Sessions and Credits

Academic Sessions and Credits

The academic year at George Fox University is divided into two semesters of 16 weeks. In addition, the university operates a summer session that is required for some programs and optional for others.

The unit of credit is the semester hour, represented by 50 minutes of instruction each week for 16 weeks plus two hours of work outside of class each week. One credit unit for prior learning or for courses or classes offered in different formats (hybrid and online 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.

Credit for Applied Lessons and Ensemble Courses 

Credit for applied lessons and ensemble courses is awarded as follows: