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

Producing an Emmy

For Junko Tsunashima '74, Pacific was the start of a producing career that just led to an Emmy award for American Masters.

Alumnus Named Oregon History Teacher of the Year

Clint Rodreick ’06, MAT ’08 has been named Oregon History Teacher of the Year.

Salgado Selected to Present at National Symposium

Dawn Salgado will organize and present at a Featured Feminist Science Symposia at the 2015 Association of Women in Psychology conference in San Francisco in March 2015.

Cawein Gallery Plans October Exhibit

The Kathrin Cawein Gallery of Art announces its October exhibit, "Anthropometry." 

New Alumni Chapter Proposed for ‘Ohana on the Mainland

A new Alumni Association chapter has been proposed by alumni from Hawai‘i who

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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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