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Life at Linfield

What others may consider uncommon is simply commonplace at Linfield. Immerse yourself in a world where the untraditional and unusual thrive.
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What does life look like on Linfield's campuses?

Residence Life

In short, it’s something special. Immerse yourself in the unforgettable and explore everything that begins at the edge of curiosity and ends on the right side of memorable.
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Global engagement through studying abroad

Study Abroad

A month, a semester, a year abroad? You bet. We’ll even pay your roundtrip airfare on your first adventure! See where Linfield will take you.
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Is Greek life for you?

Fraternity & Sorority Life

Social fraternities and sororities at Linfield build the individual members through collaborative and meaningful friendships that last a lifetime.
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Diversity is the fabric of our community

Diversity at Linfield

Beyond cultures and ethnicities, diversity at Linfield also represents varying backgrounds, lifestyles, ideas, perspectives. And bringing awareness to common points of intersection makes us all richer with compassion.
34%
U.S. students of color
23
Countries represented
32%
First-generation students

Associated Students of Linfield University (ASLU)

Student Government

ASLU provides student advocacy and helps to shape our campus culture. Social gatherings, educational events and cultural meet-ups start here.
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United for Ukraine benefit concert on March 17, 2022 in Ice Auditorium

An art scene of unparalleled vibrancy

Arts & Culture

The mutual adoration between performer and attendee is what makes the arts at Linfield so vivid. Attend a gallery, perform in the theater, join an ensemble. Surprise yourself. You won’t regret it.

