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The Transfer Application Process

Linfield welcomes transfer applicants who have graduated high school and previously enrolled at a college or university with a minimum of 12-semester credits completed. If you have yet to complete high school but are enrolled in early college programs, such as Running Start, you are considered a first-year applicant.

An offer of admission is based on individual merit through a comprehensive review process. Our admission committee evaluates applications based on academic performance in prior college courses, writing and letters of recommendation.

Here’s how to apply:

Common Application

Complete the Transfer Common Application, which will provide us with your important demographic information including where you live and go to school, family background and extracurricular activities.

To add Linfield to your Common Application:

  1. Login to your Transfer Common Application account
  2. From the Add Programs page, search for Linfield
  3. Locate the program assigned to your intended start term (fall or spring)
  4. Click on the blue plus sign and add the program
  5. Click continue
  6. Review your program selections and click continue to my application

Personal essay

Your writing will be used to understand your communication skills, as well as an opportunity to learn more about you as a person and student. Select a topic or prompt that will be interesting and meaningful to you. Write, review and revise as you would for any school paper or project seeking a grade.

Linfield requires you to submit a personal essay. You can find this under the writing section of the Common Application. The topics, which may change each year, are included on the Common Application. It is limited to 650 words.

Letter of recommendation (optional)

You may submit one academic recommendation from a current or previous college professor or instructor but this is optional.

You can add a recommendation under the Program Materials, McMinnville Campus, Recommenders tab.

Recommendations from coaches or non-academic courses may be counted as “other recommendations.” You may be required to submit additional recommendations, which may slow the review of your application.

If you choose to submit a recommendation, you are responsible for following up with your recommenders regarding the submission of these materials.


You must submit an official transcript from each college or university you previously attended. This includes those for dual enrollment courses while in high school, regardless of whether credit was earned or is desired to be transferred.

Electronic transcripts are preferred and should be sent directly from the institution to

Official transcripts can also be mailed directly to:

Office of Admission
Linfield University
900 SE Baker St
McMinnville, OR 97128

If you will have fewer than 62-semester credits at the time of enrollment, an official high school transcript showing confirmed date of graduation or GED scores is also required.

All international university-level transcripts, regardless of language, must be evaluated and sent by a NACES or AICE approved credential evaluation service.

Transcripts are reviewed for the completion of key courses and progress from year-to-year. This includes increasing difficulty in coursework and sustained demonstrated success. If you have experienced specific challenges, it is best to provide context within the additional information section of the Common Application.

Official test scores

Applicants for spring 2024 and fall 2024 start terms are not required to submit test scores to complete their application. Test scores will not be used in the admission, scholarship or financial aid process.


International students

Degree-seeking international students – those who seek to study at Linfield under an F-1 visa – are required to submit the following additional materials.

  • Financial documents: As part of the process to issue necessary immigration documents, international student applicants must demonstrate their financial contributions through the International Financial Guarantee Form and a certified bank statement.

    Admission will not be offered to international students with a balance between the cost of attendance, scholarship offered, and funding demonstrated.

  • English proficiency exams: International student applicants whose first language is not English and have completed fewer than two years of coursework in a secondary school, college or university where English is the primary instructional language must send an official score report of an English proficiency exam. Linfield accepts the following exam types and scores for conditional admission to our English Language and Culture Program or full admission directly into their degree program.

    Test scores are official if submitted directly from the testing agency. Test scores are not considered official if they are included on the application or sent directly from the student or parent.