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First-Generation Student Resources

Building a sense of belonging

Linfield first-generation studentsBeing a first-generation college student can be difficult. Linfield First is a new program that deepens the ties between you and our community.

Anthony-Jack_speaker.JPGOur team of current students, faculty, staff and alumni are here for you through a series of luncheons, a mentoring program, pre-orientation programming and scholarship opportunities. Together, we explore needs, strengths and community resources that will empower you in your college career.

Given our history of providing access and economic mobility, we are a community dedicated to the success of all our students, regardless of background, by providing rigorous opportunities to grow socially, intellectually, and professionally. 

The success of our efforts inspires us to build an inclusive sense of community where students can live out our mission of connecting learning, life and community.

First-generation stories

Voices of Linfield

a vibrant performance of dancers at Linfield's 2021 Hispanic Heritage Celebracion
group photo of students and Folklórico dancers at Linfield's 2021 Hispanic Heritage Celebracion
a vibrant performance of dancers at Linfield's 2021 Hispanic Heritage Celebracion
Honoring Latinx Culture
Linfield University Latinx Adelante (LULA) organizes the annual Hispanic Heritage Celebración at Linfield during Hispanic Heritage Month. It is a festival with live music, food from all over Latin America, activities for kids, and a variety of vendors showcasing different Latino-owned goods.
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portrait of Karina Alcantara Guerrero '23
the top of Pioneer Hall through the oak trees
Dedication to Diversity
"As a first-generation student, there's going to be times where [you feel] like you don't belong in this space. But you have to remember that you deserve what you have because you have worked for it and you shouldn't doubt your ability." 
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portrait of Ruby Trujillo '24 outside of Melrose Hall
Sun shining through the trees in the academic quad
Cultivating Community
As students explore the uncommon at Linfield University, sophomore Ruby Trujillo '24 values the personal growth she has found through the growing diversity on campus.
Latinx seniors 2021 group photo
Antonio Peña Anaya '21
Latinx seniors 2021 group photo
Honoring Linfield's Latinx Graduates
"And, most importantly I want to say thank you to our parents and families who sacrificed everything for us to be here today. This is as much their diploma as it is ours; we are their American Dream come true."

First-Generation

By the numbers

42%

First-year students

34%

All Linfield students

76

Student, faculty, staff and alumni mentors

Pie chart representing Linfield's first-generation students by ethnicity/race

Linfield's first-generation students

Ethnic distribution

          White 46%
          Latinx 33%
          Asian 9%
          American Indian or Alaskan Native 4%
          Black or African American 3%
          Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 3%
          Multiracial 1%
          Unknown 1%
Pie chart representing Linfield's first-generation students by gender

Linfield's first-generation students

Gender

          Female 69%
          Male 29%
          Non-binary 1%
          Feminine gender-fluid 1%

Home states

Oregon
69%
Washington
14%
Hawaii
5%
California
4%
Colorado
2%
Montana
2%
Alaska
1%
Idaho
1%
Nevada
1%
Utah
1%
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Primary majors

Nursing
42%
Business
8%
Psychology
6%
Sport management
5%
Elementary education
4%
Pre-medicine
4%
Law, rights and justice
4%
All others
27%
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Scholarships and Grants

The Linfield First Scholarship is designed to address challenges faced by first-generation college students and build upon the skills and experience you bring to our campus. 
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Career Development

Linfield's Office of Career Development supports your college journey as well as your chosen career path.
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