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 University Mourns the Loss of Recent Graduate Colin Scott ’16

The Pacific University community mourns the tragic loss of recent graduate Colin Scott ’16, who passed away on June 7 as a result of an accident at Yellowstone National Park.

In the News: Students Fill A Gap In Mental Health Care For Immigrants

School of Professional Psychology students provide counseling for the underserved Latino community.

MFA Faculty Present Public Readings in Forest Grove

The Pacific University Master of Fine Arts in Writing program will host readings by some of America’s finest writers during its 10-day residency on the Forest Grove Campus. Free and open to the public, the evening readings take place at 7:30 p.m. from Friday, June 17, through Friday, June 24, in the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center.

Pacific Hosts Girls Engineering Camp

The Pacific University Center for Gender Equity will host a Girls Engineering Camp June 20 to 24 on the Forest Grove Campus. Open to girls ages 8 to 12, the daycamp will explore soft circuits, 3D printing and more.

 

Community Collaboration Celebration Recognizes Local Partners

The Center for Civic Engagement recognized outstanding community partners during the 2015-2016 academic year at its annual celebration on April 26.

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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 is a vibrant downtown location for many of Pacific’s graduate and professional programs.

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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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