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Application Checklist

Linfield College is an exclusive user of the Common Application, which can be submitted to Linfield online without an application fee. Below is the complete list of application requirements based on your educational background. All materials must be submitted by the appropriate Application Deadline to be considered on time and reviewed for admission.

First-Year Applicants
Transfer Applicants
International Applicants
Home Schooled Applicants
Essay Prompts
Member Questions
Testing Requirements
Applying for Financial Aid

All Students

All students applying for admission to the McMinnville campus must submit:

All enrolling students will also submit updated academic records from all secondary schools and universities attend showing successful completion of any courses in progress during the admission process.

First-Year Students

First-year students will have graduated high school at the time of enrollment and not previously enrolled at a college full-time. This includes students enrolled in Running Start, Early College and other dual-enrollment programs. First-year students must also submit:

  • School Report - (submitted by your school counselor or other school official)
  • Official High School Transcript - Sent directly from your high school
  • Teacher Recommendation - (from an academic course, such as English, math, science, history or modern language)
  • Official SAT or ACT Scores

Students who apply Early Action or prior to the end of their 7th semester or 10th trimester will also need to submit an updated transcript once grades have posted. All enrolling first-year students will also submit a final high school transcript that clearly shows their graduation date.

Transfer Students

Transfer students will have graduated high school or completed a GED, and have earned at least 12 transferable semester (16 quarter) credits of college-level coursework enrolled at a regionally-accredited college or university part or full-time. An Associate degree or junior class standing is not required for transfer. Transfer students must also submit:

  • Professor or Instructor Recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended

If fewer than two years or 62 semester hours will be completed at the time of enrollment, you must also submit:

Transfer applicants do not need to submit the College Report, School Report or Mid-Term Report. All enrolling transfers students will also submit updated college/university transcripts showing successful completion of any courses in progress during the admission process.

You can learn more about Linfield's Transfer Credit policies from the Registrar's Office.

International Students

Degree-seeking international students - those requiring a visa - must also submit:

  • International Financial Guarantee Form and Certified Bank Statement from the student's parent or other financial sponsor.
  • Official or certified copies of academic records and examination results from all secondary schools and universities attended. These must be in English and explain the grading system in use.
  • For students whose first language is not English, official test scores indicating English language proficiency, such as (with minimum scores indicated for full enrollment):
    • ACT English and Reading (28 score, each)
    • EIKEN (Grade Pre-1)
    • IELTS (6.5 score, with a 7.0 writing sub-score)
    • International Baccalaureate (IB) English A (5 score or higher)
    • MELAB (77 score, with a 87 writing sub-score)
    • SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (680 score minimum)
    • SAT Critical Reading (630 score minimum)
    • TOEFL (550 score paper-based; 80 score internet-based, with 24 writing sub-score)
    • TOEIC (750 score)
  • For students whose first language is English, official SAT Reasoning or ACT (writing optional) Test Scores.
  • Teacher Evaluation or Letter of Recommendation from a School Official

Students applying to Linfield's English Language and Culture Program should submit the Linfield College Special Program Application available from International Programs.

Home Schooled Students

Home Schooled students should apply for admission in the same manner as students with similar educational backgrounds.

In addition, they should also submit the School Report to include the following information as outlined under the heading:

Home School Supervisors Should Attach and Explain: 

  • Name of home schooler's association, if applicable
  • Any information about the applicant's home school experience and environment that you believe would be helpful to the reader (e.g. educational philosophy, motivation for home schooling, instruction setting, etc.)
  • Grading scale or other methods of evaluation.
  • Any distance learning, traditional secondary school, or higher education coursework not included on the transcript. List the course title and content, sponsoring institution, instruction setting and schedule, and frequency of interactions with instructors and fellow students (once per day, week, etc.).
  • Standardized testing beyond what is collected in the Common Application.

At enrollment, students must also submit documentation from their parent or other home school director explaining that their home school has met their state requirements, including the home school requirement information from their state department of education, and transcripts of studies with grades for courses taken during their high school years.

Students are welcome to submit a recommendation from an instructor other than a parent or guardian, or reference letter from an individual who has witnessed the student's work ethic, academic abilities or could otherwise adequately discuss the student's readiness for college.

Essay Prompts from the Common Application

For First-Year Students:

The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Chose the option that best helps you answer the question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don't feel obligated to do so. (The application won't accept a response shorter than 250 words).

  • Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  • The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
  • Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
  • Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
  • Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

For Transfer Students:
Please provide a statement that addresses your reasons for transferring and the objectives you hope to achieve. (250-650 words)

Member Questions

All students will find Linfield's Member Questions from their Common Application Dashboard under Other Information. Responses should be no more than 250 words.

  • 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?

Testing Requirements & Deadlines

SAT Reasoning Test or ACT Scores are required as part of the application for admission for the following students:

  • Freshman applicants, including those that have earned college credit or an Associate Degree through Running Start or other dual-enrollment programs;
  • Home schooled students; and,
  • Transfer students who have completed fewer than two years (62 semester hours) of college coursework at a two- or four-year college or university.

Only one test score report is required as part of the application and no preference is given to the SAT or ACT. If more than one score report is submitted, the highest composite score (without regard to test date) will be considered by the admission committee. Linfield does not consider the writing portion of the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT, nor do we consider SAT Subject Test scores in the review process.

Test scores will be considered official if sent from either the testing agency or high school counseling office. To have your scores sent directly from the College Board (SAT), include school code 4387 on your registration form. For the ACT, include school code 3466. Scores included on the Common Application or sent directly from the student cannot be considered official and will not complete a student's application.

Applicants for the 2017-2018 application cycle (for admission in the spring or fall of 2018) should consider these test dates and deadlines in order to have their application completed on time:


Applicants for 2018 spring or fall may provide SAT Reasoning scores from either the "old" version of the SAT, or the "new" or redesigned SAT, which was offered beginning in March 2016. We will not require the optional essay included in the redesigned SAT. If you have additional questions regarding the use of the redesigned SAT for 2018 admission, please contact the Office of Admission. For additional information about the redesigned SAT, go to

Early Action Applicants (Application Deadline November 1)
Competitive Scholarship Day Applicants and Spring Start (Application Deadline December 1)

August 26, 2017
October 7, 2017

Regular Decision Applicants (Application Deadline February 1)
In addition to the test date above, Regular Decision candidates can also consider these test dates:

November 4, 2017
December 2, 2017

Early Action Applicants (Application Deadline November 1)
Competitive Scholarship Day Applicants or Spring Start (Application Deadline December 1)

September 9, 2017

Regular Decision Applicants (February 1) 
In addition to the test date above, Regular Decision candidates can also consider these test dates:

October 28, 2017
December 9, 2017

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.

Financial Aid

To be considered for need-based financial aid, including Linfield grants and federal grants and loans, submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to Linfield using school code 003198. The FAFSA is available beginning October 1 for the following school year. All students will be considered for merit-based scholarships at the time of admission.