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Spring Semester FAQs

Schedule Changes

  • How will move-in work for spring semester at the McMinnville campus? (updated 11/11/2020)

    Spring semester testing and move-in information for the McMinnville campus will follow a staggered move-in approach. Specific time slots will be assigned and emailed to students by Friday, Dec. 4.

    • Jan. 5-8: student leaders and student-athletes
    • Jan. 11-15: continuing students, including off-campus students, based on student last name
    • Jan. 13: new students

    Specific details can be found on the Residence Life webpage.

  • What does the spring academic calendar look like? (updated 11/11/20)

    Things will look a little different in 2021. January Term will become a May Term, with many previously scheduled courses moved to May 3-26, 2021. The start of the spring semester will vary based on which campus you attend. Spring break at all campuses has been eliminated. 

    • McMinnville campus: Spring semester begins on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 and ends Friday, April 30. Mid-week breaks will occur on Feb. 9, March 10 and April 8. Additional details can be found on the McMinnville academic calendar. 

    • Portland campus: Spring semester will start as previously scheduled at our new northeast Portland campus on Monday, Feb. 8 and conclude Thursday, May 20. 

    • Online and Continuing Education courses: Spring semester begins Feb. 1 and ends April 23. See the full OCE academic calendar.

  • Why was the start date of Jan. 18 chosen for the McMinnville campus? (10/22/20)

    With COVID-19 restrictions continuing into 2021, the academic calendar was adjusted to put into place what worked well in the fall. The Jan. 18 start date allows for the McMinnville campus to have a phased move-in and to test all students for COVID-19 upon arrival. 

  • Why was spring break cancelled (updated 10/23/20)

    We are really proud that the “Linfield bubble” has worked well this fall. Students have been great about staying on campus, following safety and health policies and helping the whole community to mitigate risk. Having a long break works against these issues. In lieu of a week off, the McMinnville campus will have designated day-off breaks on Feb. 9, March 10 and April 8. The Portland campus is working to create slight breaks for students during the semester. More information to come soon. 


  • Can McMinnville campus students still take OCE classes this spring? (updated 11/11/20)

    Yes! McMinnville campus students are still able to take a course through Online and Continuing Education as part of their schedule. See the full OCE calendar online.

  • Will I still be able to study abroad this semester? (updated 11/02/20)

    The travel situation for spring 2021 has not changed. The State Department remains at level 3 (reconsider travel) and the CDC Advisory is also at level 3 (avoid non-essential travel). Most countries are still imposing restrictions for U.S. travelers, including the need for a negative COVID-19 test and possible quarantine upon arrival. The International Programs Office continues to monitor the situation and will be making a decision regarding the study abroad programs for spring 2021 during the week of Dec. 7, so please keep watching your email! Students considering studying abroad in spring 2021 should register for spring classes on Nov. 9 as a back-up option. 

Student Life

  • When will dining plans begin for the spring semester? (11/05/20)

    Meal plans will start Monday, Jan. 11.

  • If students do get to study abroad in the spring, will they be able to stay on campus in January, and if not, when will they be expected to move out? (11/05/20)

    Students who are slated to study abroad for the spring will be able to keep their housing until they know if their program is occurring or not. If their program is cancelled, they will have housing for the spring on campus in their fall housing. 

  • What is happening with spring sports? (10/22/20)

    Decisions are still forthcoming in relation to the spring sports seasons. President Davis and Linfield Athletics are working closely with the Northwest Conference to ensure the safety of all our student-athletes. More details coming soon. 

  • Will there still be events and student programming on campus? (07/17/20)

    Yes, although changes will be made to make sure that students participating will stay as healthy and safe as possible. Limiting social activity off-campus will increase the overall health of the Linfield community, so be prepared for some virtual and/or socially distanced and masked fun on campus this year. Check out the McMinnville campus and Portland campus calendars to see what is happening near you. 

  • Will I still be able to meet with my colleagues, professors, classmates and student groups?  (updated 08/20/20)

    In-person experiences are some of the most treasured at Linfield. Engaging with your friends, advisors and professors is still encouraged – just be sure to wear your face coverings and maintain physical distancing. 


    Room occupancy has been reduced in classrooms and meeting spaces across Linfield’s campuses for easier physical distancing. In addition, many conference rooms will be used for instruction. In many cases, meeting via Zoom will be the easiest way for student groups and committees to meet. 


    For on-campus events, all Linfield and state regulations must be followed. Learn more at the Conference and Event Planning website. 


  • What are the plans for graduation? (10/22/20)

    We are planning to have an event in May – even if it is a drive-in graduation! We will confer degrees when students complete all their requirements at the end of spring and again at the end of May. (Conferring a degree is that date on your transcript that indicates when you compete your work).