For the second year in a row, Linfield College was ranked as the top liberal arts college in Oregon and Washington on Washington Monthly’s “Best Bang for the Buck” list.
The Washington, D.C.-based publication rates schools based on their contribution to the public good: recruiting and graduating low-income students; producing cutting-edge scholarship; and encouraging students to do public service. The lists ranks schools that help non-wealthy students attain “marketable degrees at affordable prices.”
Washington Monthly also recognized Linfield as one of the top liberal arts colleges nationally, ranking it 81st out of 240 liberal arts colleges overall.
“It’s an important part of Linfield’s identity, and a core part of our mission, to help students from all socio-economic backgrounds improve their lives and contribute to the greater good,” said Scott Bernard Nelson, Linfield’s communications director. “We’re happy to be recognized for that.”
Earlier this year, researchers from Cal-Berkeley, Stanford, Brown and the U.S. Treasury Department found that Linfield outpaced virtually all private colleges in the Pacific Northwest at admitting students from disadvantaged families and helping them move up the economic ladder.
A 2015 study from The Economist magazine also ranked Linfield 27th nationally out of 1,275 colleges and universities when it comes to the economic value of its degree.