Fall 2014 - UG Degree Admits*

*UG Degree Admits are undergraduate international students that have satisfied the university English language proficiency requirement and are fully admitted to pursue their undergraduate degree program at Pacific University.

Congratulations on your admission to Pacific University!

We look forward to meeting you soon in friendly Forest Grove, Oregon. Please read all email communications from Pacific very carefully and follow all instructions.

Stay in touch with us often. Good communication is the most important first step! Please click on the links below for Important Information as you prepare to arrive at Pacific University.



The Next Steps




Important Dates (for Fall 2014 students)



Frequently Asked Questions


Registering for Classes

Q: How do I choose my first-semester classes?

A: You will “Register” in July by working with an academic advisor to create your schedule. If you are in Oregon in July, you will register by visiting our campus. If you are not in Oregon in July, you will register by telephone. Watch carefully for an email with details and instructions for that. Please check both the email account you used at the time of application AND your new Pacific University Email account.


Q: What can I do to prepare for Registration?

A: You can do a few things to make sure your registration and advising appointment is successful:


Arrival on Campus

Q: When should I arrive?

A: You should arrive in Portland Oregon on August 17 or 18, 2014. The required orientation starts on August 19, 2014. See our school calendar here.

Q: What is my orientation schedule?

A:  For details about that, please contact our International Student Advisor.

Q: Can someone from Pacific University meet me at Portland International Airport (PDX)?

A: Yes, if you arrive during certain times on certain dates. Please ask us for those dates and times before you make your travel plans. After you make your travel plans, please use the online arrival form to request airport pick up.

Q: What are Voyages? When are they?

A: Pacific Voyages are pre-Orientation trips that bring together students of common interests for a small group learning experience. They are optional, not required. Past trips include sea kayaking, rafting, urban outings, service projects, rock-climbing, etc. Yoyages are held four or five days prior to the start of orientation, depending on the trip. Please see the Voyages website for details.

Q: Where can my family stay when they visit Forest Grove?

A: There are several hotel options in the Forest Grove area, as well as nearby Hillsboro and Beaverton. If you’re staying in Forest Grove, mention that you are visiting Pacific University. Several local hotels offer discounts for Pacific University visitors.


Housing Options

Q: Do I have a choice of housing?

A: Students who finished high school less than two years ago are required to stay in a university residence hall (dormitory). Older students can also stay on campus, in a dormitory, OR then can live off campus in a private apartment or homestay. Note: Pacific University does not arrange off-campus housing or homestays for students. Usually, on-campus housing is not available for married students or students over 25 years old. Students interested in a homestay should contact the homestay provider directly. To learn about local apartments, look here.

Q: If I live in a dormitory, when will I know who my roommate is?

A: You’ll receive your roommate’s contact information by post or email after registering for classes.

Q: What will my dormitory room look like?

A: We have a variety of room styles. Feel free to check the housing website for floor plans.

Q: What furniture will be provided in my room?

A: Each room is equipped with a bed (twin extra-long or twin), desk, chair, closet, and shelving per student.

Q: When can I move in to my room?
A: You’ll move into your room one or two days before orientation. If you are going on a Voyage your move in date will be a few days earlier.

Q: What should I bring?

A: We’ve got a checklist for you to use as you start packing and shopping for your room. Want some advice from current students?

Q: Can I mail a few boxes to campus before I move in?

A: YES. Please address your boxes to:

Your Name
(New Student)
c/o International Programs UC A153
Pacific University
2043 College Way
Forest Grove, OR 97116, U.S.A.

More questions about housing and residence life at Pacific? Check out their FAQs.


Q: I’m excited to meet my classmates. How can I contact them before we meet in person at Orientation?

A: Join our Facebook group to meet your fellow future classmates. Don’t be shy—write on the Facebook wall and introduce yourself!


Dining Plan

Q: How do I purchase a Meal Plan?