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Voices of Linfield

the courtyard outside of Riley Hall in the spring
Lucy Kerr '24 sitting down outside of Starbucks, smiling
the courtyard outside of Riley Hall in the spring
A Helping Hand
For sophomore Lucy Kerr '24, helping others has always been the priority. The pre-nursing major came into Linfield as a first-generation student. She now lends a helping hand to those in the same position.
aerial view of campus looking to the valley over Pioneer Hall
Sabrina Heizenarder '25 posing for the camera.
aerial view of campus looking to the valley over Pioneer Hall
A Peaceful Journey
In addition to her undergraduate studies, Sabrina Heizenrader '25 quickly found a place in Linfield’s Learning Across Boundaries (LAB), where student-led initiatives aim to help the greater Linfield community. Her focus with LAB this year is on mental health.
Robert in a scene from Treasure Island
Robert Turner '24 as Long John Silver in Linfield Theatre Program's performance of Treasure Island
Robert in a scene from Treasure Island
Debuting on Linfield's Stage
"Treasure Island was certainly the most nervous I've been on-stage in a while," Robert Turner '24 said. "I hadn't acted in front of a live audience in two years."
The Flood family pictured together at Linfield's homecoming 2021 football game
Annie Flood '25 biting her gold medal
The Flood family pictured together at Linfield's homecoming 2021 football game
Making My Life Extraordinary
"When my parents finally made the decision, they knew amputation was the best choice for me and that the doctors were going to be right. However, there was one thing that the doctors were completely wrong about. I was going to be anything but ‘normal’, I was going to be extraordinary, and my family made sure of that."
the academic quad in winter at sunrise
Jane Samuels and Natalie Welch pictured with WildX student contributors, Keaton Wood, Madison Reimer and Andy Starkel at a 2021 Commencement ceremony.
the academic quad in winter at sunrise
Creating a Space for Difficult Conversations
"We wanted to create a space to process our thoughts and feelings. Not just for us – for the entire Linfield community."
students walking through the academic quad on a sunny fall morning
portrait of Abby Gorton '22
students walking through the academic quad on a sunny fall morning
Making the Most of Her Journey
Linfield University senior Abby Gorton '22 has made the most of her three and a half years at the McMinnville campus. Graduating in January, a semester early, she's ready to take the next step into her career.
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.
the top of Pioneer Hall through the oak trees
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." 
Sun shining through the trees in the academic quad
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.
aerial shot of the McMinnville campus
ASLU officers 2021-22
aerial shot of the McMinnville campus
ASLU McMinnville Campus: 2021 student leadership
Meet the 2021-22 ASLU officers on the McMinnville campus.
Ambassador Fridays graphic with a cup of coffee
Portrait of Dana Wanamaker '22
Ambassador Fridays graphic with a cup of coffee
Meet Psychology Student Ambassador Dana
"My interest in psychology initially began in high school with a fascination with how the mind works. Since then, I have also developed a passion for the importance of providing reliable mental health resources, especially to kids."
Ambassador Fridays graphic with a cup of coffee
Portrait of Stacey Shardy
Ambassador Fridays graphic with a cup of coffee
Meet Psychology Student Ambassador Stacey
"Since coming to Linfield, my passion for psychology has only continued to grow. I have taken a wide array of courses offered and have even become the co-president of Psychology Club."
Ambassador Fridays graphic with a cup of coffee
Portrait of Maya Pillon
Ambassador Fridays graphic with a cup of coffee
Meet Psychology Student Ambassador Maya
"I chose to attend Linfield because I loved the small campus feel and the ability to interact and build relationships with your professors."
Ambassador Fridays graphic with a cup of coffee
Portrait of Sofia Nelson
Ambassador Fridays graphic with a cup of coffee
Meet Psychology Student Ambassador Sofia
"I have loved getting involved on campus, both within the psychology department and campus as a whole."
Ambassador Fridays graphic with a cup of coffee
Portrait of Katie Russell
Ambassador Fridays graphic with a cup of coffee
Meet Psychology Student Ambassador Katie
"The best part about research is getting to work so closely with the professors and learning the hands-on application of the things you learn in class."
Ford Hall, Linfield's theatre
Linfield Theatre Podcast Productions graphic
Ford Hall, Linfield's theatre
Seamless Storytelling
At a young age, Caroline Calvano harnessed her love of storytelling. "Thanks to Linfield, I have definitely gained so much knowledge about the ins and outs of what it's like being a professional writer."
Ronan standing portrait style
