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

Alumnus Represents Brazil in Football World Championship

Heron Souza de Azevedo ’14 has worked nearly a decade to help grow American football in his native Brazil. In July, he'll represent his nation's team at the International Federation of American Football World Championship in Ohio.

University Avenue to Undergo Reconstruction

Later this month, the north side of Pacific University’s Forest Grove Campus will undergo significant road construction on University Avenue between Sunset Drive and College Way to improve both driver access and pedestrian safety.

Pacific Psychology & Comprehensive Health Clinic Partners With Returning Veterans Project

Operated by the School of Professional Psychology, the clinic will provide free mental health screenings to post-911 war zone military veterans beginning Monday, July 6.

Pacific University Celebrates Oregon Private College Week Aug. 3-7

The university is joining 10 other private, nonprofit colleges and universities in the state to participate in Oregon Private College Week. Prospective students who visit at least four participating institutions during the week will receive application fee waivers. 

Vision for the Future

The Humphreys put the ‘family’ in Family Eye Care

Domino Effect

The Ebola Domino Project uses art to bring awareness and support to the ebola crisis in Africa.

Family Ties

Fourteen members of the extended Smith family have attended Pacific University over three generations. The Boxer Spirit is in their blood.

Photo by Sean Birch

Riding to School: MFA Student Rides Bike From Alaska to Forest Grove

Bike journey brings Sam Chamberlain MFA '15 to his final residency and graduation from Pacific's Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program.

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

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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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