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

Come Meet Human Resources Director Candidate Cheryl Martin in the MPR on Monday, Nov. 17

The first of three candidates for our Director of Human Resources position, Cheryl Martin, will be available to meet faculty and staff at 3:30 p.m. in the MPR.

Professor David Scholnick Discusses His Shrimp on a Treadmill Research in a Political Commentary

Conducting research is a complex undertaking and often requires creative approaches that may appear trivial to the untrained eye.

Share Pacific University Stories on Social Media

As part of our ongoing website updates, social media share buttons were added to all Press/News content, allowing readers to easily post to their favorite social media channels.

Coach-Turned-Teacher Brings Vision to Alaska Village

Ralph Watkins '08 is a free spirit. Most recently, his wandering feet and Pacific University teaching degree took him to Shishmaref, Alaska, where he's principal of a small preK-12 school.

CLIC Launches Language Ambassador Program

The Center for Languages and International Collaboration launched the Language Ambassador Program in September, 2014, to promote the values of global citizenship and prepare students for lives as culturally sensitive citizens.

Sample Snacks from Around the World

The international snack vending machine in the CLIC features selections you won't find in the local Safeway.

University Policy and Oregon Measure 91

With the passing of Ballot Measure 91, we want to remind community members of Pacific University’s position on marijuana.

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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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