About Pacific University

Pacific University is a diverse learning community offering a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, education, business, optometry, and the health professions

The school was founded in Forest Grove in 1849 by Congregationalist pioneers. Originally the Tualatin Academy, it became Pacific University in 1854 and conferred its first baccalaureate degree in 1863.

Today, Pacific University serves more than 3,500 students on its campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn. Students come to Pacific from throughout the West and around the world to enjoy close, nurturing relationships with professors and a hands-on learning environment focused on real-world experience, civic engagement and global perspective.

Students work side-by-side with faculty in research, in teaching young children, and in serving patients in a variety of health and eye clinics throughout the Portland Metro Area. They participate in international study and service through a robust study abroad program. They find internships in local business, and they build relationships that stay with them throughout their lives.

Pacific University alumni are worldwide, serving and leading in every field imaginable — and spreading the Boxer spirit wherever they go.

University News

Shop the Columbia Employee Store through Sept. 25

Pacific employees: Shop the Columbia Employee Store through Sept. 25 with this special pass.

Professor Jim Flory Presents "The Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Defeat" in Cawein Gallery Sept. 6-30

Professor Flory's photography of the past three US Olympic Track & Field Trials comprises the opening exhibit of the 2016-2017  Kathrin Cawein Gallery of Art season. He will discuss his work during an opening reception at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

In the News: Optometry Alumni Featured in AOA Focus Magazine

Seven Pacific University College of Optometry alumni appear in the latest edition of Focus, the magazine of the American Optometric Association.

Five Alumni to be Honored at Homecoming

Fran O'Brien '65, Jim Radcliffe '80, Bob Barrett '66, Michael Bridges PT '08 and Kaely Summers '08 will receive Pacific University Alumni Awards at a special ceremony Oct. 14 at Homecoming.

Pacific University Tap Water Samples Taken and Tested to Ensure Safety

All samples taken and tested measured below both the EPA’s required and recommended action standards.

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Campuses and Locations

Eugene Campus

The Pacific University Eugene Campus is home to undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Education, as well as a master of social work (MSW) program.

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Forest Grove Campus

The Forest Grove Campus is Pacific University's residential campus, with undergraduate programs in the arts and sciences, as well as graduate programs in education, optometry and business.

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Hillsboro Campus

The Hillsboro Campus is a vibrant downtown location for many of Pacific’s graduate and professional programs.

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Woodburn Campus

Offering graduate and undergraduate programs in teaching, the Woodburn Campus opened in 2012, providing a place for an elite group of future teachers.

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