McMinnville, OR
Linfield College-McMinnville Campus


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Recent Reviews

Robyn
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Linfield is a place for those who crave intellectual stimulation, human connection and a thirst for new experience and advent...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Linfield is a place for those who crave intellectual stimulation, human connection and a thirst for new experience and adventure with each new day.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

To be successful in this huge transition from high school to college it is essential to form a support system when establishing yourself as an adult and a student. You must prepare yourself to be open to everything, including change. Changes in time management, extraversion and confidence may all be necessary. These all prove invaluable when you have 5 paper due in the same week or need to ask a question in front of a class of 45 or making decisions about your education without any guidance outside of yourself. All these things may violate previous habits that allowed you to get by or take comfort in high school but college is on a whole new plane and it must be entered with an open perspective to such: the new.

What's unique about your campus?

What stands out the most to me about Linfield is the staff. The professors are absolutely amazing and contribute so much to an enriching education. If you're having any kind of trouble either with their class, department or really anything, they go out of their way to help you or make things easier. My best advice would be to not be intimidated because they can be both your best asset and hope for success.

Rachel
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

First of all, my advice is for students. Parents should be involved in the planning process, but the student needs to take re...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

First of all, my advice is for students. Parents should be involved in the planning process, but the student needs to take responsibility for his or her actions. By taking responsibility for choosing a college, applying for financial aid, and paying for my school, I gained ownership of my college experience and it is worth a lot more to me than it would have been. When looking for a school, students, don't be afraid to shop around. I wanted to go out of state and I wanted a private school. That's fine and dandy, but now school is getting expensive and I wish I had looked at state schools in surrounding states, if only for comparison purposes. Don't make a hasty decision. Look at all aspects of a school and find out which are most important. Use that data to decide. When you get to school, focus on school. Not parties, not your M.R.S. degree. College is for learning. However, don't get bogged down and overwhelmed by school. Take time to enjoy college, to meet people, to try new clubs and experiences. It's cliched but true- college is the time of your life!

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone with diverse interests and a commitment to academics. It's to expensive to come here to party! Someone who puts learning first but isn't afraid of get out and meet people and have fun. Someone who is not afraid to get friendly with their neighbors.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The meal plans. They are required if you are living in the dorms, they are inflexible and expensive and unrealistic, and the staff refuses to offer better ones. I paid for nine meals per week as required and ate probably 5 of them.

Catherine
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Listen to your gut instincts. I only wanted to go to one school. I was so sure of my going to that school that it was the only school that I would apply to. I took it as a sign of my being where I am supposed to be that I got accepted. Pay attention to how you get along on campus when you visit. It is how you will feel If you attend that school.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The rain. But you get used to it. Now my friends and I run around in rain boots in the pouring down rain until we look like drowned cats. We especially like to go late at night!

Catherine
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Campus life is absolutely crucial. When deciding on a college take the time to visit the campuses and really take the time t...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Campus life is absolutely crucial. When deciding on a college take the time to visit the campuses and really take the time to interprate how you feel about the campus and the people there. Money is important but I feel that it's not as important as how you feel on campus. The college experience is just as important as the education you're working to receive. If you don't feel like you fit in on campus and aren't having any fun it's going to affect your grades. College is a delicate balance of playing and studying - don't be surprised if your grades droop a little your first semester. This happens to many college students because not only is your workload going to be more difficult than in high school but you are the one who is managing your time; you don't have your parents there to tell you what to do and when to do it. Really take the time to try to prepare for your first year of college, make sure you make time for both socializing and studying. Taking time to make a daily schedule was the best decision I made.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

This is an awesome school, the campus is very community oriented and the school provides a lot of opportunity for community service and other forms of giving back. I have never felt out of place here, everyone - students and faculty - are very friendly and inviting. I have this incredibly strong feeling that I am where I am supposed to be all the time ever since I first set foot on campus. I love it here! I would not even dream of transfering even because of money.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Honestly, the most frustrating thing about my school is the rain. At least it was when the rainy season first started last year. You kind of get used to it raining after a while - just get a good pair of rain boots and a waterproof jacket. Now my friends and I will go out when its pouring down rain and run around campus until we look like drowned rats! Somehow, we manage to have fun out of doors in all weather.

Timothy
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

In order to make the most of your college experience choose a school that fits you. Don't go to a big school if you want smal...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

In order to make the most of your college experience choose a school that fits you. Don't go to a big school if you want small class sizes and for your professor to know your name. Likewise if you prefer to have someone hold you accountable and know that you exist as a person and not just a number, consider a small school. As far as succeeding and making the most out of your college experience it is important to remember that grades aren't the only thing that matters, growing as a person and discovering who you are and what you want to do is just as important. With that being said however, grades are definitely important. To succeed in the classroom know that college isn't necessarily more complex, it simply requires more effort and work in order to be successfull. Learning to manage your time and be responsible is of the utmost importance becuase classes move faster and cover more material. It's better to be diligent and possess a strong work ethic than be a genius in college, although being a genius certainly helps too. Ultimately, the school doesn't make your experience, you do!

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

The small class sizes and the close interaction with professors. Also the beautiful campus and close proximity to Portland. The liberal arts education is nice too.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Sometimes it's frustratingly small. It gets old seeing the same people all the time especially if you want to try and avoid someone. Also there isn't a whole lot to do in McMinnville and campus is pretty dead on weekends and holidays because everyone goes home. It's also frustrating dealing with power tripping, napoleon complex having campus security guys who think they have a license to be D-bags.

