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Spring Semester FAQs

Schedule Changes

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

    Spring semester testing and check-in for the McMinnville campus will follow a staggered arrival approach. Specific time slots were emailed to students on Dec. 7.

    • 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. 


  • What changes have been made to nursing classes this spring? (01/13/21)

    Information about uniform requirements, class procedures and other changes for the School of Nursing can be found in the spring 2021 COVID-19 planning document.

  • 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 students still be able to study abroad this semester? (updated 12/10/20)

    After careful consideration and discussion with our international partners, Linfield University has cancelled its study abroad programs for spring 2021. The U.S. Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control continue to have Level 3 and 4 travel advisories in place, advocating for “reconsider travel” and “avoid all travel” respectively. All students registered for spring programs have been contacted and offered spaces in the 2021-22 academic year, if they are able to participate. Linfield’s International Programs Office will continue to monitor the situation. For more information or questions, contact the International Programs Office at 503-883-2222 or

Student Life

  • What is happening with spring sports? (updated 01/08/21)

    Competition is scheduled to return for Linfield on Feb. 6. Read the full announcement and details for each sport on the Linfield Athletics website

  • What safety precautions are ongoing for Linfield's student-athletes? (01/30/21)

    Student-athletes are undergoing rigorous testing and being asked to follow very strict protocols this spring. They are following all Northwest Conference, Oregon Health Authority, Yamhill County Health Department and Linfield recommendations and guidelines.  

    Surveillance testing is ongoing for all Linfield sports. We are required to test 25-50% of all athletes, coaches and athletic staff every 1-2 weeks. Student-athletes raised money last fall to help offset any additional costs for testing, so they could continue to participate while meeting the requirements. 

    Only non-conference competition has been scheduled between institutions that verify they are comparable to us when it comes to testing, masking and practicing physical distancing. The NCAA considers most of our sports either low-risk or moderate-risk, but the Northwest Conference and Linfield continue to follow protocols and administer tests at higher levels than the national body would mandate. 

    Football and basketball are classified as high-risk. The level of recommended testing is much more rigorous for these sports. Student-athletes in those activities must be tested at least three times per week using antigen testing or once a week via PCR testing.


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

    Meal plans will start Monday, Jan. 11.

  • When will the outdoor dining tent reopen? (updated 02/24/21)

    When Yamhill County moves into the "High Risk" category on Feb. 26, the dining tent on Renshaw Avenue will reopen with a maximum capacity of 50 people. Linfield will continue to work with Yamhill County Public Health on monitoring and adjusting capacity per county risk guidelines.

  • 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 people still be able to meet with their 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).