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 Has So Many Different Opportunities"

Elona Wilson '18 explored a lot of options before settling on early childhood education. "Pacific has so many different opportunities," she said.

Celebrate Dr. Richard Rutt on His Retirement

Dr. Richard Rutt, director of the School of Physical Therapy, will retire this spring. Celebrate his career with a reception from 3 to 6 p.m. April 20, in the Sara Hopkins-Powell Atrium, Hillsboro Campus Building 2.

CCE Gets Students Into Community Through G.I.V.E.

The Center for Civic Engagement hosted G.I.V.E. projects, helping to get students involved in community.  

 

Center for Civic Engagement Hosts Give & Go

The Center for Civic Engagement will host its annual spring Give & Go donation event May 13-18.

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This Alumna is working as a Junior Software Engineer

Alexandrea Beh, class of 2015, was the founder and club president of Women in Computer Science (WICS). So you might be thinking, she must have entered college knowing that she wanted to be a CS major? Well, you’d be wrong.

Just because you earn your degree in one field, that doesn't mean you have to follow the obvious path!

Bruno Gegenhuber '16 Selected for Fulbright US Student Award to Germany

The senior majoring in biology will work with a University of Erlangen team that is researching the addictive mechanisms of alcoholism.

Center for Gender Equity Recognizes 11 Local Students

The CGE and AAUW honored local high school girls who excel in STEM areas of study at an annual award ceremony March 15.

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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 (MSW) 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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