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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 19, 2016!

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


February 1, 2016 - Participant applications available

July 8, 2016 - Participant and scholarship application due

July 22, 2016 - Acceptance letters sent

July 29, 2016 - Deadline to confirm participation in program

August 5, 2016, - Paperwork and program fee due. A credit card portal should be available by the time payment is due.  If paying by check, mail $50 program fee (Check to 'Linfield College') and all paperwork (Medical information and Student Agreement) to:

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

August 19-August 24 - Attend First CLAS

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, find it here (scholarship application).

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 8 - Scholarship applications due with the other application paperwork to Linfield College

July 22 - 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?

Email Joni if you are interested in a shuttle from the airport.  it is not guaranteed we will provide one, but a list of interested students will help us determine if there are enough. 

You are welcome to network with other students and look for a ride from other admitted students, we recommend using the Facebook group: First CLAS 2016.  (you'll have to request permission to join the group, which we would love!).  If you need to book a shuttle through a privately owned company, contact Joni for a recommendation.

Can we move into housing early?

No. Housing will open at 9AM on Friday, August 19, 2015. You are not eligible to arrive earlier than that date, and we are unable to accommodate early arrivals.

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

The First CLAS program will be packed with activities, keeping you very busy.  Your parents will receive an orientation as part of your early arrival that will cover most of what is covered the following week during the official Linfield Orientation. In summary, please plan to say goodbye to your parents on Friday, August 21 at 5PM.

Are program fees refundable?

Program fees are only refundable with a doctor's note indicating an illness or ailment would prevent the student from participating in the First CLAS program, or a death or illness of member of immediate family.

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! Visit Residence Life for a list of What To Pack.