Special Student Registration

What does special student mean?

  • Refers to students who do not intend to enter a degree/certificate program OR
  • Students who plan to enter a degree/certificate program at a later time, but would like to take classes before being formally admitted to a degree/certificate program.

Special Student Categories

  • Alumni Audit Special Student
    • Alumni who have earned a degree from George Fox University have the opportunity to audit undergraduate or graduate courses.
  • High School Special Student 
    • High School Special Student program is available to qualified high school students in their junior or senior year. This permits study at George Fox University in traditional undergraduate coursework while a student completes a high school program.
  • Adults 62 Special Student
    • Any person 62 years of age or older may be eligible to enroll in traditional undergraduate courses in Fall and Spring term for credit or audit.
  • Conventional Special Student (Grad, Undergrad)
    • Any high school graduate who wishes to take classes without being formally admitted into a program who does not fit into the above three categories.

Class Selection

Offered courses can be found at class.georgefox.edu. Special Students are restricted from taking courses in programs using the cohort model or requiring admission to the major. Also, courses in the following programs do not allow special student registration: Undergraduate: Art and Design (ARTS, ARTD, INTD), Graduate: Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), Full-time Master of Business Administration (MBA), Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and Doctor of Ministry (DMin). Those interested in taking classes with pre-requisites must be able to provide proof of completed pre-requisites or equivalent coursework. Enrollment is granted on a space-available basis and is at the discretion of the professor and department chair.

Special Student Access

While actively enrolled in university coursework, a special student has access to class attendance, course materials, and required classroom technology. Entrance to class meetings is restricted to students appearing on the official enrollment roster for the class.

A special student is not entitled to access activities, services, or resources that are generally available outside of class to admitted students, such as--but not limited to--the following: athletic participation, clubs or student groups, student leadership positions, student events, academic advising, career services, health and counseling services, alumni services, student housing, dining plans, student discounts, student employment, Hadlock Student Center, Academic Resource Center, or a student ID card.

Special students are expected to adhere to the university Standards of Conduct policy.


Please contact the Registrar's Office at 503-554-2218 or email questions to registrar@georgefox.edu.

Regular admission is required to enter a degree/certificate program. Please contact the Office of Admissions for more information. Special student enrollment does not guarantee subsequent admission to any degree/certificate program.