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George Fox University

Newberg, Oregon

George Fox University has been classified as a first-tier regional university by U.S. News & World Report, and Forbes consistently ranks it among the top Christian colleges in the nation. Located in Newberg, Ore., George Fox offers undergraduate students personal attention (13-to-1 faculty-to-student ratio), subsidized overseas experiences, and an education that emphasizes spiritual development and service. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 12 master’s and doctoral degrees.


More than 3,500 students attend classes on the university’s residential campus in Newberg, Ore., at its Portland, Salem and Boise (Idaho) centers, and at other teaching sites in Oregon. George Fox is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges & Universities.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
2,587 undergraduate students
91% of undergrad students are full time
44% male — 56% female

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
201 full-time faculty
234 part-time faculty
14 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

56% of students live on campus. Students can choose from different size options ranging from 6 people to 2 people.

School Location

The university’s undergraduate campus is a 108-acre, tree-shaded property in the city of Newberg, Ore., located 23 miles south of Portland and within driving distance of the Oregon coast and Mt. Hood.

Retention Fall 2015

81% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

70% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 4%
Hispanic/Latino 11%
Black or African American 2%
White 69%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%
Asian 5%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 6%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 3%


George Fox competes in the NCAA Division III Northwest Conference. It offers 15 varsity sports (eight for women, seven for men) in basketball, volleyball, cross country, baseball, softball, track and field, tennis, soccer and golf. The school will add intercollegiate football and women’s lacrosse in 2014. Mascot: Bruins; Colors: Blue and Gold.

Academic Programs

Accounting, Allied Health, Applied Science, Art, Athletic Training, Biblical Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Christian Ministries, Cinema/Media Communication, Cognitive Science, Communication Arts, Computer Science, Economics, Elementary Education, Engineering, English, Entrepreneurship, Family and Consumer Sciences, Finance, Global Business, Health and Human Performance, History, Information Systems, Interdisciplinary Studies, International Studies, Journalism, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Music, Music Education, Nursing, Organizational Communication, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish and Theatre.

More Distinctions

  • Forbes ranks George Fox among the top 20 Christian colleges in the nation and among the top 10 “Best Religiously Affiliated Colleges” (2011-12).

  • U.S. News & World Report classifies George Fox as a first-tier “Best Regional Universities (West)” and as a “Best Value” school (2011-12).

  • The Princeton Review lists George Fox as a “Best in the West” selection.

George Fox University prepares students spiritually, academically, and professionally. Undergraduate think with clarity, act with integrity, and serve with passion. The university’s vision is to become one of the most innovative and engaging universities in the western United States known both for academic excellence and for connecting the message of Jesus Christ to opportunities for the future.

serving christ, serving the community

George Fox takes seriously the Christ’s challenge for people to be agents of love and reconciliation in the world. Every fall, the university closes campus for its annual Serve Day and sends more than 1,500 students, professors, and employees to volunteer in the community. The school also hosts spring, winter, and May service trips that allow students to serve in diverse, cross-cultural settings that range from Los Angeles to Swaziland. Some programs, such as engineering and nursing, integrate service into the curriculum.

study abroad

The university’s commitment to outreach, study abroad, and social justice issues has helped to create a learning environment that emphasizes global awareness and engagement. More than half of the school’s undergraduates study abroad before graduation. Additionally, the university hosts the annual Juniors Abroad program, three-week subsidized study trips led by faculty mentors. Other students choose to spend whole semesters studying overseas, and others join service trips with organizations like Food for the Hungry. According to U.S. News & World Report, George Fox ranks among the top 40 schools in the nation for its percentage of students who study abroad.

community service

As part of its commitment to service and global engagement, George Fox offers numerous outlets for students to support causes that matter to them. The school’s Center for Peace and Justice organizes events that educate and call students to action regarding today’s national and international issues. The engineering program incorporates service into its curriculum and provides data to help the university’s goal to reduce its carbon footprint by 10 percent within the next five years. Additionally, programs such as the Science Outreach Program connect the university with area youths and the greater community.

awards for excellence in service

George Fox offers the Act Six leadership and scholarship initiative, a program that annually provides about 10 full-ride scholarships to emerging urban leaders who want to make a difference on campus and in their communities at home.

