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 Board of Trustees Elects Five New Members

The board elected Dan James '87 and Cam Perry '65 at its meeting in March, and Martin Moll, James Butler and Josie Kochendorfer during the most recent meeting held May 14-15.

Dr. Leslie Devaud Awarded A $30,000 Grant from the Collins Medical Trust

The School of Pharmacy is excited to announce that Dr. Leslie Devaud has been awarded a $30,000 grant from the Collins Medical Trust to support her research on the establishment of a zebrafish colony at Pacific University.

Pacific University in the News: June 1-7, 2015

Selected news stories featuring or mentioning the university.

Professor Jules Boykoff Cited in Associated Press Story on the Resignation of FIFA President Sepp Blatter

Dr. Boykoff's thoughts appear in an Associated Press story published by more than 250 news agencies, including industry leaders USA Today and The New York Times.

Center for Civic Engagement Recognizes Engaged Students, Employees and Community Partners

Held April 28, the CCE's annual Community Collaboration Celebration honored the contributions of students, faculty, staff and local partners over the past year.

Pharmacy Professor John Harrelson Awarded $40,000 Grant to Research New Therapies for Tobacco Addiction

The Medical Research Foundation, part of the Oregon Health & Science University Foundation, has awarded Dr. Harrelson the maximum offered through its New Investigator Grant program.

School of Pharmacy Assistant Professor Published in JAMA Internal Medicine

The Pacific University School of Pharmacy would like to congratulate Assistant Professor, Eddie Saito, PharmD, on his recent publication in JAMA.

Pacific University in the News: May 26-31, 2015

Selected news stories featuring or mentioning the university.


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.