George Fox University is listed among the top 60 colleges in the United States in Forbes’ August 2009 ranking of “America’s best colleges.”
George Fox ranks No. 58 overall and second among Oregon colleges, behind Reed College (No. 44), and received the highest ranking among institutions in the 111-member Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.
Forbes ranking criteria measured whether students liked their courses (25 percent), achieved post-graduate vocational success (25 percent), graduated in four years (16 2/3 percent), and graduated without a lot of debt (20 percent). It also factored in faculty who competed for nationally competitive academic awards (13 1/3 percent).
For the sixth consecutive year, The Princeton Review has honored George Fox University as one of its “Best in the West” schools.
The rankings consider academics, quality of life, admissions selectivity, and financial aid. George Fox received a score of 88 out of 99 in admissions selectivity, an 84 out of 99 in academics, and an 84 out of 99 in quality of campus life.
An excerpt from the Review states: “Students resoundingly agree that George Fox is a Christ-centered, academically challenging university where students are not a number. Accordingly, the ‘devoted, amazing, accessible’ professors ‘teach not only about academics but incorporate life skills into their lectures/teachings.’”
According to data compiled by U.S. News & World Report magazine for its 2010 “America’s Best Colleges” issue, George Fox ranks No. 22 out of approximately 1,400 accredited institutions in the nation in percentage of students studying outside the country.
Sixty-four percent of the university’s traditional undergraduates study abroad before graduation. George Fox was among the top five Christian colleges in study abroad participation.
Since 1987, the university’s Juniors Abroad program has sent third- and fourth-year students on three-week overseas study trips led by professors. In May, students took Juniors Abroad trips to Asia, Africa, Western Europe, Central America, Egypt, New Guinea, New Zealand and Ecuador.
Students also may participate in one of several semester-long overseas programs, including the Australian Studies Program, the China Studies Program, the Middle East Studies Program, the Russian Studies Program, the Semester in Senegal Program, the South American Studies Program and the Uganda Studies Program.
Sixty-four percent of George Fox undergraduate
students study abroad.
High school counselors who advise their students on college choices say George Fox offers one of the best educations in the nation. Based on a national survey conducted by U.S. News & World Report, George Fox is ranked 73rd in the country, highest among the members and affiliates of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities included in the national university category.
The survey was sent to counselors at 1,600 public high schools that made the magazine’s “America’s Best High Schools” rankings. Full survey results and methodology is available on the premium online edition of the U.S. News & World Report 2010 edition of “Best American Colleges.”
Washington Monthly ranked George Fox No. 2 among CCCU schools and No. 120 overall in the magazine’s annual college rankings, released in September. In contrast to rankings that focus on what colleges can do for students, Washington Monthly’s assessment focused on which colleges are best serving the country based on three criteria – by improving social mobility, producing research and promoting public service.
Ranking the rankings
CBS MoneyWatch.com determined that the Forbes ranking was the best of all the ranking systems, saying Forbes came “closest to actually measuring the quality of the education at the nation’s best schools.”