Frequently Asked Questions
When do classes start?
Classes begin on Monday, Aug. 29.
How can I know what books/supplies I need to purchase for class?
The bookstore has this information ready for you a few weeks before classes begin. Enter the bookstore's website and locate the "Books" link on the page. Have your class list ready and all books can be found by class number and section. You may purchase books online before school begins and pick them up at the Bruin Store during the first week of classes. Or, you can come to school and purchase your books at the the Bruin Store. The first day of each class professors will pass out their syllabi and should inform students of any other required supplies for class.
When does Welcome Weekend begin?
Welcome Weekend begins on Thursday, Aug. 25.
Can I move onto campus before Aug. 25?
You cannot move on to campus before Thursday, Aug. 25, unless you are a pre-approved early arriver due to a sport, campus employment, or another reason for which a coach or supervisor has arranged with the director of housing.
Where do I park when I arrive on campus?
The first place to park is in the Stevens Center parking lot on the corner of Meridian Street and Sheridan Street. If that lot is full, drive around the corner to the Bauman Auditorium parking lot located on Fulton Street. Once you have completed the check-in process at Welcome Weekend, you will be able to park your vehicle in the designated area for your living area. Directions will be given to you at check-in.
Where do I go after I arrive on campus?
Go directly to your assigned living area. If you are unsure of that location, go to mygfu.georgefox.edu and check under the housing tab to find your housing assignment. If you are a commuter, you can go directly to the info booth on the quad for further direction.
Can I ship stuff to campus before I arrive?
Yes! Please do mail boxes to campus. If you choose to mail items to campus, please review the instructions from mail services. When you read through the instructions, be sure to note the correct street address that corresponds with your campus mailbox number.
How do I get a job on campus?
If you are interested in finding employment on campus, please read through the instructions related to JobConnect and how to apply for positions on campus.
Welcome Weekend Info
Are there costs associated with Welcome Weekend for me or my family?
There are no initial costs for students during Welcome Weekend. All meals for students are included, and the meal plan begins on Saturday. One additional cost for students comes from attending the Bruin Adventure, a six-hour adventure off campus with the entire incoming class. This event costs $20 and includes the dinner meal. Students will be able to sign up and pay online in August or pay in person once you come to campus.
There is no attendance fee for families and guests during Welcome Weekend. Meal costs are sold per individual, per meal. Meal tickets may be purchased once guests are on campus. No persons will be admitted for meals without tickets.
Can parents attend Welcome Weekend with me?
Yes! Your parents and family may attend Welcome Weekend with you. There is an entire schedule made specifically for parents while students attend certain events. Families are able to help students move in to their new living areas, attend workshops, stop by the bookstore, and say their farewells at our Prayer Dedication Service. Parent and Family Orientation ends at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26.
When do meal plans start?
Meal plans begin Saturday, Aug. 27, for the breakfast meal. Welcome Weekend meals for students before that day have no extra cost.
How do I find out where I'll be living on campus?
Log into mygfu.georgefox.edu and look at the blue menu box. Find the housing button and choose "roommate view." You should be able to see your campus living information.
How do I find out who my roommate is?
Log into mygfu.georgefox.edu and look at the blue menu box. Find the housing button and choose "roommate view." You should be able to see your campus living information, your roommate, and roommate's contact information.
Can I see my assigned residence hall room?
During the summer, you may contact the admissions office about taking a tour of your assigned residence hall room. The admissions office offers residence hall tours Friday afternoons at 3:30 p.m. and welcomes students to contact them about a room tour.
What things are already in my residence hall room?
Find out all the details about your residence hall room (room dimensions, closet size, what items are in the room, etc.)
What size sheets do I bring?
It is recommended that students bring extra-long twin size sheets (Twin XL). Students or parents may purchase extra long twin sheets through the George Fox linens program
What pets can I bring?
Limited pets are allowed on campus. Students are allowed to have fish and small turtles in their living quarters. All other pets are not allowed on campus.
How can I get help with technology on campus?
The campus has a place for that: Institutional Technology, or IT. IT is located on the third floor of the Stevens Center. They provide all technical support for the entire campus. If you have trouble with your computer or just a simple question, give them a call at ext. 2569 and one for their friendly staff will work to answer your questions.
To find out what the technology requirements of the university are click here.
Can first-year students have a car on campus?
Yes, first-year students can have cars. Every student with a vehicle must register and purchase a parking permit at the beginning of the year. You can find the forms in mygfu.georgefox.edu. The residence hall that you live in will determine which parking lots on campus you will be able to park. Read more about campus parking guidelines to find out more about parking on campus.
How do I get around if I don't bring a car?
Many students on campus have vehicles, so it is usually easy to find a ride with a friend or roommate. However, most things in town are within walking distance from campus. George Fox is right in the middle of Newberg, splitting the old town from the new. Feel free to take a nice walk around town with friends. We also have a Zipcar program where students can rent cars. Talk to Studet Life for details.
How do I get to campus if I fly in or take a train or bus?
If you are traveling alone by plane, train, or bus on Thursday, Aug. 25, and need to be picked up from the airport or terminal, please contact Kelly Hughton with the admissions team at 503-554-2249. Unfortunately, there is no service run by the school to transport students to and from the university. The website does have a few resources as to other services from outside companies to help provide transportation to and from campus.
Should I attend church in the area or is there a church on campus?
We encourage you to attend a church in the area. There are many local churches to choose from in Newberg, the surrounding communities, or Portland. While students attend chapel on campus, it is a different experience than a weekly church service and we believe the opportunity to worship with Christians outside the campus community is very valuable.
When does chapel begin?
Chapel begins for the year on Tuesday, Aug. 30, in Bauman Auditorium.
Is chapel mandatory?
Chapel attendance is part of community building and is one means to completing a student's 15 spiritual formation credits required over the course of one semester. Please review the details about spiritual formation credits and the chapel experience.