is the bearcat and old gold and cardinal are the school colors. Approximately 2,800 students are enrolled at Willamette between the graduate and undergraduate programs.[3] The school employs over 200 full-time professors on the 69-acre (280,000 m2) campus located across the street from the Oregon State Capitol.

Originally named the Oregon Institute, the school was an unaffiliated outgrowth of the Methodist Mission. The name was changed to Wallamet University in 1852, followed by the current spelling in 1870. Willamette founded the first medical school and law school in the Pacific Northwest in the second half of the 19th century. In the 20th century, the school started a sister school relationship with Tokyo International University and began competing in intercollegiate athletics.

Willamette's undergraduate programs exist within the school's College of Liberal Arts. The school was rated 63rd among American liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report for 2013.[5] The oldest of the graduate programs is the College of Law, founded in 1883 and currently located in the Truman Wesley Collins Legal Center. Established in 1974, Atkinson Graduate School of Management is housed in the Seeley G. Mudd Building. The School of Education, established in 1996, has an enrollment of 100 students,[6] but closed in 2014.[7]


  • History 1
  • Campus 2
  • Academics 3
    • College of Liberal Arts 3.1
    • Admissions 3.2
    • Programs and resources 3.3
    • Graduate programs 3.4
  • Campus life 4
    • Greek life 4.1
  • Athletics 5
  • Notable faculty 6
  • Notable alumni 7
  • Footnotes 8
  • Further reading 9
  • External links 10


The university was founded as the Oregon Institute by the missionary Jason Lee, who had arrived in what was then known as the Oregon Country in 1834 and had founded the Indian Manual Labor Institute for the education of the local Native Americans. Lee requested additional support for his mission, and received 53 additional volunteers in 1839, who arrived on the ship Lausanne. After a series of meetings in Lee's home, the by-laws were adopted and board of trustees elected and the institute was officially established on February 1, 1842. Lee served as the first President of the Board of Trustees, followed by David Leslie after Lee’s death in 1845. Leslie would serve until his death in 1869.[8] The original purpose of the institute was the education of the missionaries' children.

Eaton Hall built in 1909

The original building of the institute was a three-story frame structure first occupied in 1844. At the time, it was one of the largest structures in the Pacific Northwest. It housed the first session of the state legislature to meet in Salem after the capital was moved there in 1851. The building burned down in 1877. In 1867, a new brick building was finished to house the school and named University Hall.[8] The building was renamed as Waller Hall in 1912 to honor the Reverend Alvin F. Waller, and is now the oldest university building west of the Mississippi River still in use.[8] The first president was Francis S. Hoyt, who served in that position from 1853 until 1860 and was replaced by Thomas Milton Gatch who is the only president of the school to serve as president two different times.[9]

The name of the institution was changed to "Wallamet University" in 1852. The following year, the Oregon Territorial Legislature granted a charter to the university. The first graduate was Emily W. York, in 1859. In 1866, the university established the first school of medicine in the Pacific Northwest.[10] The current spelling of the university was adopted in 1870. In 1883, the university established the first law school in the Pacific Northwest during the presidency of Thomas Van Scoy.[9][11] The school of medicine then merged with the University of Oregon in 1913 and is now Oregon Health and Sciences University.[12]

In December 1941, the university's football team traveled to Hawaii to play the University of Hawaii. Many students accompanied the team by passenger ship to Oahu. The game was played was on December 6. The following day, many of the Willamette students witnessed the bombing of Pearl Harbor from their hotels on Waikiki Beach. Their return trip was delayed by many weeks, and some of the students had to return to the mainland by troop transport ships. Many of the team members stayed with football players from Punahou School. The incident has since become part of the folklore of the university.

During World War II, Willamette was one of 131 colleges and universities nationally that took part in the V-12 Navy College Training Program which offered students a path to a Navy commission.[13]

Willamette was one of the last universities in the nation to hold an annual singing and marching competition between the undergraduate classes. The competition, known on campus as "Glee," was held each March. In the late 1990s, the competition came to be regarded as anachronistic and was abolished. Glee returned during the 2006 to 2007 academic year.[10]


Waller Hall, completed in 1867 is the oldest building on campus

The 69-acre (28 ha) campus is directly south of the Oregon State Capitol, affording students access to internships in the institutions of Oregon government. Much of downtown Salem, including the Capitol, is on land once owned by the university. Railroad tracks are located directly east of the school, with the Salem Amtrak Station near the southeastern edge of campus.[14] South of the school is Salem Hospital, with Bush's Pasture Park and the school's McCulloch Stadium on the opposite of the hospital.[14][15]

