George Fox recognized in ‘U.S. News’ rankings for 30th time

September 19th, 2017

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The school is named one of “America’s Best Colleges” and also ranks on “Best Value” and “Best Colleges for Veterans” lists

NEWBERG, Ore. – George Fox University again earned a spot on U.S. News & World Report’s college rankings – and earned recognition for overall value, its engineering and study abroad programs, and its offerings for veterans – in the magazine’s 2018 “America’s Best Colleges” issue, released in mid-September.

The Newberg, Ore.-based university ranks 23rd out of 141 schools in the “Best Regional Universities” West category. Colleges in the category provide a full range of undergraduate and master’s-level programs, but few doctoral programs. Nationally, the category includes 659 universities and colleges, with 141 ranked in the 15-state western region.

The rankings – including the component information on each college’s score – are available online at This is the 30th year George Fox has been ranked as one of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report. The university made the magazine’s first ranking in 1987.

The No. 23 rank matches last year’s mark, when George Fox exceeded 4,000 total students for the first time in its 125-year history. The university has again eclipsed the 4,000-student mark this year, with 4,080 students, including a record 2,414 traditional undergraduates.

George Fox also landed on the magazine’s “Best Value Schools,” calculated by taking into account a school’s academic quality, as indicated by its 2018 U.S. News Best Colleges ranking, and the 2016-17 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid. The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the higher the ranking. George Fox ranked No. 17 on the list of 51 “Best Value Schools” in the “Regional Universities West” category.

In terms of specific academic programs, George Fox continued to climb the “Best Undergraduate Engineering Program” rankings, consisting of schools that offer an engineering major (bachelor’s or master’s degree) accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. George Fox ranked No. 75 out of 200 schools – a vast improvement over its No. 124 ranking in the same category three years ago.

George Fox also is listed as one of the magazine’s “Best Colleges for Veterans,” comprised of colleges and universities that are in the top half of their U.S. News ranking category, are certified for the GI Bill, participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, and enrolled at least 20 veterans and active service members in the 2016-17 academic year. The Yellow Ribbon Program allows institutions of higher learning to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the Veterans Administration to fund tuition and fee expenses that exceed the tuition and fee amounts payable under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Finally, George Fox again ranked high nationally (No. 75) among all colleges – regardless of size – in the percentage of students who study abroad.

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 “Best Regional University.” Money magazine ranked it the No. 1 school in Oregon in its 2017-18 “Best Colleges for Your Money” list. More than 4,000 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 Felton
Director of Public Information

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