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

Alumna Follows Mom's Footsteps into Pharmacy

"I am never bored," says alumna Krista Burnham '11, PharmD '14.

Banned Books Week Celebration at the Forest Grove Campus Library

Faculty, staff and students are invited to have their picture taken with a beloved banned book from the display on the mezzanine.

MyPacific Landing Pages Visual Update

Curious about MyPacific landing pages? Haven't even noticed them at the very top of the new university website? We're not surprised.

Reuniting at Homecoming

Friends and alumni reunite at Homecoming 2014

Pacific Honors Alumni at Homecoming

Pacific University will celebrate some of its finest alumni on Oct. 3, as Homecoming 2014 kicks off.

A College Education Pays

Is a college education worth the price? The data says yes.

The Value of a Private College

Pacific University may be more affordable than you think.

Oregon History Teacher of the Year Credits Pacific Professors

"I wouldn't be in the place I am if it wasn't for them," says Clint Rodreick '06, MAT '08.

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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.

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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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