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Founded in 1891, George Fox University. is a Private college. Located in Oregon, which is a city setting in Oregon, the campus itself is Town. The campus is home to 2,707 full time undergraduate students, and 1,432 full time graduate students.
The George Fox University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 14:1. There are 199 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at George Fox University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at GFU are considered Selective, with ,31% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 20 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
88% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 73% were in the top quarter, and 36% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at George Fox University.
105 Students rated on-campus housing 3.7 stars. 16 % gave the school a 5.0.
67 Students rated off-campus housing 3.5 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
107 Students rated campus food 2.9 stars. 7 % gave the school a 5.0.
110 Students rated campus facilities 4.3 stars. 47 % gave the school a 5.0.
110 Students rated class size 4.8 stars. 79 % gave the school a 5.0.
110 Students rated school activities 3.9 stars. 28 % gave the school a 5.0.
110 Students rated local services 4.3 stars. 52 % gave the school a 5.0.
110 Students rated academics 4.1 stars. 43 % gave the school a 5.0.
44 Students rated George Fox University
“Be Known”. It’s not just a motto or an empty filled promise. This statement sums up what it truly means to be a George Fox Bruin. Whether you are a perspective high school senior or considering transferring schools as an undergrad, coming to George Fox is one of the best choices you could make. Academically, their classes will challenge you. Challenge you to think, challenge you to feel, and challenge you to learn. Going to a small school is great! Rather than passing by strangers day after day, at George Fox you truly have the opportunity to build relationships with your peers. Whether you decide to take a hike in the canyon, compete in intramurals, study in the library, sweat in Hadlock (our student gym), or cheer on one of our 21 sports teams, the choice is yours! In my opinion, there is no feeling better than “Being Known”, personally, academically, and spiritually.
George Fox prides itself on community. The central theme is to support, encourage, and grow together. With this mission, there is good and bad that comes as a result. For starters, it is encouraged that students get involved on campus in things that interest them. There are a number of clubs and opportunities to get involved. At times, it seems like there's almost too much happening on campus to really be invested anywhere (or at least that's my experience), but it sure does make up for the lack of things to do in the small town of Newberg surrouding the campus. The associated student Community (student body) often hosts activities for students to attend. Things like dances, and concerts happen a handful of times during the semester. At times it can almost seem like a high school setting since they chose to do things that resemble a high school student body.
The school has a life style contract that prohibits students from smoking, drinking, and having premarital sex. Although the university encourages students to align their lifestyles with the contract, each students experience may have their own rules about following it. On campus, most of the students follow the contract (or at least do a good job of hiding it if they are breaking it), but off campus students really decide if they chose to obey or not.
In just my first year I have had a lot of opportunities including two on campus job, a position as an RA for the following year, and a great internship for the summer following my first year. I believe that it's not really enough to just show up to class at George Fox University, or really at any university nowadays. In order to make the most of one's academic experience, it's important to value what it is one is paying for. Show up for office hours, ask questions, connect with staff and faculty, and opportunities will come. George Fox is especially set up in a way that makes that effort as easy as possible.
There are three things that I would advise my high school self to be aware of during college and when making the transition into life afterwards. Here is what I would tell my younger self.
First, race and gender will challenge you. Since birth you have faced the sad reality that is true for a majority of your people. Black women are stereotypically viewed as ignorant, adolescent mothers, raised in absent father homes. You are seen as incapable of utilizing proper English, and are looked down upon when you excel in the “white man's’” world. College will be no different. In every classroom you will be one of a few if not the only one of your kind. The exterior will cause confusion among students and staff who will see you in one way and look at you in shock when you tell them of your dual degree in Studio Art and Global Business. Questions will be raised from the texture of your hair or the use of Ebonics, but don’t become frustrated or lose heart. A bond, as strong as a sisterhood, will be formed among a group of women who look just like you and it will last for a lifetime.
Second, learn to take risks. Life will turn upside down with decisions that you will have to make about people, desires, and interests. Always remember that you are more than any label people assign you, and if you have the opportunity to explore the world, impact lives, form new relationships or discover a new part of yourself, do it. Don’t allow yourself to be stuck inside of a box, because there is more depth to you than you currently know. Take risks in relationships, always having the understanding that some will die and others will carry on. Dive deeply with people, and never allow your fear of vulnerability or pain to hinder you.
Lastly, remember that everyone’s journey is different. As you near the end of your college career you will see three paths that students choose to take. The choices are marriage, graduate school, or a career. Some choose one option, others all three. Remember that you have a life journey that will never look the same as anyone else’s. If each of us wasted our energy focusing on the direction everyone else is headed we would miss out on our very own adventure. Celebrate the success of those around you, whatever they may be, and cherish those moments with them. However, recognize that your life is and will be filled with it’s own momentous occasions. As you leave the world of books, exams, papers, and projects embrace all of the changes that come your way and know that in the end everything will be alright.
The campus is beautiful, professors are great and so are the other students. It's a very welcoming environment. The campus is somewhat small so be prepared to "Be Known" by your professors and your peers. The class sizes are fairly good, they get even smaller once you get down into your major classes. I would highly recommend students looking to major in STEM, Biblical Studies/Christian Ministries, Cinema, Band or Art. Very impressed with how they run this place.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for George Fox University is 63%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
Socializing with Christians who ought to practice what they are preached but simply dont. Its like Christian students have their own ideas of what Christians should be and I found it odd that most of them are just like anybody else except they say they believe in Christ. For me this was tuff to accept because Christian students will put up a front, they'll be nice to you but they wont want anything to do with you. I felt I witnessed to many students sit alone in the cafeteria of Fox because Christian students have their own agendas.
Very friendly, but some are bit too... naive.
