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8/25/2003 Linfield ranked number one by U.S. News

McMINNVILLE ?Linfield College has again been ranked the top college in the western region in the Comprehensive Colleges-Bachelor's category in rankings released by the magazine U.S. News & World Report.

This is the third consecutive year that Linfield has been ranked number one in its category by U.S. News. In addition to being listed as the top college, Linfield was also ranked number one for its graduation and retention rates. Linfield's graduation rate is significantly higher than the national average of 55 percent for private colleges. Linfield graduates 68 percent of its freshmen in five years and of that 68 percent nearly 95 percent graduate in eight semesters or less. The survey listed Linfield's freshman-to-sophomore retention rate as 81 percent, which is higher than the 74.9 percent for private colleges nationally.

This recognition caps what has been an extraordinary period in the life of Linfield College, said President Vivian A. Bull.

"It is always gratifying to be recognized for the strong academic program for which Linfield is known," said Linfield President Vivian A. Bull. "This acknowledgement highlights what has been a remarkable time for the college."

The college's McMinnville Campus has more than doubled in size in the last five years, with the acquisition of the site formerly owned by the Hewlett Packard Company. The addition of the property and four buildings previously used as manufacturing facilities has allowed Linfield to meet some long-standing needs.

In the last two years, Linfield has opened three new academic buildings, including the new Jereld R. Nicholson Library and Kenneth W. Ford Hall, home of the theatre and communications arts department, both of which opened this summer. The James F. Miller Fine Arts Center, which houses the art department and gallery, opened two years ago. A student apartment complex, made up of six buildings which house 276 students, also opened in 2001, along with a new post office and commons. Plans are under way for the addition of a new music building as soon as the funding is secured. The college is in the final year of a successful capital campaign which will raise more than $70 million.

Linfield has been listed in 16 of U.S. News & World Report's 17 special reports on "America's Best Colleges."

Linfield has also been included in the first edition of "The Best Western Colleges," published by the Princeton Review. The best 121 schools are featured in the western edition, which showcases the top schools in 15 states.