Kelly
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

It would help if you have an idea what you want to study and choose colleges that have a program for that. If you don't know...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

It would help if you have an idea what you want to study and choose colleges that have a program for that. If you don't know what you want to study pick colleges that have programs that are close to interests you already have (don't pick art colleges if you want to work with computers for example). Once you have chosen a type of college narrow down your search. Look at location, class sizes, classes, extracurricular activities, etc. Once you eliminated (or chosen) a few based on your criteria visit the campuses during the school year. This is important so you can know if the atmosphere is right for you or if you absolutely hate it. Make sure the campus life will fit your personality. Otherwise you may love the classes but hate the rest of your time there. You need to find balance though. Don't choose a school completely for the academics or for the atmosphere/lifestyle. Find one where you can learn and enjoy yourself at the same time.

What's unique about your campus?

The best part about Linfield is the classes. The majority of the classes have 30 or fewer students. There are only a few that are large (60+). This lets you really get to know your Professors (who are all full professors - no student teachers). It helps you learn because they can give you so much attention.

Arminda
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would tell each and every parent and student to be open to ALL possibilities, and to not be bias about a school based on it...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would tell each and every parent and student to be open to ALL possibilities, and to not be bias about a school based on its location or whether its public or private. Its extremely important that you explore all of your options and that you seek out a school that will challenge you both socially and academically, but that will also cater to your needs should you be looking for direction or struggling. Also, for many students, it seems tempting to pick the school that's farthest away from home, but that can be just a monotonous as going somewhere too close. Visit every college, test your limits, and if homesickness would be a deciding factor, then honor that, because it most certainly has the potential to take a toll on a student's academic performance. And especially for parents, be enthusiastic and excited and be PRESENT in the college application and picking process. It can seem daunting to a student and its important for them to know that they have their parent's support.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about Linfield College is the opportunity they allow every one of the students to go abroad. They offer month long, semester long and year long abroad programs, and are very enthusiastic about exposing their students to other languages and cultures. Also, they pay for at least one round-trip ticket to go abroad, and another if you major or minor in a language. The flexibility of diversity of their abroad programs was a huge factor in making Linfield my first and final choice.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

Yes. Most of my friends go to public schools, and my sisters are still in high school, so it feels wonderful when I can tell them about an amazing faculty lecture that I attended or an out of town event that my school picked up the tab for. I definitely lead a very blessed and charmed life at Linfield!

Carolyn
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

It's small, focused, and has a great one-on-one atmosphere between professors and students. I know all my professors on a fi...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

It's small, focused, and has a great one-on-one atmosphere between professors and students. I know all my professors on a first- name basis. It also places a big emphasis on sports, so about sixty percent of the students are athletes of some sort.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Always tour the schools before you apply. You can't really know where you want to go until you set foot on campus. Talk to alumni, talk a lot with admission counselors and anybody else who has a personal relationship with the school. Do a lot of digging and push on the financial aid. College is expensive but most colleges (even the really expensive ones) are willing to work with you.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who's looking for a big college experience and a busy campus. We're a good liberal arts school and we have a Greek system, but it's nothing compared to the big state schools. Also someone who's looking to slide through college. Definitely not the place for them.

Septembre
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Students should make their best efforts to figure out what type of college setting is the most necessary to accomodate their ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Students should make their best efforts to figure out what type of college setting is the most necessary to accomodate their learning styles and social needs, and parents should do all that they can to facilitate such discovery. Asking the proper questions and getting a better feel for college campuses, professors and surrounding environments is important in addition to the level of education available. The college experience is a valuable one, one that should not be taken for granted. College provides a wonderful opportunity to make life-long friends and network for future success. One never knows where certain roads will lead, especially if one never sets foot upon them.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

A person who is extremely introverted or is looking forward to the typically-seen, cliche version of college where students are crammed into one room listening to lectures from professors and expected to succeed. That situation does not exist at Linfield. The classes have a nice student-teacher ratio and professors are accessible, not calous and unfriendly.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

Linfield has been named one of the best smaller schools in the west. Also, even though it is shallow, I make sure I tell people Matt Groening, the creator of The Simpsons graduated from here.

Scott
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

College is a time of change, and a time of growth. When choosing a college to attend, remember that you will be there for th...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

College is a time of change, and a time of growth. When choosing a college to attend, remember that you will be there for the next 4 years, most likely, and will be doing more than just studying for classes and tests. One should remember how important the social aspect of college is, and even if the university or college you are looking at has a good repuation for academics, if you don't feel comfortable, do not go there. In order to suceed, you must feel comfortable in your surroundings, and college is no exception. Also, when deciding on a college, make sure to ask every single question you can think of about the school. Even if the questions seem outrageous, you have the right to ask those questions, as you will be making one of the largest investments of your lifetime. Most importantly, enjoy the experience of college, and take from it everything you can. College is, many times, the greatest experience of anyone's life, so don't be afraid to step outside of the box, try new things, and have fun while doing it.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing is the small class size, and also the faculty-student interactions. It allows for a better learning experience when students and faculty can be one-on-one, and in a small class setting.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The worst thing about my school is its location, nearly 45 minutes away from any metropolitan city (nearest being Portland) and on weekends, there is not much to do at all, in terms of social life.

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  • 81%

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