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McMinnville Admission Visit

The Office of Admission welcomes prospective students and their families to campus throughout the summer. Even though most of our students and faculty are off campus enjoying their break, we hope to share as much as possible about the Linfield experience with you.

As you plan your visit to Linfield (and likely other colleges in the Pacific Northwest) we hope this information is helpful in making the most of your time. If you have any questions, you may contact us at 800-640-2287 or

If you are planning to visit from July 24-28, 2017, the Office of Admission invites you and your family to join us for Oregon Private College Week. Programs are offered twice daily from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. For more information and to register, please go to All campus tours will be offered as part of the program.

What You Can Do During Your Visit
Exploring McMinnville

Scheduling your Visit
Driving Directions

What You Can Do During Your Visit

Campus Tour
Our student-led campus tours depart at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The route is approximately 1.4 miles, lasts one hour, and features all main areas of campus (including academic and athletic facilities and a residence hall). 

Admission Counselor Conversation
Before or after your campus tour, you are welcome to meet with one of our admission counselors to answer additional questions or to review the admission and financial aid process. Students and parents are encouraged to bring questions about particular programs of interest, or a copy of academic records (transcripts and test scores) if they wish to discuss any concerns about admission to Linfield. These visits are not considered "interviews" and are not required as part of the admission process. Meetings usually last 30 minutes. Please note: depending upon the number of visitors, you may be placed in a group presentation. If you have specific concerns to discuss (such as academic progress or special needs), please note that you would prefer some time to discuss your questions privately with a counselor. If it is necessary to place you in a group visit, please be assured that you will have an opportunity to talk privately with a counselor for a few minutes following the group session.

Faculty & Coach Meetings
As no classes are scheduled during the summer, faculty and coaches do not hold regular office and meeting hours. If you wish to talk with a faculty member from an academic department or a coach, we will try our best to fulfill the request. However, please understand if we are unable to schedule a meeting, we can provide contact information for you to follow up at a later date. We ask that you request your visit at least two weeks in advance so that we have more time to schedule these meetings.

Transfer Advising
For students transferring from a two- or four-year college or university, a meeting with our Transfer Coordinator can address questions regarding credit transfer, recommended courses and an academic plan before and after arriving at Linfield. Meetings typically last about 30 minutes. Students should plan to bring unofficial transcripts from all colleges or universities attended.

During the summer we are unable to schedule class visits, lunch in our dining hall, on-campus overnight stays or sample music lessons.

Exploring McMinnville

The quintessential college town. A hidden gem. Oregon's favorite Main Street. A foodie town. McMinnville has been described many ways and we hope you'll have an opportunity to explore all that "Mac" (as the locals call it) has to offer.

After touring campus, head about one mile north to Third Street. McMinnville's historic downtown, Third Street is lined with independent shops and restaurants. Check out the McMinnville Downtown Association, or pick up a map and brochure in our office during your visit, to learn more about your options.

McMinnville also hosts a variety of events throughout the summer:

  • UFO Festival and Alien Costume Parade, May 18-21: The second largest UFO celebration in the country honoring Mac's brush with the extraterrestrial world.
  • Brown Bag Summer Concert Series, Thursdays, June - August: Grab a take-out lunch and enjoy a free concert at the corner of Third and Davis Streets.
  • McMinnville Farmers' Market, Thursdays, May - October: Join the locals for fresh produce, food and live music downtown from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. 
  • Turkey Rama, July: McMinnville's favorite annual summer festival that observes the historical importance of the once-thriving turkey industry.
  • Yamhill County Fair, August: Check out Oregon's Oldest Fair, complete with festival rides, 4-H competition, rodeo and evening concerts.