Willamette's core area lies between State Street on the north, Bellevue Street on the south, Winter Street to the west, and 12th Street on the east.[14] On the west side of Winter Street lie the university's graduate programs in education, management, and law.[15] Additional school properties outside of the core area are the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, the Oregon Civic Justice Center, the Tokyo International University of America campus, and several residential buildings.[15] Willamette owns several other properties along state street west of the main campus.[14] The school plans on redeveloping portions of the west end of campus in order to better tie the campus to downtown Salem.[14] These plans include adding a performing arts center.[14]

Academic buildings on campus include Eaton Hall and Smullin/Walton Hall, which are primarily used by liberal arts departments. Science classes are generally held in the Collins and Olin buildings. Willamette's music program is housed by the G. Herbert Smith Auditorium and Fine Arts building, as well as the Mary Stuart Rogers auditorium. Administrative offices are found in the Putnam University Center and Waller Hall, Willamette's oldest building. Waller Hall was built using bricks made of clay from the campus quad. Willamette's newest buildings, including the Goudy Commons, Kaneko Commons (a residential college opened in the Fall of 2006),[16] and Rogers Music Center have all been designed by the Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects. Ford Hall, near Gatke Hall on State Street, is a new academic building completed in the Fall of 2009.

In addition to Greek housing, eleven residence halls exist on the Willamette campus. Undergraduate students are under contract to live on campus for two years, after which they may move into private residence or one of the university's apartment complexes. Lausanne Hall, originally home of the university's Women's College, is now one of the university's undergraduate dormitories. The building commemorates the ship that brought the reinforcements to Lee in 1839. York Hall commemorates the university's first graduate.

Hudson's Bay and the Mill Race that runs through campus

A stream runs through the middle of the campus. Starting across 12th Street and flowing through the length of the campus, it passes by the Martha Springer Botanical Garden, the Hatfield Library, Hudson Hall, the University Center, Smith Auditorium and Goudy Commons. This artificial stream is named the Mill Race, although it is commonly referred to as "the Mill Stream." It forms a "W" shape when viewed from the University Center. As a tradition, undergraduate students are thrown into the Mill Stream on their birthday. Biology and environmental science classes utilize the Mill Stream as an authentic research venue. As part of the freshman matriculation ceremony, new students place a lit candle into the Mill Stream and watch it float downstream.

On campus athletics facilities are located in the southeast portion of the campus. These include a soccer field, tennis courts, and the Sparks Center.[15] Softball, football, and baseball stadiums are located outside of the main campus. Willamette also operates the Willamette University Forest at Zena, a 305 acres (123 ha) research forest in the Eola Hills west of Salem.[17]

The grounds of Willamette University. Visible are the Hatfield Library, the clock tower, and the Mill Race that runs through the campus.


University rankings
Forbes[18] 130
Liberal arts colleges
U.S. News & World Report[19] 64
Washington Monthly[20] 107

College of Liberal Arts

The mission of the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) is to "maintain a setting which encourages and sustains students and faculty in the practices of liberal education."[21] The undergraduate program is able to be personal with a student-faculty ratio of 10:1.[22] Students conduct original research, publish papers and are able to design their own academic paths.


For the class of 2018 (enrolling fall 2014), Willamette received 5,729 applications, accepted 4,658 (81.3%), and enrolled 553.[23] For the freshmen who enrolled,the middle 50% range of SAT scores was 540-670 for critical reading, 540-650 for math and 540-650 for writing, while the ACT composite range was 24–30.[23] Of the 62% of enrolled freshmen who submitted high school class rank, 40% were in the top 10% of their high school classes and 72% ranked in the top quarter.[23] The average high school GPA for incoming freshmen was 3.76.[23]

For the 2012-2013 academic year, Willamette awarded about $41.3 million in need-based and need-blind aid to its students.[24] For the 2013–2014 academic year, tuition, housing, and fee charges were $52,800 a year,[25] and the average financial aid package was about $33,000.[24] In terms of merit-based aid, the majority of Willamette scholarships and grants are awarded to students with demonstrated financial need.[26]

