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

University Avenue to Undergo Reconstruction

Later this month, the north side of Pacific University’s Forest Grove Campus will undergo significant road construction on University Avenue between Sunset Drive and College Way to improve both driver access and pedestrian safety.

Pacific Psychology & Comprehensive Health Clinic Partners With Returning Veterans Project

Operated by the School of Professional Psychology, the clinic will provide free mental health screenings to post-911 war zone military veterans beginning Monday, July 6.

Pacific University in the News: June 22-28, 2015

Selected news stories featuring or mentioning the university.

Dance Slow Decades

Kailea Saplan was nervous, but confident, as she delivered her senior capstone presentation as part of Senior Projects Day 2015. “I’ve come to realize there’s nothing to worry about, because you’ve all done your jobs correctly. Because if I am at all successful today and hereafter, it is a direct result of your support.”

Vision for the Future

The Humphreys put the ‘family’ in Family Eye Care

Family Ties

Fourteen members of the extended Smith family have attended Pacific University over three generations. The Boxer Spirit is in their blood.

Domino Effect

The Ebola Domino Project uses art to bring awareness and support to the ebola crisis in Africa.

Land of Opportunity

Eddie Carrillo ‘15 fulfills dreams, for his family and himself.


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.


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.


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.


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.