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

Moodle Upgrade on June 12

We are excited to announce that Moodle will be upgraded to version 3.0 on Sunday, June 12. The new version of Moodle will provide several new features and improvements that will make the system more flexible and easy-to-use.  Please note that Moodle will be unavailable in the morning of June 12 from 9 a.m. to noon while the upgrade takes place so please plan accordingly.

Dr. Kevin K. Chui Named Director of School of Physical Therapy

Chui succeeds Dr. Richard Rutt, who is retiring at the end of the academic year.

Political History of Olympics Captured in New Book by Pacific University Professor Jules Boykoff

Published by Verso Books, Power Games chronicles the modern Olympic Games' social implications.

Pacific University Honors Faculty, Staff

Pacific University celebrated its annual Faculty & Staff Honors & Awards Ceremony on May 11, recognizing the contributions of faculty, staff and community members to the university.

Pacific Mourns Acclaimed Writer, MFA Professor Katherine Dunn

Internationally acclaimed author Katherine Dunn, a professor in the Pacific University Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program, has died at age 70.

Ecuadorian Alumnus Reaches Out After Earthquake

Xavier Muñoz ’00 is safe following the April 16 earthquake in Ecuador, but he's reaching out to friends around the world for support for his country.

Dental Care for Foster Children

Students in the School of Dental Hygiene Studies seek ways to increase dental care for children in foster care.

Diversifying Dental Hygiene

Students in the School of Dental Hygiene Studies look for ways to bring diversity to their chosen profession.

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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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