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Salem, Marion County, Oregon, 97301
Willamette University is a private university in Salem, Oregon. Founded in 1842, it is the oldest university in the Western United States.
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, it began competing in intercollegiate athletics.
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.
On-campus athletics facilities are located in the southeast portion of the campus. These include a soccer field, tennis courts, and the Sparks Center. Softball, football, and baseball stadiums are located outside of the main campus.
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