George Fox breaks enrollment record, tops 3,500 students for first time

September 14th, 2011

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University enrollment has grown 541 percent in last 25 years

NEWBERG, Ore. – Thanks to solid retention numbers and an incoming undergraduate class of nearly 600 students, George Fox University broke an enrollment record for the 23rd time in the last 25 years, topping 3,500 students for the first time in school history. George Fox is one of just three private colleges in Oregon with more than 3,500 students.

A record 3,519 students – including 595 new traditional undergraduate students – enrolled in the private Newberg, Ore., university this fall, marking a 1-percent increase over last year’s 3,484 total. The increase was due, in part, to a freshman-to-sophomore retention rate of 80.3 percent and the school’s continued trend of enrolling more students from diverse racial and economic backgrounds.

For a second straight year, 30 percent of the school’s incoming undergraduate students are non-white domestic students (25 percent) or international students (5 percent) from 22 states and 10 foreign countries. By comparison, George Fox’s ethnic minority population in 2006 was 12 percent.

The school also enrolled students from economically diverse backgrounds, with 38 percent of the incoming class receiving Pell Grants. The federally sponsored program offers need-based grants to low-income college students, most of whom come from families that make less than $20,000 annually, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

George Fox also enrolled students of quality, with incoming students posting an average grade point average (on a four-point scale) of 3.63 and a combined average of 1,114 on the reading and math sections of the SAT. The 2011 national average for combined SAT reading and mathematics scores is 1,011.

With overall enrollment breaking the 3,500 barrier for the first time, George Fox is more than six times larger than it was in 1986, when 549 students attended.

The record incoming class and the strong retention rate resulted in a record 1,893 traditional undergraduate students. Another 284 enrolled in adult degree-completion programs. At the graduate level, the university’s graduate and seminary programs enrolled 1,342 students.

With George Fox posting another enrollment record, undergraduate students interested in enrolling for the 2012 academic year are encouraged to apply early. The university’s early action application deadline is Dec. 1. Those who apply by that date will not be charged the $40 application fee and are eligible to participate in the university’s scholarship competition in February of 2012.

The school’s priority application deadline for incoming freshmen is Feb. 1 (March 1 for transfers). Any application completed after that date will be considered on a space-available basis, according to Ryan Dougherty, director of undergraduate admissions.

“George Fox programs, at all levels, continue to attract strong student interest because they see the results of a university community committed to our mission – that at George Fox, each student will be known and prepared spiritually, academically and professionally to think with clarity, act with integrity and serve with passion,” said Dale Seipp, vice president for enrollment services.

Fall semester for traditional undergraduates began on Monday, Aug 29. The university determines official enrollment based upon students registered on the 10th day of classes.

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes among the top Christian colleges in the country. George Fox is a Christian university classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first tier regional university and “Best Value” school. More than 3,500 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem, and Redmond, Ore., and Boise, Idaho. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 11 master’s and doctoral degrees.


Rob Felton
Director of Public Information

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