Linfield College

Linfield College is a private college in McMinnville, Oregon. It also has a campus in Portland and an adult degree program located online and in eight communities throughout the state. Linfield Wildcats athletics participates in the NCAA Division III Northwest Conference. There are a combined 2,282 students at Linfield, which employs more than 150 full-time professors.

Linfield College
MottoConnecting Learning, Life, and Community
AffiliationHistoric and symbolic ties to American Baptist Churches USA
Endowment$124.5 million (2018)[1]
Academic staff
Students2,282 (2017)[2]
Undergraduates1,683 (McMinnville Campus)
347 (Portland Campus) 436 (Adult Degree Program)[2]
Location, ,

45°11′56.4″N 123°11′55.3″W
CampusRural, 193 acres (78 ha) (McMinnville)[3]
ColorsPurple and red          
AthleticsNCAA Division III


Linfield traces its history back to 1849 when the Oregon Baptist Educational Society was created in Oregon City.[4] That group organized in order to start a Baptist school in the region, which started as Oregon City College in 1849.[4] In 1855, Sebastian C. Adams began to agitate for a school in McMinnville. Adams and his associates were members of the Christian Church, and so the school became a Christian School. To begin, 6 acres (2.4 ha) of property were donated by W. T. Newby and a group was formed to establish the school. The group included William Dawson, James McBride, Newby, and Adams and they bore the major part of the expenses of starting the school. These men built a building and convinced Adams, who was a teacher, to operate the school. After about a year and a half and because of the difficulty of running the school alone and funding problems, Adams suggested that the school be turned over to the Baptists who were attempting to start up the West Union Institute that had been chartered in 1858 by the Oregon Territorial Legislature. The Adams group imposed the condition that the Baptists keep at least one professor employed continuously in the college department.[5] Other accounts indicate that the Baptist group purchased the land in 1857 in order to start their school.[4] The Baptist College at McMinnville was chartered in 1858 by the Oregon Territorial Legislature, and later became McMinnville College before acquiring its current name.[6]

In 1922, the name was changed to Linfield College in memory of a Baptist minister, the Rev. George Fisher Linfield whose widow, Frances Eleanor Ross Linfield, gave a substantial donation to the college to promote Christian education and as a memorial to her late husband. Mrs. Linfield served as Dean of Women from 1921 to 1928, and sat on the Board of Directors from 1922 to her death in 1940. Her gift included real estate in Spokane, Washington, valued at $250,000. In his 1938 book, Bricks Without Straw: The Story of Linfield College, Professor Jonas A. "Steine" Jonasson quotes from the minutes of the college's board of trustees to explain Mrs. Linfield's motivation for her large land gift to the college: "Mrs. Linfield's dual purpose in making the gift to McMinnville College was to 'perpetuate the name, scholarly attainments and Christian influence of her late husband, Rev. George Fisher Linfield, and to promote the cause of Christian education.'"[7]

The Linfield Division of Continuing Education (Adult Degree Program) began in 1975. Today it serves eight communities in Oregon as well as online degree programs giving working adults the opportunity to complete a bachelor's degree or certificate program.

In 1982, the Linfield College-Portland Campus was established when the college entered into an affiliation with Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital & Medical Center and began offering a bachelor's degree program in nursing.

Portland Campus

The Portland Campus, home of the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing, was established in 1982 and is located in historic Northwest Portland adjacent to the Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital and Medical Center.[8] The Portland Campus became the successor to the Good Samaritan Hospital Diploma School of Nursing, established by Emily Loveridge in 1890.


Linfield College is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Specialized accreditation is granted to individual programs. The Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing is accredited by the Oregon State Board of Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The education program is approved for training of education and secondary teachers by the State of Oregon's Teachers Standards and Practices Commission. Linfield College's music program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, and its athletic training program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.


