Can I travel abroad and be a member of the honors program?

Absolutely - we encourage it! Study Abroad options abound at George Fox and include the Summer Serve, Juniors Abroad and Semester Abroad programs. All honors students can participate in the any of these programs without impacting their life in the honors program. In the junior year students take one six credit class either in the fall or spring - this leaves one semester wide open for a semester abroad experience.

I am a high school student who will bring a significant number of credits to George Fox. I would like to graduate in less than four years. Can I still do the honors program?

Your incoming credits are valuable and represent a great deal of hard work on your part. These credits may be applied when applicable to the honors program science or math requirement, elective credit requirements and/or possibly major credit requirements. That said, the honors program is a four-year program and students are required to attend all four years. Many of our current honors students who were in your same place decided it was worth it to commit to four years and be a member of the honors program. They decided to double major or are grateful to have more flexibility in their schedules to take a wider variety of courses.

Can I do the honors program along with any of the majors at George Fox?

Students in the William Penn Honors Program major in nearly every field of study on campus. In fact, they are fairly evenly split between humanities, business and science or engineering majors. Some engineering and nursing students who are in the honors program may need to commit to attending George Fox for a fifth year, although many are able to graduate in four. Please contact us if you are interested in these majors: music education, elementary education, or social work.

Do honors program students live in the same dorms and/or participate in the same activities as those in traditional programs?

Students in the honors program are fully integrated into the George Fox community and live in regular dorms. They tend to be involved in all kinds of campus activities, such as sports, music, theatre, chapel, various clubs, etc. Every honors student chooses a major and participates in their major like everyone else. That said, there are several aspects of the honors program that encourage a strong honors community: the Socratic seminar-style classes, shared academic rigor, the summer orientation trip, the Spiritual Retreat, and life in the Pennington House...just to name a few examples. It is optional for honors students to share a dorm room with another honors student.

Can I do sports and participate in the honors program?

Yes! You can participate in a sport and be in the honors program – several of our students do successfully every year. If you choose to major in one of the more time-consuming majors at George Fox, it will take a great deal of work and dedication to be an athlete and honors student. However, overall the student athletes at George Fox carry a higher average GPA, so you’ll be in good company with others who take their education seriously.

How does the William Penn Honors Program differ from an honors program at another college?

Honors programs look very different from one college to another. The distinguishing features of the William Penn Honors Program are our great books curriculum and discussion-based seminars. Explore the William Penn Honors Program webpages to learn about our program and then take the time to compare our program with others. Best of all, come visit and ask questions. We look forward to sharing all about it and learning more about you! Visits can be arranged at visit.georgefox.edu.

Why William Penn?

William Penn (1641-1718) received an education that overlaps in significant ways with the education provided by George Fox University’s honors program. It helped prepare him to engage his world meaningfully from a Christian perspective.

He is best known as the founder of Pennsylvania. He wanted the colony to be a “holy experiment” where Christianity would thoroughly inform social relations and political institutions. The colony became a shining beacon of religious liberty, and it rapidly grew into a commercial success.

Penn was a great thinker and writer who applied his knowledge and ability to aid and enrich the world around him. In addition to publishing more than 150 books and essays, he learned Algonquian and Iroquois so that he could communicate directly with Native Americans. In no other colony were they treated better by European settlers.

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We welcome your questions. Feel free to contact us by email at honors@georgefox.edu or call 503-554-2152.