Be Known is Our Mission

The adult degree program empowers adult students to complete a bachelor’s degree in a Christ-centered environment through a cohort-based education with career-relevant curriculum and personal attention from staff and faculty who ensure that each student will be known.

Read more about the benefits of George Fox's promise that each student will Be Known. You can also read what students have to say about their George Fox adult degree program experience.

A Leader in Adult Degree Education

George Fox was one of the first universities in the country to provide adult-centered degree completion. We have been serving adult learners since 1986, and have one of the best reputations in the state for knowing and meeting the needs of adult students. George Fox maintains a high standard of academic quality while providing a faith-infused education, a combination that has earned us repeated recognition as one of the top Christian colleges in the nation. Forbes consistently ranks George Fox among the top Christian colleges in the country, and U.S. News & World Report classifies the university as a first-tier "Best Regional University" and "Best Value" school.


All degree programs at George Fox University are regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. They are approved by the U.S. government and the state of Oregon for the education of veterans, and by the U.S. attorney general for the admission of international students.

Additional discipline-specific accreditation has been awarded to many of our undergraduate and graduate programs. Follow the link for a list of these nationally accredited programs.

About George Fox University

George Fox is Oregon's nationally recognized Christian university, providing students with personal attention, global opportunities to learn and serve, and a supportive community that encourages academic rigor and spiritual growth.

Our Christian Perspective

While we do not expect all of our students to embrace our faith, the Christian commitment at George Fox shapes our identity.

Format and Schedule

Learning Methods

The adult degree program uses an adult learning method designed to meet the needs and learning styles of working adults. This seminar style relies heavily on discussion, simulations, and collaborative learning, drawing from students' personal, professional, and technical backgrounds to achieve a broader understanding of the topics covered.

Cohort Model

Once admitted to a major, students are grouped into cohorts (learning communities). Cohorts follow a 16-month schedule.

Cohort Schedule

Courses are offered in the evenings and meet one night per week (6 to 10 p.m.) for 6 weeks per course (an occasional Saturday class may be required). Online cohorts are also offered.

Added Value

Courses help students assess personal values, develop interpersonal skills, and enhance general professional competencies to better contribute to the organizations and individuals they seek to serve. Many students form life-long friendships with others in their cohort.


Out-of-class assignments include reading, research, and writing on selected topics. In-class assignments include presentations and collaborative discussion. Tests are not used as part of the grading criteria in any of the major courses and are used very sparingly in the general education/elective courses.

Personal Approach

George Fox values the personal interaction that occurs in a classroom. Even in our online format, our students receive the face-to-face interaction that the classroom setting provides.