- Linfield College

Linfield University, a part of McMinnville since 1858.

Linfield University and McMinnville, Oregon have a special relationship. The institution was chartered in 1858 by the Oregon Territory, only two years after McMinnville came into being. Linfield has continuously offered coursework in McMinnville since that time while expanding to Portland and online since the 1980's. Linfield is a special place not only for our students, but for all of McMinnville. The college offers personal and professional enrichment, cultural, artistic, sporting and social events that are open to the McMinnville community. We welcome our local neighbors to campus!

Professional Advancement Opportunities

Linfield offers high quality degree programs, absolutely, but the college also has opportunities for community members to enrich their lives through professional advancement programs.  Of interest to many are the wine programs, but the college also has offerings as wide ranging as Healthcare Interpreter Training to sessions on effective uses of social media.  Programs are available on a continuing basis so check back often!

Wine Programs

Linfield University's history with wine began in 1986 when we hosted the first International Pinot Noir Celebration.  We have recently and rapidly expanded our connections to the Oregon wine industry and have a mission to provide a unique, interdisciplinary approach to Wine Studies, integrating wine education programs into academic and experiential learning for our undergraduate students and adult learners.  Our programs are not just in the classroom, for credit.  We've created programs to serve the wine industry and our community.  There's something for every type of wine enthusiast.

Art, Music, Theatre, Lectures and Literary Events

The university is a cultural hub for McMinnville, with ongoing art shows, an array of musical and theatre performances, and many different speakers and presentations covering all subjects. Nearly all events are free and open to the public, but check the specific event you are interested in to know for sure whether or not there is a charge.

Events Open to the General Public

Archives & Special Collections

Linfield University hosts the Oregon Wine History Archive to preserve and share the story of Oregon wine.  The college also has institutional archives that span the history of the institution.  Both archives are open to the public by appointment.


Linfield athletics have been a source of local pride for decades!  From the national champions in football, softball and baseball to the All-American performers in track and field, the local sports scene thrives.  Follow the Wildcats in person at any sporting event, most of which offer free attendance.  We especially love the opportunity to show the local kids how to play with class and distinction on the fields and courts.  If you can't attend in person, follow the live stats that are posted for many of our competitions.  And, if you are REALLY serious about supporting the Wildcats, join our Topcat Club!

Campus Information

Find out more about the campus, events that occur at the college, or job openings.

Community Engagement and Service

Linfield is proud that our students, faculty and staff partner and serve with the local community for a variety of reasons: research, community development and service projects to name a few.  Connect with us to learn more about how we can lend a helping hand and partner in McMinnville and the surrounding areas.

Library Use by Yamhill County Residents

Yamhill County residents are welcome to use Linfield's Nicholson Library. Reference assistance is provided to all. Yamhill County residents can get free library cards and check out all Nicholson Library materials. Use of computers is limited to one hour per day.  Library hours can change to fit the college schedule.

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