College visit tips: Slow down and stay awhile


Lindsay Peterson-2By Lindsay Knox, Director of Undergraduate Admissions

I am an efficiency-driven person. I like things to be neat, clear-cut and quick. Recently we welcomed a family to our campus and they were my kind of people. We were their third campus visit of the day and they were on their way to a fourth. They had planned down to the minute how long they could spend on each campus tour and exactly what time they needed to be pulling out of the parking lot to make it to the next destination. This family had the college visit system down to a slick and organized operation, and the efficient person in me admired their “get-it-done” attitude.

However, as they walked away from our office and on to their last visit of the day, I couldn’t help but feel like for all they had accomplished in their day they had missed out on so much.


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A three-step guide for student-athletes in the college search process

Taylor-Martin-2By Taylor Martin
Assistant Director of Athletic Recruiting

As I was touring my first campus during my junior year of high school, I was aware of the classroom experience, the dorms and the cafeteria, but if I’m being honest I was mostly thinking about my appointment with the coach that concluded my visit.

“How much should I talk?”
“Should I brag or be humble?”
“What questions should I ask?”
“Will he like me?”
“Will I make my shots in open gym afterwards?”

All of these questions swirled in my head and distracted me from really allowing myself the space to feel comfortable on that first visit. This one visit was a pretty good reflection of how too many student-athletes (including myself!) go through the entire college selection process. With that said, there is a better way to determine where to go, and it all comes down to how much work you are willing to put in on the front end.

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How to stay organized during the college search process

IMG_8703-2By Ryan Dougherty
Executive Director of Admissions, George Fox University

Before beginning the college search in earnest, plan ahead. Mailboxes fill with brochures and emails start coming and before long you can be overwhelmed by the volume and breadth of information. One of the most important things a family can do is to have a plan. For simplicity’s sake, here are a few practical tips to stay organized in the areas of mail, email and schedules:

Dealing with Mail
The first college brochure you receive will likely feel like a special occasion; the hundreds that follow may not elicit the same response. A simple way to stay organized is to discuss your criteria for college selection early and then create “yes,” “no” and “maybe” piles. When the mailperson delivers, immediately separate your college brochures into one of these piles. For clarification, your “no” pile should be the recycle bin. Trust me, the volume of mail will be significant. Keep the “yes” pile to a limited quantity and go through your “maybe” pile regularly. Plan early and stick with the plan.

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What to Expect from Bruin Preview

By Heather DeRosa (’14)

Bruin Preview is a time here at George Fox when we literally open up campus to prospective students to show them just how great GFU really is. Prospective students get the chance to meet professors, hang out with current students, spend the night in the dorms, attend classes and in general get an idea of what university life is all about.

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‘Am I really a senior?’

By Tracy Berg

When people ask what year I am in school and I say, ‘A senior in college,’ I do a double take – am I really a senior? Is this actually my last year before they kick me out into the real world to do my own taxes and wear clean clothes to work? When I was still preparing to start my first year of college, I can’t tell you the number of times that I was warned to enjoy every minute because it flies by. I took that to heart, and I have enjoyed almost every minute (well, maybe not the 180 minutes I spent on my statistics final last year), but the past three years have still felt like a whirlwind.

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Genesis: The Beginning of Being Known

Two weeks ago George Fox University successfully hosted the first two days of Genesis. Thursday and Friday consisted of about 100 new incoming students each day to participate in the one-day event that is designed to prepare students for the upcoming school year. These two days were filled with vital information such as finances, work-study jobs, residence life, and academics. On top of that, students also registered for classes, picked up ID cards, and became familiar with future classmates. This event that is intended for new students’ to build relationships with advisers, faculty, and other students while getting on track for their first year at George Fox. Genesis is the perfect event to experience Being Known at George Fox, which is one of the University’s most important promises to students.

Haven’t signed up for Genesis yet? Sign-up at

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15 Minutes of Fame

If you listen to NPR on a regular basis, you may have heard the voice of Undergrad Admissions Counselor Justin Hudec on the show Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! If you missed his 15 minutes of fame, you can listen to it, or read the transcript here. When the producers of the show notified him that he would be a contestant, he was disappointed to hear that they had planned his segment to be recorded at the worst possible time for a GFU admissions counselor .. Bruin Preview. Luckily, NPR was accommodating and gave Justin an extra week. After the segment aired Justin was bombarded with phone calls and Facebook messages from friends, family, and even a former classmate who hadn’t seen him since high school. Justin says, “It’s been really cool finding out how many people listen to NPR. Friends from home, friends from George Fox, faculty at George Fox .. people have come out of the woodwork saying that they like and listen to the same show that I do.” Justin was successful in answering all three limericks during his time on the show. If you see him around on campus, congratulate him for his win!

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Meet all of the George Fox Admissions Counselors!

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Family of Ambassadors

“Ohana. Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind” (Lilo, from Lilo and Stitch). Here at George Fox, University Ambassadors has been a family for Tracy Berg and me! We have been in this group for two years now and our group has only grown stronger.


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A Leap of Faith

It rains a lot in Oregon. That’s just something we deal with here at George Fox University. When it rains, the ground tends to get a little soggy and muddy. Some days, though, the sun comes out and dries everything up, and the grassy areas become firm instead of squishy.

I like to take a shortcut across the grass when I walk to work, but if it’s just rained, I can’t always tell how the ground is going to feel. It cuts a solid minute off my walk, and sometimes I risk it when I’m running just a tad late, but I hate it when I’m part way through the grass, and then it gets soggy. There’s no way of knowing whether or not the grass in the middle of the field is going to be soft or firm without taking that risk and walking out into it.

This may sound a little cheesy, but that’s exactly how I felt choosing a college. I really couldn’t tell what I was getting myself into until I was halfway into it. No matter how many times you visit a school, or look at its website, or talk to current students, you just can’t know for sure how it will be for you. And that’s where that element of trust comes in.

When I first visited George Fox, I knew it felt right, and I thought it was where the Lord wanted me, but that feeling wasn’t tangible until I was actually here. I took those steps to come to George Fox without really knowing what the middle of the field looked like. But you know what? From where I’m standing now, right in the center of it, I can tell you that for me, this is a pretty solid grassy field.

Are you willing to have some faith and step out of your comfort zone to find the right school for you?

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