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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Overall, as more of a visitor to the town, my experience has been that I love to look at the scenery and the food of the restaurants I went to was good, and I loved the activities that were around. Again, I just visited to tour the campus and took a joy ride through the town.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere of McMinnville, Oregon is nice. The town includes great restaurants, hotels for family to stay, outdoor activities, cute shops, and more.

2 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: No a cool place to hangout

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: We are located in a rural area so there aren't a lot of things to do. We go to Corvallis a lot and interact with kids there.

2 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I'm from a big city, so the rural location of the school is much more limited than i am accustomed to. there are few cultural events off of campus, there is virtually no shopping, aside from the walmart and the few boutiques on the main street. The attractions nearby are the wineries which are nice if you are of legal drinking age and enjoy wine tasting. The locals can be peculiar, but overall they seem to treat us kindly, aside from the occasional unfriendly individual.


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Jennifer Mui-Chan
San Francisco
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McMinnville can be described as "quaint and cute," but many say that there isn't very much to do. The town is located in the heart of Willamette Valley's wine country, midway between the coast and Portland. If you have a car or can catch a ride with friends, then there are plenty of things to do in the Portland area. If you don't have a car, the campus is within walking distance from the main part of town, with shops, movie theaters, and restaurants to explore. Students agree that there are always plenty of things to do on campus, through the Linfield Activities Board. They sponsor trips and bring musicians, comedians, and movies to campus. Also, other universities such as Willamette University, Western Oregon, and George Fox are nearby, so students can attend each other's events.

McMinnville has a central location to Portland, which is 30 miles away. The downtown historic district of Portland has 100 commercial buildings and was recently revitalized. Because Portland is one of the greenest cities in America, there are plenty of do-it-yourself (DIY) things to do in the area, including drop-in sewing studios and gardens. Plus, Portland is a mecca for indie rock, with the likes of the late Elliott Smith getting his start here.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club, was a former student at Linfield College.
  2. Linfield is one of the oldest colleges in the Pacific Northwest, founded in 1858.
  3. The Evergreen Aviation Museum, located in McMinnville, is home of the "Spruce Goose," a plane designed by Howard Hughes and a team of engineers.
  4. On May 11, 1950, Mr. and Mrs. Trent took photos near McGinnville, of what they believed to be a UFO; the photos later appeared in Life Magazine. Fifty years later, after much investigation, the photos still remain a mystery. There is an annual UFO Festival in McMinnville. The festival honors the Trent couple, whose photographs are supposed to be some of the most credible photos to date.
  5. Homer and Marge Simpson were based on the names of "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening's parents, who attended Linfield College.
Local Slang
  • The Coast: Refers to the Oregon coastline
  • The Couv: Vancouver
  • Hard A: Liquor, alcohol
  • Legit: Legitimate, cool
  • Mac: McMinnville
  • PDX: Portland International Airport
  • Peace out: To leave or say goodbye
  • Pop: Soda
  • P-Town: Portland
  • Third Street: Refers to historic downtown McMinnville
Points of Interest
  • Evergreen Aviation Museum
  • Oregon coast
  • Willamette Valley wineries
Shopping Centers
  • Tanger Outlet Center
  • Woodburn Company Stores
Movie Theaters
99W Drive-In Theatre
3110 Portland Rd.
(503) 538-2738
Movie Theaters
Gallery Theater
210 N. Ford St.
(503) 472-2227
Movie Theaters
McMinnville Cinema 10
300 NE Norton Lane
(503) 472-2627
Major Sports Teams
Portland Trail Blazers: NBA
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
Portland: OR: 1 hour

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 39 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 37 responses

  • 14% Painfully remote.
  • 5% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 73% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 8% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 0% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 35 responses

  • 20% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 31% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 49% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 34 responses

  • 50% No way.
  • 41% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 9% Totally.


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