Admission Review Process
Linfield offers admission to students who are likely to grow and succeed in our rigorous, yet supportive, academic environment as members of our active and engaged community.
Each applicant is considered on individual merit through a comprehensive review process. Although there is no formula for predicting success, our admission counselors and committee evaluate applicants in areas such as past academic performance, writing samples, recommendations from school officials, teachers and mentors and pre-college test results.
How is each aspect of your application considered?
The Common Application, including Personal Essay and Member Questions
Your application will provide us with all of your important demographic information, including where you live and go to school, information about your family background, and extracurricular activities.
This puts the opportunities you’ve been presented with and the support you’ve had to be successful in context. We know that each student comes from a different place – geographically, educationally, and otherwise – and it’s important as we evaluate your application.
Students at Linfield are highly engaged on-campus and in our local community, so participation in extracurricular activities, community involvement, work and home responsibilities are considered as part of the review process. We like to see quality over quantity, and while your activities might change, we look forward to seeing how you demonstrate involvement at Linfield.
Your Common Application will also include your personal essay. There are seven options, including a topic of your choice.
In addition to evaluating how you communicate, write and think critically, we utilize your essay to get to know you better as a person. It's the one opportunity on your application to tell us about who you are, what you are interested in and how you might interact within the Linfield community. Pick a topic that is interesting and meaningful to you. Doing this will make the essay easier to write and more enjoyable for your admission counselor to read.
We also recommend you:
- Write your essay the same way you would an essay for an English class with a first, second and final draft. We like to see quality work and critical thinking, just like your teachers.
- Have a friend, teacher or other mentor review your essay for organization, voice and grammar. And encourage them to be critical and honest with their feedback.
- Take seriously the other writing you submit, including short answer questions or submissions of additional information. Those should be drafted and reviewed, too.
Linfield Member Questions
You’ll also need to submit short answers (no more than 250 words) to two questions just asked by Linfield:
- Describe a situation in which you came into contact with someone whose beliefs were different than your own. What did you learn from this experience and were your beliefs altered in any way?
- What fictional character would you choose as your college roommate and why?
These are important to us because it gives your admission counselor another opportunity to get to know you better and help determine how you’ll fit into our close-knit community.
School Report and Counselor Recommendation
Submitted by your school counselor, or another school official, the School Report and optional Counselor Recommendation provide us with an understand of your school and what you’ve accomplished over your four years.
We know some students may not have a close relationship with their school counselor. We still need to receive the School Report, but a letter of recommendation is optional.
Official High School and College Transcripts
While no minimum GPA, score or course requirements exists, we find the best preparation is a solid academic foundation. For first-year students, we recommend applicants complete:
- English: 4 Years
- Mathematics: 4 Years (including Algebra 2)
- Social Sciences: 3-4 Years
- Natural Sciences: 3-4 Years (including two years of lab-based coursework such as biology, chemistry or physics)
- Global Languages: 2-4 Years
For transfer students, consistent academic progress with courses completed at the 100-level or higher in Writing, Math, Social Sciences (such as psychology, anthropology, history), and Natural Sciences (such as biology, chemistry and physics) has been shown to lead to success at Linfield.
We review transcripts for progression from year to year and through subject areas. That means steadily increasing difficulty in coursework, and sustained success in each subject area. We know there can be bumps along the way, and an explanation on your Common Application is helpful.
For first-year students with dual-enrollment credit, an official college transcript is not required at the time of admission unless courses are not included on your high school transcript.
For transfer students, we must receive transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended, even if you do not believe the courses will transfer or do not wish for them to transfer. All transcripts are required to ensure that you have left previous institutions in good standing.
Test scores are not required for admission, except for the following students, who must submit official SAT or ACT score reports 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
Degree-seeking international students whose first language is not English and completed fewer than two years of coursework in an English-language secondary school or university must send an official score report of an English proficiency exam to complete their application. Linfield College accepts the following exam types and scores for full and conditional admission. Students with scores that meet conditional admission will first take courses from Linfield’s English Language and Culture Program (ELCP).
In addition to the exceptions to Linfield’s test optional policy, students may wish to submit their test scores if they feel like they positively contribute toward the application for admission as an accurate representation of their preparation for a Linfield education.
The fall 2019 incoming class had the following academic profile (reported as mid-50 percent ranges):
- Weighted GPA: 3.407-3.981
- 76 percent of enrolling students submitted SAT or ACT
- SAT: 1050-1210
- ACT: 20-26
- GPA: 3.075-3.724
Linfield College 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.