Programs and resources

The CLA offers 35 majors, six minors and seven special programs, including pre-law, pre-med and a BA/MBA program.[27][28][29] The most popular areas of study are biology, politics, psychology, economics, rhetoric/media studies, and English,[30] and learning takes place both in and outside of the classroom. For example, students earn credit as political interns at the Oregon State Capitol, across the street from campus; study the effects of climate change at the nearby research forest; or conduct epidemiology surveys for the local health department.[31]

Students in service-learning courses base papers and projects on their community service experience,[32] and more than half of Willamette’s undergraduate students study abroad, choosing from programs in 40 countries.[33] 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.[34]

Carson Grants offer undergraduates the opportunity to undertake a scholarly, creative or professional research project during the summer,[35] and the Lilly Project provides grants, internships and programs to help students discern their “calling in life” and create meaningful professional paths.[36] Sustainability mini-grants also provide students with opportunities to initiate contributions to campus sustainability efforts. Five academic Centers of Excellence provide opportunities for student-faculty collaboration and research.[37]

Eleven faculty members have been named Oregon Professor of the Year by the

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External links

  • Gustavus Hines, Oregon and Its Institutions: Comprising a Full History of the Willamette University, the First Established on the Pacific Coast. New York: Carleton and Porter, 1868.

Further reading

  1. ^ As of June 30, 2014. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2013 to FY 2014" (PDF). National Association of College and University Business Officers and Commonfund Institute. 2015. 
  2. ^ Much, Justin (May 14, 2011). "New Willamette U. president returns to deep roots in Salem". Statesman Journal. Retrieved May 14, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "About: Quick Facts - Willamette University". 
  4. ^ "As defined by the US Census Bureau" (PDF). Retrieved February 2, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Best Colleges 2013: National Liberal Arts College Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Willamette Faculty Upset That Graduate School Of Education Will Close". Oregon Public Broadcasting. August 5, 2013. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c Gatke, Robert Moulton. 1943. Chronicles of Willamette, the pioneer university of the West. Portland, Or: Binfords & Mort.
  9. ^ a b Past Presidents. Willamette University. Retrieved on September 13, 2007.
  10. ^ a b Cowan, Ron. Willamette University's first archivist puts a face on history. Statesman Journal, September 19, 2007.
  11. ^ About Willamette: History of Willamette. Willamette University. Retrieved on December 5, 2007.
  12. ^ Horner, John B. (1919). Oregon: Her History, Her Great Men, Her Literature. The J.K. Gill Co.: Portland. p. 246-7.
  13. ^ Nichols, D.J. (1987). "AASP Primary Records Program". U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
  14. ^ a b c d e f Cowan, Ron (January 8, 2006). "Plan blurs boundaries of Willamette U, Salem". Statesman Journal. p. 1A. 
  15. ^ a b c d "Willamette University Campus Map" (PDF). Willamette University. December 1, 2008. Retrieved June 20, 2009. 
  16. ^ "Kaneko Commons – Willamette University". Willamette University web site. July 21, 2006. Retrieved April 5, 2007. 
  17. ^ "Willamette University Extends Campus to Zena Forest". Willamette University. October 31, 2008. Retrieved June 19, 2009. 
  18. ^ "America's Top Colleges". Forbes. Retrieved August 15, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Liberal Arts Colleges Rankings". America's Best Colleges 2012. U.S. News & World Report. September 13, 2011. Retrieved September 25, 2011. 
  20. ^ "The Washington Monthly Liberal Arts Rankings". The Washington Monthly. 2011. Retrieved October 6, 2011. 
  21. ^ Hedlund, Rose (17 July 2009). "College of Liberal Arts: Mission and Goals". 2009–2010 CLA Catalog. Willamette University. pp. Academic Interview. Retrieved July 30, 2009. 
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  23. ^ a b c d "Willamette University Common Data Set 2014, Part C". Willamette University. 
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  25. ^ "Admission". 
  26. ^ "Financial Aid: Financial Aid For Current Undergraduate Students | Willamette University". Retrieved February 2, 2012. 
  27. ^ Hedlund, Rose (17 July 2009). "Graduation Requirements". 2009–2010 CLA Catalog. Willamette University. Retrieved July 28, 2009. 
  28. ^ Hedlund, Rose (17 July 2009). "Healthcare". 2009–2010 CLA Catalog. Willamette University. pp. Career, Graduate and Professional Opportunities. Retrieved July 28, 2009. 
  29. ^ Office of Admissions. "BA/MBA Combined Degree" (Brochure PDF). Willamette University. Retrieved July 28, 2009. 
  30. ^
  31. ^ M. Lee Pelton, Ronald Korvas, Nadene LeCheminant, Sarah Evans (2008). Four E’s of Sustainability: Annual Report of the President, Willamette University 2008. Salem, Oregon: Willamette University. 
  32. ^ Hedlund, Rose (17 July 2009). "Campus Life". 2009–2010 CLA Catalog. Willamette University. pp. Campus Resources. Retrieved July 29, 2009. 
  33. ^ Hedlund, Rose (17 July 2009). "Study Abroad". 2009–2010 CLA Catalog. Willamette University. pp. Programs of Special Interest. Retrieved July 29, 2009. 
  34. ^ Evans, Sarah (19 July 2007). "Japanese Flourishes Mark Dedication of Willamette’s Kaneko Commons". College Campus News. Annapolis Group. Retrieved 7-29-209. 
  35. ^ Hedlund, Rose (17 July 2009). "Carson Undergraduate Research Grant". 2009–2010 CLA Catalog. Willamette University. pp. Programs of Special Interest. Retrieved July 29, 2009. 
  36. ^ Hedlund, Rose (17 July 2009). "Lilly Project". 2009–2010 CLA Catalog. Willamette University. pp. Programs of Special Interest. Retrieved July 29, 2009. 
