President's Office

Welcome to Pacific University!

Founded in 1848, we were one of the first schools established in the West, originally as a school for orphans of the Oregon Trail and later growing into the comprehensive university we are today.

Our pioneering legacy lives on in our modern university, which provides undergraduate, graduate and professional programs to students on four campuses throughout Oregon’s Willamette Valley. This is a place brimming with intellectual curiosity, energy and the spirit of discovery.

We are a community of highly motivated, intellectual students, faculty and staff members committed to an intimate, personalized education. At Pacific, there are many traditions, but foremost among them is teaching. Here, professors know more than just your name; they know your dreams, and they help you fulfill them.

Whether you study the liberal arts and sciences, optometry, education, health professions, or business, at Pacific University, you gain an education that prepares you for a life and career as an engaged and caring citizen and a leader in a global community.

I invite you to take a closer look at our extensive offerings and to consider Pacific University — a place where students are inspired to think, care, create, and pursue justice in the world — for the next step in your journey.

Lesley M. Hallick
President