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

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This Alumna is working as a Junior Software Engineer

Alexandrea Beh, class of 2015, was the founder and club president of Women in Computer Science (WICS). So you might be thinking, she must have entered college knowing that she wanted to be a CS major? Well, you’d be wrong.

Just because you earn your degree in one field, that doesn't mean you have to follow the obvious path!

Bruno Gegenhuber '16 Selected for Fulbright US Student Award to Germany

The senior majoring in biology will work with a University of Erlangen team that is researching the addictive mechanisms of alcoholism.

Center for Gender Equity Recognizes 11 Local Students

The CGE and AAUW honored local high school girls who excel in STEM areas of study at an annual award ceremony March 15.

Staff Senate Nominations Are Open

Nominations for Staff Senate will be accepted until April 1.

Employees: Consider an MBA with Pacific

The College of Business will host an information session for employees to explore the MBA and MSF programs. Learn how employees can use their graduate tuition benefits to earn a degree and enhance their careers.

Faculty Members Receive Tenure, Promotions, Sabbatical Leaves

Ten faculty members were granted tenure and 15 others were promoted in March 2016. Meanwhile, 20 faculty members will prepare for sabbatical leaves in the coming academic year.

BSU Plans Basketball Tournament, Fundraiser

The Black Student Union will host a basketball tournament fundraiser for charity on March 31. Sign up to participate in various contests, or come cheer on the participants.

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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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