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Health & Medicine Profile

Linfield College students learn to think critically, solve complex problems, and communicate empathetically with a variety of different people. This is a powerful skill set for those interested in pursuing a health-related profession. Combine these attributes with small classes, access to research opportunities, and four years of advising, and you will have all the tools to succeed in health care.

A hands-on education
At Linfield, learning is an open and engaging activity. Our average class size is 16, with a student-faculty ratio of 11:1. Students in our health-related programs have a significant number of hands-on, experiential learning opportunities for collaborative research, summer fellowships, medical internships, job shadowing, and community service, which provide excellent preparation for health careers.

In addition to our many health-related majors, Linfield offers strong pre-professional programs such as pre-dentistry, pre-medicine, pre-medical technology, pre-optometry, pre-occupational therapy, pre-pharmacy, pre-physical therapy, pre-physician assistant, and pre-veterinary medicine. In each of these programs, you work one-on-one with an advisor who has current information about entrance requirements for postgraduate work, including information on the changing MCAT medical school standardized exam and entrance requirements.

A tradition of excellence
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 biochemistry and molecular biology. And Linfield was recently awarded a significant grant that will support the biological scholarship and research of Linfield faculty and students. The grant funds have purchased a state-of-the-art microscope system that will enable high-resolution imaging and data analysis and strengthen Linfield’s molecular and cell biology facilities.

The faculty devote themselves to bringing out the best in their students, and it works. In recent years Linfield has had 32 prestigious Fulbright Scholars, a Udall Scholar, and a Boren Scholar to Kyoto, Japan. Our students have also gone off to graduate and medical programs such as Yale Medical School, Oregon Health & Science University, Johns Hopkins University, and UCLA.

Discover the power of Linfield
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 true passions 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.




Background: Four-year, independent, coeducational liberal arts and sciences institution founded in 1858

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 the city life of Portland

Enrollment: 1,700 undergraduate students

Faculty: 94% with terminal degree in their field

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

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

Study abroad programs: Nearly 50% of Linfield students take part in one of our study abroad programs, and Linfield will pay the first round-trip airfare for most travel.