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3 College Senior

Diversity: The majority of the school is caucasian students, sometimes it is nice to be a minority.

1 College Junior

Diversity: Hardly any LGBTQ or ethnic diversity

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are many international students that attend Linfield College and this creates a very diverse student population. The economic background is probably higher due to the cost of the college tuition, room and board, fees, and books required for attendance. You have to live on campus the first 2 years.

2 College Junior

Diversity: there is little diversity, it is a white school with privileged students. I have rarely heard people intentionally say rude or express intolerance towards minorities, but minorities do not feel comfortable on campus because they are so few and far between. many students do not come from environments where they were exposed to diversity, which also hinders their abilities and interest of befriending minorities or engaging with them.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There are some international students, including me, but most students are white and from West Coast.

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Jennifer Mui-Chan
San Francisco
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Most students feel that the campus is pretty diverse, and the school goes out of its way to emphasize global exchange, especially with Diversity Week, where students have the opportunity to share their cultural and ethnic heritage. Overall, students on campus are a good mix of friendly, well-rounded people. There is also a wonderful travel abroad program, so the campus does get a good share of foreign students who study on campus, as well. The study abroad program is excellent, being one of the top schools of its kind. The International Programs Office provides study abroad opportunities in 14 world locations, including France, Norway, England, Austria, Australia/New Zealand, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Ireland, and Hong Kong.

Linfield College emphasizes diversity through respect of different thoughts, cultures, and ideologies. Students are required to take a writing-intensive course addressing global diversity and a course dealing with American pluralism. Off-campus educational experiences include the Semester Abroad program, involving four months of study in various locations in Europe, Asia, and Mexico. With emphasis on understanding others in a global environment, students are generally open to new ideas, thoughts, and social acceptance. Linfield truly does embody a diverse campus, as the students are generally aware, tolerant, and open to people from all walks of life.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Alaska
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Hawaii
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 52%
20-21: 41%
22-24: 5%
25+: 1%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 1%
Asian American: 5%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 86%
Unknown: 6%
Gay Pride
Linfield College students are open about sexual orientation; however, there is not a very visible gay presence throughout the College. Fusion is Linfield's gay/straight alliance club.
Political Activity
At Linfield, there is a range of different students with different political standings. The majority of students are moderate, some more conservative than others; there's also a mixture of students who tend to be more liberal. A large number of students are concerned about the environment and participate in various activities to promote a sustainable community.
Economic Status
The students come from diverse backgrounds, and as such, there will be students who may participate in work-study programs and others from affluent families where the parents pay the full expenses.
Most Common Religions
Linfield College has a historic background and is affiliated with American Baptist Church. Overall, religion has a presence on campus; however, it is not dominating or overbearing. Clubs and organizations include Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Catholic Campus Ministry.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Students are generally open, tolerant, and accepting of all types of students, so the clubs are predominately based on interests and passions rather than any particular "minority group."

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 28 responses

  • 4% Libertarian
  • 4% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 18% Conservative
  • 21% Moderate
  • 36% Liberal
  • 18% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 29 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 3% Conservative
  • 34% Moderate
  • 7% Not sure
  • 48% Liberal
  • 7% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 28 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 28 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 29 responses

  • 7% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 0% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 45% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 48% Very accepting.


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