International Admission

Linfield University welcomes applications from international students. For the McMinnville Campus, the priority date to receive applications for admission is April 15 for fall semester and December 1 for spring semester. However, Linfield University will make every effort to accommodate applications beyond those dates.

International students should present certified copies of academic records. These may include official transcripts, mark sheets, high school diploma or school leaving certificates, examination results and letters of recommendation from a teacher, professor, school counselor or a high school principal. Students submitting transcripts from international universities must have their transcript(s) officially evaluated by a NACES or AICE member organization and the official evaluation submitted to Linfield University, at the student’s expense.

International students may apply for enrollment in either Linfield’s full-time degree-seeking program or in the English Language and Culture Program (ELCP). For international students whose first language is not English, evidence of the current level of English proficiency is required and a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score report is preferred. Linfield University also recognizes scores from other standardized tests on the list below.

All international applicants must show evidence of financial responsibility at the time of application. International students must submit a financial statement signed by a parent or other guarantor, accompanied by a certified recent bank statement. Either a personal letter from the parent or guarantor, or the International Student Financial Aid Application form from the College Board, or the Financial Statement form provided by Linfield will be accepted.


To enter Linfield as a degree-seeking student without enrollment in the ELCP program, students must submit an official copy of one or more of the following exams and minimum scores:

  • TOEFL (internet-based score 80 minimum with a writing sub-score 24 minimum; paper-based score 550 minimum for tests taken prior to July 2017)
  • Duolingo English Test 110
  • EIKEN (Grade Pre-1)
  • IELTS (6.5 minimum with a writing sub-score of 7.0 minimum)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) English A (score of 5 or higher)
  • iTEP Academic Plus 4.2
  • MELAB (77 minimum with a writing sub-score of 87 minimum)
  • SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (680 minimum)
  • SAT Critical Reading (630 minimum)
  • ACT English (28 minimum) and ACT Reading (28 minimum)
  • TOEIC (780 minimum)
  • GTEC (1250 minimum with a writing sub-score of 315 minimum)
  • PTE Academic (53 minimum)

International students who meet Linfield’s academic requirements, but whose language exam scores fall below any of the minimum scores listed above may be conditionally admitted to Linfield and required to concentrate their studies within the ELCP. To determine class placement in ELCP, all international students will take both a written and oral assessment during Linfield orientation.

Degree-seeking international students seeking enrollment in the ELCP must have a minimum TOEFL score of 450 (paper-based exam) or 45 (internet-based exam) or IELTS 4.0. Applicants must first be admitted to the university through the standard application and admission process. Other exam score requirements can be found online.

To exit the ELCP and be fully admitted into the Linfield degree-seeking program, students must obtain both a grade of B- (2.700) in all required advanced level ELCP courses and approval of the ELCP Coordinator.

All international students who have been admitted to the university must submit an advance deposit and matriculation fee of $2,000 before a Certificate of Eligibility I-20 is issued.