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8/18/2006 Linfield ranked number 1 by U.S. News for sixth consecutive year

McMINNVILLE – For the sixth consecutive year, Linfield College has been named the top college in the western region in the Comprehensive Colleges-Bachelor's category in rankings released by the magazine U.S. News & World Report.

In the ranking by peer institutions, Linfield received a 3.9 overall average out of a possible 5, the highest score in that category.

"We are always pleased to be recognized by our peers and outside organizations for the quality of our academic programs," President Thomas L. Hellie said. "It's also important to note that our teacher education program recently received an outstanding evaluation from the State of Oregon for its reaccreditation. And, our nursing graduates achieved a 97 percent pass rate on their licensing examinations, dramatically higher than the national average of 86 percent."

Linfield will welcome 460 freshmen next week on the McMinnville Campus with orientation scheduled to begin Friday, Aug. 25. Fall semester classes and opening convocation will be held Wednesday, Aug. 30. The estimated enrollment at McMinnville for fall semester will be 1,760.

Linfield continues to attract some of the region's best and brightest students. This year's incoming students are well traveled and have served in numerous leadership and community service roles. Fifty-five percent of the entering class is female. The majority come from Oregon but 15 other states and nine countries also are represented.

Maintaining access to a Linfield education is one of the college's core values. The college's financial aid staff works closely with students and their families to keep Linfield affordable, utilizing scholarship funds donated by alumni and others, grants, loans and campus work study funds.