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 University Symphonic Band

Symphonic Band presents “I Come from a Band Down Under”on Nov. 7

The Pacific University Symphonic Band will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. in McCready Hall on Friday, November 7, designed to take you to Australia.

Building Community

Transforming the Pacific student experience with campus updates.

One Generation to the Next

Alumni from the late 1960s are banding together to endow a scholarship for students in honor of their upcoming inductions into the Golden Guard.

Raise the Roof

Hanson Stadium, home to Boxer football, soccer, lacrosse, and track and field, was transformed this summer with the addition of a canopy over the grandstands.

Leading by Example

Alumni Jim and Mary Fair Berglund are among Pacific’s most generous supporters, and daughter Julie Berglund Baker is following their lead.

Living Every Moment

Olin Blackmore ’15 is spending his senior year as involved as possible — as Student Senate President, dancer, actor and researcher — thanks to the support of the scholarships that made his Pacific education possible.

Pacific Offers Top-Notch Healthcare Programs

The Pacific University School of Physician Assistant Studies is ranked highly in a review of graduate programs.

Physician Assistant Studies Program Highly Regarded by GraduatePrograms.com

The online resource ranks Pacific's master's degree program sixth in the country.

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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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