Frequently Asked Questions about Homecoming

What is the difference between Homecoming and Reunion?

Homecoming is a community-wide event where alumni, parents and students can connect with the university and Forest Grove. Reunions take place during Homecoming and are a specific opportunity for groups of alumni (usually class years or affinity groups) to gather. 

When will the Homecoming weekend schedule be available?

The weekend schedule will be available this summer. For making travel arrangements, plan to be around from Friday morning to Sunday afternoon, October 14-16.

How do I find out who will be there?

Visit the Who’s Coming page to see who has registered for Homecoming. Registration will open this summer.

Can my Pacific University student attend events with me?

Pacific University Students are welcome to attend most events. Students with meal plans can use their meal credit to pay for meals during Homecoming. Please note use of a meal card for a Homecoming meal means forfeiting the regular meal offered in the dining commons at that time. Please mark students attending on the registration form, even if they will use meal cards. All Pacific students receive one free ticket to the football game, which they may pick up from the Athletic Department during designated times. Pacific student tickets will not be distributed through Homecoming registration.

Do I need to register?

Yes! Registrations help us know how much food to order and how many seats to provide. Even if an event is free, it is greatly helpful for the event planners to know how many guests to expect. 

Why do I have to pay to attend Homecoming events?

The registration fees help pay for student staff, postage, printing, rental of tables, chairs, china, table linens, mementos, nametags and catering. The university greatly subsidizes Homecoming in an attempt to make the event affordable for all guests.

How does Reunion Giving make a difference?

Donations show support for the exceptional education received at Pacific University. While steeped in tradition, Pacific must continually expand programs, increase opportunities for students and faculty, and respond to the escalating cost of education. Tuition only covers 80 percent of the cost of educating each student at Pacific, and over 98 percent of our undergraduates receive additional financial aid.

Donations can be made online or sent to:

Pacific University
UC Box A162
2043 College Way
Forest Grove, OR 97116.

What should I wear?

All Homecoming events require casual fall attire.

I have a dietary restriction; will there be food for me?

The catering staff can accommodate most dietary restrictions and allergies, (vegetarian, vegan, gluten intolerance, lactose intolerance, etc.) but it must be noted on your reservation.

Are there any local hotels?

Yes. See our accommodations page for hotels that have offered special rates in the past and for a list of local hotels.

Can I bring my kids?

Yes! Children are welcome at all events except the wine tour, though parents are required to look after them for their safety.

Is there a late fee?

There is no late fee, though reservations are appreciated in advance.

Can I receive a refund if necessary?

The Office of Alumni Relations provides refunds one week prior to the event, except in the case of group ticketing events (i.e. sporting and theater events) when two weeks are required. All refunds require notification via phone or written statement cancelation. In all instances refunds will not be offered after the applicable time period, regardless of circumstance. Refunds will be issued up until a week prior. Cancelations received after that time cannot be refunded.

Are there tickets for Homecoming?

A confirmation will be sent within one week of registration. Nametags are required to gain entry to all events. Additionally tickets are required for some events. Nametags can be picked up at the Welcome Center area during the weekend.

Is there a way for me to get from the airport to Forest Grove/my hotel?

Pacific University has partnered with the Hillsboro Airporter to provide guests with exclusive service between Forest Grove and PDX. Homecoming guests can enjoy shuttle service for $70 one way (up to 3 guests, a $10 savings) and $75 (4-5 guests, a $15 savings). Gate fee will also be waived. To make a reservation, please call (503) 888-9199 or visit their website. Please mention "Pacific University Alumni Relations" when reserving.