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

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.

School of Pharmacy Professor Deepa Rao Publishes Article

The School of Pharmacy announces that Dr. Deepa Rao has published an article in the Journal of Controlled Release.

Pacific University Ranked 19th Nationally Among Master's Universities by Washington Monthly

The highly respected public affairs magazine includes the university among the top 3 percent of institutions within the master's category, as determined by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

Pacific's First Women's Wrestler Finds Parallels in Competition, Career

Jill (Remiticado) Uyeda '03 helped start Pacific's women's wrestling program. Today, she uses the tenacity she learned as a wrestler and the science she learned as a physics major in her construction career.

Notes from Under the Oaks | August 2015

Our August commencement took place a few weeks ago. As we were preparing to greet our guests and welcome 200 new alumni into the Alumni Association, a colleague commented about having a “groundhog day” feeling. I instantly agreed.

Health Professions Students Graduate from Pacific University

Graduates include future audiologists, dental hygienists, occupational therapists, physician assistants, psychologists and healthcare administrators.

Alumna's Book Earns Nod

Flashes of War by Katey Schultz MFA '08 is named on a list of 15 great books about Iraq and Afghanistan.

Meet a Boxer: Lucille Butler '16

Lucilla Butler is an art education student in the College of Education at Pacific's Eugene Campus. She shares insight into her own artwork.


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.