WaterFront 2020 - New Master's Students

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, some in-person experiences may be disrupted. View our response page for more information.

Welcome! As a new student, WaterFront Orientation is your first step into the Portland Seminary community. Our prayer is that during WaterFront you will

  • experience being known and loved in relevant ways
  • connect with faculty and fellow new students
  • get a taste of what to expect during your studies
  • participate in spiritual formation activities
  • explore a few of our favorite spots in the city of Portland

Attendance at WaterFront  is mandatory  for all Distance AND Local Seminary students who are part of Cohort20.

Note: Spiritual Direction certification students are not required to attend orientation. Doctor of Ministry (DMin) students  have a separate orientation.

Register Today! 

WaterFront 2020 Dates:

Wednesday, August 19 - Friday, August 21, 2020

What's next?

Start connecting with your fellow students by joining the Community Life Facebook Group and like the  Seminary Facebook page.

Keep an eye out for emails for the "Seminary 101" zoom chat sessions. These sessions will go over student basics like how to register for classes, finding book lists for classes, how to apply for scholarships and how to navigate important university websites.


What do I pack?

  • Business-casual clothing for 70- to 90-degree weather (if you’re coming from the East Coast, Portland’s “business casual” includes nice jeans)
  • Walking shoes for several outdoor events
  • An open disposition

Where should I stay?

Students stay at a variety of places, including:

  • Rentals in SE or lower NE Portland
  • A room at the  Crowne Plaza Hotel in Lake Oswego (*we have a special block rate)
  • Hotels in SE or lower NE Portland

Is there a cost?

There is no cost to attend WaterFront and participate in required activities. (Some cost may be associated with optional evening activities.)

Most meals are provided. If you have dietary restrictions, please communicate with event coordinator, Rachael Fisssell.

Students are responsible for all costs associated with their travel and lodging.


If I still have questions, who do I ask?

Rachael Fissell 

Executive Assistant to the Dean
Phone:  503-554-6151
Email:  rfissell@georgefox.edu

Tentative Schedule

Wednesday 8/19/20

Location: Portland Center, Tigard

Thursday 8/20/20

Location: First Baptist Church  Downtown Portland, Oregon

Friday 8/21/20

Location:  The Grotto S.E. Portland