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Undergrad Profile

Contrary to what we sometimes hear, bigger isn’t necessarily better. That’s why, at Linfield College, we’ve created a unique, close-knit environment where students from different backgrounds are encouraged to learn, explore, and stretch themselves. Around here, you’ll get to know your professors and they’ll get to know you. You’ll be challenged to find your truepassions and expand your intellectual sensibilities while growing into a well-rounded, whole person—the kind of person who can have an impact on your local community and your world. That’s the power of a small college. That’s the power of Linfield.

Linfield has been called one of the “Best in the West” (The Princeton Review, 2014), but this is not a school that rests on its laurels. The past few years have seen the addition of exciting new interdisciplinary majors, such as international relations, biochemistry and molecular biology, and marketing. We have opened the doors to our new Linfield Center for the Northwest, been recognized as one of the nation’s “Top Green Colleges,” and, in 2009, one of our professors was named as the best in Oregon.

A place to become extraordinary
As you walk along Linfield’s beautiful campus, you will be greeted by students and faculty who will offer a friendly “hello” or pleasant smile to welcome you, and it will quickly become apparent that this is no ordinary college.
This welcoming attitude extends to
the classrooms, where learning is anopen and engaging activity. Linfield’s average class size is 16, with a student-faculty ratio of 11:1. The faculty de-vote themselves to bringing out thebest in their students, and it works.In recent years Linfield has had 32prestigious Fulbright Scholars, 20 recipients of French Governmentteaching awards, four Goldwater Scholars, a Udall Scholar, and a Boren Scholar to Kyoto, Japan. Our students have also gone off to graduate pro-grams such as Yale Medical School, Harvard Law School, the PeabodyConservatory of Music, University ofTexas at Austin, UCLA, Northwestern, MIT, and many others.

New state-of-the-art facilities for art, music, and theater, as well as the beautiful Jereld R. Nicholson Library, allow students to gain more hands-on experience with the kinds of tools and technology they will encounter in the workforce. In the fall of 2011, Linfield opened the doors to the renovated T.J. Day Hall, providing a new home for the departments of business, English, religious studies, and philosophy and the Linfield Center for the Northwest. All academic and residential facilities have wireless access to the campus network and the Internet.

Celebrating all cultures
At Linfield you will find a close-knit community with a respect for all kinds of diversity. Our student-run clubs, such as the Asian American Alliance, Black Student Union, and MEChA, sponsor many activities and events such as the annual spring Lu’au and fall Hispanic Heritage Day.

Linfield College has brought an engaging array of speakers to campus over the years. These speakers have included author and scholar Cornel West, human rights diplomat José Ramos-Horta (recipient of the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize), Auschwitz survivor M. Henri Borlant, Islam and human rights scholar Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im, and Pulitzer Prize–winning author Tracy Kidder.

The world is our campus
A Linfield education offers opportunities outside the classroom that willenrich your understanding of what you learn inside the classroom. These opportunities can take you to the boardrooms of Nike’s marketing team or to the forensic laboratories of the FBI or even to the music performance halls of Korea. With your academicadvisor to guide you, the possibilityto further pursue your academicpassions with exciting internships, research positions, and study abroad travel is easily within your grasp.

Whether you are interested in spending a month, a semester, or a year abroad, you can choose from one of Linfield’s many international sites. These sites include semester opportunities in Australia, Austria, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Senegal, and Spain. Additionally, Linfield has a unique one-month January Term where students can take a class taught by a Linfield professor in an exciting foreign country (such as Plant/Animal Interactions in Costa Rica) or at an American location (such as Experiences in Multicultural Education in Hawaii).

To encourage you to take advantage of these once-in-a-lifetime opportuni-ties, Linfield will work to ensure thatyou continue to get academic creditwhile abroad and will even pay yourfirst round-trip airfare costs. It’s no wonder that by the time they gradu-ate, nearly 50% of Linfield students have studied internationally!

If the invigorating academics and experiential learning opportunities aren’t enough to keep you busy, Linfield also has over 40 clubs rang-ing from Amnesty International to the Cooperative Outdoor Recreation Club. You can take an active role instudent government, write for thenewspaper, or get involved in the Greek system.

For the student-athlete, Linfield boasts a long tradition of success. In 2011 our women’s softball team claimed its second NCAA Division III National Championship in five years, and our men’s track & field team won the Northwest Conference Championship in 2007. The Wildcat baseball team won the 2013 NCAA Division III National Championship, and our football team completed their 59th winning season—the national record in any college football division.

There are also opportunities for students toparticipate in one of many popular club or intramural sports programs.

Linfield has often been describedas a “hidden jewel,” a dynamic smallcollege where students can discoverthe world, realize their potential, andaccomplish great success. We invite you to come discover us and find out what extraordinary opportunities await you at Linfield College.




Background: Founded in 1858, one of the oldest schools on the West Coast; four-year, independent, coeducational liberal arts and sciences institution

Degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Location: McMinnville, Oregon—45 minutes from the scenic Oregon Coast, 60 minutes from culturally rich Portland, 90 minutes from the Mount Hood ski slopes and the magnificent Cascade mountain range wilderness

Enrollment: 1,700 undergraduate students from 23 states and 25 foreign countries

Faculty: 94% with terminal degree in their field

Student-faculty ratio: 11:1

Calendar: Two four-month semesters separated by an optional four-week January Term

Research: Many opportunities for undergraduate research, including special projects with the Linfield Research Institute

Financial aid: Over 90% of all enrolled students receive some type of aid.

Academic scholarship: A 3.4 or higher cumulative high school GPA may qualify a student for a merit-based scholarship ranging from 35%–60% tuition. Family income is not the only indicator of eligibility for financial aid.

Study abroad programs: More than 50% of Linfield students take part in one of our study-abroad programs: semester abroad, year abroad, and a four-week January Term abroad. Linfield will pay the first round-trip airfare for most travel.

Extracurricular activities: Over 40 clubs and organizations; NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports

Technology access: Computer and technology network access to voicemail, e-mail, and the Internet