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

Current Graduate Students: Navigate the New Website

This online tutorial shows graduate students navigate the new website.

Eye on Pacific | Summer 2014

Summer Edition of Eye on Pacific is Now Available

The Summer 2014 issue of "Eye on Pacific" is now available.

Notes From Under the Oaks | August 2014

This month marks an important milestone in the history of my relationship with Pacific University. It was in August 2004, 10 years ago, that I made my very first charitable gift to the university.

Professor Linda Hunt Publishes Resource for Gerontology

The director of Pacific's Certificate of Gerontology program recently discussed the publication and the importance work and active living has for senior citizens' health.

Limited Edition Pacific University Growlers Available

Limited edition Pacific University growlers are for sale through the Office of Alumni Relations.

Cascade Hall Opens for Students

Cascade Hall, the newest residence hall on the Pacific University Forest Grove Campus, opened in August 2014. Take a peek.

Work in Rural Alaska Launched PA Career

Mary Von, interim director of the School of Physician Assistant Studies, started her healthcare career in rural Alaska.

Motor Pool Mileage Rate Increases July 15

Due to higher gasoline prices and repair costs, a necessary rate increase went into effect July 15, 2014, for the use of the university vehicles.

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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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