  37. ^ Hedlund, Rose (17 July 2009). "Academic Centers". 2009–2010 CLA Catalog. Willamette University. pp. Programs of Special Interest. Retrieved July 29, 2009. 
  38. ^ "About: Recognition: Oregon Professors of the Year - Willamette University". 
  39. ^ "U.S. Professors of the Year Fact Sheet". Counsel for Advancement and Support of Education. Retrieved July 30, 2009. 
  40. ^ Kelly, Brian. "Princeton Review's 366 Best Colleges" (PDF). Princeton Review. Retrieved July 7, 2009. 
  41. ^ Halverson, Matthew; Durham, Stefan (October 2008). "Northwest College Rankings 2008". Seattle Metropolitan (Seattle: Saga City Media, Inc.). Retrieved 7/1/2009. 
  42. ^ a b c Gibby, Susan (2000). "Willamette University". Salem Online History. Salem Public Library. Retrieved June 20, 2009. 
  43. ^ [2] WU Wire
  44. ^ List of Student Organizations. Willamette University. Retrieved on November 26, 2007.
  45. ^ "College of Liberal Arts News | WU News". Retrieved February 2, 2012. 
  46. ^ Athletics: Facilities. Willamette University. Retrieved on November 26, 2007.
  47. ^ "Nick Symmonds". USATF. December 30, 1983. Retrieved February 2, 2012. 
  48. ^ NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships – Women
  49. ^ Boeing (1 June 2009). "Boeing: James F. Albaugh". IDS Communications. pp. Executive Biographies. Retrieved August 27, 2009. Albaugh holds bachelor's degrees in mathematics and physics from Willamette University and a master's degree in civil engineering from Columbia University. 
  50. ^ "Alex Mandl: Executive Profile & Biography". Business Week. Retrieved August 27, 2009. Mr. Mandl received a B.A. in Economics from Willamette University and an M.B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley. 
  51. ^ "Marie Watt". PDX Contemporary Art. Retrieved August 27, 2009. EDUCATION 1994–96 MFA in Painting and Printmaking, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CN 1990–92 AFA in Museum Studies, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM 1986–90 BS in Speech Communications and Art, Willamette University, Salem, OR 
  52. ^ Van Gelder, Lawrence (10–5–94). "Man in the News; New SUNY Chancellor: Thomas Alva Bartlett". NY Times (The New York Times Company). pp. Section B. Retrieved August 27, 2009. After graduation from Salem High in 1947, he spent two years on a Rotary scholarship at Willamette University and two years at Stanford University on a Newhouse Foundation scholarship before receiving a bachelor of arts degree, Phi Beta Kappa, in political science with an emphasis on international relations. 
  53. ^ Green, Virginia (2005). "Norma Paulus". Salem (Oregon) Online History. Salem Public Library. pp. People. Retrieved August 27, 2009. At the urging of Justice Latourette, Norma applied to Willamette Law School. She won admittance in 1956 without any prior college, based on her test scores and the personal recommendation of Justice Latourette. When Norma began law school, she continued working full-time. In 1962, she graduated with honors, including winning the school’s moot court competition. 
  54. ^ "College of Law: Faculty - Willamette University". 
  55. ^ "The Honorable Wallace P. Carson, Jr.". Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Award for Professionalism and Ethics. 2006. Retrieved August 27, 2009. Justice Wallace P. Carson, Jr., graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. and from Willamette University College of Law with a J.D. Justice Carson has served the public with energy and distinction for literally decades. 
  56. ^ Judge Virginia Linder for Supreme Court Committee. "Nonpartisan Candidate: Judge of the Supreme Court". Oregon Votes. Retrieved August 27, 2009. Educational Background: Willamette University, JD; Southern Oregon State College, BA 
  57. ^ "Comprehensive Biography". The Online Office of Congressman Farr. Archived from the original on August 3, 2010. Retrieved August 27, 2009. Farr was born on July 4, 1941. He is a long-time resident of Carmel, Calif., and is married to Shary Baldwin Farr. The Farrs have one grown daughter, Jessica, and two grandchildren. Farr graduated from Willamette University in Salem, Ore., and attended the Monterey Institute of International Studies and the University of Santa Clara. 
  58. ^ "Governor Mark O. Hatfield". Education. Oregon Historical Society. pp. Focus. Retrieved August 27, 2009. Mark O. Hatfield, governor of the State of Oregon from January 12, 1959 to January 9, 1967, was born in Dallas, Oregon, on July 12. 1922. He graduated with a B.A. from Willamette University in 1943 and an M.A. from Stanford University in 1948. 
  59. ^ "Lisa Murkowski". Washington Post. The Washington Post Company. pp. Elections 2004. Retrieved August 27, 2009. She attended Willamette University from 1975 to 1977 and Georgetown University from 1978 to 1980 where she received a bachelor's degree in economics. She received a law degree from Willamette College of Law and worked briefly for the Anchorage District Court and law firms before opening her own practice in 1997. 
  60. ^ "2009 Coaching Staff". University of Hawai’i at Manoa Athletics Department. pp. Coaching Staff. Retrieved August 27, 2009. Lee will also continue to oversee the linebackers at UH, a position for which he garnered All-America honors while playing at Willamette University. He started his coaching career as an assistant at Willamette, after graduating with a degree in physical education in 1970. 
  61. ^ Susan (1 August 2000). "Willamette University". Salem Online History. Salem Public Library. Retrieved August 27, 2009. In 1997, Elizabeth Heaston, ‘99, made history, when she became the first woman to play in a collegiate football game. She kicked two extra points in a 27–0 win over Linfield College. 
  62. ^ "Nick Symmonds". USA Track and Field. Retrieved August 27, 2009. A 2006 graduate of Willamette University, where he studied biochemistry, Symmonds attended Bishop Kelly High School in Boise, Idaho. He now competes for the Oregon Track Club. 


