Intercollegiate Athletics at George Fox University
Intercollegiate athletics are an important part of George Fox University, home to one of the Northwest's most successful small-college sports programs. Winning programs, however, are accompanied by a proper balance between academics and athletics: George Fox teams are members of the Northwest Conference and compete in Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), in which need and academic ability, not athleticism, determine scholarships and financial aid.
At George Fox University, intercollegiate athletic competition provides a practical application of what is learned in classrooms and practices. Student-athletes compete for conference and national titles at a Christ-centered university where professors and coaches help them grow in mind, body and spirit. The values of athletics are integrated with the goals of Christian higher education in a process that includes:
- Physical conditioning
- Managing emotions
- Being gracious in winning and losing
The university features 15 varsity sports, eight for women (golf, volleyball, soccer, cross country, basketball, softball, tennis, and outdoor track and field) and seven for men (golf, soccer, cross country, basketball, baseball, tennis, and outdoor track and field). More than 15 percent of George Fox's traditional undergraduate students participate in these sports. Their records over the years serve as shining testimonies to the administration's conviction that an institution can play for the glory of God, follow the rules and ethics of its governing organizations, and be successful on the fields and courts of competition at the same time. Consider that:
- George Fox has earned district or conference titles in 10 different sports during the last decade.
- George Fox athletes have earned almost 300 All-American and All-American Scholar-Athlete honors.
- Eight of the 10 coaches on staff have been named district or conference Coach of the Year at least once.
- George Fox coaches have held their positions for an average of almost eight years, and together have accumulated more than 1,000 collegiate wins.
For more information about intercollegiate athletics at George Fox University, one of the premier places to play at the Division III level, contact the Department of Athletics at 503-554-2910.
George Fox is a member of the NCAA Division III Northwest Conference, a group of nine selective private colleges which all rank in the first tier of U.S. News' National Liberal Arts Colleges or Regional University categories. The other members are Lewis & Clark College, Linfield College, Pacific Lutheran University, Pacific University, University of Puget Sound, Whitman College, Whitworth University, and Willamette University.