About George Fox University

Our Promise

At George Fox, each student will Be Known – personally, academically and spiritually.

For more than a century, George Fox University has been committed to providing a Christian education through which every student can grow intellectually and spiritually with the guidance of devoted Christian scholars. From the beginning, we have held that authentic faith results in an outward expression that addresses the world's concerns with compassion and personal sacrifice.

George Fox is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. We offer more than 40 undergraduate bachelor's degree programs, and we consistently rank as one of the top Christian universities on the West Coast.

National Recognition

  • Forbes ranks George Fox among the top-10 "Best Religiously Affiliated Colleges" in the nation.
  • Forbes consistently ranks the school among the nation's top Christian colleges.
  • George Fox is classified by U.S. News & World Report as a "Best Regional University (West)."
  • The university is one of 100 institutions selected for the John Templeton Foundation “Honor Roll for Character-Building Colleges.”
  • The Princeton Review lists George Fox as a "Best in the West" selection.
  • George Fox is listed among the top five "Best Seriously Protestant Schools" in the nation by First Things, a publication of The Institute on Religion and Public Life.
  • George Fox is one of 50 listed in the Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s “Guide to All-American Colleges,” along with University of Chicago, Princeton University and Whitman College.

Our Namesake

The original George Fox

George Fox was a founder of The Religious Society of Friends, also called Quakers, that developed out of a Christian renewal movement during the 17th century in England. Fox eagerly shared of his intimate experience with the living Christ with others, who responded in large numbers. The new fellowship of believers called themselves Friends in accordance with Jesus’ words, “You are my friends, if you do whatever I command.”


Study Abroad

George Fox is one of the top 60 out of 1,400 American colleges in study-abroad participation. Nearly half of our undergraduates participate in an international experience.

Richter Scholars Program

George Fox undergraduate and graduate students receive funding for independent research projects conducted with a faculty mentor. We are one of 11 universities in the Richter Scholars Program, including Yale, Dartmouth, Cal Tech and the University of Chicago.

Serve Day

Every fall, the university closes campus for its annual Serve Day and sends more than 1,800 students, professors and staff members into the local community to do volunteer service at parks, senior citizen homes, churches, government agencies and nonprofit organizations. George Fox students annually volunteer thousands of hours in service in Yamhill County, Portland and throughout Oregon.

Serve Trips

Students use their winter, spring and summer breaks to volunteer locally and internationally on school-sponsored service trips.

Graduation Fact

Eighty-eight percent of George Fox graduates finish their degree in four years.

Faith Statement

Since its founding in 1891, George Fox has remained an intentionally Christ-centered university. To learn more about the institution’s theological positions, visit the university’s Statement of Faith page.

Quick Facts

Traditional undergraduate enrollment 2,276
Full-time faculty 195
Student-Faculty Ratio 14:1 (undergraduate)
Average Class Size 20 (includes labs)
Average High School GPA 3.6 on a 4.0 scale
Average Combined SAT Score 1,616 (national average: 1,498)
Students Living on Campus 1,247
States Represented 42
Ethnic Minorities 29.1 percent
International 4.3 percent
Residential Campus Newberg, Ore.
President Robin Baker, PhD (2007 – present)
Total number of living alumni 26,788 residing in all 50 states and 56 countries
Largest majors business degrees, engineering, nursing, elementary education, biology, art and design, psychology, social work, exercise science, cinema and media communication
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