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Application Instructions for New Applicants


STEP 1: Complete your NursingCAS application.

Refer to the specific instructions below as you complete your application.


NursingCAS is an independent organization that processes applications for Linfield College.  Set up an account and complete your application at  Be sure to enter your social security number under the "My Profile" tab.  This is required.  

Your NursingCAS application must be submitted by August 1, 2014.  Transcripts and your letter of recommendation may be received and processed by NursingCAS after this deadline, but you will not be able to submit the application after August 1, 2014.


Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended must be sent directly to NursingCAS from the issuing institution using the NursingCAS transcript request form.  NursingCAS will provide this form to you under the section "Secondary Schools and Colleges."  You are required to use the NursingCAS form when you submit your transcript request so that the transcript can be sent directly to NursingCAS.  Transcripts sent to Linfield College will not be processed.

High School transcripts are not required.

Letter of Recommendation

Enter the name of one reference on your application.  Only one recommendation is required.  NursingCAS will send the recommendation request electronically to the individual you enter.  Letters of recommendation sent directly to Linfield will not be accepted.  If more than one recommendation is submitted, one will be selected at random for scoring purposes.

Work/Volunteer History

Provide work and volunteer history in the "Professional Experience" section.  This is required in lieu of a resume.

Personal Statement

Responses to the following questions will serve as your personal statement.

Linfield College is interested in who you are beyond grades and employment history.  This exercise consists of a series of short-answer essay questions that address your experience in the following areas: leadership, knowledge and creativity, overcoming hardship, discrimination and injustice resolution.  In 5,000 characters or less (including spaces), please respond to the four questions below.  For each, focus on experiences that are important to you.  Make your response concise and personal.  Your response does not have to be education or nursing related, but should give us the opportunity to know you as a potential member of the Linfield community.  (You may want to draft your response in Word, then copy and paste your final response into NursingCAS.)

1. Leadership/Group contributions: Describe examples of your leadership experience in which you have significantly influenced others, helped resolve disputes, or contributed to group efforts over time.

2. Knowledge in a field/creativity: Describe any of your special interests and how you have developed knowledge in these areas.  Give examples of your creativity; the ability to see alternatives; take diverse perspectives; come up with many, varied, or original ideas; or willingness to try new things.

3. Dealing with adversity: Describe a challenge you have faced and the steps you have taken to address this challenge.  Did you include others in your problem solving?  If so, what roles did they play?  What resources did you access?  What did you learn about yourself?

4. Handling systemic challenges:  Describe your experiences facing or witnessing discrimination or an injustice.  Tell us how you responded, what you learned from those experiences and how they have prepared you to contribute to the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing.

STEP 2: Upload supplemental materials to NursingCAS.

Supplemental materials consist of:

Signature Form and Prerequisite Checklist.  This is not a fillable form.  Print and complete.  There are two signature lines on the form.  One attests to your computer proficiency and the other to the authenticity of your application materials.  The checklist documents the specific courses you completed to fulfill prerequisites and when you plan to complete any remaining prerequisites.  If you do not fill in prerequisite completion dates in the "completion term or term to be taken" column, the form is incomplete.

We recommend saving these completed forms as a single file for upload.  To complete the upload process,

  • login to your application and go to the "Designations" section
  • click "Designated Schools" then "Linfield College - Good Samaritan School of Nursing (Undergraduate)"
  • scroll to the bottom of the page and under "Document Uploads" select the file that you would like to attach
  • enter in a label name and click "Submit"

Please note, if you do not attach your files to the Linfield College designation, we will not be able to view these documents and your application will be incomplete.  

For additional document upload help, refer to the NursingCAS instructions.

STEP 3: Pay your supplemental application fee.

Pay the $20 Linfield supplemental application fee online.  This fee is in addition to the NursingCAS fee.

STEP 4: Submit NursingCAS application.

Your application is not complete until you make your final submission to NursingCAS.  This must be done by August 1, 2014.

International Applicants

International applicants must also submit the following:

1. International Application Financial Statement.

2. Official evaluation of foreign academic credentials.  The evaluation must be provided by a NACES member organization/company or AACRAO International Education Services and include a course-by-course listing with grades.  Evaluations should be sent directly to our office at the address below.

3. Official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Mail to: Linfield College Enrollment Services, 2215 NW Northrup, Portland, OR 97210

Applicants Previously Enrolled in a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program

Applicants who were enrolled in an accredited school of nursing within the past two years may apply for admission, provided they meet the applicant criteria as well as provide a letter from the dean/director of the previous school stating the student was in good standing and would have been allowed to progress in the program.  (Linfield College Course Catalog, 2013-2014, p.130.)

Mail to:  Linfield College Enrollment Services, 2215 NW Northrup, Portland, OR 97210