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

Prospective Students Invited to Pacific University During Oregon Private College Week, July 25-29

Pacific is among 12 private colleges and universities in the state participating. Students who register in advance and visit at least four institutions during the week will receive application fee waivers, and may use the waivers to apply to any Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities member institution.

Pacific University Legends Salutes Tommy Thayer and Generates More than $500,000 to Support Athletics and Music

The annual event hosted by KISS guitarist and university trustee Tommy Thayer concludes its 10-year run.

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Nathan Lighthizer OD '09 is an ASCO Rising Star

Dr. Nathan Lighthizer was honored by the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry at its annual luncheon on June 29.

Pacific University Press Publishes First Book

The launch of When the Rewards Can Be So Great: Essays on Writing and the Writing Life, edited by Kwame Dawes, marks the Press’ successful debut 

Pacific Invests in Staff Compensation

Pacific University staff members will receive a letter this week from President Lesley Hallick, sharing their individual salary adjustments for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

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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 (MSW) program.

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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 is a vibrant downtown location for many of Pacific’s graduate and professional programs.

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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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