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

Boxers Open Season with Baseball Fest

The Pacific University baseball team opens its 2016 season this weekend with a tournament at Ron Tonkin Field, home of the Hillsboro Hops. 

New Faculty and Staff Awards

Pacific University’s Honors & Awards Committee, together with the University Diversity Committee, announce two new awards debut at the 2016 Staff & Faculty Awards in May.

 

Reflections on College Life: Pacific University Theatre's Winter Production Examines Two Boxer Women Living Fifty Years Apart

Dance Slow Decades, a play by Kailea Saplan '15, captures the intersecting lives of two Pacific University women Feb. 11-14 in the Tom Miles Theatre.

Mindfulness Training for Police Officers Takes Next Step

An NIH-funded collaborative led in part by the School of Professional Psychology and Hillsboro Police provides officers throughout the region with training to improve their resiliency to job-related stress.

Help Welcome Pacesetters

Help welcome prospective students and their families to the Forest Grove Campus during upcoming Pacesetters events. Employees are encouraged to wear school colors and welcome buttons, and to reach out to visitors, during these special event days.

School of Pharmacy Assistant Professor Ashim Malhotra Awarded Prestigious Pardee Foundation Grant

School of Pharmacy Assistant Professor Ashim Malhotra has been awarded a grant of $108,000 from the Elsa U. Pardee Foundation to research overcoming the resistance of pancreatic cancer to chemotherapy.

'Plumber Dave' By Day

Dave Cookman, Pacific's plumbing and boiler specialist, is about a lot more than pipes.

Victoria Hampton '15 | "Because You Give ..."

Victoria Hampton '15 spoke at the Pacific University Celebration of Giving on Dec. 3, 2015, sharing her story of how a scholarship is helping her change the world with a creative writing major.

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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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