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Our Promise to Students

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“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” – Ecclesiastes 3:1

Now is the time to build fearlessly and to blaze a trail to serve students in radically new ways. 

We need Christ-centered education now more than ever. We need thinkers and doers, problem solvers and activators. We need compassionate hearts, willing hands and sharp minds. The world is different now; we need Christlike leaders and learners to invent the future and boldly lead us into it.

This is who we are at George Fox University. This is why we plan to open our campus this fall to any student who wants to be transformed.

At George Fox, we don’t cower in the face of challenge. We Stand Tall, fighting for what is good and true. And right now that means building leaders to compassionately carry the world into the future. 

Will we need to be vigilant for the sake of health in our community? Absolutely! We’re already making personal protective equipment, are continuing a rigorous cleaning regimen on campus, and are building out plans for residence halls with considerations for physical distancing.

Will our residence halls be open? Yes, our plan is to open in the fall! And we’ll take a thoughtful, measured and proactive approach to ensure students remain safe in their living areas.

Will education look different than before? We can’t speak for other universities, but we can guarantee it’ll look different at George Fox. Innovation is part of who we are – we were the first university west of the Mississippi River to offer an adult degree program and the first Christian college in the state to launch engineering, not to mention starting a football program while others shuttered theirs, developing an honors program that’s filled year after year, and pioneering Serve Day more than two decades ago to offer a helping hand to our neighbors. We embrace the opportunity that comes with challenge. The coronavirus has changed the fabric of our society, so we will pivot the model of higher education to address affordability, accessibility and relevance.

Can you promise your campus will be open this fall? We will always follow mandates from the governor’s office, but we can guarantee we’ll do everything in our power to bring students back in the fall to their George Fox home, to keep them safe and to transform them into the people they are called to become.

COVID-19 may steal our comforts of routine, face-to-face interaction, and predictability, but the deepest danger is allowing COVID-19 to rob us of the next generation of innovators, nurses, counselors, teachers, artists, pastors, physical therapists, business leaders, and social workers. 

Here is our promise: George Fox University will be ready for you. Ready to deliver the Be Known promise, ready to equip you for an exceptional life, ready to give you incredible memories. We’ll see you this fall.

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Jeremy Lloyd serves as the University Community Manager and University Magazine Editor.

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