While Willamette students are independent and diverse in their interests, there are a couple types of students that you will routinely run into. The most common student you will meet is the Bearcat "super achiever." Willamette attracts a lot of high-achieving folks who run at full speed all of the time. This student is involved in clubs, Greek life, internships, on-campus jobs, and Residence Life. This student will likely be successful in the classroom and graduate with a resume that will be the envy of his or her high school friends. While the "super achiever" controls the non-academic portions of campus, the "academic students" control the classroom. These students are rarely involved in anything outside of their courses, but their stellar academic performances will grant them access to amazing graduate schools and opportunities such as the Fulbright grant and the Hertz fellowship.
Finally, you will meet the average "college student" who is here to learn and enjoy. The "college student" will do fine in the classroom and be involved on campus, but not to the level of the "academic student" or "super achiever." The "college student" will be the one cheering the loudest at sports events and will be the center of attention at every party. It’s important to note that many students at Willamette fit into all three labels. You will have "academic students" who are very involved with clubs and sports.