Parents and Families

George Fox University values the parents, siblings, grandparents and other supportive family members who have stood by our students. You have all played a role in helping our students move toward independence and prepare for this pivotal time in life — college.

In the next few years, the university will be partnering with you as your student takes significant steps toward learning, discovering vocational direction, growing spiritually, and developing life and decision-making skills.

How can you best support your student during these years?

Stay connected to the university

  • Join the Parent Council to support George Fox students behind the scenes
  • Attend university events designed especially for parents
  • Read the monthly Parent Perspectives e-newsletter

Support your student’s steps toward responsibility

  • Remind them about campus support resources
  • Advise them toward good health habits like eating right and getting enough sleep
  • Direct them to advocate for themselves on campus

Be a listening ear and offer positive encouragement

  • Be a sounding board for your student and provide perspective
  • Tell your student you believe in his or her decision-making skills and ability to find answers to their questions on campus
  • As much as possible, avoid the practice of solving your student's problems on campus

The Office of University Relations has a "Parents Handbook" online. It is a valuable resource of information and contact numbers.  Here is the link to the Parent Handbook.

During Welcome Weekend, a parent track has been scheduled. At Welcome Weekend, you will learn more about the college transition and how it impacts students and parents. You will find it to be a valuable investment of your time and a great beginning for your relationship with George Fox University.

As part of Welcome Weekend, there will be a breakfast reception with President Baker on Friday, Aug. 30. The reception is a complimentary event for the first 100 parents (this is not an event for students) who sign up. 

Please check the following links for important information:
Parent Resources
Family/Guest Welcome Weekend Schedule

If you have any questions, please contact us at 503-554-2324

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