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Linfield College Acquires 20-acre Portland Campus of University of Western States
Friday 09 November 2018

9 November 2018 - US-based Linfield College has agreed to purchase the land and buildings that make up the University of Western States campus in Northeast Portland, Oregon, the college said.

University of Western States will lease back the facilities until May of 2020, when Linfield will take possession.

The Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing has been located at Northwest Portland's Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center since 1982, and the nursing programme will continue to operate in that location for the remainder of this academic year and the next.

These facilities at the existing Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing are at full capacity, leaving the college's nursing programs with long waiting lists.

This investment represents Linfield's most significant expansion since 1998, when the college acquired 115 acres next to its McMinnville Campus through a gift-and-purchase agreement with the Hewlett-Packard Corp.

The University of Western States campus has 10 buildings, including a new lecture hall and a state-of-the-art anatomy laboratory, and is zoned for educational purposes and student housing.

Linfield's nursing degree is one of its most popular, with 44% of the class of 2018 earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

The number of students majoring in nursing has increased 27% over the past decade, and in 2018, Linfield's online RN-to-BSN degree was named the top program on the west coast by

Many Linfield students majoring in nursing spend their first two years at the McMinnville campus and the final two years in Portland.

There are no plans to alter that arrangement, which ensures students, regardless of major, are rooted in traditional liberal arts and have collaborative, service and experiential learning opportunities.

Founded in 1858, Linfield is a four-year independent college with campuses in McMinnville and Portland.

Twenty-five percent of Linfield students are first-generation college students, and more than one-third are US students of color. The US State Department honored Linfield for being Oregon's top producer of Fulbright Scholars in 2017-18.
Date Published: 09/11/2018
Target: Land and buildings that make up the,  University of Western States campus in Northeast Portland, Oregon
Country: USA
Sector: Business and Consumer Services
Type: Corporate acquisition
Status: Agreed
Buyer: Linfield College
Terms of the deal were not disclosed