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

Two Pacific Students Awarded US Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship To Study Abroad

Passina Abe and Meriya Sanchez will study in Japan and India, respectively, this fall. They are among just 1,150 undergraduate students nationally to receive the scholarship.

Pacific University Welcomes Five New Members to Board of Trustees

Julia Brim-Edwards (Nike), Sheri Garboden '76 (Flir Systems) and Norman Scott '63 (Ret. US Navy) began their terms on July 1 along with faculty representative Graham Erickson (College of Optometry) and graduate student representative Katie Ohene (Clinical Psychology). Longtime trustee Gerald Yoshida '73 elected as board chair.

In the News: Professor Jules Boykoff Analyzes the Upcoming 2016 Summer Olympics

Dr. Boykoff has provided extensive analysis on the upcoming Olympic Games to major news media, including The New York Times, BBC and USA Today.

Prospective Students Invited to Pacific University During Oregon Private College Week, July 25-29

Pacific is among 12 private colleges and universities in the state participating. Students who register in advance and visit at least four institutions during the week will receive application fee waivers, and may use the waivers to apply to any Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities member institution.

Pacific University Legends Salutes Tommy Thayer and Generates More than $500,000 to Support Athletics and Music

The annual event hosted by KISS guitarist and university trustee Tommy Thayer concludes its 10-year run.

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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 is a vibrant downtown location for many of Pacific’s graduate and professional programs.

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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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