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

History Professor Richard Ivan Jobs Featured in New Documentary

Voyagers Without Trace invites viewers to join the filmmaker to uncover what happened to three French adventurers.

Balkan Blues Comes to Pacific University

An exhibit featuring the photography of Dženat Dreković precedes his 10-day visit that culminates with a special night of photography and music.

m-pact Kicks Off Pacific University's Performing Arts Series on Saturday, Oct. 17

The first of five shows features the six-member men's A cappella group from Los Angeles.

'Accidental' Student Finds Success Over 50 Years

Ron Tammen '65 was an "accidental" Pacific student, recruited by the famous Charles Trombley. He went on to his own success as a global expert in political science.

Pacific Celebrates Homecoming 2015 with Flair

“Boxers win! Boxers win!”

Updates Regarding Box Implementation and Vault Phase-Out

In preparation for the retirement of Vault in early 2016, work is beginning with departments to prepare for their migration to the new file storage and sharing system: Box. UIS will hold consultations with Vault folder administrators in all departments throughout October and November.

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Discover New Tools to Help in Your Writing and Research

The Office of Scholarship and Sponsored Projects and the University Libraries would like to know what tools/technologies you find most useful when conducting research or scholarship, analyzing data, writing articles/chapters, and collaborating with colleagues.

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Open Library of Humanities Launches

The Pacific University Libraries are supporting a new initiative for publishing open access humanities scholarship--the Open Library of Humanities.


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.