For the 20th time in the last 21 years, George Fox broke its fall enrollment record. Overall enrollment grew to 3,253, up 2 percent from 3,185 last fall. The school has more than quadrupled in size since 1986, when 549 students attended.
George Fox saw a 4-percent increase in traditional undergraduates with 1,692 enrolling on the Newberg campus. According to Dale Seipp, interim vice president of enrollment services, the incoming first-year students are the most ethnically diverse in university history. Nearly 25 percent identify themselves as non-Caucasian. Incoming freshmen have an average high school grade point of 3.5 and SAT math and critical reading scores of 1,073. The national average for college-bound seniors is 1,017.
George Fox Evangelical Seminary saw the largest growth among the university’s six schools, increasing 22 percent to 320 students.
George Fox joins the national ranks in ‘U.S. News & World Report’
For the First time, George Fox is rated as a national university by U.S. News & World Report in its annual ranking of America’s Best Colleges.
This is an elevation from its prior listing as a regional master’s level university, a category in which the university ranked 19th last year. In the most recent report, George Fox is listed in the third tier of national universities, positioned with Oregon State, Seton Hall, Biola, and Azusa Pacific.
Of the 105 members of the national Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, George Fox is one of just six to reach the national category. The others are Azusa Pacific, Biola, Oral Roberts, Trevecca Nazarene, and Trinity International. No CCCU school is ranked higher.
U.S. News matches its categories to the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education classification — the leading framework for describing institutional diversity in U.S. higher education. Its classifications are based on the number of doctorates awarded and a measure of research activity.
Carnegie dramatically changed George Fox’s peer group last year when it elevated the school to a national doctoral university. From previous comparisons mostly with its nearby Northwest geographical institutions, the university is now linked on the national level in the Doctoral/ Research category with institutions such as Pepperdine, Stanford, and Yale.
Other data compiled by U.S. News & World Report magazine revealed George Fox ranks No. 20 out of approximately 1,400 accredited institutions in the nation in percentage of students studying outside the country.
More than two-thirds of its undergraduates participate in study abroad programs before graduation. George Fox students have several options for studying abroad, including three-week overseas Juniors Abroad trips, May Serve trips, Semester-abroad trips sponsored by the CCCU, and other sponsored programs.
Two get on board
Two individuals with ties to George Fox joined the university’s board of trustees this fall.
Fred Gregory, interim country director for Mercy Corps in Kabul, Afghanistan, and Curtis Strauss, manager of contracts and procurement at Conoco Phillips in Alberta, Canada, joined the board on Sept. 1.
Gregory (G66) manages a portfolio of more than $23 million in projects; oversees six expatriates and more than 500 local staff; and represents Mercy Corps to donors, the Afghan government, and the United Nations. He has worked with the U.S. Peace Corps, World Concern, and World Relief Corporation in Bangladesh.
Gregory had been a member of the university’s board of trustees until five years ago when his appointment as country director for the U.S. Peace Corps required his resignation.
Strauss has served on the board of regents for George Fox Evangelical Seminary since 2005. At Conoco Phillips, an organization that builds facilities to support the oil industry, he leads teams of procurement professionals purchasing highly engineered equipment and materials and teaches leadership development courses.
Originally from Detroit, Strauss worked in the railroad industry and now the petrochemical industry, which has led him to the Netherlands, Russia, and most recently Calgary, Alberta, where he lives with his wife, Rachel.
The university’s board also named new honorary member Dave Brandt as president emeritus.