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Linfield College welcomes full-time degree-seeking first-year and transfer students from outside of the United States. As an international student at Linfield College, you'll have access to top-quality academics and a safe and friendly American community. Courses are rigorous and taught by professors, who also provide one-on-one advising and mentoring. There are a variety of practical learning opportunities to develop career skills through internships, research conducted with professors and off-campus courses offered during our optional January Term. And numerous special events are scheduled throughout the year to help international students integrate into the campus community and explore American culture.

Linfield College has received the following recognition:
  • U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review rank Linfield College one of the top liberal arts institutions in the nation.
  • Linfield was ranked in the top 40 baccalaureate institutions in the nation for study abroad participation. Half of all Linfield graduates have studied outside the U.S., bringing a unique perspective back to the campus community.
  • Forbes magazine named Linfield one of the nation's "Top Colleges," with special recognition for quality of teaching and student satisfaction.
  • Linfield is home to the Oregon Nobel Laureate Symposium - one of only five such symposia in the world - which brings Nobel laureates to campus.
Admission Opportunities
English Language and Culture Program
First-Year Student Application
Transfer Student Application
Timeline

Admission Opportunities

International students may apply for enrollment in either Linfield's full-time degree-seeking program or in the English Language and Culture Program (ELCP). For international students whose first language is not English, evidence of the current level of English proficiency is required and a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report is preferred. Linfield College also recognizes scores from other standardized tests such as IELTS, TOEIC and EIKEN.

To enter Linfield as a full, degree-seeking student without enrollment in the English Language and Culture Program (ELCP), students must submit an official copy of one or more of the following exams and minimum scores:

  • EIKEN (Grade Pre-1)
  • IELTS (6.5 score, with a writing sub-score of 7.0)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) English A (score of 5 or higher)
  • MELAB (minimum score of 77 with a writing sub-score of 87)
  • SAT Critical Reading (630 minimum)
  • TOEFL (550 paper-based score; 80 internet-based score with a writing sub-score of 24)
  • TOEIC (750 score)

International students who meet Linfield's academic requirements, but whose language exam scores fall below any of the minimum scores listed above may be conditionally admitted to Linfield and required to concentrate their studies within the ELCP. To determine class placement in ELCP, all international students will take both a written and oral assessment during the Linfield College Orientation program before the start of classes.

In addition, applicants are evaluated in several other areas that commonly indicate academic potential. These include academic performance in secondary schools, writing samples, and letters of recommendation. Because participation in non-academic activities is also important at Linfield, an applicant’s involvement in community and school activities is also considered in the evaluation process.

English Language and Culture Program (ELCP)

Students who meet academic requirements, but whose language exam scores fall below any of the minimum scores (see above), may be conditionally admitted and required to concentrate their studies within the English Language and Culture Program (ELCP). The ELCP prepares international students for success in their American college experience through a Bridge Program for speakers of other languages. This program will help strengthen a student's academic language skills and intercultural understanding before proceeding into a regular load of undergraduate classes. Bridge Program courses focus on intensive language work but are designed within an interesting thematic framework such as literature, film and culture. Students will develop their research skills and confidence in writing academic papers in readiness for their undergraduate classes. In order to qualify for ELCP, TOEFL scores must be at least 450 (45 IBT).

The English Language and Culture Program (ELCP) also offers special programs (one semester or one year) for international students wishing to improve their English proficiency, but not wanting to complete an entire four-year Bachelor’s degree. Students with TOEFL scores of 400 (97 LBT) and above may be admitted to Special Programs. Courses will include work in writing, grammar, reading, listening, speaking, pronunciation, culture and computer assisted language learning. Students applying to the ELCP Special Programs (one semester or one year) should submit the Linfield College Special Program Application.

First-Year Student Application Materials

Linfield College accepts the Common Application, which can be submitted online.

A complete application includes the following:

  • Common Application
  • Official or certified copies of academic records and examination results from all secondary schools and universities attended. These must be in English and should explain the grading system in use.
  • An official score report from an approved testing agency (will be used to determine English language proficiency - see Admission Opportunities above).
  • A teacher evaluation form or letter of recommendation from a principal, counselor or teacher
  • Financial Statement and certified bank statement from the student's parents or other guarantor. A personal letter from the parent or guarantor can substitute for the Financial Statement. These items must be mailed to the Office of Admission.
Admitted students are required to submit final transcripts prior to enrollment, which will be reviewed by the Office of Admission. Linfield College reserves the right to revoke admission or enrollment upon receipt of a final high school transcript reflecting a significant decline in academic performance.

Students applying to the English Language and Culture Special Programs (one year or one semester) must complete the Linfield College Special Program Application.

Transfer Student Application Materials

Linfield College accepts the Common Application, which can be submitted online. Students who have completed two years of full-time coursework at an American college or university are not required to submit exam score reports or secondary school documents.

A complete application includes the following:

  • Common Application
  • Official or certified copies of academic records and examination results from all secondary schools and universities attended. These must be in English and should explain the grading system in use. 
  • An official score report from an approved testing agency (will be used to determine English language proficiency - see Admission Opportunities above). 
  • A teacher evaluation form or letter of recommendation from a faculty member who has taught you.
  • Financial Statement and certified bank statement from the student's parents or other guarantor. A personal letter from the parent or guarantor can substitute for the Financial Statement. These items must be mailed to the Office of Admission.
Admitted students are required to submit final transcripts prior to enrollment, which will be reviewed by the Office of Admission. Linfield College reserves the right to revoke admission or enrollment upon receipt of a final high school transcript (or most recent college transcript) reflecting a significant decline in academic performance.

Students applying to the English Language and Culture Special Programs (one year or one semester) must complete the Linfield College Special Program Application.

Timeline

While the following dates are priority application deadlines, Linfield College will make every effort to accommodate applications beyond these dates. An application is reviewed as soon as all required materials are received. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis, with notifications sent weekly.

Fall Admission:
September 1: Begin accepting application materials
April 15: Priority application deadline
May 15: Admission and financial aid notification
June 1: $2,000 Enrollment Deposit Deadline (A Certification of Eligibility I-20 will be issued after the receipt of the enrollment deposit.
August 21: Arrive for Orientation and Classes

Spring Admission:
September 1: Begin accepting application materials
December 1: Priority application deadline
December 15: Admission and financial aid notification
January 15: $2,000 Enrollment Deposit Deadline (A Certification of Eligibility I-20 will be issued after the receipt of the enrollment deposit.
February 9: Arrive for Orientation and Classes