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

Gavin Brown '14 Wins Accolades for Short Film

Gavin Brown '14 has turned his Pacific University senior project into a criti

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Pacific Gives Alumna Shot at Dreams

Veronica Russell '03 works for the Seaside, Ore., Visitors Bureau, a dream job she landed with a writing degree from Pacific. As a nontraditional student, her return to school also inspired her children, including fellow Pacific alumna Raven Russell '10.

November Timecards Due to Human Resources by Noon on Wednesday, Nov. 26

Timecards for all Pacific University employees, including student workers, for the month of November must be submitted to Human Resources no later than noon on Wednesday, Nov. 26. Additionally, the new versions of the timecards for non-exempt employees and student employees are to be used beginning this month.

Tuition Exchange Applications Due in HR by Nov. 30

Employees whose college aged dependent children will be applying for tuition exchange for the 2015-16 academic year must complete and submit their applications to Human Resources no later than Nov. 30, 2014. 

Notes From Under the Oaks | November 2014

Is college worth the cost?

Notes From Under the Oaks | November 2014

Is college worth the cost?

Pacific University in the News: Nov. 14-16, 2014

Selected news stories featuring or mentioning the university.

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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 program opening in Fall 2014.

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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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