Linfield College traces its roots to an institution established by the Baptists and chartered in 1858 by the territorial legislature. Linfield is now an independent liberal arts college that values its Baptist heritage. The Baptist principles of freedom of thought, religious independence, and service to others still motivate the Linfield community. One’s spiritual nurture and growth is an important part of a college experience. Linfield encourages each individual to integrate his or her personal faith and ethical growth with the formal education and social life Linfield offers.