Frequently Asked Questions

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Contact one of our counselors to arrange a meeting. If possible it's best for us to receive your unofficial transcripts ahead of your meeting so we can spend our meeting time creating your degree plan.  

Even if you are beginning with little or no college credits, many options are available, including taking additional credits with George Fox.

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Why should I attend George Fox?

As Oregon's first adult degree program, we also believe we're Oregon's finest adult degree programs. The time-tested, adult-learning format that you will experience in our classes will allow you to build on what you know, learn from fellow professionals, and gain the competitive edge you're looking for. In addition, you will join the rich heritage of alumni at George Fox, which dates back to 1891.

As a student in the George Fox adult degree program, we promise that you will be known - personally, academically and spiritually.

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How long will it take to finish my degree?

This will depend on the number of credits you already have, but most students can complete their degree in as few as 16-24 months.

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Is this a real degree, and what will my diploma say?

Absolutely! The degree you receive from the adult degree program is the same degree you would receive from the traditional program. You will have a George Fox diploma which will have the name of your major program on it.

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Can I afford a degree from George Fox?

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. We have two financial aid counselors who specifically work with our adult degree completion students to assist in the financial aid process. Students must be registered for at least 6 credits in a semester to qualify for financial aid.

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What are the admissions requirements?

The minimum admission requirements to apply to take general education classes are:

  • Three years of post-high school experience
  • A cumulative 2.0 transferable GPA

The minimum admission requirements to apply to a degree completion program major are:

  • 66 semester credits (99 quarter credits)
  • Five years of post-high school full-time work experience
  • A cumulative 2.5 transferable GPA

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Do I have to take any standardized tests to be admitted (SAT, ACT, etc.)?


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When are the application deadlines?

  • December 1 – for January majors and general education (spring semester)
  • April 1 – for May general education (summer semester)
  • August 1 – for August majors and general education (fall semester)

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How do I apply?

You may apply for admission if you have already earned some college credit. Simply follow the How to Apply instructions to complete your application packet.

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When do the programs start?

  • Management and Organizational Leadership begins each January (online) and August (online and in-person)
  • Social and Behavioral Studies begins each January (online) and August (online and in-person)
  • Health Administration begins each January (online) and begins each August (in-person)
  • Project Management begins each January (in-person) and August (online)

Additionally, our general education classes meet either once a week over the course of eight weeks. Our 16-week semester is divided into two 8-week sessions. Even if we are nearly halfway through a semester, there still may be time for you to enroll in general education classes in the second half of the semester.

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What are the instructors like?

Our faculty is made up of individuals with academic credentials and professional experience who are committed to the unique needs of adult learners. Unlike many adult degree programs, our program also has many full-time faculty who also serve as mentors to their students.

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What are the courses like?

The classes are designed with the working adult in mind, and whether in person or online, professors encourage students to dialogue about the course topics and facilitate this learning through group conversation, presentations, and collaborative projects.  

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When are classes taught?

Classes for in-person majors meet one night a week for 16 months from 6 to 10 p.m. 

Online classes generally have no specific meeting times, just assignment deadlines.

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How long do courses take to complete?

Major courses are 5-6 weeks in length.

General education and elective courses are 8 weeks in length.

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Where can I take courses?

Classes are offered online or at our Portland Center near Tigard. The extent of course offerings will depend on student demand.

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How do I know which courses to take?

Our enrollment counselors will help you develop your plan of action. If we have not seen your transcripts, we encourage you to submit them for a free evaluation. This is necessary for us to advise you correctly.

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Can I take general education courses at George Fox?

Yes. Students can take non-major courses that are offered online. These classes will fill your need for general education or elective credits. We offer a rotation of communications, humanities, social science, intercultural, natural science, health and math courses.

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Is there a video or audio conferencing component to online classes?

Some professors make online conferencing opportunities available to students; however, these opportunities are almost always optional and rarely required.

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What is the difference between a semester credit and a quarter credit?

At a school on the quarter system (state universities and community colleges in Oregon), the academic year is 30 weeks long. This year is divided up into three 10-week long quarters: fall, winter and spring. 
At a school on the semester system (many private colleges), the academic year is also 30 weeks long. This year is divided up into two 16-week long semesters: fall and spring.

George Fox University uses a semester system. When your transcripts are evaluated, if you have quarter credits, they will be converted to semester credits. This is how the conversion works:
  • 1 Quarter Hour = 0.667 Semester Hours
  • 2 Quarter Hours = 1.334 Semester Hours
  • 3 Quarter Hours = 2.001 Semester Hours

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What is the maximum number of credits I can transfer in?

The maximum number of transferable credits is 90 semester (135 quarter) hours.

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Are there specific requirements for transfer credits to be accepted?

Transferable credits must be from 100-level (or above) courses taken at a regionally accredited college (up to 30 transfer credits from a nationally accredited college will be accepted) in which the student earned a C- or greater.

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What is "Life Experience Credit"?

  • Personal and Professional Assessment course (3 semester hours) teaches you how to write Prior Learning Essays based on your life experience and submit professional training and non-traditional classes for credit. During this class, you will complete three Prior Learning Essays which you may submit for additional credit evaluation. After passing the course, you may continue to submit additional essays or trainings at no extra cost. 
  • Professional Assessment course (1 semester hour) is designed for students who intend to submit professional certifications and do not intend to submit personal essays.
You may earn up to 30 semester hours of credit for life learning essays and/or professional training.

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