George Fox University | One of America’s top-ranked Christian colleges George Fox University | One of America’s top-ranked Christian colleges

Accreditation and Memberships

George Fox University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission for the preparation of teachers in specific fields. It is approved by the U.S. government and the states of Oregon and Idaho for the education of veterans, and by the U.S. attorney general for the admission of international students.

The university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, the Council of Independent Colleges, and the NCAA Division III Northwest Conference.

Character Development

George Fox students are challenged academically and encouraged to grow spiritually – a tradition of integrating faith and learning that has been recognized by the Templeton Foundation, which named George Fox to its honor roll of character-building colleges.


Every fall, the university’s Newberg, Ore., campus closes for its annual Serve Day and sends more than 1,500 students and employees into the local community to do volunteer service projects. Students also volunteer thousands of hours in service throughout Oregon, and many use their winter, spring and summer breaks to volunteer locally and internationally on school-sponsored service trips.

Study Abroad Opportunities

About half of traditional undergraduates study internationally before graduating, ranking the university among the top 40 out of 1,400 American colleges in study-abroad participation (U.S. News & World Report, 2012). Each spring, George Fox sponsors Juniors Abroad, three-week international study tours led by faculty members. Students also may study for a semester abroad or domestically through off-campus semester programs.

Pacific Northwest Location

The 85-acre tree-shaded residential campus is 23 miles from Portland, Ore., and is situated within driving distance of both Mt. Hood and the Pacific Coast. Teaching centers are also located in Portland, Salem and Redmond, Ore.

Extracurricular Activities

Opportunities for extracurricular involvement include music, drama, journalism, student government, radio, clubs, intramurals and intercollegiate athletics. George Fox competes in NCAA Division III and fields seven men’s teams (baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis and track) and eight women’s teams (basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track and volleyball).
The school won national titles in women’s basketball (2009) and baseball (2004).

The university will add intercollegiate football and women's lacrosse in 2014.


3,491 (2012-13)
Traditional Undergraduate: 1,902
Adult Degree Completion: 285
Graduate: 1,304

Student-Faculty Ratio: 13:1


Alumni Statistics

Total number of living alumni: More than 20,000 residing in 47 countries