The Power of a Small College
Contrary to what we sometimes hear, bigger isn’t necessarily better.
Because we’re small, the class sizes are smaller, which means everyone – students and faculty alike – get to know each other. The result is a supportive community where everyone can help one another succeed, whether in the classroom, while studying abroad or on the playing field. We’ve created a unique, close-knit environment where students from different backgrounds and disciplines are encouraged to learn, grow and explore.
That’s the power of a small college. That’s the power of Linfield.
Linfield College Highlights:
- U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review rank Linfield College one of the top liberal arts schools in the nation.
- The Washington Post named Linfield one of “15 colleges worth the price,” citing strong faculty and inquiring students.
- Linfield offers small classes with caring professors, with a faculty-to-student ratio of 1:12. Students work alongside faculty mentors on research projects, papers and conference presentations.
- 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.
- In an Atlantic magazine article, Linfield was cited as a college where students are still a priority.
- Linfield has been nationally recognized for its emphasis on sustainability, with The Princeton Review naming the school one of the nation’s top green schools in their Guide to Green Colleges.
- The Wildcat football team has the longest winning streak of any college football team in the country – 56 consecutive winning seasons. The women’s softball team has won the NCAA Division III championship title twice, in 2007 and 2011.
- A Huffington Post article named Linfield one of seven U.S. schools “worth the tuition.”
- Washington Monthly named Linfield one of the nation’s top 100 liberal arts schools that make a vital contribution to society, based on community engagement, scholarship, the number of students who pursue graduate studies, and outreach to low-income students.
- Linfield College was chosen as one of two Pacific Northwest schools to enter the Kemper Scholarship Program, offered to only 16 institutions throughout the nation.
- Forbes named Linfield one of the nation’s “Top Colleges,” with special recognition for quality of teaching and student satisfaction.
- Linfield is regularly named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for outreach to disadvantaged youth and the homeless, with more than 900 students volunteering.
- Linfield is home to the Oregon Nobel Laureate Symposium — one of only five such symposia in the world — which brings Nobel laureates to campus.
- Linfield was praised for its combination of affordability and excellence in the 2010 book Higher Education?: How Colleges Are Wasting Our Money And Failing Our Kids – And What We Can Do About It, by Andrew Hacker and New York Times writer Claudia Dreifus.
- Linfield pioneered online education in the Pacific Northwest and its Division of Continuing Education now serves a virtual learning community of students plugged in from around the globe.
- German Professor Peter Richardson was named the 2009 Oregon Professor of the Year.
- Linfield was one of the country’s top producers of Fulbright scholars in 2006 and 2010, with 27 scholarships awarded since 1999.
- In a Parade Magazine survey, Linfield was named one of 26 top picks by high school counselors across the nation.
- National and regional art critics praise the Linfield Gallery for hosting some of the most innovative art exhibitions in the region.
- Chartered in 1858, Linfield is one of the first colleges in the Pacific Northwest.