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

Bridging the Gap for Dental Care in Pregnancy

Three students in the School of Dental Hygiene Studies design plan to help bridge the gap between obstetric care and dental care for pregnant women at Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center.

Spring 2016 Pacific Magazine Highlights Caring, Health Professions

The Spring 2016 issue of Pacific magazine is now available in print and online. This issue features several stories about how alumni, students and employees live out the "care" portion of Pacific's mission. Also included is a special insert, Transforming Care, about interprofessional education and practice.

A Pacific Experience of His Own

The son of two Pacific University alumni from Hawai‘i, Josh Higa '19 grew up feeling like a member of the Boxer ‘Ohana. Now that he's a Pacific student, he says, it's even better than he expected.

Boxer Parent: 'You Become Family'

Pat Pimental spent three years as floral and lei chair of the Nā Haumāna O Hawai‘i Lu‘au. As a parent, she says, she was able to become part of the ‘ohana at Pacific.

"I Want to Empower Students"

Kim Stanton '16 is a public health major who wants to return to a rural community like the one she grew up in and change the future for tomorrow's youth.

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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 is a vibrant downtown location for many of Pacific’s graduate and professional programs.

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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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