Founded by the Quakers in 1885, George Fox University is a Christian University focused on the liberal arts and sciences, as well as professional studies. It is located in Newberg, Oregon. More than 3,300 students attend either the Newberg campus or one of the satellite locations in Portland, Salem, Redmond and Boise. George Fox’s main campus is just twenty-three miles outside of Portland, Oregon’s largest metropolitan area. There are many museums, restaurants, festivals, annual events, and recreational opportunities for students to enjoy. Mount Hood is nearby so students can enjoy skiing during the winter months, and they can also explore the Columbia River Gorge, and the Cascade Mountain Range.
The University offers several courses online, and one degree program through distance learning. George Fox has received many prestigious rankings in the last several years, including one of the top 100 “America’s Best Colleges” in Forbes, ranked at number fifty-eight. George Fox offers a popular “Best Semester” program through the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. It is the only Christian University classified as an official university in the entire Pacific Northwest., determined by U.S. News and World Report. According to several sources, more exceptional Portland area highschool students and valedictorians enroll in George Fox than in any other private college in Oregon.
Many undergraduate courses are offerered through distance learning technologies. These include Mathematics and Statistics, Psychology, Social Sciences, Theology and Religious Vocations, Visual and Performing Arts, English Language and Literature, and Letters and History. Graduate online courses include Theology and Religious Vocations, and Education and Business. The sole Master Degree that can be obtained through online learning include Theology and Religious Vocations. The undergraduate school has many majors to choose from including Allied Health, Applied Science, Athletic Training, Organizational Communication, Entrepreneurship, Global Business, Finance, Engineering, Political Science, Religion, Social Work, Sociology, Philosophy, Information Sciences, History, Journalism, Management, and Marketing. There are six adult degree programs: Elementary Education, Management and Organizational Leadership, Management and Business Information Systems, Project Management, Health Administration, and Social and Behavioral Studies.
The graduate school consists of five academic divisions: Seminary, School of Education, Graduate Department of Counseling, School of Business, and School of Behavioral and Health Sciences. The Seminary School has over ten areas of study at the certificate, master and doctorate levels. Theological Studies, Ministry Leadership, Spiritual Formation and Discipleship, and Semiotics and Future Studies are some of the areas aspiring ministers can train in. There are approximately 1,361 graduate students at the school, with a student teacher ratio of thirteen to one. Faculty at George Fox are committed to students receiving personalized attention in the classroom.
In state tuition at George Fox is an estimated $23,790 for both in and out of state tuition. Books and supplies cost around $700. Financial aid is awarded at the institutional, federal, state and local level through loans, grants and scholarships. Ninety-seven percent of students receive some type of financial aid package from George Fox to pursue their higher education.