8/21/2004 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 fourth consecutive year that Linfield has been ranked number one in its category by U.S. News.
"Two of the factors in our top ranking are our continued high graduation and retention rates, which are consistently higher than the national average," said Linfield President Vivian A. Bull. "Those rates reflect a high quality faculty that is dedicated to teaching. Our students and faculty take teaching and learning beyond the classroom, into the field, the laboratory and the community and find innovative ways to feed their intellectual curiosity."
Students recognize the quality educational program that Linfield provides, Bull added, and that it comes at a cost to them and their families. Even with significant scholarship support, two-thirds of Linfield students must borrow substantially to finance their education. While this issue is faced by students across the country, Linfield is taking steps to increase its endowment and endowed scholarship funds to provide financial assistance to such students. Over the past decade, the college has nearly doubled the number of endowed scholarship funds with $17.2 million raised during the capital campaign that just ended.
Linfield has also been named as one of "The Best Western Colleges" by The Princeton Review. Linfield is one of 134 schools receiving the Best in the West designation.