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Linfield College

Linfield College

Linfield College, a private, comprehensive, undergraduate institution located in the Pacific Northwest, connects the traditional liberal arts with a practically-based education through collaborative, service and experiential learning opportunities. Linfield is nationally recognized for its strong teaching faculty, outstanding academic programs and distinctive international emphasis. Linfield educates students to become global citizens, with more than half of all graduates participating in study abroad courses.

Linfield offers 47 majors through three programs:

  • A residential campus in McMinnville, featuring a traditional liberal arts curriculum, including pre-professional programs;
  • A Portland Campus which is home to the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing and a health sciences major;
  • The Adult Degree Program, a pioneer in adult education with courses online and at eight sites in Oregon.

Mission Statement

Linfield College advances a vision of learning, life and community that:

  • Promotes intellectual challenge and creativity,
  • Values both theoretical and practical knowledge,
  • Engages thoughtful dialogue in a climate of mutual respect,
  • Honors the rich texture of diverse cultures and varied ways of understanding,
  • Piques curiosity for a lifetime of inquiry,
  • And inspires the courage to live by moral and spiritual principle and to defend freedom of conscience.

Diversity Profile: Linfield College

Respect DIVERSITY - Linfield College honors human rights and academic freedom, celebrates diverse cultures, fosters a climate of mutual respect, and promotes an inclusive environment that affirms the value of all persons.

Linfield College is committed to provide equal opportunities in employment. It is the policy of the college to grant equal employment opportunities to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, or membership in any other protected classification. In addition, Linfield College does not discriminate in its educational and activities programs, or in admissions or access as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1954, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and their implementing regulations.

The information on Linfield's Human Resources website is based on current College programs, policies, and practices. Linfield reserves the right to correct any information on this website that is discovered not to be accurate. If Linfield's programs, policies, or practices change, the information on this website will also change. Linfield reserves the right, whether in an individual case or more generally, to alter, reduce, or eliminate any practice, policy or benefits, in whole or in part, without notice.

Linfield College has a rich, ethnically diverse community. In the 2011-12 academic year, almost a quarter of our students on the McMinnville and Portland campuses were American Students of color.

Diversity is not just measured by culture and ethnicity.  The fabric of our community is made up of individuals who vary in age, sexual orientation, religion and economic class, as well as color and culture.

As our nation and world change, it is essential that Linfield College reflect and celebrate the changes that our students, alumni and scholars will encounter. Diverse backgrounds, cultures, ideas and lifestyles provide opportunities for intellectual exploration and personal growth. Students learn to negotiate complex social landscapes and how to overcome discomfort and conflict when meeting with and learning from individuals with different values and beliefs. They learn to embrace and celebrate differences. Everyone at Linfield College benefits from a more diverse environment in academic and non-academic ways.

Diversity and mutual respect are at the heart of the liberal arts education found at Linfield College.

Our Mission Statement calls on us as a community to... "engage thoughtful dialogue in a climate of mutual respect, and honor the rich texture of diverse cultures and varied ways of understanding."

Linfield College is committed to creating a diverse community that reflects the magnificent variety of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and ideas that make up our country and our world. We actively seek students, faculty and staff who wish to be part of our efforts.

Multicultural Programs

Linfield Multicultural Programs Embrace YOU! Linfield recognizes the differences and similarities among races, nations, cultures and their various histories and has developed college wide efforts to affirm and encourage pride in our diversity.

Multicultural Programs functions as a catalyst and facilitator forging links among students, faculty, staff and the community. This is accomplished through individual student advising and programs that are inclusive of students, staff and faculty. Collaborative recruitment and retention efforts are made with the admissions office and alumni. Multicultural Programs works closely with Financial Aid in order to aid students in the process of paying for college and getting connected to resources.

International Programs

A primary mission of Linfield College is to develop among its undergraduates an international perspective based on competence in foreign languages, encounters with other cultures, and knowledge of world issues. International Programs provides a variety of opportunities designed to awaken in students a concern with world affairs that will extend beyond their years at Linfield. These programs aim to integrate study abroad with a stimulating international environment on the home campus.

Career Diversity - click on the links below for more information and links to articles for each of the different categories regarding career diversity.

President's Advisory Committee on Diversity - The Linfield College 2012-2018 Strategic Plan calls on increasing efforts to actively recruit and support a wide diversity of students and staff.

As a part of that commitment, the President's Advisory Committee on Diversity at Linfield College was created to promote initiatives to create a more diverse and inclusive community and initiate community-wide discussions about the value of diversity. President Thomas L. Hellie chairs the 15-member committee, made up of students, faculty and staff. The committee reviews and assess programs, proposes institutional initiatives and is exploring the definition of diversity at Linfield College. It evaluateschanges in our student body, how we respond to and support those changes, and studies the implications of changing demographics.

Academic Support - Over 250 courses at Linfield address diversity philosophically.  Jan term travel courses as well as semester and year abroad programs address diversity experientially.

Student Support - Support for new and continuing students interested in diversity is available through campus venues.

The Multicultural programs office provides support and advice for several programs planned and sponsored by various multicultural student clubs.


Once known as McMinnville College, Linfield’s main campus is located just south of the historic downtown core on 193 park-like acres. The traditional residential campus offers students opportunities to fulfill the college’s mission and connect learning, life and community through classroom, residential and student life experiences.


Established through a partnership between Good Samaritan Hospital (now a part of Legacy Health Systems), the Linfield College-Good Samaritan School of Nursing was established in 1982. The transfer-only campus is located in Northwest Portland and offers students the opportunity to complete bachelor degrees in nursing.


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