Ronan jumping over a hurdle
Ronan standing portrait style
Always On the Go
Even when he’s not actively competing in soccer or track, Linfeld’s Ronan Krutzikowsky spends his free time working to become a better all-around athlete.
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."
senior bench art for the class of 2021
close-up of the senior bench art for the class of 2021
senior bench art for the class of 2021
A Sign of Resilience
As they embark on their next journey, the class of 2021 leaves behind a legacy that truly encapsulates the Linfield experience: uncommon.
flame thrower at Linfield's 48th Annual Lu'au and Ho'ike
Linfield's Hui O Lōkahi Club
flame thrower at Linfield's 48th Annual Lu'au and Ho'ike
Linfield's 48th Annual Lu'au and Ho'ike
Each performance was a beautiful celebration of culture, community and art under the theme of No Ka Lāhui, which means “for the nation.” This phrase grew out of a movement to protect sacred Hawaiian land from desecration. 
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Kendall Harrison '21 and Nathaly Sanchez '21 in Linfield's podcast studio
Linfield University banner
NPR Podcasting Honors
Nathaly Sanchez '21 and Kendall Harrison '21 received honorable mentions in the NPR Podcast Challenge on April 6, putting them in the top 25 winning podcasts from college students across the country. Linfield is one of only two schools that had multiple students in the top 25.
Jillian Quiett '23
Jillian and her mini Lionhead Rabbit Emery
Jillian Quiett '23
Comforting Companions
Living with a pet can come with many benefits in everyday life, like encouraging exercise, socialization and reducing the likelihood of stress and anxiety.
Natalie's wine label art work
Nathaly Sanchez '21
Natalie's wine label art work
Capturing a Feeling
“As a senior, I could not have pictured myself leaving Linfield University with an accomplishment like this,” Nathaly said. “I know it will serve its purpose well, and on account of that, I feel grateful and proud.”
Linfield’s Hui O Lōkahi Club rehearsal for the 2021 lu'au
students rehearsing for the 2021 lu'au
Linfield’s Hui O Lōkahi Club rehearsal for the 2021 lu'au
Carrying On With Tradition
The Hui O Lōkahi Club’s (formerly Hawai’i Club) lu'au has been a longstanding tradition here at Linfield. Unlike last year, COVID-19 won't stop them from putting on a great show this spring, thanks to adaptive event planning and safety protocols.
Linfield University McMinnville campus
Salma Galvan portrait
Linfield University McMinnville campus
Experiencing a New Way of Life
“I hope to live in Ecuador as authentically as I can; not to be a tourist, but rather a part of the community.”
Colton pitching
Colton portrait
Colton pitching
Rising to the Challenge
“Linfield brings the character out in each student. Our coaches aren’t necessarily just trying to make us better players, they’re trying to make us better people. You see that in the classroom as well, the professors all show good character and they’re very personable. Learning how to be a better human is taught in the classroom.”
Lab Research
Ariel Miyama
Lab Research
Meet Ariel Miyama
“Linfield is a great place for opportunity, I never would have learned the excitement I get from working in a lab without Dr. Ray and Linfield.”
students on first day of classes
Linfield University banner
students on first day of classes
Staying the course
Now is not the time for complacency.
Brielle Kromer riding in rodeo
Brielle Kromer
Brielle Kromer riding in rodeo
Rodeo Reign
At two weeks old, Brielle Kromer was already at her first rodeo.
Alana Nuttman in a group hug with her student athletes
Alana Nuttman coaching
Alana Nuttman in a group hug with her student athletes
Compassion and Compression
Her desire to help people and passion for sports aligned perfectly when Alana Nuttman decided to major in athletic training her freshman year at Linfield.
Campus View
Kay Livesay
Campus View
Professor Kay Livesay
Emoji's Mean What?
Lee Bakner
Lee Bakner
Lee Bakner
Professor Lee Bakner
How can we better understand the contributing factors and behaviors to addiction?
Frederick Douglass Symposium
Image of Alexander Scholar Joe McDowell
Frederick Douglass Symposium
Alexander Scholar - Joe McDowell
"My favorite class has been international politics because it helped me use history and theory to understand current political issues."
Frederick Douglass Symposium
Image of Alexander Scholar Caitlin Meek
Frederick Douglass Symposium
Alexander Scholar - Caitlin Meek
"Get involved early! Going to Scholarship Competition Day and introducing myself early on has really helped me during my first semester at Linfield."
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Student Delanie Strauss
Linfield University Banner
There's a Lot to Explore
Traveling is an opportunity to see new places, experience different cultures and broaden your personal attributes. One of the unique opportunities offered in higher education is the opportunity to study abroad. Students have the privilege of immersing themselves in a foreign environment, furthering their education and development.
