George Fox University

George Fox University (GFU) is a nationally recognized Christian University in the state of Oregon. Students enrolled in this institution are given personal attention, global learning opportunities as well as a supportive community. It offers various degree and seminary programs offered at its different campuses and teaching sites.

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[contentblock id=2] lists GFU as among the Top 150 colleges in the U.S. and among the top Christian colleges. The U.S. News & World Report also ranked George Fox as a first-tier regional university in the West. The 2012 list of America’s Best Colleges ranks GFU in the 37th spot out of the 1,400 accredited institutions covered by the same report.


Since the start, this private institution has been providing a Christian education to its students. Formerly known as Friends Pacific Academy established in 1885, GFU has been committed to developing their learners not only academically but spiritually and professionally as well. With focus on Christ, students are taught to become agents of love and reconciliation.


George Fox University is ideally located on a 108-acre lot in the Willamete Valley, about 23 miles south of Portland, Oregon. Being close to the state’s largest city and cultural center, students here can explore wonderful sites and recreational facilities.


The annual tuition and fees for an undergraduate student is $29,380. If the student wishes to live inside the campus, an additional room and board fee amounting to $9,050 is required.

Financial Aid

Financial assistance is available to students at George Fox University. Each year, the financial package offered amounts to $21,749 and majority of students receive financial aid of any form.

Student Population at George Fox University

Currently, GFU has a student population of more than 3,500 covering all those enrolled in the different campuses. Majority or 1,893 are enrolled in the traditional undergraduate programs while 1,342 are graduate students. The student to faculty ratio in this college is 13:1.

Academic Areas of Study

There are more than 40 majors and 45 minors being offered today for the traditional undergraduate students enrolled in the Harrisburg campus. The most in demand majors are business, social work, nursing, elementary education, engineering, biology, art, cinema and media communication as well as psychology.

Graduate programs including master’s and doctorate degrees are also offered at this institution.

Primary Accreditation

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities was responsible for granting the accreditation of GFU. The other undergraduate and graduate programs of George Fox have also been granted specific accreditation. These include the athletic training, engineering, music, nursing, social work programs and the School of Education.

GFU is also a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities as well as the Council of Independent Colleges.

George Fox University Athletic Teams

Athletics is one department that George Fox University provides to students. The school’s teams are called the Bruins and they take part in 15 varsity sports – basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, golf, tennis, track and field as well as volleyball. They also compete in the Northwest Conference of the NCCAA and have so far achieved success at the national level. In 2004, the baseball team won the world series crown in the NCCAA Division III while 2009 saw the women’s basketball team unbeaten in the title game.