Recommended Preparation

Linfield University grants admission to students who are likely to grow and succeed in a personal and challenging liberal arts environment. Each applicant to the university is evaluated on individual merit. Although there is no formula for predicting academic success, applicants are evaluated in a number of areas which commonly indicate academic potential. These include high school academic performance, writing sample, recommendations from teachers and counselors, and pre-college test results. Because participation in non-academic activities is important at Linfield, the depth and quality of an applicant’s involvement in community and school activities is also considered. Applications are reviewed as they are completed (giving priority to those who meet the deadlines) and applicants are notified of the decision on a regular basis. Linfield reserves the right to deny students for non-academic reasons.

The best preparation for a Linfield education is a solid academic foundation in high school. The Linfield admission committee strongly recommends that applicants have taken the following:

Course Years
English 4
Mathematics 4
Second Language 2-4 years
Social sciences 3-4
Natural sciences 3-4

Candidates must acknowledge acceptance of an offer of admission by submitting a $400 matriculation fee on or before the priority due date of May 1. This amount is not refundable after May 1. In order to enroll as a first-year student, a final high school transcript showing the graduation date and confirming the student’s good standing with the high school must be provided. Applicants without a high school diploma must provide an official copy of the GED. If the GED was taken prior to December 2013, an overall average score of 450 is required. If the GED was taken after December 2013, the standard score on each of the four examinations must be a 150 minimum and the total score must be 680 or higher. If the applicant was home-schooled, a written statement from the parent (or other) home-school director explaining that their home-school program has met their state requirements (including submitting the home-school requirement information from their state DOE), and transcripts of studies including grades for courses taken the freshman through senior years. Linfield does not accept first-year applicants completing high school with a modified diploma.