McMinnville, OR
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4 College Freshman

Athletics: I've only ever toured campus but based on the website and on the tour, the facilities and the love for the events seems to be quite popular. I thought the facilities were beautiful, especially since the high school I attended was a new school that just began building any facilities, the access provided by Linfield was almost a dream.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics is huge at my school. A huge percentage of students participate in collegiate sports, many students in more than one. Those students who do not participate on the collegiate level are still greatly active and participate in intramurals.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: All Linfield sporting teams do really well, especially football, softball and baseball. There is a lot of school support and spirit.

3 College Senior

Athletics: The sports at Linfield are fun to attend, however, other activities are well supported too.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Linfield football is a winning program with excellent coaches and a Christian fellowship among athletes.


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  • 237th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 249th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jennifer Mui-Chan
San Francisco
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Linfield College has been described as a powerhouse in the Northwest Conference and NCAA Division III athletics. Both varsity and intramural sports are popular; if a student isn't playing a varsity sport, then he or she is probably playing an IM sport. Varsity sports are well respected and supported, not only by Linfield, but by the town of McMinnville. The majority of students and community members attends games, with generally a lot of excitement and enthusiasm. Linfield teams are all pretty competitive, even intramural sports.

The Linfield sports teams, also known as the Wildcats, have a great following and because there is always a winning team at Linfield, there is never a dull moment. Sports are so popular that the Linfield Athletics Web site has play-by-play videos, broadcasts of the games, and record books dating back to 1896. The Linfield Hall of Fame was established in 1998 to honor former Linfield athletes, coaches, staff, and contributors, and to preserve the memory of their past achievements. Top alumni include former New York Yankee Scott Brosius, who is now the head baseball coach at the College.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: Northwest Conference
Basketball: Northwest Conference
School Colors
Cardinal and purple
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
297 - 44%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
210 - 21%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Lacrosse (men's)
  • Rugby
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Water polo
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Aquatics Center
  • Athletic Complex
  • Maxwell Field
  • Michelbook Country Club Golf Course
  • Roy Helser Field/Jim Wright Stadium
  • Rutschman Field House
  • Soccer/Lacrosse Field
  • Softball Diamond
  • Ted Wilson Gymnasium
  • Tennis Center
  • Track
Most Popular Sports
Baseball, basketball, football
Most Overlooked Teams
Women's basketball, tennis, volleyball
School Spirit
School spirit at Linfield is fairly strong. Most of the teams have excellent records. Both varsity and intramural sports are popular at the College. The Wildcats are well respected and supported. Plus, there is also a strong spirit with theater and music, as well.
Getting Tickets
Students can purchase tickets in advance online or at the ticket box office. Linfield students, faculty, and community members are all strong supporters of the Wildcats. Ticket prices are affordable; full price is $9 and $7 for students, faculty, and seniors. There is a $2 discount on opening night. There are also some special events where tickets may be priced at $20, such as the Luau dinner and professional performances.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The campus is lovely, so taking a walk on the wellness trail or around the concourse is the best. You can also walk around the fountain at O'Reilly's.
Did You Know?
  • The Linfield Wildcat football team has 54 consecutive winning seasons, which is the longest streak in NCAA history.
  • The New York Times and Sports Illustrated cheered on the success of Linfield's football team for their streak of the most winning seasons, which began more than half a century ago.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 32 responses

  • 9% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 22% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 69% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 0% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 32 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 25% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 38% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 38% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 31 responses

  • 0% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 29% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 68% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 3% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.


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