- Linfield College
McMinnville Admission

Admission Policies


We know that COVID-19 impacted the educational progression of all students, including those who may apply for admission in 2021, 2022, 2023 and beyond. We will continue to be flexible with these students as we were with those students who graduated in 2020 and not penalize them for choices made by high schools, colleges and universities or testing agencies. This includes:

  • Courses taken in the semester or term from March 2020 that may have been cancelled, abbreviated, moved to virtual learning or graded on a pass/no pass basis.
  • Unproductive, limited or no testing opportunities for the SAT, ACT, AP or IB exams. Linfield does not consider AP or IB test results as part of the admission process, nor require exams to be completed for enrollment, and students without the opportunity to sit for the SAT or ACT may chose our test optional path to admission.
  • Linfield has never considered demonstrated interest (by way of campus visits or meetings off-campus), and does not offer evaluative interviews as part of the admission process. We invite students who wish to learn more about Linfield to schedule campus visits, once available, phone or other virtual appointments.
  • Limited access to extracurricular activities, including cancelled athletic seasons, performing arts programs and local, state, regional and national conferences due to social distancing requirements.

Linfield has always reviewed applications in the context of what the applicant had access to, rather than a benchmark against all other applications. We will continue to do so as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact students, their families, schools and communities.

You are welcome to submit information about the specific impacts of COVID-19 on you and your educational progression within the Common Application.

Test-optional policy

Test scores are only required for the following students, who must submit an official SAT or ACT score report to complete their application:

  • First-year students with a cumulative, weighted GPA below 3.0 at the time of application
  • Transfer students with fewer than 62 transferrable credits with a final high school GPA below a 3.0
  • Home school students
  • Students with written evaluations in lieu of letter grades

If you feel your test scores will positively contribute toward your application for admission, or if you wish to be considered for our highest merit-based scholarship, then you too should submit them.

Submitted test scores are considered official if received:

  • Directly from the College Board or ACT
  • From your high school counselor or another school official
  • Included on your high school transcript

Test scores are not considered official if they are included on your application or sent directly from you or your parent.

GED Scoring

Applicants without a high school diploma must provide an official copy of the GED. If the GED was taken prior to December 2013, an overall average score of 450 is required. If the GED was taken after December 2013, the standard score on each of the four examinations must be a 150 minimum and the total score must be 680 or higher.

Natural disasters and community tragedies

Natural disasters and tragedies impacting communities have become all too frequent. We know that the impact on a student’s ability to be successful in school, remain involved in their community and continue with their college search and application process can be both immediate and long-lasting.

If you were impacted in such a way, please note the following:

  • For students impacted within the year of their application, priority deadlines have no bearing on the opportunity for admission, scholarship and financial aid. A student will not be penalized in consideration for opportunities, unless tied to a specific event that has passed.
  • Applications are reviewed when all required materials have been received. Students with required items not received will have their application closed administratively at the end of the cycle. We do not consider incomplete applications to have been denied admission.
  • Students should utilize the Additional Information section of the Common Application, or provide a supplemental statement via email to admission@linfield.edu regarding any impacts that a disaster or tragedy have had on their educational progression.
  • Students without test scores or without test scores that they believe would positively contribute to their application can consider our test-optional admission process.
  • If you do not believe the FAFSA represents your financial situation accurately due to recent changes in family income, contact the Office of Financial Aid to discuss your circumstances.

Equal opportunity

Linfield University does not discriminate against students or applicants for admission on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, age, disability, or veteran status in the administration of its educational or admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.