Admissions

at Portland Seminary

Whether you’re thinking about returning to school or continuing your training, the application process can be an overwhelming experience, but we’ll walk alongside you every step of the way.

Application Deadlines*

Early Application Deadline
Feb. 1
Final Application Deadline
June 1

* Applications may be reviewed after the deadline on a space-available basis.
Please contact your admissions counselor for more information.

How to Apply

  1. Apply Online

    Create an account with a username and password and complete a seminary program application online. It's free to apply.

    First-time applicants Returning applicants

  2. Request an official transcript from every regionally accredited college or university where you completed even a single course. Electronic transcripts are preferred for speed and accuracy. They must be sent directly from the institution to admissions@georgefox.edu. If an electronic option is not available, unopened official transcripts can be sent via mail to:

    Office of Admissions
    George Fox University
    414 N. Meridian St. #6089
    Newberg, OR 97132
  3. While this is optional, we encourage you to apply for federal student aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form online. George Fox University's school code is 003194. You can contact your financial aid counselor for more information about costs and financial aid.

    Find Out More - Financial Aid at Portland Seminary

  4. Are you seeking admission to one of our master’s programs and think you might be eligible for transfer/advanced standing credits? Review the eligibility criteria below, and contact Michael Simmons at msimmons@georgefox.edu if you have any questions.

    Transfer Credit means that a course in your degree program is awarded based on previous master's-level course work at an ATS-accredited seminary. (Non-accredited seminary credits may be subject to Advanced Standing. See below.)

    Requirements

    • Post-baccalaureate course work
    • Completed at an ATS-accredited seminary 
    • Completed course within the past 15 years
    • Received a B or better in the course
    • Course work applies to degree program
    • Official or unofficial transcript required for evaluation

    Advanced Standing means that a course in your degree program is waived based on previous course work at undergraduate or post-baccalaureate institutions, or course work at non-accredited graduate institutions.

    Requirements

    • Bachelor's degree in Bible, theology or ministry
    • Completed at an accredited college, university or seminary
    • Completed course within the past 15 years
    • Course is upper division (300-400 level)
    • Received an A in the course
    • Course work applies to degree program 
    • Official or unofficial transcript required for evaluation

Once Your Application is Complete

Congratulations on the completion of your first step! You will be notified when your application is complete. The admissions committee will review your complete application file and invite qualified applicants to a one-on-one phone or video interview. Following the interview, the admissions committee will notify applicants of its final decision.

After Acceptance

Upon admission to Portland Seminary, you will be required to submit a $200 enrollment deposit. This deposit guarantees your place in the program and typically covers the graduation fee applied to your student account in the last semester of your degree program.

Note: If a student chooses to defer admission to the following year, the original enrollment deposit is forfeited if a refund is not requested within 60 days prior to the start of the program. A new enrollment deposit will be due by May 1 in order to secure a spot in the program the following year.

I’m coming to Portland Seminary; now what?

Welcome to Portland Seminary. A transformational journey awaits you! Check out the links below for what to expect in your first semester. Once admitted, you will receive detailed information directly from the seminary. 

Waterfront: Our orientation event for new masters students

BridgeWeek: Our mid-semester in-person intensive

Questions?

Michael Simmons

Michael Simmons, MA

Admissions Counselor, Seminary