Linfield College

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Linfield College
File:Linfield College (emblem).png
Motto Connecting Learning, Life, and Community
Established 1858
Type Private
Affiliation Historic and symbolic ties to American Baptist Churches USA
Endowment $103.5 million (2014)[1]
President Thomas L. Hellie
Academic staff
Students 2,466 (2014)[2]
Undergraduates 1,683 (McMinnville Campus)
347 (Portland Campus) 436 (Adult Degree Program)[2]
Location McMinnville, Oregon, USA
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Campus Rural, 193 acres (78 ha) (McMinnville)[3]
Colors Cardinal and Purple         
Athletics NCAA Division III
Nickname Wildcats

Linfield College is an American private institution of higher learning located in McMinnville, Oregon. As a four-year, undergraduate, liberal arts and sciences college with a campus in Portland, Oregon, it also has 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 2,466 students at Linfield, which employs more than 150 full-time professors.


Pioneer Hall, built in 1882.

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]

Melrose Hall, built in 1929, is the administrative center of the college.

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.

In the 2007–2008 academic year Linfield celebrated its sesquicentennial anniversary.[8]

Portland Campus

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


T.J. Day Hall (formerly Northup Hall), built in 1936, was the library through 2003.

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, 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, 22 graduates have won Fulbright grants.[citation needed] Linfield has a dual enrollment agreement with Portland Community College.[15]


The Linfield Wildcats football team has the longest streak of winning seasons in all levels of the NCAA. As of 2015, the team has had 60 consecutive winning seasons. Linfield has won four national college football titles (NCAA Division III: 2004, NAIA Division II: 1982, 1984, 1986) and three in baseball (NCAA Division III: 2013, NAIA Division II: 1966, 1971). The Linfield Softball team won two NCAA Division III Softball Championships in May 2007 & May 2011.

Top athletics alumni include former New York Yankee Scott Brosius, who was the head baseball coach at the college for eight years until 2015;[16] 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 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

Media organizations

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Melrose Hall from the academic quad.

KSLC FM radio

KSLC is an entirely student-run college radio station with reception throughout town and the immediate vicinity. The full-time student-staff consists of nine members, who work under the guidance of one faculty advisor. Students are encouraged to get involved through the electronic media practices class or just volunteer. It plays a wide variety of music and also broadcasts Linfield Wildcat sporting events. There are specialty shows every weeknight: Punk, Heavy Rock, World Music and Hip Hop are among the most popular radio formats . The station was housed in Pioneer Hall until 2007 when a new facility was completed in the basement of Renshaw Hall.

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.[17]

Greek organizations

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Riley Center, location of the Associated Students of Linfield College and the College Bookstore;

As of 2007,[needs update] 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. All four fraternities at Linfield have houses, whereas the sororities do not.

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,[18] the author of The Joy Luck Club, The Bonesetter's Daughter, and The Kitchen God's Wife, and Joe Medicine Crow, Native American historian and the only Linfield College graduate to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Notes and references

  1. As of June 30, 2014. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2013 to FY 2014" (PDF). National Association of College and University Business Officers and Commonfund Institute. 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Facts and Figures". Linfield College. Retrieved June 6, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "About Linfield College". Linfield College. Retrieved June 6, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 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.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Jonasson, Jonas A. (1938). Bricks Without Straw: The Story of Linfield College. Caxton Printers. ASIN B000881X28.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Linfield College: 150 Years". Linfield College. Retrieved October 31, 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Linfield ranked number 1 by U.S. News for sixth consecutive year". Press release. Linfield College. August 18, 2006. Retrieved October 31, 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Archived from the original on June 13, 2008. Retrieved October 9, 2007. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Siemers, Erik (September 14, 2011). "UofO 101st, OSU 138th in U.S. News rankings". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved February 4, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "Linfield College". College Rankings & Lists. U.S.News & World Report. Retrieved May 28, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. "Best Western Colleges". The Princeton Review. Retrieved October 31, 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. "PCC, PSU renew co-admission agreement". Portland Business Journal. January 23, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. "Scott Brosius leaves Linfield baseball". The Oregonian. May 23, 2015. Retrieved October 28, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. "Review receives national award". Linfield Review. Retrieved October 31, 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  18. nzen[verification needed], Robin (March 7, 1996). "Linfield Going Global". The Oregonian.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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