Linfield recognized for excellence in college athletics, return on student investment

Aerial view of Maxwell FieldLinfield is the top private college in the state of Oregon when it comes to athletic opportunities and one of the top three in overall value, according to the college-search website.

Niche’s 2022 Best Colleges rankings placed Linfield athletics behind only the NCAA Division I programs at the University of Oregon and Oregon State when it came to overall athletic opportunities for students and fans. Nearly 40% of the students on Linfield’s McMinnville campus participate in athletics at some point during their four years, and the school’s football team owns an all-divisions college football record of 64 consecutive winning seasons.

On Niche’s Best Value Colleges in Oregon list, Linfield, University of Portland and Oregon Tech round out the top three universities out of the 20 in its rankings. The organization bases its ranking on net price, alumni earnings, graduation rates and student debt using data from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews. The ranking compares the most affordable colleges with the best return on investment.

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Linfield University is an independent, non-profit university with campuses in McMinnville and Portland, Oregon. Since 1858, Linfield has connected a traditional liberal arts experience with practical education through 56 majors, including wine studies, sport management and nursing. Linfield has been recognized four years running for having the Best Ethnic Diversity in the Pacific Northwest by U.S. News and World Report. Thirty-two percent of Linfield students are first-generation college students, and more than one-third are U.S. students of color. Linfield competes in the NCAA Division III Northwest Conference. Learn more at