Special Students - Conventional

Program Details

The special student program is for high school graduates who do not intend to enter a degree/certificate program OR those who plan to enter a degree/certificate program at a later time, but would like to take classes before being formally admitted to a degree/certificate program. Enrollment is at the discretion of George Fox University.


What do I need to know?

  1. The special student application is due in the registrar's office before 5pm on Friday of the first week of the semester. See specific semester dates on the   academic calendar.
  2. A special student registration form must be completed each semester you intend to enroll. List the class you would like to take, including the course section (example: ECON 201 C Principles of Microeconomics).
  3. Enrollment is allowed on a space-available basis only. Any course pre-requisites must be met in order to be registered for the requested class. Your registration will be processed on the first day of the semester.
  4. Undergraduate (100-499 level) and graduate (500-799) courses may be taken for credit or audit. Special student registration is not allowed for zero-level certificate courses.
  5. All courses require professor and department chair permission to enroll. The registrar's office will contact the department for you once your application has been received.
  6. Courses in the following programs do not allow special student registration: Undergraduate: Art and Design (ARTS, ARTD, INTD), and programs requiring admission to the major. Graduate: Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), Full-time Master of Business Administration (MBA), Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and Doctor of Ministry (DMin)and programs using the cohort model or requiring admission to the major. 
  7. Regular admission is required to enter a degree/certificate program. Please contact the Office of Admissions for more information. Special student enrollment does not guarantee subsequent admission to any degree/certificate program.
  8. Up to 12 credit hours can be applied toward a degree program.
  9. Employees of the university should refer to the Human Resources web page for information on tuition remission requirements, deadlines, and applications.

Application Procedure

  1. Search the Class Schedule to find a listing of available courses.
  2. Browse the Catalog for course descriptions.
  3. Complete the Online Application.
  4. Some courses require permission from the department. The Registrar's Office will contact the department for you once your application has been received.
  5. On the first day of class, the student should contact the registrar's office to determine if space is available for the course. If the space is available, the student will be admitted to the class and charged tuition, course and lab fees if applicable.


If you have questions, please contact the registrar's office at 503-554-2218 or by email at registrar@georgefox.edu.