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

Pacific Undergraduate Research Opportunities

The Pacific Undergraduate Research webpages contain important information for you to find Summer 2015 research and creative activities opportunities.

'The Stars Aligned' to Bring Reuler to Pacific's Speech-Language Pathology Program

Ellen Reuler helped design Pacific's speech-language pathology program and today is the director of clinical education.

Find A Web Editor

A list of trained web editors is available online. Contact a web editor to have news added to the university website or to update content in a specific area of the site.

Website Navigation Update: Academics for Faculty & Staff

Faculty and staff can now find links to academic programs from within the faculty/staff MyPacific menu.

Pacific EarClinic Welcomes University Community Members

Pacific EarClinic brings innovative hearing and balance services to Hillsboro, including evaluation of dizziness, tinnitus, and musician sound exposure. Hearing devices are provided with advanced training and sophisticated technology.

Pacific University in the News: Dec. 1-7, 2014

Selected news stories featuring or mentioning the university.

College of Education to Receive More than $580,000 for South Metro-Salem STEM Project

The award will help the university finance a collaborative project to enhance STEM education in six area school districts, including Salem-Keizer, Tigard-Tualatin and Woodburn.

'I Was Lucky to be Alive'

Summer Kozai '04 embraces life after losing limbs in near-death bout with bacterial meningitis.

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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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