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Surrounded by the historic town of Forest Grove, Pacific is located in a small suburb, with the beach, the mountains, and the thriving city of Portland all within a short drive. Maps and Locations

Forest Grove

Step outside the perimeter of Pacific University and you are in downtown Forest Grove, a safe, quiet suburb of Portland. Many students frequent Maggie’s Buns and Pizza Schmizza just down the street from campus. The FredMeyer superstore is a popular destination for school supplies, a movie theater with a Pacific student rate of $2, and free Thursday bowling keep students quite busy. A few miles away is McMenamins Grand Lodge, which features casual dining, a game room, and live music.


The Great Outdoors

With its rugged coastline, lush forests, and snow-capped mountains, the Pacific Northwest is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts; and, at Pacific, you’re right in the thick of it. Within an hour, you can hike, kayak, fish, snowboard, ski, mountain bike or go white water rafting.

The Outback Program is a convenient and economical way for students to engage in outdoor pursuits. The program sponsors about 15 trips throughout the year; and provides transportation, planning, and equipment – sometimes for a little as $5.


Twenty-five miles from campus, and easily accessible by the bus and the MAX light rail train, Portland offers all the cultural advantages of a big city: shopping, theatre, professional sports, dining, museums and art galleries. Freshmen head to Portland twice with the First Year Seminar class, and often the trips spark an interest in the city for them. The Outback Program also sponsors organized “urban adventures” to Portland, including trips to museums, theatrical performances, and ethnic restaurants.

What’s Nearby?


Closest Pizza Place Pizza Schmizza
Closest Movie Theatre The Forest Theatre
Closest Waterfall Multnomah Falls - one of the nation’s largest
Closest Dormant Volcano Mount Hood
Closest Active Volcano Mount St. Helens
Closest Beach Cannon Beach
Closest Grocery Store Safeway
Closest Mall The Streets of Tanasbourne
Closest Lake Hagg Lake - a good lake for water skiing
Closest Cinnamon Rolls Maggie’s Buns
Closest Wildlife Preserve Fernhill Wetlands - a good place to see bald eagles
Closest Snowboarding/Skiing Mount Hood
Largest Park Forest Park in Portland is the largest municipal park in the nation with 5,000 acres of hiking, biking, and running trails