Linfield College

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900 S.E. Baker Street

McMinnville, OR 97128-6894

Phone: (503) 883-2200
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#123 Overall Score: 49 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Linfield College is a private institution that was founded in 1858. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,663, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 193 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Linfield College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 123. Its tuition and fees are $36,240 (2013-14).

Linfield College has a residential campus in McMinnville, Oregon. Through the Linfield Curriculum, students take a wide variety of general education courses, no matter what they major in. Undergraduates can get involved in faculty research projects through the Linfield Research Institute. For other ways to get involved, there are more than 40 clubs and student organizations to check out, as well as fraternities and sororities.

The Linfield College athletic teams, the Wildcats, compete in the NCAA Division III, and the football team boasts a record of more than 55 consecutive winning seasons. During the school’s January term, Linfield students may complete an intensive four-week course or trip abroad. Notable alumni of Linfield College include Randy Mueller, a senior executive with the San Diego Chargers; former New York Yankees MVP Scott Brosius; and Peter Fisher, co-founder of third party investments and 401(k) consulting firm Human Investing.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Linfield College is dedicated exclusively to undergraduate education, and is home to a vibrant community of students. The residential campus is located an hour from Portland, Oregon and an hour from Pacific Ocean beaches and offers a rich liberal arts and sciences curriculum.

Linfield is a friendly community, where professors know their students' names and help them develop critical thinking and communication skills that prepare them for successful careers. The student-faculty ratio of 12:1 allows for an experiential education that includes collaborative research, creative projects, internships, community service and study abroad. Half of all graduates have studied outside the U.S. and the college pays the airfare for every student's first study abroad experience.

Linfield welcomes students from diverse backgrounds. Last year, almost a quarter of students were Americans of color. Enrollment varies by age, geographic location and economic background. The Multicultural Office and other programs provide support and 57 student organizations (including the Hawaiian Club, International Club and Latinos Adelante), offer opportunities to engage and learn.

The college offers many ways to stay active. Students perform in the visual and performing arts, volunteer for community service, and join one or more of 19 varsity athletic teams. The Wildcat football team has the longest winning streak of any college football team in the country, 57 consecutive winning seasons. The women's softball team won the NCAA Division III championship title in 2007 and 2011.

The school offers 47 majors and enrolls more than 2,600 students through three programs: a residential liberal arts and sciences program in McMinnville, Oregon; the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing in Portland, Oregon; and the Adult Degree Program, which supports students at eight Oregon sites and serves a virtual learning community across the globe. Linfield has been nationally praised for combining affordability and excellence. Established in 1858, Linfield is one of the first colleges in the Pacific Northwest.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1858
Religious affiliation American Baptist
Academic calendar 4-1-4
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $78,106,592


When applying to Linfield College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline is November 15. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 82.8 percent and an early acceptance rate of 97.7 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 82.8%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Linfield College is 11:1, and the school has 70.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Linfield College include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Social Sciences; Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; and Education. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 83 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 60%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 26%
Social Sciences 13%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 8%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 7%
Education 6%

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Student Life

Linfield College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,663, with a gender distribution of 39.5 percent male students and 60.5 percent female students. At this school, 75 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 25 percent of students live off campus. Linfield College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,663
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Linfield College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, health service, and health insurance. Linfield College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Linfield College, 50 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Linfield College.

Students who have cars on campus 50%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Linfield College, 73.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $20,409.

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Tuition and fees $36,240 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,822 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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