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

Verna Ourada, PT, PhD. held poster presentations on "Insights into Care Provision to Family Caregivers."

Verna Ourada, PT, PhD held a poster presentation at Pacific University Board

Pacific Growler Discounts

Find out which businesses are currently offering a Pacific Growler discount. 

Pacific University in the News: Jan. 20-26, 2015

Selected news stories featuring or mentioning the university.

Col. John Pyle OD '64

In the Army: Optometry Degree Launched Col. John Pyle's Military Career

A 29-year career culminating in the Office of the Surgeon General started with optometry school at Pacific. “Pacific was, and still is, a small school where, instead of being a number, you can become an individual," said Col. John Pyle OD '64. "I had a really good time there.”

Pacific University in the News: Jan. 12-19, 2015

Selected news stories featuring or mentioning the university.

Olympics Expert Jules Boykoff Analyzes Boston's Bid for the 2024 Games

Dr. Boykoff's perspective has recently appeared in The Nation, The Boston Globe, Al Jazeera America and the Boston Herald.

Pacific Undergrads Publish Anthology

Students in Pacific's editing and publishing minor wrote, edited, published and marketed a collection of stories. "Write at the Crossroads" is available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting a local nonprofit.

What To Read

If you’re looking for a good book to read by the fire this winter, look no further than your fellow Pacific University alumni.

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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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