Personalized Education

George Fox’s low 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio allows for plenty of personal attention. It is the university’s promise that each student will “Be Known” academically, personally, and spiritually. Faculty and administrators design programs that put students first, recognizing that each student has different goals and needs. From personalized academic guidance to ongoing spiritual formation, the entire educational process at George Fox is organized around students’ growth and success.

the richter scholars program

Students at George Fox enjoy a challenging curriculum that encourages significant scholarship and application. Undergraduate and graduate students in the Richter Scholars program, for example, conduct original research with faculty mentors. During these projects, they research issues such as cures for breast cancer, cellular-level diabetes information, or trauma and cognitive development. George Fox is one of only 11 colleges to participate in this prestigious program.

academic prestige

Several George Fox undergraduate programs offer national accreditation, including its nursing (CCNE), engineering (ABET), athletic training (CAATE), and education (NCATE) programs. Students who opt to continue their education beyond the undergraduate level can apply for admission to the university’s nationally accredited doctor of psychology program or to George Fox Evangelical Seminary, which offers five seminary degrees accredited by the Association of Theological Schools. George Fox also offers graduate degrees in counseling, business and education. George Fox also introduced a doctor of physical therapy (DPT) program in 2012, becoming just the second school in Oregon to offer a DPT degree.

George Fox provides both the resources of a national university and the accessibility to opportunities that only smaller universities can provide. The options are diverse. At George Fox, a student can perform in a play, compete in NCAA Division III team sports, sing in a choir, and lead a student club all at the same time. The school’s smaller size means big opportunities.


Students with competitive drive get the opportunity to compete at George Fox. Many have formed intramural flag football, 3-on-3 basketball, and volleyball teams. Others thrive in the school’s nationally successful intercollegiate programs. George Fox offers 15 varsity sports—eight for women, seven for men—and competes in the nine-member Northwest Conference at the NCAA Division III level. The university has won two national titles in the past decade: a 2004 World Series championship in baseball and a 2009 women’s basketball crown.

performing arts

The university’s Department of Performing Arts is a close-knit community of musicians, artists, and actors. The university’s bands, choirs, orchestras, and ensembles perform in Bauman Auditorium, which is renowned for its acoustics and used by the Oregon Symphony for recordings. Theatre students perform three mainstage productions a year, ranging from Greek tragedies to contemporary plays. Art students pursue painting, printmaking, ceramics, photography, and digital art with access to two on-campus galleries.


At George Fox, faith is a verb. The university wants to help students pursue their passions and calling. As their relationships with God grow deep and wide, so too do their desires to engage the world and do the work of Jesus. Through chapel, small-group study, service trips, and everyday living on campus, students have the opportunity to make their spiritual journeys ones of great adventure.

George Fox University graduates don’t simply receive “book knowledge.” They aren’t simply prepared for a career. They graduate with an education that empowers them spiritually, academically, and professionally. They reimagine the world.

alumni for every skill

George Fox University’s more than 21,000 alumni include professionals in nearly every field. A computer programmer in China, a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia, and a film editor in Los Angeles  are just a few of the people who credit George Fox University as the place that helped them discover and prepare for their calling. Notable alumni include former president Herbert Hoover, best-selling Christian book author Richard Foster, and Oregon Court of Appeals judge Darleen Ortega.

onto further education

George Fox students have previously had a medical school acceptance rate 30 percent higher than the national average. Furthermore, recent graduates have gone on to graduate schools such as Boston University School of Medicine, Harvard University School of Education, Princeton Seminary, Stanford University, and University of Oregon School of Law.

In 2011, 100 percent of George Fox’s nursing students successfully passed the NCLEX, the National Credential Licensure Exam, on the first try. More than 70 percent of those who graduated from the nursing program in 2010 are employed and practicing as professional nurses.


Admissions Fall 2015

2,903 Total Applicants 
2,224 Total Admissions 
620 Total Freshman Enrollment

76.61% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 480 600
SAT Math 480 600
SAT Writing 460 590
ACT Composite 21 27
ACT Math 20 27
ACT English 20 26
ACT Writing 6 8


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $32,430
Fees $356
Total $32,786
Room and Board (on campus) $10,152
Room Only $5,922
Board Only $4,230
Estimated Total On Campus $42,938


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

100% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
70% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$17,207 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$7,931 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates