Application Process to the Social Work Program

Thank you for your interest in joining Pacific University’s Social Work Program. The Social Work Program encourages applications from students of diverse populations and backgrounds.

A complete application to the Social Work Program includes the following components:

1. A complete Application for Admission form

2. Sophomore standing or above

3. Successful (grade of C- or better) completion of SocWk 201 Principles of Social Work

4. Copy of Site Supervisor Student Evaluation for SocWk 201

5. Signed NASW ethics statement (form enclosed)

6. One letter of reference (form enclosed)

7. An Entrance Interview


After the application file is complete and the Entrance Interview has been conducted, the Social Work Program Director will send written notification of the admissions decision.  The registrar will also be notified if the student is granted admission to the social work program.

Upon admission to the Social Work Program, students will be enrolled in the Social Work Club on campus and be provided an initial, student membership to NASW. Please see the Social Work Program Handbook for more details on these organizations.


Steps in the application process:

1. Fill out and submit the attached Application for Admission form. Once this form has been submitted, and your other application materials have arrived, you will be contacted, via e-mail, to schedule an Entrance Interview.

A complete Application for Admission form should have the following documents attached:


a. A copy of your Site Supervisor Student Evaluation for SocWk 201

b. A signed NASW ethics statement

c. A Personal Statement

2. Please have one letter of reference sent to:


Social Work Program

Pacific University

2043 College Way

Forest Grove, OR 97116

The letter of reference form is attached.

The person you ask to write on your behalf should be able to speak to your academic and/or professional capabilities and your potential as a social work student.

Note: your application to the SWP will not be considered complete until this letter is submitted. Please plan accordingly.


What to expect at your Entrance Interview:

Once your application is complete, the Director will contact you to set an interview date.  The purpose of the interview is to discuss the content of your application packet, including your personal statement.  You will also be given an opportunity to ask any questions that you may have about the program.

The Entrance Interview will be conducted by the Social Work Program Director and additional program representatives as determined by the Director.


Notice of Admission:

You will be sent a written admissions decision within (14) days of your Entrance Interview.  There are three possible decision outcomes:

1. Admission

2. Probationary Admission

3. Denial of Admission

Please see the Social Work Program Handbook for further details on each decision outcome, an appeals process, and for information on maintaining good standing within the Program.



If you have questions or concerns during the Social Work Program application process, please contact a Social Work faculty member.


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