Frequently Asked Questions

Academics

When do classes start?

Classes begin on Monday, Aug. 30.

How can I know what books/supplies I need to purchase for class?

The bookstore has this information ready for you a few weeks before classes begin. Enter the bookstore’s website and locate the "Books" link on the page. Have your class list ready; all books can be found by class number and section.

You may purchase books online before school begins and pick them up at the Bruin Store during the first week of classes. Or, you can come to school and purchase your books at the Bruin Store. The first day of each class professors will pass out their syllabi and should inform you of any other required supplies for class.

You can also access textbook information from your smart phone at iGFU.

  • Click on "Course Schedule"
  • Select the semester
  • Click on "Undergraduate Courses"
  • Find your class(es)
  • Click on the picture of the books in the upper left-hand corner of the screen

Arrival

When does Welcome Weekend begin?

Welcome Weekend begins at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 24, for pre-approved early arrivals and at 8 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 27, for remaining students.

Can I move onto campus before Welcome Weekend?

You cannot move on to campus before Welcome Weekend, unless you are a pre-approved early arriver. You will receive a confirmation from housing if you are pre-approved.

Can I drop my luggage off early?

Unfortunately that’s not an option this year. You’ll need to bring everything with you when you move onto campus.

How will move-in occur?

Move-in during Welcome Weekend marks an exciting and important moment for resident students at George Fox. To honor this tradition but still adhere to physical distancing requirements, we will institute a specific, assigned move-in time slot.

By Friday, Aug. 6, residents will be sent instructions to their George Fox email address on how and when to select their move-in appointment. If you have an important time constraint and need to be assigned to a specific group, email housing@georgefox.edu your preferred group.

Upon arrival, new students will arrive on either the east side or west side of campus, depending on which side of the campus their housing is located, for a drive-through session prior to reporting to the residence.

What must happen to be financially cleared prior to move-in?

Payment is due Monday, Aug. 23. The financial aid office will disburse to accounts the Friday prior, Aug. 20. Payment of the difference is due prior to move-in unless a payment plan has been approved.

Students who need to make monthly payments toward their balance should contact the Office of Student Accounts early in August to make arrangements. The first monthly payment must be received online by the Aug. 15 due date. Pre-payments can be made now to lower the monthly amount due beginning in August.

If a plan is not in place on Aug. 15 but is needed, one may be requested at that time; however, the first payment will be due prior to move-in, so we strongly urge students to plan ahead so they don’t miss out on any of the Welcome Weekend activities.

For more information, check your George Fox mailbox! Student registration triggers an informational email from student accounts with individual account information and payment plan options. 

Will there be a limit on how many people may be present for move-in?

At this time, we do not anticipate any limitations on guests during move-in. While assisting with move-in, or entering an on-campus residence hall, house, or apartment for any reason, all guests are expected to abide by current residential university policies regarding face coverings and physical distancing.

Guests may also be in common spaces within housing locations; however, we require guests to abide by any posted occupancy requirements for that space. RAs and residence life staff will be present during move-in to respond to any questions or concerns that may come up. 

Where do I park when I arrive on campus?

Once you have completed the check-in process at either the east or west side of campus, you will be able to park your vehicle in the designated area for your living area. Directions will be given to you at your living area check-in. If you are unsure of that location, go to my.georgefox.edu and check under the housing tab to find your housing assignment. If you are a commuter, you can go directly to the info booth on the quad for further direction.

Can I ship stuff to campus before I arrive?

Yes! Please mail boxes to campus. If you choose to mail items to campus, please review the instructions from Mail Services. When you read through the instructions, be sure to note the correct street address that corresponds with your campus mailbox number.

Employment

How do I get a job on campus?

If you are interested in finding employment on campus, please read through the instructions related to JobConnect and how to apply for positions on campus.

Welcome Weekend Info

Are there costs associated with Welcome Weekend for me or my family?

There are no initial costs for students during Welcome Weekend, and there is no attendance fee for families and guests. On Friday, two meal tickets will be provided for each family for dinner. Student meals are covered by their meal plan. No persons will be admitted for meals without tickets. Additional tickets for meals may be purchased at the information tent.

Are family members/guests allowed to be on campus on Saturday and Sunday?

You are welcome to be on campus; however, we encourage families to bid farewell on Saturday at 1:30 p.m., unless you have a scheduled appointment in the Stevens Center with student services or are needing to make payment arrangements in the Office of Student Accounts. Student mandatory sessions begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

When do meal plans start?

Meal plans begin Friday, Aug. 27, with the dinner meal.

Housing/Residence Life

How do I find out where I'll be living on campus?

Log into the Housing and Community Life Portal and look at the box on the right side called “Your Information.” Your building, floor and room number will all be displayed after “Location.”

How do I find out who my roommate is?

Log into the Housing and Community Life Portal and click on “Housing Intent” on the top blue bar. Enter your application and go to the “Application Status” page. Then, scroll down to “Booking Summary” and you will be able to view location and roommate information.

Can I see my assigned residence hall room?

During the summer, you may contact the admissions office about taking a tour of your assigned residence hall room. The admissions office offers residence hall tours Friday afternoons at 3:30 p.m. and welcomes students to contact them about a room tour.

What things are already in my residence hall room?

Find out all the details about your residence hall room (room dimensions, closet size, what items are in the room, etc.) 

What size sheets do I bring?

It is recommended that students bring extra-long twin-size sheets (Twin XL).

What pets can I bring?

Limited pets are allowed on campus. Students are allowed to have fish in small aquariums. All other pets are not allowed on campus.

Technology

How can I get help with technology on campus?

The campus has a place for that: Institutional Technology, or IT. IT is located on the third floor of the Stevens Center. They provide all technical support for the entire campus. If you have trouble with your computer or just a simple question, give them a call at 503-554-2569 and one for their friendly staff will work to answer your questions.

To find out what the technology requirements of the university are, click here.

Transportation 

What if I can't bring a vehicle to campus; how will I get around?

Many students on campus have vehicles, so it is usually easy to find a ride with a friend or roommate. However, most things in town are within walking distance from campus. George Fox is right in the middle of Newberg, splitting the old town from the new. Feel free to take a nice walk around town with friends.

Recommendations

How do I get to campus if I fly in or take a train or bus?

If you are traveling alone by plane, train or bus and need to be picked up from the airport or terminal, please contact Kelly Hughton with the admissions team at 503-554-2249. Unfortunately, there is no service run by the school to transport students to and from the university. The website does have a few resources as to other services from outside companies to help provide transportation to and from campus.

Spiritual Life

Should I attend church in the area or is there a church on campus?

We encourage you to attend a church in the area. There are many local churches to choose from in Newberg, the surrounding communities, or Portland. While students attend chapel on campus, it is a different experience than a weekly church service, and we believe the opportunity to worship with Christians outside the campus community is very valuable.

When does chapel begin?

Chapel begins for the year on Tuesday, Aug. 31, in Bauman Auditorium.

Is chapel mandatory?

Chapel attendance is part of community building and is one means to completing a student's 15 spiritual formation credits required over the course of one semester. Please review the details about spiritual formation credits and the chapel experience.

If you have questions, please contact us at welcome@georgefox.edu or 503-554-2310.