Advising and mentoring

Students in the lab

Faculty connection

A distinctive of our program is that the engineering faculty take a personal interest in the life of each student. The faculty seeks to form close, personal relationships with the engineering students. The primary purpose of these relationships is for the faculty to mentor the students both professionally and spiritually.

Classes are kept small and faculty members get to know the students well. There are numerous faculty-student social events, and some of the faculty host special gatherings in their homes. The faculty choose to have an "open door" policy, making themselves accessible to students.

Incoming freshmen

Freshmen receive initial academic advisement by an engineering faculty member at the summer Genesis program. Genesis is a one-day event that orients incoming freshmen to the campus, facilities, and programs. During this time, the engineering faculty assist all incoming freshman engineers to ensure they are enrolled properly for their first year.

All engineering freshmen enroll in the Engineering Principles two-semester course sequence. Other than the numerous skills and knowledge gained throughout the year, this enables the students to explore further the five engineering concentrations and engage with the faculty members in that discipline for which they have an interest. Concentration-specific courses begin in the second year.

Students in the classroom

Advising process

The student and the advisor have several tools for ensuring that proper courses are taken. The university has an online scheduling, advising, and enrollment system called MyGeorgeFox. Both the student and the advisor can access this system.  Together they create a plan of study showing tentative courses to be taken each semester.

Throughout the entire advising process, there is an online real-time degree audit report showing the student's progress toward degree completion. This report can be checked regularly by the faculty advisor, and at the time of degree completion it is checked by the registrar's office.

Transfer students

The engineering department is ready to work with students wishing to transfer to George Fox from community colleges or other universities. The process begins by the student presenting official transcripts to the registrar's office. A minimum 2.6 cumulative college grade point average is required for admission (students with a GPA lower than 2.6 may be considered for provisional admission). The registrar's office evaluates previous outside course work to ensure that these incoming courses meet the university requirements. The engineering faculty assist with the evaluation of engineering course work to ensure that it fits within our curriculum. Only course work with a C- or better grade will be accepted.

For courses where transfer credit is desired but equivalency with a George Fox course is uncertain, it is the student's responsibility to file a petition online. In certain circumstances, the department chair has the authority to approve transfer credit. Any evaluation of transfer credit is to be considered tentative until the student has completed one semester of no less than 12 hours. For detailed information, visit the transfer student admissions page.

Student soldering audio amplifier design project

International students

International students (F-1 visa students or J-1 visa students) must show proficiency in the English language by posting a score on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of at least 500 or on the computer-based TOEFL of at least 173 and a score on the Test of Written English of at least 4.

Students with a score between 500 and 550 (paper-based TOEFL) or between 173 and 213 (computer-based TOEFL) will be provided a one-hour tutorial during their first semester at George Fox University to improve their ability to write in English and to develop more effective study strategies.

For more information, view the Undergraduate Catalog.