A: If you are a younger student (usually 18-20 years old), you will be assigned a dormitory room WITHOUT a kitchen and you will automatically have a meal plan (it is required). The charge for this meal plan will be included on your student bill. If you are an older student and assigned a dormitory room WITH a kitchen, a meal plan is optional. You can purchase an optional meal plan at the Student Life Office. For more details, visit our Dining Services website FAQs.

Q: What are the hours for the dining hall?


Breakfast: 7:30-10:30 am

Lunch: 11 am-2 pm

Dinner: 5-8 pm

Saturday & Sunday

Brunch from 11 am-1 pm

Dinner from 5-6:30pm

The Boxer Bistro (café and convenience store) in the University Center is typically open during the following hours*:

Monday-Friday: 7:30 am-midnight

Saturday & Sunday: 9 am-midnight

*Hours may change. Check the Dining Services Website to confirm.


Financial/Payment Information

Q: When will I pay my fees?

A: Your first billing statement will be sent to you by email or post. You will receive one paper statement at the beginning of each semester and electronic statements will be sent each month after that.

Q: What do I do when I get my first bill?

A: Review it for accuracy. You might also want to decide which payment option works best for you.

Q: Can I pay tuition with a credit card?

A: Yes, we accept American Express, Visa, Master Card, and Discover. There is a non-refundable service fee for credit card users. If you need assistance, please email the Business Office at cashiering@pacificu.edu

Q: What are my payment options?

A: We offer two payment plans:

1) Semester pay option: allows you to pay each semester in-full before each semester begins.

2) Monthly pay option: allows you to pay each semester’s charge in 4 equal payments. There is $30 per semester fee for this option. The Business Office has more information about payments.

Q: Can I use my own private health insurance?

A: Students are required to have coverage through Pacific’s student health plan unless they are eligible for a waiver. Waiver approval is not automatic, and is based on students having health insurance from a specific source. For more information about Pacific’s health insurance & waiver eligibility, please contact intlprograms@pacificu.edu.

Health insurance waiver forms must be completed 2 weeks before the start of your study.

Q: How do I sign up for university health insurance?

A: You don’t need to do anything. You will automatically be billed medical insurance if you don’t request a waiver. It is automatically offered to students who do not request an insurance waiver by the deadline.

Q: How do I pay for my books?

A: Books are usually purchased individually, after you arrive on campus. The campus bookstore accepts cash, checks, and credit cards. It is also possible to rent your text books at a reduced fee.

Q: What kind of school supplies will I need for class?

A: Supplies will depend on specific classes. Please check with your professors.


Technology Needs

Q: What kind of computer should I bring?

A: A laptop computer is highly recommended. Please check here for recommendations about buying a computer.

Q: What kind of software should I install on my computer?

A: Please check here for recommendations about software.

Q: Can I print documents using university printers?

A: Yes. Each student is given $60/year at the start of school in August ($30/semester) of free printing on university networked printers. If you print more than $30 worth per semester, your student account will be billed for the excess amount. If you do not use your full $30/semester worth of printing, your balance will be carried over through the end of the school year. If you want to bring your own printer to campus, an inkjet printer will work fine.

Q: What kind of network does the campus offer?

A: Every residence hall room has a wired Ethernet plugin at each student desk. In addition, wireless internet access is available in each building on campus as well as some outdoor areas. University Information Services can help you configure your laptop for wireless access.

Q: Is there technology help in the residence halls?

A: There are two student Network Assistants living in each dormitory. It is usually easy to find them, day or night. Also, you can contact the Technology Information Center during daytime working hours for help with computer problems.



Helpful Links and Resources


Advising Center Billing and Student Accounts
Campus Public Safety Career Development Center
Dining Services Forest Grove Chamber of Commerce
Health Center Housing and Residence Life
Parent Support Office Pacific Information Center (PIC)
Registrar Transfer Student Services
Public Transportation (Trimet) Voyages




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