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Advising, Colloquium & Connections

Academic and career advising at Linfield is a four-year plan. All students are assigned a faculty advisor, first in their Colloquium course or Connections program, and later in the academic department that houses their major. However, they also have resources such as the Office of Academic Advising for general advising or the offices of Learning Support ServicesCareer Development and Student Health, Wellness & Counseling for more specific assistance.


In the first semester on campus, all freshmen will be enrolled in a Colloquium course. This one-semester, one-credit course is designed to help students make a successful transition from high school to the college environment. Through Colloquium, students will:

  • receive guidance and support in adjusting to college life,
  • discover the ins and outs of navigating Linfield,
  • get to know faculty and peer advisors,
  • learn about resources on campus,
  • receive advising and assistance in registering for classes,
  • improve time management and study skills,
  • consider and make plans for short- and long-term academic goals; and,
  • make new friends and build community.


During the first semester on campus, all new transfer students will participate in the Connections program. The program is designed to help new transfer students meet each other and become more familiar with the academic and campus life at Linfield.

Common Read

As part of the Colloquium course and Connections program, all new students participate in Linfield’s Summer Common Read. All new students receive a copy of the book to read during the summer prior to enrollment. In the fall, students and faculty participate in campus-wide conversations about the book from a variety of academic perspectives.

The 2015 selection will be announced later this year.

Previous selections have included:

  • Ignorance: How it Drives Science by Stuart Firestein (2014)
  • Thieves of Baghdad, by Matthew Bogdanos with William Patrick (2013)
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot (2012)
  • Hector and the Search for Happiness, A Novel, by Francois Lelord (2011)
  • In Defense of Food, An Eater’s Manifesto, by Michael Pollan (2010)
  • Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change, by Elizabeth Kobert (2009)
  • Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin (2008)
  • Mountains Beyond Mountains, by Tracy Kidder (2006, 2007)