The categories covered in the criteria for the Best Colleges include retention, graduation rate, class size, caliber of students and quality of faculty. Linfield tied for 123 with St. John’s College in Maryland and Wittenberg University in Ohio.
Linfield has also been recognized by other organizations this year. The 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.”
Washington Monthly named Linfield College as one of the top liberal arts colleges where you get the “Best Bang for the Buck.” The “Best Bang for the Buck-Liberal Arts Colleges” ranking is a list of colleges that do the best job of helping non-wealthy students earn degrees at affordable prices. Out of 1,572 colleges and universities in the publications’ broader rankings, only 349 made the cut as best-bang-for-the-buck schools.
Linfield College is one of the few schools in the Pacific Northwest dedicated exclusively to undergraduate education, and offers a student-faculty ratio of 12:1. The residential campus, with a liberal arts and sciences curriculum, is located an hour from Portland. Linfield’s School of Nursing is located in Portland, and its Adult Degree Program supports students at eight Oregon sites and serves a virtual learning community across the globe. The college offers 47 majors and enrolls more than 2,600 students. Chartered in 1858, the school is one of the first colleges in the Pacific Northwest.