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| Let Willamette grow on you...give it a real chance and keep an open mind. Also, be creative in your activities because Salem will most likely not provide you with grade-A entertainment. However, there are a lot of other activities such as taking trips to the mountains (1.5 hours) or to the coast (1hr) which more than compensate for the lack of "fun" to be found within "city" limits. You don't have to be an 'outdoors-ey' type to enjoy. If you want quality clubs and bars, Portland is only 45 mins away. Willamette makes an effort to bring in a bunch of interesting guests (Desmond Tutu, David Sedaris, Wynton Marsalis, Amy Tan, Benzir Bhutto etc.) and offers lotsa intramural sports. Academically, Willamette is a very good liberal arts college. Classes here are small in size and quite tough. If this college were transplanted to the east, it would receive A LOT more attention...it's just a matter of time. Looking for something more exclusive and on the snobby side? this is not the place (although you could probably find that as well). All in all, Willamette is low-key, down to earth and everybody from administration to staff treat you as a person. One of the greatest advantages is the approachability of professors. Dinner with them is not uncommon. No need to worry about campus aesthetics either, the campus is really, really nice. |
|Feb 10 2004|| 3rd Year Male --
Class 2004 |
| Willamette gives amazing scholarships to applicants who are strong academically or just happen to be good at taking standardized tests. I got a $15,000/year scholarship just for being a National Merit Scholar.|
That's why I came here, and probably why most the smart or ambitious people who go here came here. I mean, I'll admit I wouldn't have chosen Willamette over, say, Reed, if I didn't get the big money. But having that scholarship made it very tempting to go to a pretty nice liberal arts college without a prohibitive cost... at the time, it seemed like a no-brainer to me.
The social atmosphere at Willamette is hard to describe. There are a lot of students here who could be viewed as "preppy." This can be a turnoff for some but many of these "preps" turn out to be cool people in spite of themselves. There are also a lot of weird, quirky intellectual types like me who find a large, embracing community of similar-minded people and will make good friends very quickly... so I'm content. From my experience, the Greek system does not dominate campus life at all; it's more of a separate entity but with some overlap.A lot of the older students had problems with strict enforcement of state alcohol/drug laws in past years. However, this year a new policy was introduced which pretty much limits enforcement to when actual trouble is being caused, creating a much more trusting and non-oppressive social environment, which should be expected of a good liberal-arts college. I assume this policy will stay... it better.
|Feb 23 2005|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2008 |
| Personally, Willamette was the best choice for me because of what it offers. The size of the school is very conducive to social interaction as long as one makes an effort to become involved. Also, I have yet to have a bad experience with a professor, as they are almost always available in person and always reachable by e-mail. Since I created my own major here I really appreciated how easy the process was and how much help I received from my advising professors. |
|Nov 09 2004|| 3rd Year Male --
Class 2006 |