Notable alumni involved in athletics include Cal Lee, linebackers coach for the University of Hawaii football team, who graduated from Willamette in 1970.[60] A graduate of the class of 1999, Liz Heaston, made history at Willamette as the first female to play and score in a men’s NAIA college football game in 1997.[61] Nick Symmonds won seven NCAA Division III 800-meter championships during his undergraduate years at Willamette before going on to win the 2008 Olympic Track and Field Trials.[62]

Government officials who have graduated from Willamette include members from both the judicial and legislative branches of government. Oregon Supreme Court’s first Hispanic American chief justice, Paul De Muniz,[54] graduated from the College of Law, as did his predecessor, Wallace P. Carson, Jr.[55] Current Oregon State Supreme Court justice Virginia Linder[56] also received her J.D. from Willamette. California Democratic congressman Sam Farr who successfully introduced the 2007 “Oceans Conservation, Education and National Strategy for the 21st Century Act” attended Willamette for his undergraduate studies.[57] Mark O. Hatfield, Oregon's former governor and the longest serving Oregon senator, graduated from Willamette and later returned as a professor at his alma mater.[58] Bob Packwood, former Republican senator graduated from Willamette University in 1954. Lisa Murkowski, senior Republican senator on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, also received her JD from Willamette University College of Law.[59]

Thomas A. Bartlett, president of American University in Cairo attended Willamette for two years before completing his bachelor of arts at Stanford University. In his career, he has served as president of the Association of American Universities, president of Colgate University and chairman of the board of trustees of the United States–Japan Foundation.[52] Another alum involved in the education arena is Norma Paulus. Paulus served as Oregon's superintendent of public instruction. Prior to this, she was the first woman to hold statewide elected office in Oregon as secretary of state.[53]

Business leaders include James Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Integrated Defense Systems,[49] and Alex J. Mandl, the executive chairman of digital security company Gemalto.[50] Those in the arts include Marie Watt, a contemporary artist whose work centers on Native American themes.[51]

Perhaps the most notable Willamette graduate is Dale T. Mortensen, the 2010 winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics.

