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magna cum laude

With great distinction. Lowercase.


George Fox University offers more than 40 traditional undergraduate majors as of 2020.
Lowercase in running text, capitalizing only proper names within major name.
accounting, arts administration, athletic training
biblical studies, biochemistry, biology, business administration
chemistry, Christian ministries, cinematic arts, cognitive science, communication, computer science
economics, elementary education, engineering, English, exercise science
finance, financial planning 
graphic design
health and human performance, history,
illustration, information systems, interdisciplinary studies, interior design, international studies,
management, marketing, mathematics, music, music education,
philosophy, politics, psychology,
social work, sociology, Spanish, studio art

"Mama Bear"

Nickname of 10-foot-tall bear that stands in the middle of the Alumni Plaza, created by sculptor Ryan Wilhite. 

master's degree

See " academic degrees."

MAX (Metropolitan Area Express)

Light-rail system in Portland.

May Serve

A one-month overseas service trip offered each May during which students minister in different countries.

May Term

A two-, three-, or four-week academic session used for a variety of tours, courses, and seminars.


Use numerals (even under 10). Hyphenate modifiers before the noun. Examples: 3-mile limit, 150-yard skid, 3-foot-high wall, two 12-yard passes, a 4-by 6-foot rug, a 4-by-6 rug. But the rug is 4 feet by 6 feet.


Plural is mediums or media, but always media for the press and news groups.


See " time."


Use numerals, even if under 10.


Use numerals: $1 million; a million dollars; 2.5 million people; a $25 million deficit. Repeat the word million or billion when used in a range: Donations increased from $2 million to $4 million.


George Fox University offers more than 50 undergraduate minors as of 2016.
Lowercase in running text:
accounting, art, art history
biblical studies, biology,
camping: administrative, camping: programming, chemistry, Christian ministries: church recreation, Christian ministries: educational ministry, Christian ministries: missions, Christian ministries: youth ministry, cinematic arts, coaching, communication arts, computer and information science,
design project management,
economics, entrepreneurship
finance, French,
global business,
health, health teaching, history
interior design, international studies,
management, marketing, mathematics, music, music theatre, music (worship arts)
peace studies, philosophy, politics, psychology,
Quaker studies,
recreation, religion, Romance languages,
social welfare, sociology, Spanish,
teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), theatre,
women's studies, writing

Minthorne Gallery

Dedicated in 2006, this gallery is located on the first floor of the Hoover Academic Building and hosts exhibits by professional and student artists. Avoid use of the term "Hoover Gallery." Note: Use the gallery's full name, "Roger and Mildred Minthorne Gallery," in formal documents.



See also " numerals."
cents: Under $1 style: 95 cents (number/word).Over $1 style: $1.95 ($ with numbers/decimal only)
dollars: Use the dollar sign and decimal system: $2.25, $2 (Don't use zeros after even amounts).


Abbreviate only Jan., Feb., Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov., and Dec. when used with date; spell out when alone or with year alone. No comma needed when just a month and year (February 2001). Commas are needed when a month is used with a specific day and year: January 1, 2002, is the first day of the new year (note the comma after the year, too).

Mount Hood

Always spell out. Peak in Cascade Range. Highest mountain in Oregon at 11,345 feet.

Mount St. Helens

Always spell out. Volcanic peak in Washington that erupted in 1980.

Multicultural Club

Club to learn about various cultures, host cultural activities, and support students.

musical groups

Chamber Singers, Chapel Choir, Chehalem Symphony Orchestra, Concert Choir, Festival Chorus, Handbell Ringers, Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble (formerly the Concert Band), Worship Band.


University's administrative software system.


names: Jr./Sr./II

A comma is not needed before these designations when used after a name.


Not unaccredited.


Not hyphenated.


See " time."

Northwest (region)


Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church (NWYM)

Denominational headquarters for the evangelical Friends churches in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. George Fox University is owned by NWYM but operated independently.


In general, spell out numerals (including ordinals, e.g., first) below 10 and all numerals except years when the first word of a sentence. Other exceptions: Use numerals for age, percent, semester credits/hours, weight, temperature, and time (except formal invitations), dimension, and speed even if below 10. Numbers can be spelled out but are hyphenated if connecting a word ending in y: ninety-nine; five hundred thirty-three; five thousand nine hundred twenty-five; two million four hundred thousand six hundred seventy-seven. See also "years," "decades," "time," and "million."


OLAPC (Oregon Liberal Arts Placement Consortium) Jobs Fair

Annual George Fox student recruiting event held at the University of Portland. Around 150 employers offer career information, summer jobs or internships, or entry-level positions. Opportunities to interview on-site.


Adjective. Not hyphenated.

Oregon Coast


The Oregonian

Capitalize "The" and italicize name.

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)

A popular family-oriented museum in Portland.

Oregon Zoo

Popular attraction located near downtown Portland (formerly called the Washington Park Zoo).

orientation/Orientation Weekend

Lowercase the general term, but capitalize the annual event, which is held each semester to provide an overview of campus life to incoming students.

OTAA degree

Oregon transfer associate of arts.


Pacific Friends Academy

Correct name is Friends Pacific Academy.

Pacific Northwest, Pacific Ocean


Parents Council

No apostrophe.

part-time (adj.)

Hyphenate when used as an adjective. She has a part-time job.

part time (adv.)

No hyphen when used as an adverb. She works part time.


See " numerals."

phone numbers

See " telephone numbers."


See " time."

Portland Trail Blazers

NBA basketball team based in Portland.

Portland Winter Hawks

WHL ice hockey squad based in Portland.

practica or practicums (pl.) practicum (s.)

preprofessional programs

predental, prelaw, premedicine, prepharmacy, prephysical therapy, preveterinary (no hyphens).


Not hyphenated.

President's Council

Group of donors who pledge to contribute at least $500 per year to unrestricted funds for three years.

president's list

Lowercase, just like dean's list, honor roll.

Psi Chi

National honor society that promotes academic excellence in the field of psychology.