Linfield earns ‘Best in the West’ ranking by Princeton Review

The Princeton ReviewLinfield College was named one of the region’s top schools by The Princeton Review and recognized for academic strength, sense of community and study abroad programs.

Linfield was one of 125 colleges chosen for the “Best in the West” section of the website feature, “2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” The ratings were based on institutional data, independent student surveys, campus visits and reports from high school counselors across the nation. Only 25 percent of the nation’s four-year colleges were named “Regional Best” colleges.


According to students, Linfield provides a well-rounded education, studious atmosphere and excellent support base for pursuing academic interests. Professors are “engaging, informative and approachable” and the low student-to-faculty ratio allows students to maintain good relationships with professors. Students said that overall the college provides a personalized education and has the “students’ best interests in mind.”

Campus Community

According to the student surveys conducted by the Review, Linfield College students describe themselves as studious, committed and passionate. “Making friends is easy here” and “every student can find a place to fit in whether it is getting involved in sports, clubs or service.” Linfield “puts students first and lets them thrive,” one student said, with another adding that the college’s great strength is the sense of community. Additionally, students rave about the “cultural aspect [of Linfield] with study abroad, great language departments, and plenty of exchange students.”

Earlier this year, Linfield was featured in the 2013 Guide to Green Colleges, also published by The Princeton Review. The guide profiles 322 colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada that have an outstanding commitment to sustainable practices including public and private, and undergraduate and graduate institutions.

About Linfield College

Linfield College is one of the few schools in the Pacific Northwest dedicated exclusively to undergraduate education. The 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; the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing in Portland, Ore.; and the Adult Degree Program, which supports students at eight Oregon sites and serves a virtual learning community across the globe.

The residential campus is located an hour from Portland and an hour from Pacific Ocean beaches. Established in 1858, Linfield is one of the first colleges in the Pacific Northwest.