George Fox makes 'Best in the West' list for 2011-12

George Fox was selected as a For an eighth consecutive year, The Princeton Review has honored George Fox University as one of its “Best in the West” schools in its “2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region” edition posted on

George Fox, a nationally recognized Christian university in Oregon, is one of 121 colleges and universities listed from the western states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Other institutions receiving the designation included Pepperdine University and Stanford University.

The Princeton Review rankings consider academics, quality of life, admissions selectivity and financial aid. George Fox received a score of 86 out of 99 in admissions selectivity, an 86 out of 99 in academics, an 87 out of 99 in quality of campus life, and an 85 out of 99 in financial aid.

Among the 110 member schools in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, George Fox ranked No. 5 (tie) in academics, No. 19 (tie) in admissions selectivity, No. 14 (tie) in quality of life, and No. 6 in financial aid.

George Fox students were invited to participate in an online survey hosted by the organization. They were asked to voice their opinions about the university, with questions in each category. Their comments and the George Fox profile are available at

Following is an excerpt from The Princeton Review profile regarding the quality of the university’s students:

“Undergrads are ‘politically conscious’ and have ‘a real interest in spreading the kingdom of Christ throughout the world through social justice, education, and missions.’”

The Princeton Review divided the country into four regions and identified 629 colleges that stand out as academically excellent institutions of higher learning. In addition to the 121 named in the West, the selections include 220 colleges in the Northeast, 135 in the Southeast and 153 in the Midwest. A listing of the schools is available at the Princeton Review’s regional colleges site. The 629 colleges named “regional bests” represent only about 25 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.

The schools were chosen based on institutional data collected from several hundred schools in each region, visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of independent and high school-based college advisors whose recommendations The Princeton Review invites. Also taken into account is what each school’s customers – their students – report to The Princeton Review about their campus experiences through a student survey.

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