Linfield University is a private institution offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees from campuses in McMinnville and Portland, Oregon. It features a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio and a tradition of strong academics, powerhouse athletics and vibrant student life.
Linfield students are regularly accepted into the Fulbright Scholar Program at among the highest rates of any university on the west coast. Its graduates earn among the best average salaries of any college or university in the region and its athletic teams have a proud history of producing All-Americans and title teams.
None of this is because Linfield students come from particularly privileged backgrounds. More than 27% are Pell Grant-eligible, which means they come from families with modest incomes, and 94% receive financial aid in order to attend college. The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities recently honored Linfield with its Beacon Award for success at recruiting, enrolling and graduating first-generation students.
Linfield has one of the largest nursing schools in the region, offers a unique interdisciplinary degree in wine studies and pays for the first plane ticket for any student who wants to study abroad. It offers 57 unique majors through a School of Business, School of Nursing and College of Arts and Sciences.
Get to know Linfield University
“I just loved the whole structure when I came in as a first-generation student. The leaders made me feel at home, they made me feel like I belong somewhere. They made me feel like I’m not alone and the only first-generation Latinx student.” —Ruby Trujillo ’24
All new first-year students and many transfer students take First Semester Seminar. This course introduces new students to Linfield and launches them on a path to success. Students learn about the academic advising process, their role and responsibility in meeting degree requirements, the resources of the Linfield community, and the process of making sound academic choices.
Students at Linfield are better prepared for success when they can identify specific people in their life who they trust and know they can go to for support. Through this course, a student gets connected with a faculty advisor and a peer mentor right at the start of their Linfield journey. Importantly, their faculty advisor is also an instructor of one of their academic courses, and comes to know the advisee both academically and holistically.
The number of sections of each class size.
2-9: 184 | 10-19: 166 | 20-29: 70
30-39: 43 | 40-49: 3 | 50-99: 1 | 100+: 0
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Non-U.S. Citizen: 1%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 1%
White, non-Hispanic: 64%
Native/Indigenous American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 6%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 1%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 7%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 2%
“Linfield provided me with the opportunity to experience a different culture through their study abroad program. Not only did it enrich my life, but it also changed the course of my future.” —Rebecca Kunz ‘87
A new Science Center is set to open in December 2022. It will include classrooms, research space, laboratories, etc.
- School of Business
- School of Nursing
- College of Arts and Sciences
97% of undergraduate students are engaged in at least one high-impact experience such as study abroad, research, service-learning, campus employment or internships. Linfield covers the cost of your first plane ticket for study abroad
SPECIAL STUDY OPTIONS
Programs available at this institution.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
External degree program
Liberal arts/career combination
Teacher certification program
“Being a part of the Hui O Lōkahi Club is really an awesome opportunity to express who we are and share our story with everyone.” —Kamaehu Beltrame-Aila ‘21
A celebration sharing the culture of the Polynesian islands through food, dance and more.
Wildstock is an annual end of the year concert and festival that is free to students. Along with the concert there are activities, food, and other exciting ways to have fun with fellow students to celebrate the end of the year. Previous Wildstock artists have consisted of: Marc E. Bassy, Dan + Shay, The Rej3ctz, Saint Motel, Maddie and Tae and other amazing artists!
- Cabinet – 8 students
- Event Board – 5 students
- Senate – 10 students
CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS
- 83 active clubs and organizations
“[The football team] was a group of guys I wanted to be around. The culture sold me.” —Tyler Bergeron ‘21
INTERCOLLEGIATE VARSITY ATHLETICS
A winning sports tradition with championship level teams and multiple All-American athletes. You can compete from your first year.
- 30%+ of students participate in varsity sports
- Division III
Fraternity and Sorority Life at Linfield works together to bring the Linfield community together to serve, lead, and connect with others on campus and across the nation. There are 7 chapters in total on campus.
- 4 sororities: Alpha Phi, Phi Sigma Sigma, Sigma Kappa Phi, and Zeta Tau Alpha.
- 3 fraternities: Delta Psi Delta, Pi Kappa Alpha, and Theta Chi.
- Two Local chapters: Sigma Kappa Phi (sorority) and Delta Psi Delta (fraternity)
- Five National chapters: Alpha Phi, Phi Sigma Sigma, Zeta Tau Alpha, Pi Kappa Alpha, and Theta Chi.
- McMinnville Campus
- Portland Campus
Percent of students living on campus.
First-time, first-year (freshman) students: 93%
Campus housing options.
Apartments for single students
Special housing for students with disabilities
“The value in the liberal arts education for me is the connections you make through your experiences. That’s one reason why I decided to go back to school and particularly in this program. Really try to push myself and be vulnerable to make those connections.” —Josh Lovell ’10 and current MSB student
FIRST-GENERATION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Students get a scholarship, mentoring, and monthly discussions relevant to first-year students.
“During my internship, I got to do a lot of work with community outreach, marketing, customer service. All these things I could see being beneficial in my future career.” —Sarah Mainwaring ‘22
Between her Junior and Senior years, Sarah was able to intern with the downtown summer farmers market. During her internship, she was able to gain valuable experience in marketing, customer service, and community outreach. Skills she knows will be useful in a future career.
The Linfield career services center was able to help Sarah find and get the internship. In 2019, 64% of Linﬁeld students completed an internship as a part of their coursework.
International Student Organization
Rigor of secondary school record
Academic GPA | Application Essay | Recommendation(s)
Extracurricular activities | Talent/ability | Character/personal qualities
First generation | Alumni/ae relation | Geographical residence
Racial/ethnic status | Volunteer work | Work experience | Level of applicant’s interest
25th Percentile: 1060 | 75th Percentile: 1210
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 530 | 75th Percentile: 610
25th Percentile: 520 | 75th Percentile: 600
25th Percentile: 20 | 75th Percentile: 27
25th Percentile: 18 | 75th Percentile: 26
25th Percentile: 18 | 75th Percentile: 25
- 98% of McMinnville students receive financial aid
- Average aid per financial aid recipient for McMinnville: $34,283
- Average expected family contribution for McMinnville students with need: $14,944
- 59% of students graduate after 4 years
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Tuition & Cost