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

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

Dr. Richard Rutt, Director of the School of Physical Therapy, Announces Retirement

Dr. Rutt will retire at the end of the 2015-2016 academic year following 24 years of service at Pacific University.

University's Psi Chi Honor Society Named a Model Chapter

Pacific's chapter is among the top 4 percent in the country to be designated as such by the national organization.

Physician Assistant Student Joseph Sutherland '16 Serves as President of National Student Organization

Sutherland is the first Pacific University student to preside over the Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Alumnus Represents Brazil in Football World Championship

Heron Souza de Azevedo ’14 has worked nearly a decade to help grow American football in his native Brazil. In July, he'll represent his nation's team at the International Federation of American Football World Championship in Ohio.

University Avenue to Undergo Reconstruction

Later this month, the north side of Pacific University’s Forest Grove Campus will undergo significant road construction on University Avenue between Sunset Drive and College Way to improve both driver access and pedestrian safety.

Pacific Psychology & Comprehensive Health Clinic Partners With Returning Veterans Project

Operated by the School of Professional Psychology, the clinic will provide free mental health screenings to post-911 war zone military veterans beginning Monday, July 6.


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.