Academic Sessions and Credits

The academic year at George Fox University is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks. In addition, the university operates a summer session that is integral to all graduate programs offered by the university. The university also offers traditional undergraduate courses in a May Term following the spring semester.

The unit of credit is the semester hour, represented by 50 minutes of instruction each week for 15 weeks plus 2 hours of work outside of class each week. One credit unit for prior learning or for courses or classes offered in different formats (hybrid courses, intensives, labs, dissertation, etc.) represents the equivalent learning of that of the traditional semester hour (approximately 45 hours of engagement).

Credit for all courses is indicated in semester hours. All student requirements, advancements, and classifications are based on these units.

In addition to traditional course formats, some courses are offered online, or partially online (hybrid). Some programs are offered through a cohort model in which small groups of students are enrolled in class together through the entire program.

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