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

Willard Bleything ’51, OD ’52 Named Fifth Recipient of Kamelia Massih Prize for a Distinguished Optometrist

Dr. Bleything is a former College of Optometry dean and professor and also served as the university provost.

Spring Commencement Brings Graduates, Families Together for Celebration

Pacific University held its 2015 spring commencement exercises on Saturday, May 16 at Hanson Stadium on the Forest Grove Campus.

Pacific University Student, Alumnus Receive Fulbright Scholarships

Carlos Esparza '15 and Jordan Kronen '14 will teach English in Mexico and Malaysia, respectively, during the 2015-2016 academic year.

Professor Jules Boykoff Receives Fulbright Award

Dr. Boykoff will travel to Brazil later this year to research the politics, economics and social issues of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Trombley Square in the spring

Notes from Under the Oaks | May 2015

As we move on to new stages of our lives there’s always a moment of reflectio

Center for Peace & Spirituality Releases Annual Report

The Pacific University Center for Peace and Spirituality (CPAS) has released an Annual Report for the 2014-2015 academic year.

 

Triple Healthcare Credentials Open Doors

Anya Hill PA '05, MHA '12 started her career as a nurse. Two additional degrees from Pacific have helped her create a unique career in healthcare.

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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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