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The Newberg-based university continues to grow despite challenges of pandemic

PMG FILE PHOTO - George Fox University has set an enrollment record of 2,284 traditional undergraduates, including 651 freshmen, and an additional 1,731 graduate students.

School officials say a record number of students are on the sprawling campus of George Fox University this fall.

According to a release from the university, the small liberal arts school has set an enrollment record of 2,284 traditional undergraduates, including 651 freshmen, and an additional 1,731 graduate students.

"Despite a pandemic that continues to complicate in-person education, George Fox University set an enrollment record this fall — by a large margin — making the … institution the largest private college in Oregon," the release claimed. "All told, 4,295 students enrolled at the … university, eclipsing the previous enrollment high of 4,142, set in 2018, and marking a 5%increase over last year's 4,108 total.

In addition to traditional undergraduate students, the school also boasts 280 degree-completion students and 105 transfers.

The number of incoming freshmen increased by 25% this year at GFU, the release said, marking a major jump from the previous year. Add in transfer students, and the school has added 771 new undergrads.

"Breaking enrollment records requires a complete community effort," Lindsay Knox, vice president of enrollment and marketing, said. "We make a promise that matters to students. In addition to providing excellent academic programs that prepare students for professional success, we promise they will be known academically, personally and spiritually. Students respond to that promise."

"Graduate students increasingly choose George Fox for our commitment to service, which has driven strong growth in helping-profession programs in the areas of healthcare, mental health and education," John Regier, director of graduate and adult degree admissions, said. "Students understand that completing one of these programs at George Fox will empower them to make a difference in the world."


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