Linfield College is one of the few schools in the Pacific Northwest dedicated exclusively to undergraduate education. The park-like campus is located an hour from Portland, Ore., and an hour from Pacific Ocean beaches, and is home to a vibrant community of students who engage in rigorous intellectual inquiry and experiential learning.
The small college offers a friendly, supportive community where professors know their students’ names. The student-faculty ratio is 12:1, and learning takes place in a collaborative environment. Students work alongside faculty mentors on research projects, papers and conference presentations that stretch across the curriculum. A four-week January Term gives students an opportunity to pursue topics in depth, with classes held on campus and abroad. Half of all Linfield graduates have studied outside the U.S.
Students balance academic life by competing in athletics and intramurals, joining one or more of 57 clubs and organizations, and participating in the visual and performing arts, including 14 musical groups. Linfield sponsors concerts, theatre productions, sports events, lectures, the Oregon Nobel Laureate Symposium and the Linfield Gallery, which draws national praise for innovative art exhibits. Students also hold traditional celebrations and activities that create community, including a Hawaiian lu’au, outdoor recreation adventures, movie and comedy nights and an end-of-school Wildstock music festival.
The Wildcat football team has the longest winning streak of any college football team in the country – 56 consecutive winning seasons. The women’s softball team has won the NCAA Division III championship title twice in the last five years, in 2007 and 2011. Many scholar-athletes on 19 varsity athletic teams excel not only on the field and court, but also in the classroom, where they rank high in academic performance.
Students learn about social and environmental issues through community and global service. Linfield regularly ranks as one of the nation’s top schools for community engagement and commitment to sustainability. Current students focus primarily on sustainability initiatives, outreach to disadvantaged youth and the homeless, and support of low-income, first-generation college students. An active Latino club also provides outreach to incoming students and local families.
Linfield College offers 47 majors and enrolls more than 2,600 students through three programs: a residential liberal arts and sciences program on the McMinnville, Ore., campus; a nursing school in Portland, Ore.; and the Adult Degree Program, which supports students at eight Oregon sites and serves a virtual learning community across the globe. Linfield was named one of the nation’s top picks for high school counselors across the U.S. and has been nationally praised for combining affordability and excellence. Established in 1858, Linfield is one of the first colleges in the Pacific Northwest.