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Admission Information For International Students

Proudly welcoming students from around the world

Linfield fosters a welcoming environment for international students. In addition to the academic opportunities and support available through our unique programming, many social activities are organized outside of the classroom. Together, these experiences are designed to help you thrive as a member of the Linfield community.

We look forward to meeting you!

How to apply

Complete the Common Application

The Common Application will provide us with your essential demographic information. To add Linfield to your Common Application:

  1. Login to your Common Application account
  2. Click on the College Search tab
  3. Search for Linfield
  4. Click on the Blue plus sign next to Linfield in the search results

Submit a personal essay

Linfield requires you to submit a personal essay. You can find this under the writing section of the Common Application. The topics, which may change each year, are included on the Common Application. It is limited to 650 words.

Your writing will be used to understand your communication skills, as well as an opportunity to learn more about you as a person and student. Select a topic or prompt that will be interesting and meaningful to you. Write, review and revise as you would for any school paper or project seeking a grade.

Provide short answers to two Linfield-specific questions

In 250 words or less, provide answers to two questions specific to Linfield. You will find these under Linfield, on the My Colleges tab:

  1. Describe a situation in which you came into contact with someone whose beliefs were different than your own. What did you learn from this experience and were your beliefs altered in any way?
  2. What fictional character would you choose as your college roommate and why?

Request school report and transcripts

Your school counselor or administrator will submit the following documents on your behalf through the Common Application or another electronic platform. 

  • A school report providing demographic information about your school
  • An official secondary school transcript showing all courses and grades through the most recently completed term.
  • If you are a transfer student from:
  • Board exams, if applicable

Instructions in Common Application:

On the My Colleges tab, under Linfield, you will find a Recommenders and FERPA section. Here, you will submit the FERPA Release Authorization, which authorizes the release of your educational records, and invite your counselor and teacher to submit these materials.

As part of the FERPA Release Authorization, you have the right to waive or not waive the review of documents submitted on your behalf. Once completed, you may invite your counselor or administrator.

Provide financial documentation

If you are applying as a degree-seeking international student (those who would like to study at Linfield under an F-1 visa) you are required to submit financial documentation. As part of the process to issue necessary immigration documents, international student applicants must demonstrate their financial contributions through the International Financial Guarantee Form and a certified bank statement.

Admission will not be offered to international students with a balance between the cost of attendance, scholarship offered and funding demonstrated.

English proficiency exams

International student applicants whose first language is not English and have completed fewer than two years of coursework in a secondary school, college or university where English is the primary instructional language must send an official score report of an English proficiency exam. Linfield accepts the following exam types and scores for conditional admission to our English Language and Culture Program or full admission directly into their degree program.

Test scores are official if submitted directly from the testing agency. Test scores are not considered official if they are included on the application or sent directly from the student or parent.

Important dates and deadlines

We recommend you apply by the following priority deadlines. Doing so will allow plenty of time to apply for your student visa, meet with your advisor, register and prepare for classes.

For fall semester admission:

  • Priority application deadline: April 15
  • You'll receive a response from Linfield: May 15
  • If accepted, your reply to the offer of admission including the $400 matriculation (enrollment ) fee due: June 15

For spring semester admission:

  • Priority application deadline: December 1
  • You'll receive a response from Linfield: December 15
  • If accepted, your reply to the offer of admission including $400 matriculation (enrollment ) fee due: January 15

You can select whether you pay the matriculation fee in US dollars using a credit card or bank transfer or in another currency using a bank transfer. Matriculation fees are non-refundable after the priority enrollment deadlines listed above.

Request more information

Do you have questions about applying to Linfield University? Reach out! We'd love to connect with you.

Danielle Kanclerz
Associate Director of Admission for International Students

503-883-2213
danielle.kanclerz@linfield.edu