Linfield had the highest average freshman retention rate (84 percent), highest average graduation rate (69 percent) and lowest student to faculty ratio (13/1) in the western region.
"It is a continuing compliment to our dedicated faculty and staff, to our supportive local community, and to those who sustain the college through private philanthropy for U.S. News & World Report to recognize Linfield as the top comprehensive bachelors college in the West for the fifth consecutive year," said Marvin Henberg, interim president.
One of the largest first year classes in history will arrive on campus next week with orientation scheduled to begin Friday, Aug. 26. Fall semester classes and opening convocation will be held Wednesday, Sept. 31. The students are well traveled, with many having already been abroad. They also have been active in their communities, serving in numerous leadership and community services roles.
Linfield continues to attract some of the regions best and brightest students. This years first year students, selected from one of the largest applicant pools in the colleges history, have some of the highest SAT scores and high school grade point averages of all entering classes at Linfield. The average GPA is 3.61 and the average SAT is 1141. Fifty-four percent of the entering class is female. The majority come from Oregon, but 19 states and 12 countries will also be represented.
Maintaining access to a Linfield education is one of the colleges core values. The colleges financial staff works closely with students and their families to keep Linfield affordable, utilizing scholarship funds from alumni and others, grants, loans and campus work study.