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

Spring Commencement Brings Graduates and Families Together

More than 400 bachelor's degree candidates and nearly 350 professional degree candidates took part on Saturday, May 21.

Doug Weberling '72, OD '74 Named Recipient of 2016 Kamelia Massih Prize for a Distringuished Optometrist

Dr. Weberling received the honor at Pacific's spring commencement on May 21.

Professor Dave Boersema Retires After 31 Years at Pacific

The Douglas C. Strain Chair of Natural Philosophy and a distinguished university professor gave the keynote address at the university's spring undergraduate commencement.

Class of 2016 Valedictorian Bruno Gegenhuber

The biology major from Roseburg graduated summa cum laude on May 21 and is one of two students to have received a Fulbright award this year.

Exploring Options Overseas

Emily Brant '16 heads to Israel to gain hands-on experience before pursuing a master's in speech-language pathology.

Pacific University's Annual Music in May Concert Set for Saturday, May 28

Sixty-eighth annual festival to host more than 400 student-musicians from throughout the Pacific Northwest May 26-28.

Boxer Secure Wireless Service Ends May 31

University Information Services will retire the Boxer Secure wireless network on May 31, 2016.

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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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