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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

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."
Elvia Graves at nursing campus
Elvia Graves portrait
Elvia Graves at nursing campus
Breaking Barriers
Overcoming language barriers in her education was another obstacle. Elvia is a first-generation college student with English as her second language. Born and raised speaking Spanish, she was 20 years old when she started to teach herself English.

First-Generation

By the numbers

42%
First-year students
32%
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. 
Learn more

Career Development

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

Questions?

Don't hesitate to reach out. We're here for you.
Karina Alcantara Guerrero and Jessie Thompson
First-Generation Student Coordinators


inclusion@linfield.edu