Open and friendly
I brag about our music department and the math/computer science departments. I am involved in all of them and I feel like they are great programs.
The best thing The Christ centered social awareness that Fox promotes and the impact Fox alumns have on the world because of graduating from Fox.
I wish I had known that taking the time to keep my living space clean would have made my roommate situations so much easier.
While many different kinds of people attend this university, an outgoing, acedmically focused, Christian-centered student from a conservative background would fit in best here.
The most frustrating thing about my school is that eventhough it's a private university, everyone is so open-minded that even the blatant rule-breakers won't be held responsible for their behaviors by the adminstration.
A student who has had negative influences in their life i.e. drugs, alcohol, and a criminal history, who dont want to give these those things up. There is a contract that you have to sign at George Fox that keeps you from having sex, drinking alcohol, using drugs of any kind, and a curfew for the opposite sex in dorms. If the student does not beleive in Christ let alone God, it could be a challenge finding other students who believe the same, which makes a social life on campus challenging. Also, someone who just wants to get by.
Many factors made my decision easy to attend George Fox University. It?s a small private university that will enable me to graduate within four years, the student to faculty ratio is 11:1, It has a strong education department, it has a faith based campus and positive atmosphere, and 95% of students receive financial aid (on average this amount is about $20,000 annually). George Fox encourages service in the community and pursuing our individual relationships with the Lord. George Fox University is a great school and I have been pleased with my education here.
The small size of the university (I think about 3500 students) and the low student to faculty ratio (14:1?) allows for small classes and personal attention from professors outside of class. Most of my classes thus far have had about 35 students. The professors I have had have all been very knowledgable and seem to care not only about me as a student, but as an individual. Most of them have been pretty demanding, but have done their best to equip me with the knowledge and information necessary to succeed in their classes. Most students here strive for excellence in all their classes and seem to have clear visions for their lives after graduation and have plans in place to reach their unusually ambitious goals.
I visited several colleges, but was drawn to the sense of community I found at Fox. Everyone here - professors, staff, students - cares about each other. I have never before been surrounded by so many genuinely kind and caring individuals.
Dorm life is so much fun! In fact, I even lived in a freshman dorm my sophomore year because it is such a blast. Most halls consist of 25 students with one big bathroom for the whole hall (which is not nearly as bad as it seems, trust me). There are all women halls and all men halls, none are co-ed. All of the floors plan a lot of fun events together and usually get to be close friends. Each women's hall is paired with a men's hall as "brother/sister halls," that they do a lot of events with. Freshman dorms is where a lot of people meet their best friends for their college years. It is so fun!
The sports scene isn't very popular here in comparison to other universities. Don't get me wrong, we still show up at games in our school colors and cheer on the Bruins, but you have to understand that we are a DIII school. However, the sports scene is in the middle of a BIG change-up. We will be getting a football team in 2013 and we'll have to see what kind of crowd that attracts. It will bring a whole new dynamic to George Fox.
Ultimate Frisbee, video games, ping pong, watching movies, Facebook, and simply talking are the primary sources of on-campus entertainment. And of course studying, if you count that. There is no Greek life, and no party scene whatsoever. Coming here, I expected to find a rebellious and experimental subculture, but have met only a couple individuals who come remotely close to fitting that description. For those of us who do not always abide by the Lifestyle Agreement (which you can find online), talk of activity that violates it is generally secretive and suppressed. The majority of students here probably don't even know what cigarettes, beer, or anything else of that nature tastes like. I know people who have transferred specifically because of this, and I am seriously considering doing the same. There is no night life in Newberg (though it does have far more coffee shops than most towns of its size and awesome pet shop); you have to drive an hour into Portland for that. Even in Portland, there is not much you can legally do at night if you are under 21. However, if you are looking for good, clean fun, you'll have no trouble finding it here. There are several clubs concerned with social justice and finding solutions to societal problems, and a heavy emphasis is placed on volunteering. The campus shuts down for one day each semester for Serve Day, on which all the students volunteer in the community, and there are a couple optional Serve Trips each year. Everyone is required to attend chapel at least 21 times each semester, but most students go more than that. Last semester, intramural basketball, dodgeball, volleyball were offered, in addition to flag football and ultimate Frisbee clubs and collegiate level athletics. Oh, and as far as dating goes, if you're expecting to get laid, you will be disappointed. However, if you are in the market for a "hot and holy spouse" or a "ring by spring," you could be in luck. I should also mention an interesting phenomenon: the place is deserted on the weekends, especially on nice days. It feels like a ghost town walking around campus Saturday afternoons. Everyone either goes home, goes to the city or somewhere else for entertainment, or stays inside studying and playing video games. I still haven't quite figured out where everyone goes on the weekends.
Classes vary in depending on the program and personality. For instance I have taken a intro to graphics design class which i found very simple and quite stimulating creatively. However, a number of my classmates who would not consider themselves creative found it more challenging that stimulating. The inverse happens when it comes to humanities courses. I am not as good with memorizing dates and names and so i have to assert myself much more in my history classes than some of my classmates who have a passion for the subject.
I come from a very diverse educational and cultural background and so i guess i adapt very easily when interacting with off-campus life. Be it meeting individuals from an educational institution unlike ours or simply interacting with the world outside school.
One of the more popular stereotypes held by people is that the school's spiritual life is overwhelming considering the number of students coming from a home-schooled and/or Christian backgrounds.
It is true that a large portion of the student body comes from a Christian background. However, due to the diversity of backgrounds, it makes this an ideal environment to grow and mature independently. Students get to disagree and learn from each other in and out of class.
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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA.
Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.
99% of students
attending George Fox University receive some sort of financial aid.
34% were awarded federal grants.
While 74% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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