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: Jan. 12-19, 2015

Selected news stories featuring or mentioning the university.

Pacific University Welcomes AmeriCORP Vista Director Paul Monteiro on Monday, Feb. 2

Monteiro's talk on national service begins at 7 p.m. in Marsh Hall's Taylor Auditorium. Co-sponsored by the university's centers for Civic Engagement and Peace & Spirituality, and the Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation.

Farewell Reception for Mike Johnson on Friday, Feb. 6 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

The director of financial aid at Pacific for the past 15 years, Mike has accepted the opportunity to direct Portland State University's financial aid and scholarship programs. Join us in the Marsh Hall lobby between 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. on his last day, Friday, Feb. 6, to wish him a fond farewell.

Spring Meal Plans Still Available With Starbucks Bonus

Sign up for a qualifying spring meal plan and receive one free Starbucks beverage a week during Spring Semester.

Olympics Expert Jules Boykoff Analyzes Boston's Bid for the 2024 Games

Dr. Boykoff's perspective has recently appeared in The Nation, The Boston Globe, Al Jazeera America and the Boston Herald.

Pacific Undergrads Publish Anthology

Students in Pacific's editing and publishing minor wrote, edited, published and marketed a collection of stories. "Write at the Crossroads" is available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting a local nonprofit.

Pacific University Sports Digest | January 2015

Highlights from Pacific University sports news for January 2015.

Notes From Under the Oaks | January 2015

2015 marks 151 years since Pacific University alumni first began formal metho

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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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