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

Willis C. Hawley

Notable alumni

Notable faculty

In 1991, the university started the Willamette University Athletic Hall of Fame. In 1993, the school earned its only team sport national championship when the men's basketball team earned the NAIA Division 2 title.[42] As an undergraduate, Olympian Nick Symmonds won the 800 NCAA championship race all four years and the 1,500 NCAA championship race as a freshman, junior, and senior.[47] Symmonds later went on to place fifth in the 800 meter run at the 2012 Olympic Games. In 2007, Sarah Zerzan won the NCAA Division 3 title in cross country.[48] The football team finished its best season in 1997 when it lost in the NAIA national championship game, and that year Liz Heaston became the first woman to ever play in a college football game when the Bearcats beat rival Linfield College.[42]

The Willamette University Bearcats compete at the NCAA Division III level. Willamette fields teams in baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, football, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track & field, and volleyball. Willamette is a founding member of the Northwest Conference league. The football team plays home games at McCulloch Stadium south of the main campus, while basketball, swimming, and volleyball teams use the Lestle J. Sparks Center for home events. At or adjacent to McCulloch are the Charles Bowles Track used for track meets and Roy S. "Spec" Keene Stadium where baseball plays its home games.[46]

McCulloch Stadium


In the spring of 2014, Alpha Phi accepted an invitation from the university's Panhellenic Council to reorganize their chapter on Willamette's campus.

In the fall of 2014, Beta Theta Pi began recolonization of its chapter on Willamette's campus with the consent of the university's Inter-Fraternity council.

In the spring of 2011, Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Phi Delta Theta lost their on-campus housing due to low membership. This means that while they still exist as chapters, their members are housed as the general public.[45]

In recent years, there have been several efforts to create a new fraternity on campus. In 2007, students attempted to restart Delta Tau Delta. While the students were recognized as a colony by the fraternity, they disbanded in 2009. Also in 2009, students started a Kappa Sigma interest group which is now recognized as an official fraternity starting Spring 2012.

Two other sororities, Chi Omega and Alpha Phi, and the fraternity Delta Tau Delta ,used to have chapters at Willamette. In 2006, Kappa Sigma lost its charter. In the mid-1990s, Delta Tau Delta lost its charter. Two sororities lost their charters after their move to sorority row. Their on-campus houses are now general residences. Chi Omega was transformed into a multicultural oriented residence known as WISH (Willamette International Studies House). Alpha Phi was remade into a substance-free mixed gender dormitory called Shepard House.

Greek life at Willamette began in the 1920s with the foundation of several local fraternities and sororities. In 1942, G. Herbert Smith, a member of Beta Theta Pi, became President of Willamette, and invited national fraternities and sororities onto campus. The local fraternities were soon converted into national fraternities and sororities. Pi Beta Phi became the first national sorority at Willamette in 1944, and Beta Theta Pi, Sigma Chi, and Phi Delta Theta were installed in 1947. At its peak, there were six fraternities and five sororities at Willamette.

There are five fraternities and four sororities at Willamette. The sororities are Delta Gamma, Pi Beta Phi, Alpha Chi Omega, and Alpha Phi. Each except the new Alpha Phi chapter has its own house located along sorority row on Mill Street. The fraternities at Willamette are Phi Delta Theta, Kappa Sigma, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Beta Theta Pi, and Sigma Chi.

Greek life

Willamette University has many active clubs sports on its campus, including rugby, lacrosse, crew, ultimate frisbee, basketball, and others. [44] The university's weekly newspaper, the

Jackson Plaza outside the library

Campus life

Located on the western side of the campus are the university's three graduate level schools. The College of Law is the oldest and largest of the three programs, with the School of Education as the smallest and newest program. Atkinson and the College of Law offer a joint-degree program that allows students to earn both an MBA and juris doctorate.

Graduate programs

[41]’s Northwest college rankings. The magazine cited the school’s alumni roster, wireless features, “outdoorsy aesthetic” and new residence hall.Seattle Metropolitan and the school ranked fifth in [40]

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