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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: 3rd Street was voted the 2nd best main street in the country. While it is amazing, the town seems to get boring after awhile.

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 College Freshman

Local Area: The sports venues are exciting, the campus is very safe, and there are local events going on at the campus almost everyday.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: It's a very small town, but you still have to drive to most places.

4 College Junior

Local Area: I'm not one to go out and about at all times. At school, I spend most of my time on school work. But I personally never have problems finding things to do.


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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 41 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 43 responses

  • 0% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 9% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 72% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 5% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 14% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 41 responses

  • 49% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 29% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 22% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 40 responses

  • 10% Totally.
  • 40% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 50% No way.


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