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Freshmen Applicants

Application Materials
Essay Prompt
Spring Freshman Admission Deadlines


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 and is evaluated on areas that commonly indicate academic potential. These include high school academic performance, writing sample, recommendations from teachers and counselors and pre-college test results. Because participation in non-academic activities is important at Linfield, the committee also considers the depth and quality of an applicant’s involvement in community and school activities.

There is no minimum GPA or SAT/ACT requirement for admission. Priority for admission, scholarships, financial aid and housing will be given to students who meet the priority application deadlines. Opportunities for enrollment of applicants not meeting the priority dates will be dependent on space availability and financial aid funding.

The best preparation for college is a solid academic foundation in high school. Linfield College strongly recommends that applicants have completed the following:

  • Social Sciences (3-4 years)
  • Mathematics (4 years)
  • Natural Sciences (3-4 years)
  • Modern Language (2-4 years)
The fall 2015 incoming class of first-year students featured the following academic averages (reported as mid-50 percent ranges):
  • GPA: 3.316-3.891
  • SAT Reasoning: 960-1180 (Critical Reading and Math)
  • ACT: 20-26

Application Materials

Linfield College accepts the Common Application, which can be submitted online.

A complete application includes the following:

  • The Common Application
  • Personal Essay (see prompt below)
  • Linfield's Member Questions
  • School Report (submitted by your high school counselor or other school official)
  • Teacher Recommendation (preferably from an academic course, such as English, math, modern language, social science or natural science)
  • Official High School Transcript
  • Official SAT Reasoning and/or ACT (writing optional) Test Scores
Test scores will be considered official if sent from either the testing agency or high school counseling office. To have your scores sent directly from the College Board (SAT), include school code 4387 on your registration form. For the ACT, include school code 3466. Scores included on the Common Application or sent directly from the student cannot be considered official and will not complete a student's application. For additional information about submitting test scores, please review our deadlines for test submission.

Applicants for 2017 spring or fall may provide SAT Reasoning scores from either the current version of the SAT, or the redesigned SAT, which will be offered beginning in March 2016. We will not require the optional essay included in the redesigned SAT. If you have additional questions regarding the use of the redesigned SAT for 2017 admission, please contact the Office of Admission. For additional information about the redesigned SAT, go to

Students who apply Early Action should also submit an updated transcript after 7th semester or 10th trimester grades have posted.

All enrolling students should submit a final high school transcript once semester or trimester grades have posted. A final high school transcript, with graduation date, is required for all matriculating students. Registration and financial aid disbursement may be delayed if transcript is not received.

If applying for need-based financial aid, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should be submitted by February 1.

Essay Prompt

From the Common Application:
The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Chose the option that best helps you answer the question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don't feel obligated to do so. (The application won't accept a response shorter than 250 words).
  • Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  • The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
  • Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
  • Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
  • Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.


Fall Freshman Admission Deadlines

Note: applications and supporting materials are accepted after the priority deadline. Please contact the Office of Admission with questions regarding the admission timeline if submitting after February 15.

Early Action

September 1: Begin Accepting Application Materials
November 15: Priority Early Action Deadline
December 15: FAFSA4Caster Priority Deadline
January 15: Early Action Admission and Financial Aid Estimate Notification
February 1: FAFSA Priority Filing Date
April 1: Financial Aid Notification
May 1: Enrollment Notification Deadline and Matriculation Fee Due

Regular Decision
September 1: Begin Accepting Application Materials
February 1: FAFSA Priority Filing Date
February 15: Priority Regular Decision Deadline
April 1: Regular Decision Application and Financial Aid Notification
May 1: Enrollment Notification Deadline and Matriculation Fee Due

Early Action or Regular Decision?

When you apply to Linfield, you can choose between Early Action and Regular Decision. Linfield’s Early Action is non-binding and non-restrictive, meaning that you can still apply to other colleges and have until May 1 to make your final decision. If you apply Early Action, you will learn whether your application has been accepted – and what your estimated financial aid will be – by January 15.

The Early Action application option is beneficial for students who have identified Linfield as one of their top choice institutions. The opportunities for admission, merit-based scholarships and need-based financial aid are the same for students applying Early Action as for students who meet the Regular Decision priority deadline of February 15.

Competitive Scholarship Day

Competitive Scholarship Day is an invitation only event offered to high school seniors. Students must complete their applications for admission by December 1, and be notified by January 15 regarding admission and invitation. Students attending will take one of 30 subject exams on campus and have the opportunity to win scholarships ranging from $12,000 to $20,000 (awarded over four years). In order to be considered, a completed application, including exam preferences as part of Linfield's supplemental questions included on the Common Application.

Spring Freshman Admission Deadlines

Each spring, Linfield welcomes a small number of new first-year students. Below is the application timeline for spring students. All other aspects of the application process, including required materials remains as listed above.

September 1: Begin Accepting Application Materials
December 1: Priority Spring Application Deadline, FAFSA Priority Filing Date
December 15: Admission and Financial Aid Notification
January 15: Matriculation Fee Due

Note: applications and supporting materials are accepted after the priority deadline. Please contact the Office of Admission with questions regarding the admission timeline if submitting after December 1.

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