Willamette University:
As the first university in the West, Willamette has inspired leaders and energized difference-makers since 1842. Our location across the street from the Oregon State Capitol and Salem Hospital opens the door to powerful internship experiences. The presence of our law, business, and computing and data science programs gives undergraduates unparalleled access to accelerated degrees. And our commitment to undergraduate research empowers students to push the boundaries of knowledge and emerge as leaders in fields ranging from science to business to public health.

Pacific Northwest College of Art:
Joining Willamette University in 2021, the Pacific Northwest College of Art has shaped the region’s visual arts landscape for more than one hundred years. PNCA prepares students for a lifetime of creative practice by offering eleven undergraduate degrees in art and design disciplines like animation and illustration. Portland’s innovative companies and vibrant creative industries provide internship opportunities for PNCA students to flex their creative problem-solving superpowers.

Academic Programs

  • Engineering
  • Research
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Liberal Arts
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Music
  • Art & Design
  • Economics
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Government/Political Science
  • Health Science
  • Performing Arts
  • Social Science
  • Visual Arts

Student experience

  • Athletics
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities
  • Disability Services
  • Greek Life
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • LGBTQIA Services
  • Military/Veteran Services
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Study Abroad
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Community Service

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines


Willamette University:
Willamette seeks applications from talented students that represent the many backgrounds, ideologies, cultures, and identities that make up the larger world around us. Students offered admission to Willamette are well-prepared academically to take on the challenges of our rigorous academic experience and are committed to making an impact in their school and community. Academic preparation is demonstrated in the application through the high school transcript and course rigor, grade point average, written essay, and teacher/counselor recommendations. Standardized test scores are optional.

Pacific Northwest College of Art:
PNCA seeks motivated students who demonstrate potential as an artist or designer. Readiness to begin study at PNCA is determined through an application, high school transcript, and submitting a portfolio of 10-15 recent works that indicate potential to develop a creative practice. 


Willamette University:
Willamette seeks talented and involved transfer students and appreciates the diversity and experience that transfer students contribute to our overall student body. Transfer students must submit high school as well as college transcripts, with rigor and preparation demonstrated primarily through previous college work, the written essay, and professor recommendations. A College Report from the previous institution is required. Standardized test scores are optional.

Pacific Northwest College of Art:
PNCA is a learning community that values the diverse backgrounds and experiences of transfer students with a strong desire to develop a creative practice in art or design. In addition to the application and portfolio of 10-15 recent works, transfer students submit all college transcripts.

Transfer students declare a major when completing their application. Transcripts will be evaluated by PNCA's Academic Advisor in consultation with faculty to determine placement level in liberal arts courses. The transfer of studio classes is based on the college transcripts and a review of examples of work completed in studio classes.

Additional Information

Invest in an education that will pay off for the rest of your life. The average mid-career salary of a Willamette grad is $111,000, and we offer a full range of scholarships and resources that recognize your abilities and speak to your needs. It all adds up to an incredible value. 

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We can’t wait to meet you! Visit us in person to tour campus and connect with members of our campus community, or visit us virtually to speak with an admission counselor, attend an information session and talk to current students. You’ll find out why so many of our students feel right at home. Click here to set up your visit.

At Willamette, the seven-word phrase "Not unto ourselves alone are we born" is not just a motto; it's a philosophy to live by. And we do.

Stephen Thorsett, President
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School location

900 State St
Salem, OR 97301, United States of America

Phone number

(844) 232-7228