Linfield’s president announces reopening for in-person classes this fall

Linfield announces plans for fall re-openingPresident Miles K. Davis has a message for incoming and returning Linfield students: We intend to be here for you, in-person, in the fall.

“We will be doing everything we can to keep you safe,” Davis said in a message to students. “We are going to comply with the best scientific data, as well as make sure you have a good, positive experience on campus.”

He said Linfield is planning for the fall with an essential framework in mind – a commitment to students – which includes:

  • One-on-one connections with faculty 
  • A vibrant and resilient residential community 
  • Opportunities for both classroom and experiential learning 
  • Robust technological support  
  • A nurturing and healthy environment


Using the commitment to students as a guide, Linfield on Wednesday announced the following for the fall semester:

  • Most classes will have 25 or fewer students and all classes will assure safe physical distancing measures.
  • A wide range of physical-distancing policies will be instituted.
  • First-year students will arrive for orientation and experiential community building the week of August 17.
  • Classes will begin on the McMinnville Campus August 24, and on the Portland Campus August 31.
  • There is no fall break, and in-person classes will end before Thanksgiving.
  • After Thanksgiving, there will be remote learning and exams to complete the semester.
  • To prepare for the fall and in anticipation of Yamhill County entering Phase II of its reopening plan, the McMinnville Campus will welcome all employees back to work on Monday, June 15.
  • Linfield will remain flexible and prepared to change further as the situation evolves.

“I look forward to seeing each and every one of you this August,” Davis said. Additional information for students, faculty, staff and families will be provided through email, social media and Linfield Ahead in the coming weeks.

Linfield is an independent, non-profit university with campuses in McMinnville and Portland, Oregon. Twenty-eight percent of Linfield students are first-generation college students, and more than one-third are U.S. students of color. The U.S. State Department has honored Linfield for being a top producer of Fulbright Scholars three years in a row.