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

Pacific University Ranked 19th Nationally Among Master's Universities by Washington Monthly

The highly respected public affairs magazine includes the university among the top 3 percent of institutions within the master's category, as determined by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

Pacific's First Women's Wrestler Finds Parallels in Competition, Career

Jill (Remiticado) Uyeda '03 helped start Pacific's women's wrestling program. Today, she uses the tenacity she learned as a wrestler and the science she learned as a physics major in her construction career.

Police Officer Training Collaborative Awarded a Two-Year Federal Grant to Further Develop their Mindfulness-Based Resilience Training

School of Professional Psychology faculty members awarded nearly $380,000 to build on their initial research.

University Avenue / North Campus Entrance Update

Progress continues on the improvements to the north side of the Forest Grove Campus.

Professor Todd Schultz Honored for Writings on Mental Health Issues

A 2015 Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health honoree, Dr. Schultz joins an elite group of past recipients.

Notes from Under the Oaks | August 2015

Our August commencement took place a few weeks ago. As we were preparing to greet our guests and welcome 200 new alumni into the Alumni Association, a colleague commented about having a “groundhog day” feeling. I instantly agreed.

CSD Launches Online Post-Bacc Program

The School of Communication Sciences & Disorders launches an online series of post-baccalaureate courses to help students prepare to apply for the master of science in speech-language pathology program. Space is available in the Fall 2015 courses. Email csd@pacificu.edu for application information.

Bachelor of Health Science Online Program Receives Praise

BestSchools.com appreciates the university's approach to course methodology that "maximizes student interaction and relationship building."

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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 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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