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

History Professor Larry Lipin Involved in Panel

History Professor Larry Lipin recently participated in a panel discussion, "State of the Field on Interactions Between Labor and Environmental History," at the meeting of the Organization of American Historians in Rhode Island.

Anthropology Professor Jessica Hardin Published

Anthropology Professor Jessica Harden published in New Mana: Transformation of a Classis Concept in Pacific Languages and Cultures.

TIAA-CREF Financial Counseling Sessions Offered

Free and personalized one-hour TIAA-CREF financial counseling sessions will be offered to faculty and staff members on both the Forest Grove and Hillsboro campuses throughout the rest of the spring semester.

In the News: Biology Professor David Scholnick Joins Colleagues in D.C. to Advocate Research

The professor behind the Shrimp on a Treadmill research explains its value to lawmakers.

Mike Geraci '91 | "Ask Yourself What You're Missing"

Use your social networks and ask people questions, says Mike Geraci '91. The first in his family to attend college, Geraci chose Pacific, where he went on to become an associate professor in the Department of Media Arts.

Jaye Cee Whitehead '00 | "Ask Questions"

Jaye Cee Whitehead '00 came to Pacific from rural Wyoming. 'I got here and I had no idea what I was doing," she said. Today, she is an associate professor of sociology, ready and willing to help other first-generation students find their way.

Mike Steele | "Like an Oasis in the Desert"

When Mike Steele was told he should go to college, he named the best he'd heard of: Notre Dame. One of the most beloved professors at Pacific University, Steele went from being the first in his family to attend college to earning a PhD and living a career in academia.

Pacific Celebrates Community Partners

Pacific University well honor current students, alumni, faculty, staff and partners of the university for their work in civic engagement at the Community Collaboration Celebration event April 26.

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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 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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