Aerial view of McMinnville campus
New Linfield faculty members fall 2019
Aerial view of McMinnville campus
Meet Linfield's newest faculty members
A roller derby announcer. A podcast host. An artist. Linfield's newest professors are brilliant and an interesting group.
Ray-Ray pictured with four of his fellow graduates at the Black Excellence celebration during the 2021 Commencement weekend
portrait of Ray-Ray Crain '21
Ray-Ray pictured with four of his fellow graduates at the Black Excellence celebration during the 2021 Commencement weekend
The Struggle to be Seen, Heard
Ray-Ray Crain '21, Linfield University graduate student and Black Student Union president, reflects on programs for Black History Month. “Racism is still with us,” he said. “I want people to see us like us, not like a color.”
The Flood family pictured together at Linfield's homecoming 2021 football game
Annie Flood '25 biting her gold medal
The Flood family pictured together at Linfield's homecoming 2021 football game
Making My Life Extraordinary
"When my parents finally made the decision, they knew amputation was the best choice for me and that the doctors were going to be right. However, there was one thing that the doctors were completely wrong about. I was going to be anything but ‘normal’, I was going to be extraordinary, and my family made sure of that."
the front of T.J. Day Hall in the early morning sun
portrait of Josh Lovell '10
the front of T.J. Day Hall in the early morning sun
Untapped Leadership
“The value in the liberal arts education for me is the connections you make through your experiences,” Josh Lovell '10 said. “That’s one reason why I decided to go back to school and particularly in the [Master of Science in business] program. Really try to push myself and be vulnerable to make those connections.”
a rainbow over T.J. Day Hall
Kaden Gass '22 working on his laptop in T.J. Day Hall
a rainbow over T.J. Day Hall
A Path of Self-Discovery
"I have discovered who I am at Linfield. And that is an indescribable feeling."
Linfield students studying the vineyards of Crawford Beck in Amity, OR
Evan Kern '23 opening a bottle of wine during a wine tasting
Linfield students studying the vineyards of Crawford Beck in Amity, OR
Harvesting a New Passion
"Honestly, it just came out of nowhere," said Evan Kern '23. "Not a lot of schools in the country have a wine studies program. It's really cool that Linfield students have the opportunity to study wine right in the center of one of the premier wine regions in the world."
Isabella Dixon '25 stocking the shelves in Linfield's student food pantry
Isabella holding a box of spaghetti available for students in the food pantry
Isabella Dixon '25 stocking the shelves in Linfield's student food pantry
Unperishable Service
To avoid stigma, the Linfield food pantry gives students 24/7, ID-card access to supplemental food so that no student goes hungry. As coordinator, Isabella Dixon '25 manages the stock and resupplies the shelves.
a light post with a Linfield University School of Business banner on the McMinnville campus in the fall
Dean Jennifer Madden instructs the MS in business class
a light post with a Linfield University School of Business banner on the McMinnville campus in the fall
Meet the Inaugural Class of Linfield's Master of Science in Business
The carefully crafted Master of Science in business is a one-year program with two tracks - design innovation and sport leadership - designed for anyone wanting to pursue roles in leadership, regardless of undergraduate studies. We are pleased to introduce our first cohort of students!
football team bowing heads during National Anthem at football game with US flag on the score board
Tyler carrying the US flag onto the football field at Linfield's Sept. 11 2021 game
football team bowing heads during National Anthem at football game with US flag on the score board
Unwavering Allegiance
"I'm very fortunate and grateful that Linfield is a yellow ribbon school," says former Marine Tyler Bergeron '21. "Without that, I wouldn't have been able to come back."
Sarah shopping at McMinnville's Farmers Market
portrait of Sarah Mainwaring '22
Sarah shopping at McMinnville's Farmers Market
Unbounded Opportunities
"I have witnessed an abundance of kindness and a genuine effort of local businesses and the community to work together to help each other."
aerial shot of the McMinnville campus
ASLU officers 2021-22
aerial shot of the McMinnville campus
ASLU McMinnville Campus: 2021 student leadership
Meet the 2021-22 ASLU officers on the McMinnville campus.
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Kendall Harrison '21 and Nathaly Sanchez '21 in Linfield's podcast studio
Linfield University banner
NPR Podcasting Honors
Nathaly Sanchez '21 and Kendall Harrison '21 received honorable mentions in the NPR Podcast Challenge on April 6, putting them in the top 25 winning podcasts from college students across the country. Linfield is one of only two schools that had multiple students in the top 25.
