Linfield to celebrate Oregon Private College Week with added events

Linfield College students walkingLinfield College will invite prospective students and their families to campus in honor of Oregon Private College Week July 25-29.

The week is part of a statewide celebration of private higher education, during which Linfield will host a series of campus tours and information sessions. Students who register in advance and visit at least four institutions during the week will receive application fee waivers. Students may use these fee waivers to apply to any Alliance member college or university.

Linfield is joining 11 other private, nonprofit colleges and universities in the state to participate in Oregon Private College Week, which supports prospective students in their journey to find the right college fit. During Oregon Private College Week, Linfield will welcome prospective students and their families to come ask questions, learn about academic programs and financial aid, meet experts in admission, and tour the campus. Sessions will begin at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.

On Monday, Linfield will also welcome a group of students from Oregon GEAR UP, which has partnered with the Alliance to host a College Application Camp to coincide with Oregon Private College Week. GEAR UP, which stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, is a federally-funded program aimed at increasing the number of low-income students who are prepared to go to college. The week-long camp will introduce the students to the variety of private colleges in Oregon, while also helping them to complete most of the Common Application through a series of mini-workshops hosted by each of the colleges visited throughout the week.

College Dreams, a community-based organization in Josephine County, will also visit Linfield as part of Oregon Private College Week. College Dreams promotes healthy youth development, academic excellence, and college preparation for students, especially those who face life challenges.

Linfield offers 48 majors through its residential liberal arts and sciences program in McMinnville, nursing at the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing in Portland and a variety of degrees and certificates through the Online and Continuing Education program. The college is recognized nationally for its strong teaching, outstanding academic programs and distinctive international emphasis, as more than 40 percent of graduates studied abroad. Linfield also emphasizes diversity, with the population of first-generation students averaging around 20 percent of each entering class, and that of U.S. students of color at 32 percent for the incoming class.

The Oregon Alliance represents 18 of Oregon’s regionally accredited, private higher education institutions. Alliance colleges and universities enroll more than 37,000 students and award approximately 30 percent of all degrees awarded in Oregon. The schools offer degrees in more than 240 fields of study, including engineering, computer science and math, among others. The majority of students enrolled in those institutions graduate within four years and begin to make an immediate contribution to Oregon’s economy.

The Alliance member institutions are cost effective. The average indebtedness of Alliance graduates is lower than the national average for private colleges and universities and similar to that of public institution graduates.

  • Thirty-two percent of Alliance undergraduates qualify for federal Pell Grants based on income.
  • Ninety-two percent of first-time, first-year students receive financial aid, with an average grant and scholarship award of more than $19,000.

The Matched College Savings Program (MCSP) and SALT are sponsors of Oregon Private College Week.

For more information about Oregon Private College Week, to view a list of participating colleges, or to register, visit www.oregonprivatecolleges.com.