Special Students - Conventional


The conventional 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.

Eligibility Requirements


What do I need to know?

  1. 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 courses.
  2. Special Students are limited to three classes in the Summer Online session during summer semesters.
  3. A maximum of 24 credits can be accrued as a Special Student.
  4. Any course prerequisites must be met in order to be registered for the requested class. 
  5. Courses in the following programs do not allow special student registration:
    • Undergraduate
      • Art and Design (ARTS, ARTD, INTD)
      • Programs requiring admission to the major
    • Graduate
      • Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
      • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
      • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
      • Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
      • Programs using the cohort model
  6. 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.
  7. A maximum of 24 credits taken as a Special Student may transfer to a degree/certificate program.  Audited courses will not apply to a degree/certificate program.

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, which 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.  A special student registration application 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).
  4. All courses require professor and department permission to be registered. The registrar's office will contact the department for you once your application has been received.
  5. Enrollment is allowed on a space-available basis only. Your registration will be processed on the first day of the semester.  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 course and lab fees as applicable.


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