Private 4 Year

Willamette University Admission Requirements

Salem, Oregon

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Your chances of getting into Willamette University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Willamette University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Unavailable 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Willamette University is 80%.  Its admission rate is the 9th lowest in Oregon.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Willamette University and can you get accepted?

Willamette University is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 2,930 out of the 3,680 who applied were admitted.

Willamette University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.97. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 9% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Check if you have the grades and scores to get into Willamette University and calculate your admission chance.

Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Willamette University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.97 or better
  • Earn A- grades in high school
  • Graduate in the top 25% of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is recommended but not required for admission to Willamette University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application.

Willamette University SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

Not Reported

Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Willamette University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th N/A
SAT Math 25th N/A
SAT Composite 25th N/A
SAT Scores for Willamette University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th N/A
SAT Math 75th N/A
SAT Composite 75th N/A
Average SAT Score N/A
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class
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Willamette University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

Not Reported

Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Willamette University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th N/A
ACT Math 25th N/A
ACT Composite 25th N/A
ACT Scores for Willamette University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th N/A
ACT Math 75th N/A
ACT Composite 75th N/A
Average ACT Score N/A
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Willamette University GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Willamette University?

You are required to have exceptionally good grades to get into Willamette University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Willamette University was 3.97 on the 4.0 scale. This indicates that primarily A- average high school students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #2 in Oregon for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.97 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Willamette University accepts 80% of all applicants.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 4.0 GPA range.

High School GPA's for admitted Willamette University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 76.0% Avg +
3.75 to 3.99 15.0% Avg -
3.50 to 3.74 8.0% Reach
3.25 to 3.49 0% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 1.0% Low
2.50 to 2.99 0% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

High School Class Rank

70% of Willamette University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Willamette University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 31%
Top 25% of class 70%
Top 50% of class 95%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Willamette University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,251 1,429 3,680
Accepted 1,851 1,079 2,930
Acceptance Rate 82% 76% 80%
Enrolled 151 109 260
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 8% 10% 9%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2023 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Feb 1, 2023

Days left to Apply


The application deadline for Fall 2023 has passed. Applications were due on Feb 1, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Willamette University is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Willamette University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Willamette University Application Requirements
Test Scores Recommended
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Willamette University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Other Colleges to Apply To 

Students applying to Willamette University often consider these colleges

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=210401 IPEDS survey data for Willamette University.


What is my chance of getting into Willamette University?

80% of those who apply are granted admission to Willamette University. Admission competition is and the college has unavailable admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.