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

Learning to Serve with AmeriCorps

Recent graduates give back and grow their skills with AmeriCorps positions.

Shelter Dogs Help MFA Alumna Overcome Eating Disorder

Working with shelter dogs helped Shannon (Gusy) Kopp MFA '15 fight her battle with bulimia. Pacific's Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program helped her tell her story.

Pacific University and Portland State University Partner for Dual Degree in Science and Engineering

Prospective college students desiring both a rich liberal arts education and an engineering degree can have both.

Pacific University Unveils Virtual Wall of Honor at Veterans Day Ceremony

Past and present military service men and women recognized for commitment and sacrifice.

School of Pharmacy Faculty Fawzy Elbarbry and Brigg Turner Publish Article

The School of Pharmacy is pleased to announce that Associate Professor Fawzy Elbarbry, RPh, PhD, and Assistant Professor Brigg Turner, PharmD, BCPS, recently published an article in the Journal of Chemotherapy. 

Second Chance for Success

At 18, Matt Elyea wasn't ready for college. After starting a career in the Air Force, though, he's studying exercise science at Pacific University and looking to a future as a physician assistant.

Warren Shaw

Biggest Fan

Warren Shaw, father of Boxer quarterback Warner Shaw, temporarily moved from Hawai‘i to Oregon to cheer on the team in his son's final year. “There’s enough Hawai'i here, it rubs off. Even other parents, they kind of have a little Hawai’i spirit.”

School of Pharmacy Associate Professor Fawzy Elbarbry Presents Award-Winning Paper

School of Pharmacy Associate Professor Fawzy Elbarbry, RPh, PhD, received an award for the best research paper at the 3rd Annual International Conference 2015 held in Bangkok, Thailand. 


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.


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.


Hillsboro Campus

The Hillsboro Campus was founded as the home of Pacific University's College of Health Professions, though its program offerings continue to grow.


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.