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

Take Part in International Day for Peace

The Pacific University Center for Peace and Spirituality invites the Pacific community to mark this day by taking part in activities that promote peace.

Dining Services Update: The Grove to Open on Saturday Evening, Sept. 6

The Grove dining hall opens with dinner service on Saturday night at 5 p.m. 

JET (Japan Exchange & Teaching) Program Campus Visit

A representative for the JET program will present on open positions, job requirements, application process, and how to be a competitive applicant.

STEM Teaching Students Find Careers

Recent graduates of Pacific's STEM-focused master of arts in teaching program are taking to the classroom. Today, 16 of 17 graduates are currently teaching full time.

Nonagenarian Recalls Pacific Years

Elva Whitney-Parker '53 remembers short time at Pacific fondly.

Dining Services Update

Information about meal service at the Forest Grove Campus for the week of Sept. 1.

Changes in the Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

Several changes within the Enrollment Management and Student Affairs division have occurred recently.

Susan Pool and Linda Ikeda display their grandfather's blanket and coaching horn.

Blanket, Horn Mark Family's Time at Pacific

The family of 1920s Pacific University alumni bring pieces of memorabilia back to Forest Grove.

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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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