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

Hear Hear: First Audiology Students Set to Graduate

Pacific's first class of doctor of audiology students graduate in August 2015 after three years of rich classroom and clinical experience.

Love to Teach

Two Pacific alumni found each other — and a shared love of education — in Pacific's Master of Arts in Teaching Program.

Professor Jules Boykoff Analyzes, Opines on Olympic Games Politics

An expert on the politics of international sport, Dr. Boykoff recently provided analysis and commentary about Olympic Games hosting bids to the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe and The Guardian. 

College of Optometry's EyeVan Recognized for Commitment to Community

Students who provide screenings and other eye services from the EyeVan mobile clinic have been named Everyday Heroes by KATU News.

Catie Prechtel '14

Working South of the Border

After a year in Mexico on a Fulbright Scholarship, Catie Prechtel '14 has headed south again to keep teaching English. An anthropology and Spanish major at Pacific, Prechtel hopes to make a career teaching English and exploring other cultures.

Improvements to North Side of Forest Grove Campus Begin Week of July 20

An extensive reconstruction of University Avenue and landscape enhancements will give the campus' north entrance a new look and feel. 

Notes from Under the Oaks | July 2015

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working on a new alumni communication stra

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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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