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Frequently Asked Questions for Parents 

 Colloquium and Advising

What exactly is Colloquium?

Colloquium is a required class that all first year students register for and are required to complete. Colloquium is team taught by a Faculty Advisor and a Peer Advisor and is designed to aid student transition to college and to assist students in getting the most out of their college experience.  Colloquium meets often during Orientation weekend to help students register for their first term classes and get acquainted with the campus. The course continues weekly through mid November. 

Colloquium provides students a solid base of new friends with similar interests, familiarizes them with campus and community resources, and ensures they have a smooth transition to the college. Students will have the opportunity to discuss such topics as course selection, long-term academic goals, time-management, stress, and study skills. First year students are assigned a Colloquium section and receive one academic credit (graded P/NP) for the course. 

Who teaches Colloquium and what role will they play in planning my student's academic schedule?

Each Colloquium section is team taught by a faculty advisor and a peer advisor.  Peer advisors are experienced, academically successful upper-class students who work closely with first year students to become part of the Linfield academic community.  Faculty advisors serve as the academic advisor for all students in their Colloquium section until students declare their major.  Faculty and peer advisors help advisees plan their course of study and select appropriate courses. They also assist students in exploring interests and evaluating and selecting a major. Often, students look to their advisors as mentors, and many students become good friends with their advisors.  Faculty and peer advisors who teach in Colloquium are sensitive to the needs and concerns of first-time college students and work hard to assist them in the transition to college life. 

How are the Colloquium sections established, and who decides which section my student will be in?

The Office of Academic Advising uses the academic interests expressed on students’ applications to Linfield to place students into Colloquium sections. Each section is made up of about twenty students with similar academic or co-curricular interests. Since nearly a quarter of the incoming class is undecided about a major, and since many students change their mind several times about what they are interested in before they even come to campus, Colloquium groups are often a mix of students who are exploring a variety of disciplines.  

Why does my student have an advisor outside of her/his area of academic interest?

Colloquium assignments are based on information students provide in their application to Linfield.  At the time a student applied they may have thought about Biology as a potential major and written it on the application form. Although they may have since decided that a Biology major is not what they are interested in currently, they will not be allowed to switch Colloquium groups, nor do they need to.

Faculty advisors are able to advise students in any area of interest.  Colloquium curriculum is the same regardless of which section. If your student feels “misplaced” in their Colloquium group (according to their desired area of study), encourage them to take advantage of the opportunity. Throughout their academic career they will be surrounded by people studying the same things that they are.  This is a time they can build friendships with students from different majors to enrich their overall college experience.

Can my student change advisors?

At the end of the Colloquium class, students may choose a new advisor by declaring their major and choosing an advisor in that field. If, however, they are undecided about a major at the end of their first term, they will remain with their Colloquium faculty advisor. The Office of Academic Advising and Colloquium faculty and peer advisors are available to help students choose a major or an advisor.

What is FERPA?

FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) is a federal law that protects the rights of college students. FERPA requires that a student's post-secondary grades and academic standing may not be discussed with another party, including parents, without written consent from the student. If a consent form (available from the Registrar) is completed, grades can be mailed at the end of the semester/term.


Registration for Linfield begins July 11 and is completed entirely online.   Make sure that your son or daughter has contacted their Colloquium advisor(s) and refers frequently to the Orientation and advising guide sent in the mail.


Will my student be safe at Linfield?

Linfield and the McMinnville community are friendly environments that are generally safe. Linfield security officers and the McMinnville police department work hard to protect individuals and property on campus and around town. There is safety lighting throughout campus and emergency call boxes available at various high and low traffic locations. Realistically though, no campus can guarantee the safety of its residents and students are encouraged to make prudent choices with both their property and themselves. An excellent resource for safety information is the Campus Safety Department home page.

Are there personal and crisis counseling services available for students?

Yes, there are counseling and other student support services available on campus for currently enrolled Linfield students. A student can meet with a counselor to discuss his or her concerns. Typical concerns include stress management, self esteem, homesickness, difficulties with others (professors, roommates, friends, etc), anxiety, depression, choice of major or future career, relationships and other kinds of issues typical in a college-age population. There are also support groups available on campus or in the McMinnville community for a variety of student needs.  More information can be found on the Counseling Center website.

If your student receives counseling from the Counseling Center you will not automatically be contacted.  Professional ethics and Oregon law prohibit disclosure of any information obtained in the course of counseling for individuals over the age of 18. Information can be disclosed with the proper written consent from the person receiving counseling.

The staff of the Counseling Center is always happy to consult with a parent or other family member concerned about their Linfield student. After gathering information about the situation, the Counseling Center will evaluate the situation and determine an appropriate course of action. However, please remember that the staff will not be able to provide confidential information about a student who is currently receiving counseling due to confidentiality guidelines. This also includes whether a student is currently receiving services from the Counseling Center.

My student currently takes prescription medications prescribed by a health care provider at home. Are prescription medications available on campus?

Linfield has a fully staffed Student Health Center available to currently enrolled students for their health care needs, including prescription medications. However, the student will need to get the prescriptions filled off campus. Please visit the Student Health Center website for more information.

Is there spiritual counseling available?

The Linfield College Chaplain's Office is available to assist all students with their spiritual and personal needs. The Chaplain's Office works closely with the Counseling Center and other Student Affairs offices.

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