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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The people are great but the parties aren't great, the houses for the fraternities are gross and the events are okay. The boys seem to bond better than the girls do.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: GIVE US NEW FACILITIES!! Our weight room is like a dungeon. It is tiny, in the basement of the gym and has no wifi or cell service. The cardio room has no windows at all, is also tiny and overcrowded.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't really know anything about off campus housing other than it is cheaper than living in the dorms.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Adults love McMinnville because they have real jobs and actual money that they can spend at nice pricey restaurants that are on 3rd Street. However, for the rest of us college students the food budget and budget in general is tight and we can't afford to eat at the restaurants on 3rd street. I also hate that I can't find good sushi anywhere in town.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It just depends on what you get, the school only allows 21+ off campus though

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is one street that is nice but the rest of the town is cheap fast food and a Shari's. Expect to see drunk people at Shari's and Muchas Gracias if it's dark out.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: I haven't had any problems with the administration here. They seem like they have started really cracking down on the rules around here more.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Don't be stupid about drinking and don't talk about it in the dorms if you're doing it and you won't have trouble.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: It feels like you're at a high school party but the people are less awkward. Still awkward, just more like uncomfortable awkward and not personally awkward.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: Greek life is okay here. But the best parties usually aren't even at the fraternity houses. Usually the really big parties are off campus in upperclassmen's houses which are a hassle to get to especially when the weather is bad. Hawaii House, House of Gains, Thugs, and the fraternities are all far away and no one is ever here on the weekends because everyone lives in the neighboring towns.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: They give you aid automatically, and there are extra days you can go in or apply for more aid. I didn't apply and I still got great aid even though I'm white and middle class.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: While starbucks is cool, it's too much to be expected to live off of their food. Dillin is not an option.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Depending on the dorm you get you'll either be living in a really old building that smells and has visible marks everywhere or a new building that is clean and pretty. Laundry is free to use the machines and there's a kitchen in every building.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial aid is what gets students to come to this college. That's literally the best thing that Linfield has going for it.

1 College Freshman

Campus Food: Dillin is the worst cafeteria ever. The food is terrible all the time and none of the vegetables are organic.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The school is small-- like high school size (1600 undergraduates enrolled). The sports are okay, there are some intramural sports offered but not many (probably 2-3 offered every season). Our football team and baseball team are apparently fabulous but I don't know much about that. There aren't many options for greek life. The sororities do not have houses to live in and there are only 4 to choose from. The fraternities seem to be fine, they are allowed to live in houses and all are well bonded with one another. The faculty are friendly and helpful and the class sizes are usually no more than 30 people in a class and are often less than that. The campus is small, it takes probably 10 minutes total to walk from one end to the other. The cafeteria is the worst and you are forced to be on the school's meal plan for 2 full years, no exceptions. The town that Linfield is located in is the worst part about the college. If you come here bring a car for sure. It is "45 minutes away from Portland" but realistically it takes over an hour to drive to Portland, it takes an hour to get to the coast, there is no public transportation that is offered in McMinnville and there is nothing to do in this town.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Students generally take sexual assault more seriously than on most college campuses, though incidents happen more than the administration knows. However, they do actively work to prevent assault on campus, and kicked out a student who had been charged with sexual assault, and he was on the football team.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Parties were more prominent my first years at Linfield than my senior year. It seemed like the party scene had dried up when I came back from my semester abroad, mostly due to increased campus security. Greek Life always had parties every weekend, but have parties less often than before. Off campus houses always had better parties in my opinion.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Many people complained that McMinnville was too small and there was nothing to do, but I didn't find it that bad. 3rd street was great for hanging out on the weekends and if you have a car, it's only an hour to downtown Portland.

4 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Campus administration is generally very good and genuinely care about the well being of students. There has been some tension between students and campus police, who have become much stricter in recent years.

2 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: Dining has never been good and only got worse after I left the meal plan. Dinners are all you can eat prepaid which is great if you're a football player but not so much if you don't eat tons of food-you'll be overpaying. They also got rid of catty shack which was a great option for sandwiches and snacks-now you have to go off campus to 7-11 to get anything decent. It's nice that they have Starbucks, but the lines are always long and the coffee is very expensive.

5 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I received great scholarships-enough that I didn't have any student loans when I left, though most students I knew had some kind of debt. The sticker price is about $10,000 less than similar liberal arts colleges and over 90 percent of students receive financial aid. Everyone I knew had a work study job of some sort.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: McMinnville has some of the best dining in Oregon, with nationally ranked restaurants thanks to the wine country that surrounds the town. However, these are probably out of most student's price range. There are a number of good restaurants and bars on third street, which is about a mile off campus and easy to walk to. You'll find lots of students out on 3rd on Saturday night.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is much cheaper than the on student apartments for seniors. Many students have off campus houses that they pass down through the years, so they have a reputation as being a student house in the community. There are lots of options and almost all students who live off campus are less than a mile from school, so commuting is very easy.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I wasn't in Greek Life but it is pretty prominent on campus. About 1/3 of the students are members. Only fraternities have houses, the sororities only have chapter rooms. The frat houses are ok, but pretty dingy looking compared to most Greek Life chapter houses. Though they are prominent, you definitely don't have to be in Greek Life to attend the parties or have a social life.

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The majority of students states that Linfield College is excellent if you're looking for smaller classes, individual attention, and a focus on academics with the opportunity to enjoy sports and extracurricular activities. Linfield has excellent professors who really care about students; the only drawback is that the school is located in a small rural town, where it can sometimes seem boring. However, if students are willing to look hard enough, there is always something to do, no matter what students' interests are. Generally, everything is accessible, and there are plenty of resources. It's relatively easy to find your niche.

Linfield is an excellent college for those who are looking for a small school with a focus on academics, access to professors, and a strong emphasis on the study abroad program. The College is perfect for students who want a balance between academics and developing leadership skills through civic events in the community, internships, as well as having the time to participate in extracurricular activities. The College's mantra is that "Linfield is a place of connecting learning, life, and community." Hands-on learning through projects and developing real world skills from internship programs and international study (as well as extracurricular activities) are valuable experiences that students prize at Linfield.

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