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Admission Requirements

Linfield College grants admission to students who are likely to grow and succeed in a personal and challenging liberal arts environment.

Each applicant to the college is judged on individual merit. Although there is no formula for predicting academic success, an admission committee evaluates applicants in a number of areas that commonly indicate academic potential. These include past academic performance, writing sample, recommendations from school officials and teachers, and pre-college test results. And because participation in non-academic activities is important at Linfield, we also consider the depth and quality of an applicant's involvement in their school and community.

The admission committee reviews applications as they are completed (giving priority to those who meet the deadlines) and notifies applicants of their decision on a regular basis, selecting students who show the greatest liklihood of benefiting from and contributing to the Linfield community.

There is no minimum GPA or test score requirement for admission. The incoming class for fall 2016 featured the following academic averages (reported as mid-50 percent ranges):

First-Year Students:
  • Weighted GPA: 3.370-3.925
  • SAT Critical Reading and Math: 940-1140
  • ACT: 21-26
Transfer Students:
  • GPA: 3.000-3.620
  • Number of Transferable Credits: 20-57
The best preparation for Linfield is a solid academic foundation. For first-year students, we strongly recommend that applicants have completed the following:
  • English: 4 Years
  • Mathematics: 4 Years (including completion of Algebra 2)
  • Social Sciences: 3-4 Years
  • Natural Sciences: 3-4 Years (including two years of lab-based coursework)
  • Modern Languages: 2-4 Years
For transfer students, applicants from regionally accredited colleges and universities with at least a B average/3.0 GPA at their previous institution(s) are most likely to succeed. Consistent academic progress, leadership and liklihood of contribution to the Linfield community are also considered.

International Students:

For international students whose first language is not English, evidence of the current level of English proficiency is required. Score reports from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is preferred; however, Linfield College also recognizes scores from the exams below. Students who meet Full Admission scores will be admitted as a full-time, degree-seeking student. Students who meet Linfield's academic requirements, but only Conditional Admission scores will be required to concentrate their studies with the English Language and Culture Program (ELCP). ELCP prepares international students for success in their American college experience through a Bridge Program for speakers of other languages.

Exam Full Admission  Conditional Admission
ACT English and Reading 28  
EIKEN  Grade Pre-1 Grade 2
IB English A 5 No Minimum Score
IETLS 6.5 4.0
MELAB  77 60
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
(March 2016 and later)
SAT Critical Reading
(January 2016 and earlier)
TOEFL iBT 80 45
TOEIC 750 450

Linfield College does not discriminate against students or applicants for admission on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, age, disability, or veteran status in the administration of its educational or admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
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Linfield College
900 SE Baker Street
McMinnville, Oregon  97128-6894
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