George Fox University moves forward with plans to construct a new residence hall

December 6th, 2017

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The facility, scheduled for a fall 2019 opening, will allow more students to live on campus and more actively engage in community living

An artist’s rendering of what George Fox University’s new academic quad will look like.

NEWBERG, Ore. – A desire to allow more undergraduate students to live on campus and engage more actively in community life – and the prospect of continued growth – are the reasons behind George Fox University’s decision to build a new residence hall in time for a fall 2019 opening.

The university’s board approved the project at its fall meeting in October. The as-yet-unnamed building will be located adjacent to the existing Brandt Hall and will essentially create a residential quad with the existing residence halls – Brandt, Le Shana and Gulley – on the east side of campus.

“This new residence hall will allow more students the opportunity to experience the spiritual formation we have found so often accompanies life on campus, as students live, learn and grow in their faith in a community of Christian peers and mentors,” said Robin Baker, the university’s president.

The emphasis on community is core to the university’s “Be Known” promise, which states that each student will “be known personally, academically and spiritually.” According to Brad Lau, the school’s vice president for student life, giving more students the opportunity to live on campus “greatly enhances the undergraduate experience.”

“While we have a significant logistical need for more beds on campus to accommodate student interest and enrollment growth, we believe that living on campus creates incredible opportunities for spiritual and social growth and transformation,” he said. “Our goal is always to provide more than merely beds to sleep in, but rather a dynamic living experience that fulfills and enriches the Be Known promise for our students.”

The move is also being made in light of the university’s steady enrollment growth in recent years. George Fox enrolled a record number of traditional undergraduate students this fall (2,414) and broke the 4,000-student barrier for a second straight year (4,080). By contrast, the school’s enrollment in the 2006-07 academic year was 3,185.

Current plans call for the construction of a four-story building that will accommodate approximately 190 students. Discussions continue among planners as to whether or not it will be a traditional residence hall, with rooms with common bathrooms, or a more diversified facility – with single rooms, double rooms, triple rooms and even some suites (two rooms connected with a bathroom). If the latter plan is adopted, the hope is that students would live in the hall three or even four years during their undergraduate experience.

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.


Brad Lau
Vice President for Student Life
George Fox University

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