As for employment prospects, outlook is good in part because Atkinson's MBA program is one of two programs in the world that are accredited by both AACSB International and NASPAA. Graduates find placement through networking events, career fairs and the alumni base, with jobs offers concentrated in Salem, Portland and other northwestern cities.
Housing around Willamette is affordable, but insiders say that it can be hard to find once the school year begins. The student body is fairly close-knit, and students participate in student organizations and go out together on Thursday nights after classes. With the Oregon coast and Mount Hood within driving distance, hiking, skiing and biking are also popular weekend activities, and the bigger city of Portland is only an hour away.