George Fox University
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Newberg, OR 97132-2697

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George Fox University
Newberg, OR 97132

College Description:
George Fox University was founded in 1891 by the Society of Friends (Quakers) with the purpose of providing students a challenging academic atmosphere within a community of Christian faith. Today, George Fox maintains the same mission and has grown to an enrollment of more than 2,700 students.

George Fox University is located in Newberg, a residential community of 18,000 people. The 75-acre tree-shaded campus is a 30-minute drive from Portland. The University is situated in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, with scenic Mt. Hood and the rugged Pacific coastline also within short driving distances.

Students find George Fox to be a place where spiritual growth and intellectual challenge take place in a friendly, caring environment. This tradition of integration of faith and learning has been recognized by the Templeton Foundation, which named George Fox University to its honor roll of character-building colleges.

In addition to its undergraduate degrees, George Fox confers the Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Doctor of Education, Master of Arts in Teaching, and Doctor of Psychology degrees and eight graduate degrees through George Fox Evangelical Seminary.

Academic Life:
The academic year at George Fox University is divided into two semesters of fifteen weeks. In addition to the two semesters, the University sponsors a three-week May Term. For graduation, students are required to earn 126 credit hours, including 54 general education and 42 upper-division credits.

Students may reduce the number of required courses and add flexibility to their undergraduate years with credit earned through Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate (IB), the College-Level Examination Program, and credit by examination. All traditional undergraduates are given a personal computer to use and keep upon graduation.

The faculty at George Fox University fosters an atmosphere of discussion and independent thinking in the classroom. Faculty members have found a healthy balance between teaching and research by devoting a majority of their time to educating students. The University employs 120 full-time and 112 part-time faculty members. Seventy percent of the full-time faculty members hold earned doctoral degrees. Faculty members are personally committed Christians who are involved in the lives of their students. The student-faculty ratio is a low 15:1.

George Fox demonstrates its commitment to freshmen by providing a Freshman Seminar Program to assist students as they integrate themselves into the academic and social life of the University community.

Majors Offered:
George Fox confers the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. The following undergraduate majors are available: accounting, art, biblical studies, biology, business and economics, chemistry, Christian educational ministries, cognitive science, communication arts, communication/video production, computer and information science, electrical engineering, elementary education, family and consumer science, fashion merchandising, foods and nutrition in business, history, interdisciplinary studies, interior design, international studies, mathematics, mechanical engineering, music, philosophy, physical education, political science, religion, social work, sociology, and writing/literature.

Off-Campus, Study-Abroad:
The importance of international study is shown through a variety of programs. Each year during May Term, George Fox sponsors a number of three-week study tours led by University faculty members. Transportation costs are subsidized by the University. These international learning experiences are designed for students completing their junior year. Through the Coalition for Christian Colleges and Universities, students are also given the opportunity to study for a semester in China, Costa Rica, England, Kenya, Russia, the Middle East, and Washington, D.C.

Membership in the Christian College Consortium enables George Fox University students to attend for a semester one of twelve colleges located throughout the United States.

Campus Life / Campus Visit
Seventy-five percent of George Fox students live in campus residence halls, suites, and apartments. Opportunities for extracurricular involvement are available in music, drama, journalism, student government, radio, clubs, and athletics.

Regular chapel services bring the campus community together in worship. Students have the opportunity to put their faith into action on volunteer mission trips and during community outreach activities.

George Fox University seeks to become a racially and ethnically diverse community. To this end, we desire to enroll and nurture a racially and ethnically diverse student population. To pursue excellence and quality in this multicultural and global society requires an educational experience that acknowledges and appreciates the benefits of a diverse workforce and recognizes the reality of the world into which we send our graduates.

Facilities and Resources:
The new Edward F. Stevens Center provides 40,000 square feet of office and classroom space. All student service-oriented offices are now housed under one roof that provides greater efficiency and access for students. The building has been selected as part of the "Ten Shades of Green" by Portland General Electric for its use of recycled materials and minimal environmental impact.

The three-story Murdock Learning Resource Center houses more than 175,000 books and periodicals. Its features include rare book collections, study carrels, computer and audiovisual laboratories, a recording studio, and a darkroom.

The Edwards/Holman Science Center is home to the University's science programs. The 36,000-square-foot building provides classrooms, offices, and laboratories for biology, chemistry, premedicine, mathematics, computer science, and engineering programs.

The William and Mary Bauman Auditorium seats 1,150 people in a facility that is among the finest in the Northwest. Rotating art exhibits appear in the adjoining Lindgren Art Gallery.

Tilikum Retreat Center, set on a 90-acre lake and just 10 minutes away, provides students a change of pace from the classroom. Students enjoy hiking, canoeing, and fishing at the camp. Tilikum has an extensive summer day camp program that employs many University students.

Sports/Coaches Directory
George Fox is a member of the NCAA Division III and competes in six men's sports (baseball, basketball, cross-country, soccer, tennis, and track) and seven women's sports (basketball, cross-country, soccer, softball, tennis, track, and volleyball). Intramural sports are also played.

Financial Aid / Scholarships
George Fox maintains that every qualified student should be able to attend the university of his or her choice without letting limited finances stand in the way. To this end, federal, state, and institutional need-based funds are available, as are merit awards. About 87 percent of all students receive financial aid.

Admission Requirements / Application
Students admitted to George Fox University must show academic ability, high moral character, and social concern. These qualities are evaluated by consideration of each applicant's academic record, test scores, recommendations, interview reports, and participation in extracurricular activities. The priority application deadline is February 1. In order to provide a solid foundation for college-level work, it is recommended that the applicant present the equivalent of 16 academic units from an approved high school. The following units are suggested: English, 4; social studies, 2; science, 2; mathematics, 2; foreign language, 2; and health and physical education, 1.


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