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

School of Pharmacy Faculty & Student Achievements at OSHP Annual Seminar

Pharmacy students, faculty earn recognition at the 2015 Oregon Society of Health-System Pharmacists Annual Seminar.

Music, Students are His Passion

Ryan Aiello MA '06 spent 13 years working with Pacific students. As he moves on to a new position, take a look back at this story from April 2013.

Pacific University in the News: March 30 - April 5, 2015

Selected news stories featuring or mentioning the university.

The Writerly Life

Deborah Reed MFA '12 is publishing her fifth novel in July. Pacific's MFA in Writing Program helped her take her writing to the next level.

'The Education I Got Here Was Fantastic'

Liberal arts base led to successful career as healthcare lobbyist for James Matteucci '94.

Faculty, Staff Support Help Alumnus Reach Med School

Cameron Davis '13 didn't get into med school on the first try. It's what happened next that sets Pacific University apart.

Notes From Under the Oaks | March 2015

Often when asked to describe what I do, I find myself at a loss for words.

Pacific University Sports Digest | March 2015

Highlights from Pacific University sports news for March 2015.

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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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