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The Power of a Small College

Contrary to what we sometimes hear, bigger isn’t necessarily better.  

Because we’re small, the class sizes are smaller, which means everyone – students and faculty alike – get to know each other. The result is a supportive community where everyone can help one another succeed, whether in the classroom, while studying abroad or on the playing field. We’ve created a unique, close-knit environment where students from different backgrounds and disciplines are encouraged to learn, grow and explore.

Linfield College Highlights:

  • Linfield College is dedicated exclusively to undergraduate education and is home to a vibrant community of students.
  • U.S. News & World Report ranks Linfield College one of the top liberal arts schools in the nation.
  • Linfield welcomes students from diverse backgrounds. Last year 33 percent of incoming students were Americans of color, and this year’s class is 36 percent. In addition, enrollment varies by age, geographic location and economic class.
  • Linfield offers small classes with caring professors who help students develop the critical thinking and communication skills needed for successful careers. The student-faculty ratio of 12:1 allows for an experiential education that includes research, creative projects and internships.
  • The Princeton Review has repeatedly named Linfield a “Best in the West” college. Students noted Linfield’s “personalized education,” “excellent support base” as well as the “excellent reputation” for study abroad programs.
  • Linfield has been nationally recognized for its emphasis on sustainability, with The Princeton Review naming the school one of the nation’s top green schools in their Guide to Green Colleges. Launched in 2010, Linfield has appeared in all five guide editions.
  • The college offers many ways to stay engaged outside of the classroom, including more than 40 student organizations and 19 varsity athletic teams. Students may volunteer locally or internationally, perform in one of 14 music ensembles, or join a theatre production, among other possibilities.
  • The Wildcat football team has the longest winning streak of any college football team in the country – 58 consecutive winning seasons. The baseball team won the national NCAA Division III championship in 2013, and the women’s softball team won the national championship title twice, in 2007 and 2011.
  • Linfield is regularly named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, with nearly 500 students volunteering 8,100 service hours. Their priorities include sustainability, and outreach to disadvantaged youth and the homeless.
  • Linfield College is one of two Pacific Northwest schools included in the Kemper Scholarship Program, offered to only 16 institutions throughout the nation.
  • Linfield is home to the Oregon Nobel Laureate Symposium, a unique program that brings Nobel laureates to campus.
  • Washington Monthly named Linfield one of the top 100 liberal arts colleges and 35th for “Best Bang for the Buck” among liberal arts colleges in the nation.
  • Linfield pioneered online education in the Pacific Northwest and its Division of Continuing Education now supports a virtual learning community of students around the globe.
  • National and regional art critics praise the Linfield Gallery for hosting some of the most innovative art exhibitions in the region.
  • Linfield’s residential campus, set on 193 park-like acres, is located an hour from Portland and an hour from Pacific Ocean beaches. The School of Nursing is located in vibrant Northwest Portland.
  • Chartered in 1858, Linfield is one of the first colleges in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Linfield ranks among the top 40 baccalaureate institutions in the nation for participation in study abroad. More than half of all graduates have studied outside the U.S., and the college pays the airfare for every student’s first study abroad experience.