George Fox University (GFU) is a Christian university located in Newberg, Oregon. It was founded by Quaker pioneers as the Friends Pacific Academy in 1885. It changed its name to Pacific College in 1891. The school’s name was changed to George Fox College in 1949 to honor the founder of the Quaker movement – George Fox. It merged with the Western Evangelical Seminary in 1996 and became the George Fox University. It is considered the third largest private university in Oregon with the combined forces of its main campus and its learning centers in Portland, Salem, Redmond, and Boise. It is religiously affiliated with the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends.
The university seeks to provide a Christ-centered community that prepares students spiritually, academically, and professionally. It does not only aim for academic excellence but also to connect the message of Jesus Christ in relation to the global challenges and opportunities of the future. Its values are reflected by living like Christ, creating a transformational learning community, pursuing a scholarly inquiry, engaging globally and connecting culturally, reflecting the diversity of God’s people, preparing to pursue God’s kingdom, serving and leading in communities of trust, and promoting peace, justice, and care of the earth.
The academic programs of George Fox University consist of traditional undergraduate study in 40 majors and 45 minors; Adult Degree Programs in Elementary Education, Health Administration, Management and Organizational Leadership, Project Management, Social and Behavioral Studies, and Technology Management; Graduate Programs in Divinity, Theological Studies, Ministry Leadership, Spiritual Formation, Teaching, Education, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Marriage/Couple and Family Counseling, School Counseling, and Business Administration; and Doctoral Programs in Leadership and Global Perspectives, Leadership and Spiritual Formation, Semiotics and Future Studies, Education, Business Administration, Psychology, and Physical Therapy. Pre-Professional Programs include Pre-Dental, Pre-Law, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Veterinary, and Pre-Pharmacy. Study Abroad Programs are likewise available. George Fox University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
Estimated annual educational cost for undergraduate study at George Fox University include $29,050.00 for tuition for 17 to 18 hours per semester, $200.00 for student body fee, $130.00 for health and counseling fee, and $9,050.00 for room and board. Part-time students pay $880.00 per credit hour. This is the same rate given to full-time students who wish to take credits beyond 18. Indirect costs not yet included in this estimate are for travel, books, and personal expenses. The average cost of books per semester is $475.00.
Financial aid is provided trough grants, scholarships, and loans. Students can only avail of financial assistance if they meet eligibility requirements, demonstrate financial need, maintain a minimum grade point average, and maintain a satisfactory academic progress. They should also be enrolled at least half-time.
George Fox University is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III and the Northwest Conference. Its athletic teams known as the Bruins compete in baseball, basketball, cross-country, soccer, tennis, golf, track and field, softball, and volleyball. Its teams have earned several district and conference titles.
Student population at George Fox University is comprised of 1,893 undergraduate students, 1,342 post-graduate students, and 284 degree completion students. Student/Faculty ratio is 13:1. The average class size is 20. There are at least 1,160 students living on campus. Faculty members number at 388. Students came from at least 34 states and about 18.6% of the population consists of ethnic minorities. Forty one percent of students at George Fox University are male, while 59% are female.