George Fox University sets enrollment record for 26th time in 29 years

September 22nd, 2015

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The Newberg, Ore., school eclipses the 3,900 mark, which includes more than 2,500 undergraduates

GFU-WoodmarNEWBERG, Ore. – For a third straight year, George Fox University established a fall record enrollment, as 3,931 students – including more than 2,500 undergraduates – are attending the Newberg, Ore., institution.

The total eclipsed last year’s enrollment of 3,793, which was up from the 3,712 who enrolled in the fall of 2013. It marked the third year in the school’s 124-year history that more than 3,700 enrolled and the 26th time in 29 years it established an enrollment record.

The majority of students are traditional undergraduates (2,276). Of those, 740 are new or readmitting traditional undergraduate students, which includes 610 freshmen and 94 transfers. George Fox also returns 1,536 students and has 315 who are earning bachelor’s degrees in one of the school’s adult degree programs.

All told, this fall the school enrolled 2,591 undergraduates and 1,340 in its graduate programs, which includes 19 master’s and doctoral degrees.

George Fox’s overall enrollment has increased six-fold since 1986, when 549 students attended the school. To further put recent numbers in perspective, this year’s incoming class of 740 new or readmitting students is 25 percent higher than the total enrollment was 29 years ago.

Looking ahead, undergraduate students interested in enrolling at George Fox for the 2016-17 academic year are encouraged to apply early. Those who apply by the university’s early action deadline of Nov. 15 will not be charged the $40 application fee. Also, those who complete the application process by that date will be eligible for invitation to the university’s scholarship competition Jan. 29-30 or Feb. 5-6, 2016. Visit to begin the application process.

The school’s regular decision deadline for incoming freshmen is Feb. 1 (March 1 for transfers).

Fall semester for traditional undergraduates began on Monday, Aug. 31. 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 universities in the country and is a Christian college classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university. More than 3,900 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem and Redmond, Ore. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, six seminary degrees, and 13 master’s and doctoral degrees.


Rob Westervelt
Executive Vice President of Enrollment and Marketing

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