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

I Give Because | Taylor Hiraki '17

"Pacific is a great place to be, and giving back keeps me involved in the university."

I Give Because | Skyler Erben '19

“If it wasn’t for those who gave before me, I wouldn’t be able to attend Pacific.”

Athletics shaped the Career of this Alumnus

Billy Gates, Pacific University class of 2008, was the handball team captain and Phi Kappa Rho president and now works as a sports producer for The Oregonian.

Portland Opera Delivers Free Sneak Peek at Pacific

The Portland Opera Resident Artists perform in a free concert Feb. 25 at Pacific University.

Juan Young Trust Grants Support Scholarship, New EyeVan

The grants support a scholarship for undergraduate students, as well as the replacement and expansion of the College of Optometry's mobile eye care unit.

In the News: Pacific University Unveils All-Gender Restrooms

News coverage of Pacific University's unveiling of all-gender restrooms.

Eisen Published in Journal

Daniel Eisen recently published in the Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity.

Microsoft Access Training Available to Employees

Pacific University faculty and staff are invited to Microsoft Access training sessions in Forest Grove and Hillsboro.

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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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