For six consecutive years, as of 2006, Linfield was named the No. 1 college in the western region by US News & World Report for the Comprehensive Colleges-Bachelor's category.[9] In the U.S. News and World Report College Rankings for 2007, Linfield College was recategorized and ranked as a Liberal Arts College in a restructuring of rankings.[10] In 2011, it was ranked 121st among liberal arts colleges.[11][12] Linfield has been named by The Princeton Review as one of the Best Colleges in the Western Region.[13] 93 percent of Linfield professors have the highest degree in their field.[2] In 2009, Language Professor Peter Richardson was awarded Oregon Professor of the Year.[14] In 2010 the Chronicle of Higher Education named Linfield a top producer of Fulbright Scholars; as since 1999, 36 graduates have won Fulbright grants.[15] A 2015 study from The Economist ranked Linfield 27th nationally out of 1,275 colleges and universities when it came to the economic value of a degree.[16] Also in 2015, Linfield was ranked among the best in the Pacific Northwest when it comes to admitting students from disadvantaged families and helping them move up the economic ladder. The study, "The Equality of Opportunity," was conducted by researchers from University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University, Brown University and the U.S. Department of the Treasury.[17] Linfield also ranked as the top liberal arts college in Washington and Oregon in Washington Monthly's "Best Bang for the Buck" list in 2016 and 2017. Washington Monthly also identifies Linfield as one of the top liberal arts colleges nationally, ranking it 81st out of 240 liberal arts colleges overall[18] Linfield has a dual enrollment agreement with Portland Community College.[19]


The Linfield Wildcats football team has the longest streak of consecutive winning seasons across all levels of college football. As of 2019, the team has had 64 consecutive winning seasons. Linfield has won four national college football titles (NCAA Division III: 2004, NAIA Division II: 1982, 1984, 1986) and have played in a total of seven college football national championship games (NAIA runner-up in 1961, 1965, 1992). In addition, the school has won three national titles in baseball (NCAA Division III: 2013, NAIA Division II: 1966, 1971). The Linfield Softball team won two NCAA Division III Softball Championships in 2007 & 2011, and were runner-up in 2010 & 2012.

Top athletics alumni include former New York Yankee Scott Brosius, who was the head baseball coach at the college for eight years until 2015;[20] former San Diego Charger Brett Elliott, the quarterback of the 2004 championship team; and former Miami Dolphins general manager, Randy Mueller, quarterback of Linfield's 1982 NAIA Championship squad.

Linfield offers varsity sports in Baseball, Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Cross-Country, Football, Men's Golf, Women's Golf, Women's Lacrosse, Women's Soccer, Men's Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Women's Tennis, Men's Tennis, Track & Field, and Women's Volleyball.

Linfield also offers thirteen intramural sports opportunities.

Linfield College Wildcats National Championships
Linfield Sports Statistics
Year Sport Coach Location Association/Division
1966 Baseball Roy Helser NAIA Division II
1971 Baseball Ad Rutschman Municipal Stadium, Phoenix, Arizona NAIA Division II
1982 American Football Ad Rutschman Maxwell Field, McMinnville, Oregon NAIA Division II
1984 American Football Ad Rutschman Maxwell Field, McMinnville, Oregon NAIA Division II
1986 American Football Ad Rutschman Maxwell Field, McMinnville, Oregon NAIA Division II
2004 American Football Jay Locey Salem, Virginia NCAA Division III
2007 Fastpitch Softball Jackson Vaughan Moyer Sports Complex, Salem, Virginia NCAA Division III
2011 Fastpitch Softball Jackson Vaughan Moyer Sports Complex, Salem, Virginia NCAA Division III
2013 Baseball Scott Brosius Fox Cities Stadium, Appleton, Wisconsin NCAA Division III

Student Life

Linfield College offers over 40 organizations on campus and over 300 leadership positions. The Associated Students of Linfield College (ASLC) or the Linfield College Activities Team (LCAT) sponsor all clubs and student-led activities.[21]

Campus Media

In addition to clubs and organizations, there is an active media presence on campus, in the form of a college radio station and newspaper, both of which include student involvement.