From May 30 to August 11, the Office of Admission is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Holiday Closures
The college is closed and no tours will be offered on:
Monday, May 29 (Memorial Day)
Tuesday, July 4 (Independence Day)

Campus Events
During the summer, the college hosts a number of events on campus. While tours will still operate, you can expect a bit more commotion on the following days:
May 27-29: Commencement Weekend
July 24-28: Oregon Private College Week
July 28-31: International Pinot Noir Celebration

August 19: Early Fall Arrivals, including athletes and pre-orientation programs
August 21: Eclipse - Oregon is expecting over one million visitors for this rare event and traffic is expected to be heavy due to Eclipse visitors in the area. If you plan to visit between August 18 and 22, please allow up to two hours to travel to campus. Additional travel information is available from the Oregon Department of Transportation.
August 25: Fall Orientation Begins

Scheduling your Visit

You are welcome to schedule your visit online.

All visitors requesting a campus tour during the pre-scheduled times (weekdays at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.) will be accommodated. For additional appointments (with faculty, coaches, other offices), we request up to two weeks advance notice to confirm. Confirmations will be sent via the preferred method selected on the Visit Request Form.

Questions regarding your visit? Need advice? Give us a call at 800-640-2287 or email

Driving Directions

Tours depart from the Michelbook House, located at 450 SW Linfield Avenue, McMinnville, OR 97128.

If traveling from colleges north of Linfield, we recommend you allow the following time:
Newberg: 30 minutes
Forest Grove: 45 minutes
Portland: 1 hour, 30 minutes

If traveling from colleges south of Linfield, we recommend you allow the following time:
Monmouth: 40 minutes
Salem: 50 minutes
Corvallis: 1 hour
Eugene: 2 hours

Please note, due to ocean beach traffic in the summer, travel to McMinnville can take longer than expected (especially, on Thursday and Friday afternoons). We recommend planning for more than the traditional 90 minute travel time, or consider alternative routing.

Via I-5 south from Portland:

  • Take I-5 South to Exit 289 (Nyberg Rd/Tualatin-Sherwood Rd).
  • Turn right (west) onto Nyberg Road, which becomes Tualatin-Sherwood Road.
  • Keep going, through the city of Tualatin, until you reach the town of Sherwood (about five miles).
  • In Sherwood, immediately past the Albertson’s shopping complex, turn left onto Oregon Highway 99W South.
  • Stay on Highway 99W South for approximately 22 miles – through the communities of Newberg, Dundee and Lafayette. Then you’ll enter McMinnville on the northeast end of town.
  • Stay on Highway 99W South (Baker Street) through McMinnville. After about three miles, the Linfield campus is on the left.
  • Turn left at Fellows Street and take an immediate right (on Blaine Street) before passing the Linfield College sign.
  • The Office of Admission (in the Michelbook House) will be at the end of Blaine Street at Linfield Avenue.

Via I-5 north from Salem:

  • From I-5 North, take Exit 253 (North Santiam Hwy) and go west into Salem.
  • Follow the signs for Oregon Highway 22 about 10 miles to the traffic light at the junction with Oregon Highway 99W.
  • Turn right onto Highway 99W and travel north approximately 20 miles to McMinnville.
  • In McMinnville, continue to the traffic light at Fellows Street. Turn right and take an immediate right (on Blaine Street) before passing the Linfield College sign.
  • The Office of Admission (in the Michelbook House) will be at the end of Blaine Street at Linfield Avenue.

Alternative Routing from Portland:

  • Take I-5 South to Exit 278 (Donald/Aurora).
  • Turn right (west) onto Ehlen Rd NE.
  • At the end of Ehlen Rd NE, turn right onto OR-219 North (toward Champoeg and Newberg).
  • Continue on OR-219 North into Newberg, turning right on Villa Rd.
  • Turn left onto 99W South (toward City Center and McMinnville).
  • Turn right onto OR-240 West/N Main Street and continue to follow OR-240 West for six miles.
  • Turn left onto NE Carlton-Chehalem Creek Rd/NE Kuehne Rd (toward Lafayette and Carlton).
  • At the stop light in Carlton, turn left onto OR-47 South (toward McMinnville). Continue for four miles.
  • Turn right onto OR-99W South. Continue through McMinnville to the traffic light at Fellows Street (about three miles).
  • Turn right and take an immediate right (on Blaine Street) before passing the Linfield College sign.
  • The Office of Admission (in the Michelbook House) will be at the end of Blaine Street at Linfield Avenue.
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