Advising and mentoring
A distinctive of our program is that the engineering faculty take a personal interest in the life of each student. The faculty seeks to form close, personal relationships with the engineering students. The primary purpose of these relationships is for the faculty to mentor the students both professionally and spiritually.
Classes are kept small and faculty members get to know the students well. There are numerous faculty-student social events, and some of the faculty invite students to their homes. The faculty choose to have an "open door" policy, making themselves accessible to students.
Freshmen receive initial academic advisement by an engineering faculty member at the summer Genesis program. Genesis is a one-day event that orients incoming freshmen to the campus, facilities, and programs. During this time, the engineering faculty assist all incoming freshman engineers to ensure they are enrolled properly for their first year.
All freshmen enroll in a one-credit hour course, Freshman Seminar, that addresses selected topics and issues in introducing students to the academic and social life of the university community. The instructor for each student's seminar section serves as his or her temporary academic advisor for the first semester. Freshmen then select a permanent engineering faculty advisor in their concentration by the second semester.
The student and the advisor have several tools for ensuring that proper courses are taken. The university has an online scheduling, advising, and enrollment system called MyGFU. Both the student and the advisor can access this system. Together they create a plan of study showing tentative courses to be taken each semester.
Throughout the entire advising process, there is an online real-time degree audit report showing the student's progress toward degree completion. This report can be checked regularly by the faculty advisor, and at the time of degree completion it is checked by the registrar's office.
The engineering department is ready to work with students wishing to transfer to George Fox from community colleges or other universities. The process begins by the student presenting official transcripts to the registrar's office. A minimum 2.6 cumulative college grade point average is required for admission (students with a GPA lower than 2.6 may be considered for provisional admission). The registrar's office evaluates previous outside course work to ensure that these incoming courses meet the university requirement for general education or elective credit. The engineering faculty assist with the evaluation of engineering course work to ensure that it fits within our curriculum. Only course work with a C- or better grade will be accepted.
For courses where transfer credit is desired but equivalency with a George Fox course is uncertain, it is the student's responsibility to file a petition online. In certain circumstances, the chair of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering has the authority to approve transfer credit. Any course work that is approved for transfer credit will appear on the student's online degree audit report. Any evaluation of transfer credit is to be considered tentative until the student has completed one semester of no less than 12 hours. For detailed information, visit the transfer student admissions page.
International students (F-1 visa students or J-1 visa students) must show proficiency in the English language by posting a score on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of at least 500 or on the computer-based TOEFL of at least 173 and a score on the Test of Written English of at least 4.
Students with a score between 500 and 550 (paper-based TOEFL) or between 173 and 213 (computer-based TOEFL) will be provided a one-hour tutorial during their first semester at George Fox University to improve their ability to write in English and to develop more effective study strategies. Students not showing proficiency at the above-described levels may apply for admission to the George Fox University English Language Institute.
For more information, view the Undergraduate Catalog.