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

MSW Program Prepares Alumnus to Serve His Community

"I think social work picked me.”

Practicum Placements are Win-Win for MSW Students, Agencies

Adriana Monge is a social worker at Centro Latino Americano, a Eugene agency that offers practicum placements for students in the Master of Social Work Program.

Cascade Centers Offers Free Webinars

Cascade Centers will offer a series of free webinars through the month of October. Topics will range from maintaining good credit to getting healthy sleep to budgeting through the holiday season.

Carlene Carter Opens Pacific's 2016-2017 Performing Arts Series on Saturday Night

A limited number of tickets are still available to see the daughter of country music royalty perform a solo show before she joins John Mellencamp for his fall tour.

CLIC Welcomes New Foreign Language Teaching Assistants

The Center for Languages & International Collaborations welcomes new Foreign Language Teaching Assistants. 

Boxer Love Story: Luke Cleaver '97 and Tracy (Cowan) Cleaver '95

It was April 29, 1994. During their 8 a.m health class, Tracy with her usual blue ball cap pulled down over her sleepy eyes, was talking about going water skiing that afternoon with mutual friends, mostly fellow wrestlers. 

In the News: Optometry Alumni Featured in AOA Focus Magazine

Seven Pacific University College of Optometry alumni appear in the latest edition of Focus, the magazine of the American Optometric Association.

Five Alumni to be Honored at Homecoming

Fran O'Brien '65, Jim Radcliffe '80, Bob Barrett '66, Michael Bridges PT '08 and Kaely Summers '08 will receive Pacific University Alumni Awards at a special ceremony Oct. 14 at Homecoming.


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


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.