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First CLAS Program Information

Welcome to First CLAS! We are excited for you to participate in the program. Through the week of community, leadership, action, and service you will be able to experience personal growth, meaningful community service, new friendships, new communities, and more. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. Good luck with your preparations to come to Linfield College. We are very excited to have you on board and we look forward to meeting you on Friday, August 21,  2015!

Timeline, Scholarship Information, & FAQs for Admitted First CLAS participants


February 1, 2015 - Participant Applications Available 

TBD - Applications Due by 4PM (No late applications will be accepted.)

TBD - Acceptance notifications sent via email

TBD - Deadline to confirm participation in First CLAS program. Welcome Packets mailed

TBD - Scholarship applications due

TBD- Scholarship notifications sent out

August 1 - $50 program fee and all paperwork (Medical Information and Student Agreement) due to Linfield College

Send all paperwork to:

Joni Tonn
First CLAS Program Linfield College
900 SE Baker St Unit A536
McMinnville, OR 97128

August 4 - Last day to withdraw from program with refund

August 21 - First CLAS Welcome!

  • 9AM-12:30PM: Move in to your residence hall. (Check-in at Riley Hall)
  • 3:30PM: All early arrival students and parents attend President Thomas Hellie's Welcome (Ice Auditorium, 1st floor of Melrose Hall)
  • 4:30PM: First CLAS Welcome (TJ Day). Meet & Greet and official goodbyes to parents/family members.
  • Let First CLAS begin!

August 21-26 - First CLAS program! (Detailed schedule included in your Welcome Packet)

August 27 - Linfield Orientation officially begins. Click here for a schedule.

Scholarship Information

First CLAS aims to be accessible to all participants regardless of income or financial situation. If you have requested a scholarship, an application has been included in your Welcome Packet.

If you did not request an application, but are interested, please e-mail to request one.

Please note: Due to the low cost of First CLAS ($50), the scholarships will be granted only to students whose family have limited financial resources. The determining factor of eligibility will be the FAFSA filed by the student.

If your family's financial situation has significantly changed since you filed your FAFSA (i.e. loss of job, medical emergency etc.) please indicate that in the short application.

July date TBD - Scholarship applications due with the other paperwork to Linfield College

July date TBD - Scholarships awarded to students. Notifications will be sent out via e-mail.

We are happy to work with families to make sure that First CLAS is accessible. Please contact us with any questions or concerns.


Since First CLAS is not providing transportation to/from the airport, how can I get to campus?

You are welcome to network with other students and look for a ride from other admitted students. If you need to book a shuttle through a privately owned company, click here for a list of reputable shuttles that run from the airport to McMinnville.

Can we move into housing early?

No. Housing will open at 9AM on Friday, August 21, 2015. You are not eligible to arrive earlier than that date.

Should our parents plan to stay later than 5PM on the first day?

The First CLAS program will be packed with activities. Your parents are invited to return the following week, if they wish, for the official Linfield orientation. Otherwise, please plan to say goodbye to your parents on Friday, August 21 at 5PM.

If we live close by, do we have to stay on campus for the whole program?

Yes. First CLAS is designed to build community. No matter where you are from, you will be required to stay in your assigned and designated on-campus housing for the duration of the program unless you are a commuting student.

Will there be any free time to explore?

There will be break times when you will have an opportunity to rest and relax. But most of the time is scheduled from 8:30AM-10PM every day! It will be filled with fun service & leadership activities and plenty of exploring the Linfield campus and community.

What should I pack?

There is a packing list included in the Welcome Packet. Remember that it is not a comprehensive list, but only covers what you need for First CLAS. You'll probably want more for college!