T.J. Day Hall
Jennifer R. Madden
T.J. Day Hall
Carrying Out a Vision
"I want the School of Business at Linfield University to be the institution of choice for studying business," Dean Jennifer Madden says. "I walked into that vision, and I am proud to carry that vision forward."
academic quad in January morning light
Kenna portrait
academic quad in January morning light
Fighting For Equity
"It was humbling coming to college and seeing there are people that have it way worse than I do and if I can, in any capacity, help to make that better due to my own privilege, then why not?"
Natalie hosting She Shreds event at Linfield
Natalie and students on field trip
Natalie hosting She Shreds event at Linfield
Advocating for Native athletes
"I try to use my platform and my voice to spread awareness about issues. I think of myself as trying to be an advocate for Linfield athletes and native athletes."
2020 She Shreds event in Ice Auditorium
Professional cyclist Claire Buchar
2020 She Shreds event in Ice Auditorium
She Shreds
Being an action sport athlete means embracing an identity that is not mainstream. It means being a part of a culture that is authentic, even if it's not always the most welcoming to women or people of color.
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Student Delanie Strauss
Linfield University Banner
There's a Lot to Explore
Traveling is an opportunity to see new places, experience different cultures and broaden your personal attributes. One of the unique opportunities offered in higher education is the opportunity to study abroad. Students have the privilege of immersing themselves in a foreign environment, furthering their education and development.
Aerial view of McMinnville campus
New Linfield faculty members fall 2019
Aerial view of McMinnville campus
Meet Linfield's newest faculty members
A roller derby announcer. A podcast host. An artist. Linfield's newest professors are brilliant and an interesting group.
the courtyard outside of Riley Hall in the spring
Lucy Kerr '24 sitting down outside of Starbucks, smiling
the courtyard outside of Riley Hall in the spring
A Helping Hand
For sophomore Lucy Kerr '24, helping others has always been the priority. The pre-nursing major came into Linfield as a first-generation student. She now lends a helping hand to those in the same position.
Aerial view of Linfield's Portland campus
Alexie Joi in her nursing scrubs, face mask and stethoscope around her neck
Aerial view of Linfield's Portland campus
A Work of Heart
“I wanted to go into a profession where I can truly be myself and showcase my passion for wanting to help others.”
Linfield University School of Nursing main building entrance
Zach using a stethoscope on a manikin in a simulation lab
Linfield University School of Nursing main building entrance
Uncommon Perseverance
“Linfield has reminded me that it is never too late to pursue one's dreams or to improve academically and professionally,” says Zach Diamond '22.
Cassandra pictured with the Floating Doctors team of volunteers surrounded by the lush landscape in Panama
Cassandra Coats standing next to a boat in Panama
Cassandra pictured with the Floating Doctors team of volunteers surrounded by the lush landscape in Panama
My International Service-Learning Experience in Panama
I discovered during this experience that providing international medical service is the right fit for me! It opened doors to future international nursing opportunities as I met volunteers from around the world and created everlasting connections.
Scenic Nature Photo
portrait of Angel Harris
Scenic Nature Photo
Aspiring Advocator
When Angel Harris '01 decided to return to Linfield's School of Nursing, she wasn't returning for herself. Instead, she returned to pursue her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) because she realized it was time for a difference in the system.
Linfield University School of Nursing on the Portland campus
nursing students at the 2021-22 orientation
Linfield University School of Nursing on the Portland campus
ASLU Portland Campus: 2021 student leadership
Meet the 2021-22 ASLU student leadership on the Portland campus.
Kamryn hitting the softball
Kamryn in her graduation cap and gown
Kamryn hitting the softball
Succeeding On and Off the Field
With hard work and a drive to succeed, Kamryn Apling '22 is paving the way for student-athletes with a passion for nursing.
stethoscopes
Ella Hillbery
stethoscopes
Meet Ella Hillberry
“After being sent home in early March, I realized the strong likelihood that Ketchikan would see little or no tourism this summer. I was lucky enough to renew my CNA license this spring knowing I may need to use it. In March I applied at my local hospital, and was officially hired in April as a CNA in the Long Term Care unit.”
Aerial view of McMinnville campus
New Linfield faculty members fall 2019
Aerial view of McMinnville campus
Meet Linfield's newest faculty members
A roller derby announcer. A podcast host. An artist. Linfield's newest professors are brilliant and an interesting group.