George Fox University
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.
Get to know George Fox University
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.
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.
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.
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Non-U.S. Citizen: 1%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 1%
White, non-Hispanic: 70%
Native/Indigenous American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 5%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 1%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 8%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 1%
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 510 | 75th Percentile: 620
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