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Admission Criteria

Freshman Applicants

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:

English 4 years
Social Sciences 3-4 years
Mathematics 4 years
Natural Sciences 3-4 years
Modern Language 2-4 years

The incoming class of 2014 features the following academic averages (mid-50 percent):

Average GPA: 3.381 - 3.910 (mid-50 percent)

Average SAT: 970 - 1180 (mid-50 percent, Critical Reading and Math)

Average ACT: 21 - 26 (mid-50 percent)

Transfer Applicants

Linfield welcomes applications from students qualified to transfer from regionally accredited colleges and universities. There is no minimum amount of semester or quarter hours required to apply to Linfield; however, students with less than a year of coursework completed will likely need to submit additional documentation regarding their academic record in high school as well.

While a minimum GPA is not required for admission, applicants with at least a B average (3.0 GPA) at their previous institution(s) are most likely to succeed at Linfield. Consistent academic progress, leadership and likelihood of contribution to the Linfield community are also considered during the application review.

Students interested in nursing or health sciences and who will have completed two years of academic coursework at the point of transfer must apply directly to the Nursing campus in Portland. For additional information about the application and admission process for those programs, contact the Office of Enrollment Services on the Nursing campus.

International Applicants

Linfield College welcomes full-time international students seeking a four-year Bachelor’s degree.  For non-native speakers of English an official report from any one of several language assessment examinations is required for entry directly into the regular academic programs.  The following reports, with minimum scores indicated, are accepted by Linfield College:

TOEFL iBT 80
TOEFL Paper 550
 IELTS 6.0
 TOEIC 800
 EIKEN Grade Pre-1
 ELCP Essay 5.0

Students who meet Linfield’s academic requirements, but whose language assessment score is below the level noted above, may be conditionally admitted, and required to concentrate their studies initially in the English Language and Culture Program.

In addition, applicants are evaluated in several other areas that commonly indicate academic potential.  These include academic performance in secondary schools, writing samples, and letters of recommendation. Because participation in non-academic activities is also important at Linfield, an applicant’s involvement in community and school activities is also considered in the evaluation process.