Community

laughing on DPT Baker Run

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Community distinguishes the George Fox DPT program from programs that don’t have a true personal touch. Our professors exemplify the university’s Be Known promise, getting to know students outside the classroom. Professors don’t have office hours, because they have an open-door policy. Need to talk? Come by, call, text, or FaceTime your professor. They are always available.

Beyond that, our cohorts bond over bracket-style games, faculty-hosted dinners, student-prepared breakfast gatherings, and special events. Within each cohort, 44 students bring their talents, interests, and sometimes competitive nature together to encourage one another and bring out the best in us as individuals and as a group.

Somewhat unique, the George Fox DPT program has summers off.

The strength of our community and our students is in how we share. Students share resources, notes and learning – the kind of inclusion to help all students succeed academically, but also help each other find a good work-life balance.

Each cohort brings diverse interests. Those who enjoy cooking bless others with their food, rock climbers invite classmates to explore their interest, and we embrace what makes each other unique. The result: cohorts share in what each other delights in. With the presence of faculty and a true familial feel, the richness of the community helps each other succeed.

Learning together, sharing in community, and serving together in the local community clinic and on serve trips abroad makes George Fox unique.

Newberg,OR

Our Location

All of this takes place in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, home to lush green valleys, breathtaking vineyards, the Cascade Mountain Range, and the splendor of the Pacific Ocean. Oregon is 96,981 square miles of diverse geographical features, ranging from the valleys, ocean and mountains of the west to the high-desert country in the east.

Facility

Building

The doctor of physical therapy program is excited to announce the move to a brand-new facility in the fall of 2021. The state-of-the-art space includes a health and wellness center and a motion capture/sports biomechanics laboratory that will incorporate 3D anatomy and a virtual environment for understanding kinesiology at the highest level. Even though the building is new, our mission and vision remain the same.

We will be sharing the building with the new physician assistant program and plan to collaborate on local and global service projects to promote the health and wellness of our community and beyond.

Newberg

Newberg downtown on a sunny day

Newberg, home to George Fox, is situated along the Willamette River, between the Oregon Coast and the spectacular Cascade Mountains. Whatever your interest, it’s probably just a short drive away.

  • 45 minutes to the vibrant cultural life of Portland
  • 60 minutes to the Pacific Ocean
  • 90 minutes to the slopes of Mt. Hood

Just 23 miles from Portland, Newberg is a friendly community of 20,500. Side roads lead to hillside vineyards and working farms. In town, you’ll find bookstores, art galleries, coffee shops that feature live music, and movie theaters. You’ll begin to understand how the town’s relaxed pace and independent culture attracts the friendly people who live here.

George Fox’s residential campus is just a block from downtown Newberg, home to independent coffee shops that make ideal getaways for reading or casual get-togethers.

More world-class attractions in our backyard

Portland offers a wide variety of cultural, shopping, and entertainment opportunities. Among the attractions: Saturday Market, scenic gardens and walkways, and annual festivals that include the Bite of Portland and the Rose Festival. Other must-experience attractions include:

  • Powell’s City of Books in Portland is “probably the world’s greatest bookstore” according to the Seattle Times
  • The Columbia River Gorge attracts windsurfers from around the globe.
  • Smith Rock State Park in Central Oregon boasts 1,400 climbing routes.
  • Multnomah Falls, 45 minutes from Newberg, is the second highest year-round waterfall in the United States, plummeting 620 feet.

Among the area’s many bike routes is the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway, a 130-mile trek that showcases the region’s agricultural landscape and the sites where Oregon history was made.