90.3 KSLC is an entirely student-run college radio station with reception throughout town and the immediate vicinity. The full-time student-staff consists of ten members, who work under the guidance of one faculty advisor. All work for KSLC is on a volunteer basis, but credit is also available through the electronic media practices and broadcast practices courses at Linfield. It plays a wide variety of music and also broadcasts Linfield Wildcat sporting events and there are specialty shows every weeknight. The station was housed in Pioneer Hall until 2007 when a new facility was completed in the basement of Renshaw Hall. Additionally, the radio station promotes its student ran shows as podcasts.

The Linfield Review

The Linfield Review is Linfield's student-run weekly campus newspaper. The newspaper is staffed only by students of the college and funded mostly through the Associated Students of Linfield College. According to the March 16, 2007, issue of the newspaper, the Linfield Review took third place in the Best in Show contest at the Associated Collegiate Press national college newspaper convention in Portland.[22]

Greek organizations

As of 2017, there are four fraternities and four sororities at Linfield College. The sororities are Alpha Phi (ΑΦ), Zeta Tau Alpha (ΖΤΑ), Sigma Kappa Phi (ΣΚΦ), and Phi Sigma Sigma (ΦΣΣ). The fraternities include Delta Psi Delta (ΔΨΔ), Kappa Sigma (ΚΣ), Pi Kappa Alpha (ΠΚΑ), and Theta Chi (ΘΧ). Sigma Kappa Phi and Delta Psi Delta are both local organizations and have no national affiliation. The sororities at Linfield College do not have housing.

Notable people

Notable people who have attended or taught at Linfield College include athletes such as Scott Brosius, former New York Yankee and 1998 World Series MVP; Kenneth Scott Latourette, scholar of Christianity and Chinese History; Douglas Robinson, translation theorist; Amy Tan,[23] the author of The Joy Luck Club, The Bonesetter's Daughter, and The Kitchen God's Wife; First Lieutenant Rex T. Barber, pilot in Operation Vengeance; actress Aparna Brielle; and Joe Medicine Crow, Native American historian and the only Linfield College graduate to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Notes and references

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  2. "Facts and Figures". Linfield College. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  3. "About Linfield College". Linfield College. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  4. Corning, Howard M. (1989) Dictionary of Oregon History. Binfords & Mort Publishing. p. 148.
  5. Bancroft, Hubert Howe, "The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft", Volume XXX: "History of Oregon", Volume II, The History Company, San Francisco, California. 1888. pgs. 684 & 686
  6. "Pioneer Heritage". Linfield College. Archived from the original on August 1, 2008. Retrieved October 31, 2008.
  7. Jonasson, Jonas A. (1938). Bricks Without Straw: The Story of Linfield College. Caxton Printers. ASIN B000881X28.
  8. "Good Samaritan School of Nursing | Linfield College Research | DigitalCommons@Linfield". Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  9. "Linfield ranked number 1 by U.S. News for sixth consecutive year". Press release. Linfield College. August 18, 2006. Archived from the original on May 4, 2008. Retrieved October 31, 2008.
  10. Archived from the original on June 13, 2008. Retrieved October 9, 2007. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. Siemers, Erik (September 14, 2011). "UofO 101st, OSU 138th in U.S. News rankings". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved February 4, 2012.
  12. "Linfield College". College Rankings & Lists. U.S.News & World Report. Retrieved May 28, 2011.
  13. "Best Western Colleges". The Princeton Review. Retrieved October 31, 2008.
  15. "Linfield College President's Report". Retrieved October 20, 2017.
  16. "Our first-ever college rankings". The Economist. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  17. "The Equality of Opportunity Project". Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  18. "2017 College Guide and Rankings". Washington Monthly. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  19. "PCC, PSU renew co-admission agreement". Portland Business Journal. January 23, 2012.
  20. "Scott Brosius leaves Linfield baseball". The Oregonian. May 23, 2015. Retrieved October 28, 2015.
  21. "Student Life | Linfield College". Linfield College. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  22. "Review receives national award". Linfield Review. Archived from the original on May 28, 2010. Retrieved October 31, 2008.
  23. nzen, Robin (March 7, 1996). "Linfield Going Global". The Oregonian.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
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