George Fox University

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HeadquartersOregon, USA
Other namesBruins (1890s - 1950s, 1970 - present) Quakers (1950s - 1969)
Founded by Quakers, still a center for Quaker thought.

George Fox University (GFU) is a private Christian university in Newberg, Oregon. Founded as a school for Quakers in 1891,[1] it has more than 4,000 students combined between its main campus in Newberg and its centers in Portland, Salem and Redmond.

In 1893 the school was incorporated as a joint-stock company. It became a four-year school in 1925.[2] Herbert Hoover’s uncle Dr. H. J. Minthorn was the school’s first president, and Hoover was an early student at the academy. The school’s name changed to George Fox College in 1949 to honor George Fox, the founder of the Quaker movement.[3]

George Fox University is a full member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Students sign a lifestyle agreement, attend required chapel/current-event gatherings, and participate in service projects. No statement of faith or religious preference is required to attend, although the student body is overwhelmingly Christian. Faculty members and staff are required to sign a statement professing faith in traditionally Christian doctrines.[4]

George Fox University is a center for Quaker thought (although only about 5% of the student body are Quakers)[5] and houses an extensive library of historical Quaker literature. The Northwest Yearly Meeting gathers each summer on campus and is headquartered adjacent to GFU.[6] In 1984, the university founded its Center for Peace Learning, now known as the Center for Peace and Justice, as an outgrowth of its connection to the Friends peace testimony.[7]


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