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

Updates Regarding Box Implementation and Vault Phase-Out

In preparation for the retirement of Vault in early 2016, work is beginning with departments to prepare for their migration to the new file storage and sharing system: Box. UIS will hold consultations with Vault folder administrators in all departments throughout October and November.

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Discover new tools to help in your writing and research

The Office of Scholarship and Sponsored Projects and the University Libraries would like to know what tools/technologies you find most useful when conducting research or scholarship, analyzing data, writing articles/chapters, and collaborating with colleagues.

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Open Library of Humanities Launches

The Pacific University Libraries are supporting a new initiative for publishing open access humanities scholarship--the Open Library of Humanities.

What is Boxer?

Just what is Boxer? Take a crash course in Pacific's mascot lore.

2015-2016 Performing Arts Series Features Five Exciting Evenings of Music

Season tickets and other subscription packages are now on sale in advance of the opening performance on Saturday, Oct. 17.

Wellness Skills Groups for Students

Wellness Skill Groups include the Boxer Breather and The Body Project.

Notes from Under the Oaks | Sept. 2015

I was recently asked to write an opinion piece for The Index titled “why alum

School of Pharmacy Assistant Professor Danielle Backus Publishes Article

The School of Pharmacy is happy to announce that Assistant Professor Danielle Backus has published an article in the September 2015 edition of The Consultant Pharmacist.


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.