Freshman Parking Policy

Straight talk about the limited parking at George Fox University

Like at most popular colleges, parking is a challenge on the George Fox Newberg campus. In the last two years, we have spent more than $750,000 to add 245 parking spaces. By this fall, we will have more than 1,500 parking spaces available.

In the long term, we have plans to open up even more parking by moving graduate programs off campus. Unfortunately, there are still peak times when convenient parking near residence halls and classrooms is extremely limited.

Leaving your car at home

Most of our residential students do not bring cars to campus. Here are two of the main reasons why:

  • A better college experience: Students, especially in their first year, often benefit from keeping their focus on academics and building relationships within the campus community.
  • It costs a lot to have a car on campus. You can save significant money by not bringing a car to campus. Factoring in the cost of gas, maintenance, the parking permit, and especially insurance, you can expect to save at least $1,000 by not having a car on campus.


Parking facts

  • We can't guarantee all freshmen a parking permit. At peak times, there is more demand for parking than we can accommodate on campus. This is forcing us to limit the number of parking permits available to students.
  • Freshman students are not allowed to bring a vehicle to campus unless they complete the Application for First-year Student Parking form. 
  • You must use your George Fox email when completing this form.
  • Please read the instructions carefully before submitting the application.
  • Student permits cost $100 per semester.
  • Freshmen who receive permits may be assigned the Austin lot, which is .6 miles (15-minute walk) from the north edge of campus. Campus Public Safety team is available to shuttle students to and from their vehicles as an officer has the availability. Officers may be on calls of higher priority and there may be a wait time if that is the case.
    • Students with the Austin permit are able to park on the main part of campus AFTER 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. However, they must return their car to the Austin lot BEFORE 8 a.m. Students may also park anywhere on campus over the weekends as long as their vehicle is back in its designated lot by 8 a.m. Monday. Students may receive a citation for failing to adhere to this policy.
  • We will give on-campus parking priority to students who have medical needs. Medical and job-related requests will be considered once the application is complete. Once the approval has been granted, Campus Public Safety will provide students access to the online vehicle registration system.
  • Students with medical or work-related needs, students living over 200 miles from the Newberg campus, and transfer students with more than 62 credits will be given access to register their vehicle if they choose to bring one to campus.
  • Students living under 200 miles from the Newberg campus and transfer students with fewer than 62 credits must apply to bring a vehicle and may be granted a permit if space is available.

At this time the application for freshmen parking is closed.

To be placed on a waiting list, please email Campus Public Safety - Elrike Shaw -

Or phone - 503-554-2090

If you have questions about the vehicle registration process, please contact Elrike Shaw in the Campus Public Safety Office:
Campus Public Safety is not responsible for parking information you receive from anyone but us.

George Fox University Campus Public Safety
414 N. Meridian St. #6048
Newberg, OR 97132

Located at 314 N. Meridian St.
(beige house with terra cotta trim located in the Stevens Center parking lot)


Office Hours
During the academic year
  • 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday
During the summer
  • 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday
An on-duty officer is available by phone 24/7