15 fantastic Linfield College things from 2015

The Economist, an internationally recognized magazine and media outlet, ranked Linfield 27th nationally out of 1,275 colleges and universities, the highest ranked college in Washington and Oregon.

Linfield fares well in national rankings

Linfield received high praise from the Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, Forbes Smarter College Guide and The Economist.

Linfield’s favorite downtown street joins Broadway and Pennsylvania Ave.

For the second year in a row, Third Street received national recognition. In 2014, it was the runner-up in Parade Magazine’s America’s Best Main Street contest.

The American Planning Association named Third Street in McMinnville one of the top five Great Streets on its annual Great Places in America List. We think if Third Street keeps this up it should replace Marvin Gardens on the Monopoly board.

The Streak turns 60

The Wildcat football program achieved 60 consecutive seasons of winning football with a 49–7 victory at Willamette University. The program’s success was chronicled in a Sports Illustrated article.

Sam Neill gave Linfield students some great advice

Jurassic Park and Peaky Blinders star, Sam Neill, visited Linfield for the International Pinot Noir Celebration in July and encouraged students to finish their summer reading.

Big honor for a Linfield alumnus

Olsen (right) earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Linfield and has been the McMinnville High School principal since 2003.

Linfield alumnus and McMinnville High School principal, Kris Olsen ’83, was named the 2015 Oregon Principal of the Year by the Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators.

#WhyLinfieldCollege unites the Linfield community

Hundreds of Wildcats use the hashtag #WhyLinfieldCollege on social media in January to share why they love Linfield.

747 graduate and join the alumni ranks

Linfield welcomed 747 new alumni during Commencement in May. A highlight of the weekend was a powerful speech by Linfield alumnus Adam Ericksen ’02 at Baccalaureate.

A professor makes it in The New Yorker…twice

Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, assistant professor of English, published pieces in The New Yorker in October and November.

AHA joins the club

A $100,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation established Arts and Humanities in Action (AHA), the fourth pre-orientation program at Linfield. 92 incoming students participated in AHA, iFOCUS, First CLAS and the SOIL Project pre-orientation programs in August.

Linfield boasts a slew of student and alumni scholars

A few Linfield graduates who are spending this year teaching English in Japan after being accepted to the prestigious Japanese Exchange Teaching (JET) program.

Multiple students and alumni received scholarship recognition through the Fulbright, Kemper Scholarship, Japanese Exchange Teaching (JET) and Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship programs.

Pikes walk the McMinnville campus in high heels

Students from the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity donned high heels to raise awareness regarding sexual assault and domestic violence and raise money for the Henderson House.

Spring athletics excel in the postseason

Jake Mihelich ’17 won the 400-meter dash at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships and became Linfield’s first NCAA men’s track champion since 2009. Softball made an impressive trek to the NCAA Division III Softball Championships before falling 1–0 to eventual national champion, Tufts University. Baseball reached the postseason for the fifth time in six years.

Theatre department receives regional recognition

Linfield Theatre’s “Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom” was one of three shows, out of 30, chosen to appear at the Region VII Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival at Central Washington University.

Alumnus joins NASA research team

Hamilton (right) is the president of Dooley Intermed International, and also co-leader of the Operation Restore Vision team, affiliated with the New York Eye & Ear Infirmary.

Scott Hamilton ’77 joined a NASA research team that is searching for a countermeasure for visual impairment intracranial pressure syndrome (VIIP).

Hello, new Wildcats!

Linfield welcomed 486 freshmen and 62 transfer students this past August. They kicked off orientation by making a giant “L” in the Oak Grove.


Linfield College is located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Learn more about the college at www.linfield.edu.

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