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

Register to Vote!

The Center for Civic Engagement encourages all students, faculty and staff to vote

Alumna Authors Children's Book with Younger Sister

Aubrey Ortiz ’09 never imagined that five years after graduation she would ha

Emeritus Physics Faculty Member Establishes Endowment

Former professor W. Thomas Griffith and his colleagues establish an endowed fund for physics research.

Bookstore to Close Pacific Avenue Location on Sept. 19

New location in the University Center anticipated to open on Monday, Sept. 29

Monica Marvin, Director of Pacific University’s Office of Legal Affairs, Will Retire Oct. 3.

A university alumna, Monica has served the university with distinction since 2007

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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

Only Here.  Earn your Bachelors of Education in Elementary Education (B.Ed.) or Master of Arts in Teaching STEM/ESOL (MAT STEM/ESOL) Degree at Pacific University’s Downtown Woodburn Campus.  22-month B.Ed. cohorts begin in late August, 11-month MAT STEM/ESOL cohorts begin in late June.  Scholarships available through the National Science Foundation and TeachOregon—become part of an elite group of future teachers at Pacific University Woodburn Campus.

Pacific University Woodburn Campus offers two pathways to teaching:

 

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