George Fox University again receives recognition in 2019 ‘U.S. News & World Report’ rankings

September 10, 2018

George Fox University campus

NEWBERG, Ore. – George Fox University again earned a spot on U.S. News & World Report’s college rankings – and earned recognition for overall value, innovation, engineering and undergraduate teaching programs, and its offerings for veterans – in the magazine’s 2019 “America’s Best Colleges” issue, released on Sept. 10.

The Newberg, Ore.-based university ranks 24th out of 127 schools in the “Best Regional Universities” West category. Colleges in the category provide a full range of undergraduate and master’s-level programs, but few doctoral programs. Nationally, the category includes 644 universities and colleges, with 127 ranked in the 15-state western region.

The rankings – including the component information on each college’s score – are available online at This is the 31st year George Fox has been ranked as one of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report. The university made the magazine’s first ranking in 1987.

George Fox’s U.S. News & World Report rankings

  • No. 24, “Best Regional Universities West”
  • No. 18, “Best Value Schools” in “Best Regional Universities West”
  • No. 8, “Best Undergraduate Teaching Programs” in “Best Regional Universities West”
  • No. 7, “Most Innovative Schools” in “Best Regional Universities West”
  • No. 15, “Best Schools for Veterans” in “Best Regional Universities West”
  • No. 82, “Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs” (ABET-accredited schools offering a bachelor’s or master’s degree)

George Fox also landed on the magazine’s “Best Value Schools,” calculated by taking into account a school’s academic quality, as indicated by its 2019 U.S. News Best Colleges ranking, and the 2017-18 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid. The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the higher the ranking.

The criteria also factored in the percentage of undergraduate students who received need-based scholarships or grants during the 2017-18 school year and the average discount for undergraduates. George Fox ranked No. 18 on the list of 58 “Best Value Schools” in the “Regional Universities West” category.

In terms of specific academic programs, George Fox was again listed in the “Best Undergraduate Engineering Program” rankings, consisting of schools that offer an engineering major (bachelor’s or master’s degree) accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. George Fox ranked No. 82 out of 205 schools.

In addition, the school was recognized for the quality of its undergraduate teaching programs, ranking No. 8 in the “Best Undergraduate Teaching” category among regional universities in the West. The ranking was determined by a survey of administrators who were asked to identify peer institutions within their region they deemed had a “strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.”

George Fox also is listed as one of the magazine’s “Best Colleges for Veterans,” comprised of colleges and universities that are in the top half of their U.S. News ranking category, are certified for the GI Bill, participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, and enrolled at least 20 veterans and active service members in the 2017-18 academic year. The Yellow Ribbon Program allows institutions of higher learning to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the Veterans Administration to fund tuition and fee expenses that exceed the tuition and fee amounts payable under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Finally, George Fox rated high (No. 7) in the “Best Regional Universities” West category in the “Most Innovative Schools” rankings. The list was determined through a survey of college presidents, provosts and admissions deans who were asked to nominate colleges or universities in their U.S. News ranking category that “are making the most innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities.”

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes among the top Christian universities in the country and is a Christian college classified by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Regional University.” Money magazine ranked it the No. 1 school in Oregon in its 2017-18 “Best Colleges for Your Money” list. More than 4,000 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem and Redmond, Ore. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, six seminary degrees, and 13 master’s and doctoral degrees.


Rob Felton
Director of Public Information