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

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.

Prof. Kawasaki Appointed to Hawaii Governor's Healthcare Workforce Development Committee

Dental Hygiene Studies Professor Pam Kawasaki has been appointed to serve on a stakeholder committee that is providing input on the development of Hawaii’s State Healthcare Innovation Plan.

Father, Daughter Find Home, Career at Pacific

The Pacific difference spans generations. Kres Pedersen '79, OD '82 and his daughter Amy Pedersen '08, OD '11 both found personal connections and meaningful careers through Pacific's undergraduate and graduate programs.

Walters Finds Career She Loves in Physical Therapy

“I feel really lucky to have found what I want to do for the rest of my life.”

Home on the Range

Pacific biology degree offered strong route to veterinary school for 2009 alumna. "I actually think it helped set me apart from other applicants."

B Street Living Museum Blossoms

The B Street Living Museum offers hands-on learning experience in sustainability, along with food and natural setting.

Pacific University Lauded by U.S. News & World Report

The university is among the top regional universities in the west, according to the publication's 2016 Best Colleges rankings.

Looking Back on Katrina

Fourth-year Pacific University optometry student Breanne McGhee looks back at Hurricane Katrina and how it has shaped her last 10 years.


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.