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

Pacific University in the News: May 26-31, 2015

Selected news stories featuring or mentioning the university.

Professor Theresa Lafavor Discusses Importance of Recognizing Adverse Childhood Experiences

Dr. Lafavor, an assistant professor within the School of Professional Psychology, joined others on TVCTV's Community Matters.

Forest Grove Campus to Become Smoke-free on Sunday, May 31

A policy change enacted last year goes into effect on World No Tobacco Day.

Physician Assistant Student David Bull Honored by Local Medical Society

A member of the PA Studies Class of 2016, Bull has been named the inaugural recipient of the Medical Society of Metrpolitan Portland Student Award.

Willard Bleything ’51, OD ’52 Named Fifth Recipient of Kamelia Massih Prize for a Distinguished Optometrist

Dr. Bleything is a former College of Optometry dean and professor and also served as the university provost.

Spring Commencement Brings Graduates, Families Together for Celebration

Pacific University held its 2015 spring commencement exercises on Saturday, May 16 at Hanson Stadium on the Forest Grove Campus.

Pacific University in the News: May 11-17, 2015

Selected news stories featuring or mentioning the university.

Professor Jules Boykoff Receives Fulbright Award

Dr. Boykoff will travel to Brazil later this year to research the politics, economics and social issues of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.


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.