Although Linfield traces its roots to the Oregon City College, it wasn't until 1858 that the Baptist College at McMinnville was chartered by the Oregon Territorial Legislature. The college was later named McMinnville College. In 1922 when Frances Ross Linfield gave her properties in Spokane, Washington, to the school, the Board of Trustees renamed the college in honor of Mrs. Linfield's late husband, the Rev. George Fisher Linfield. The college maintains its American Baptist heritage, although faculty, students and staff are not bound by religious requirements.
The Online and Continuing Education Program at Linfield College allows students to earn a degree at their own pace. As one of the oldest private colleges on the West Coast, Linfield is a fully accredited institution with a reputation for excellence. Whether Linfield College students learn in an online classroom or one with four walls, each student is given the tools to succeed from a supportive community of faculty and staff.