Record number of undergrads apply to George Fox

Record number of applicants at George Fox UniversityA year after earning a top-100 college ranking from Forbes, university establishes wait list for 2010-11 academic year

A record number of undergraduate applicants has put George Fox University in the unprecedented position of having to create a wait list of students who wish to enroll in the university this fall.

As of the first week of May, the university confirmed that more than 570 incoming students had paid a deposit – a step generally only made by those serious about attending, according to Ryan Dougherty, director of undergraduate admissions. Those translate into attention-getting numbers in comparison to the fall of 2009, when George Fox enrolled 518 new students to its undergraduate population.

600 new students possible
And the numbers might get even bigger. The university anticipates adding another 40 international students – most of them from China – and may add 10 to 12 more transfer students. It isn’t inconceivable, then, that the school will welcome 600-plus new undergraduate students in August, breaking the school’s previous high of 587 in 2005.

All told, the university enrolled 1,685 traditional undergraduate students and 3,368 total students in the fall of 2009, making it the third-largest private college in Oregon.

Top-ranked Christian college
George Fox’s surging popularity can be attributed, in part, to being recognized last summer as the top-ranked Christian college in the nation in the 2009-10 Forbes “Best American Colleges” ranking. George Fox was rated No. 58 overall in the country and was first among colleges in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.

“There are a number of variables that have worked together in our favor,” said Dale Seipp, vice president for enrollment services at George Fox. “We’ve certainly experienced greater name recognition and interest in several signature programs such as our engineering major, nursing major, art major, cinema and media communication major, and elementary education major and business programs.

“Students value the high-quality academic program offerings and the manner in which Christian faith is integrated with the educational and social experience of campus. The opportunity to be known by name and to develop relationships with faculty mentors are among the top reasons students indicate they chose George Fox.”

Applications still accepted
Students who may still be interested in applying for the 2010-11 academic year are encouraged to do so with the understanding they will be placed on a wait list and be considered on a space-available basis. Applications can be submitted online at

Those who pay the $300 enrollment deposit receive priority for enrollment and housing. Enrollment deposits are nonrefundable as of May 1.

Of the 570 who currently have a deposit on file, 483 are freshmen, 80 are transfer students and seven are “readmits” – students who are returning to campus after spending a semester or more away.

Plan ahead for 2011-12
The school’s admissions office encourages students seeking admission for fall 2011 to apply by Dec. 1, the university’s early-action date, in order to be eligible for George Fox’s Scholarship Competition and to maximize their scholarship eligibility. Scholarship Competition annually takes place in February and offers the opportunity for students to secure academic scholarships ranging from $10,000 to $16,000 (renewable each year).

The university’s priority application deadline for freshmen applicants in 2011-12 is Feb. 1, 2011.