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

Audiology students donate gifts

University Groups Spread Holiday Cheer Through Community Service

Pacific University community members recently embraced the spirit of the holiday season with a mulititude of community service endeavors.

Notes From Under the Oaks | December 2014

Each year about half our new alumni earn their credentials in Hillsboro, so I

Scheduling Office Closed Dec. 22 and 23

The Scheduling Office will be closed Dec.

Tree Near Pacific Avenue Removed Following Wind Storm Damage

Thursday's strong wind storm damaged a cedar tree on the south side of the university's Forest Grove Campus near Pacific Avenue.

College of Health Professions Well Represented in CareerCast's Best Healthcare Jobs for 2015

Audiology, Dental Hygiene, Phamacy and Physical Therapy named among top healthcare jobs for the upcoming year.

CareerCast.com Deems Audiologist Among the Best Jobs for Healthcare in 2015

The field is expected to grow by 22 percent over the next seven years.

CareerCast.com Deems Dental Hygienist Among the Best Jobs for Healthcare in 2015

The field is expected to grow by 33 percent over the next seven years.

CareerCast.com Deems Pharmacist Among the Best Jobs for Healthcare in 2015

The field is expected to grow by 14 percent over the next seven years.

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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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