Frequently Asked Questions | Admitted Students

I’ve decided that Pacific University is the place for me. 

What do I do to make this official?

Congratulations! We are excited you’ll be joining Boxer Nation in the fall. Here is what you need to do:

  • Let us know! Follow the steps on the admitted student page. Your $200 enrollment deposit can be submitted via check or credit card along with your paperwork.
  • Read up on Registration: Our registration website will fill you in on what you need to do to get advised and registered for your first semester of classes.
  • Celebrate: You’re done choosing a college! You have great taste. Perhaps it's time to start jockeying for those graduation gifts!

Information on more topics

More questions? Contact the Office of Admissions at 1-800-677-6712 or at admissions@pacificu.edu.


Registering For Classes

How do select the classes I will be taking during my first semester?

You’ll need to attend registration this summer to work with an academic advisor to create your schedule. Be on the lookout for an email with more details and instructions for that day. 

What’s going to happen at registration?

Students will work with a Pacific faculty member to select and register for their fall semester classes. Information will be provided on financial aid and billing, life on campusOrientation and Voyages, and anything else related to Pacific University. Residence halls will be open, and lunch will be provided.

 Aside from on-campus registration, we also offer registration opportunities in Hawai’i and for transfer students. For more information, please visit New Student Advising & Registration.

What can I do to prepare for registration?

You can do a few things to make sure your registration and advising appointment runs smoothly:

  • Make sure your high school submits your final transcript to the Office of Admissions before July 1.
  • Taking AP or IB exams? Have your test score results sent to us before registration. If that’s not possible, don’t worry. You can adjust your schedule once those test scores are in and we’re able to evaluate the credits you will receive.
  • Receiving credit from a college or university? Make sure the college or university you are currently attending sends Pacific an official transcript with your final course grades by July 1. If you can’t get a transcript by registration, don’t worry. You can make changes to your schedule once the transcript(s) have been received and the Registrar’s office is able to generate a Transfer Equivalency Report.

I have a [insert activity] planned and can’t be at registration. Does this mean I can’t register for classes?

Contact the Advising Center and your admissions counselor to make alternate arrangements for fall registration.

Are you from Hawai’i or a transfer student? Your registration will be on a different date and time from our event on campus. Please read more about registration for details on those events.


Orientation

What is Orientation? When is it?

Orientation is a required program that helps new students transition to life at Pacific. A variety of sessions make up the Orientation schedule including: First Year Seminar class, advisor meetings, guest speakers, tours, time to get to know your classmates, resources in the area, resident hall overview for those living on campus, etc. 

What is the difference between Orientation and registration?

Orientation as an event is more about helping you get a better sense of what life as a student at Pacific University is like through social and educational activities. While registration may have some of that, your focus during the event is to get advised and registered for your fall classes. 

Are parents invited to Orientation?

Yes, parents are invited and welcome to attend Orientation. Please read about Orientation for more information.

What are Voyages? When are they?

Pacific Voyages are pre-Orientation trips that bring together students of common interests for a small group bonding and learning experience. Past trips include sea kayaking, rafting, urban outings, service projects, rock-climbing, etc. This year’s voyages will be held four or five days prior to the start of orientation, depending on the trip. Please read more about Voyages for details. 


Getting to Campus

Where can my family stay when they visit Forest Grove?

There are lots of hotel options in the Forest Grove area, as well as nearby Hillsboro and Beaverton. If you’re staying in Forest Grove, remember to mention that you are visiting Pacific University as many of these places offer discounts for visitors. The Forest Grove Chamber of Commerce is a great resource.

What kinds of transportation are available to and from campus? Does Pacific University provide transportation to and from the airport?

Many students rely on public transportation to get to and from the airport and other local areas. Check with your admissions counselor for specific information about transportation to and from the airport for your big move to campus.


Paying Tuition

When will I get my bill?

Your first billing statements will be in your registration packet. You will receive one paper statement at the beginning of each semester and then electronic statements will be sent each month after that.

What do I do when I get my bill?

Review it for accuracy. You might also want to decide which payment plan will work best for you.

What are my payment options?

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 in four payments. There is $30 per semester fee for this option. The Business Office will have information for you on these plans in your packet at registration.

How do I notify the university about my health insurance?

You are required to maintain health insurance throughout your time at Pacific.  You can either purchase medical insurance through the university or fill out a waiver if you are going to be covered through another provider. All medical waiver forms must be completed online by August 13. 

How do I sign up for university health insurance?

You will automatically be billed medical insurance in the fall semester if you are enrolled in at least one credit or more. Or, if you lose your coverage, you may contact the Business Office and request to be added.

I am not interested in purchasing university health insurance. How do I decline it?

You can fill out and submit a waiver form. An online waiver must be filled out each school year. 

Can I pay tuition with a credit card?

Yes, we accept American Express, Master Card, Visa and Discover for charges that are owed. There is a non-refundable service fee for credit card users.

How do I pay for my books?

Books must be purchased individually. The campus bookstore accepts cash, checks, and credit cards. If you’re relying on your Financial Aid award to purchase books, check with the Business Office to see what arrangements can be made. 

What kind of school supplies will I need for class?

Supplies will depend on specific classes.


Housing

What will my room look like?

Floor plans of each room vary between halls. As an incoming freshman, you will live in Clark, Walter, McCormick or Cascade halls. Feel free to check their website for floor plans of rooms per building. 

What furniture will be provided in my room?

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

When can I move in to my hall?

You’ll move into your hall on the first day of Orientation. Check their website for specific dates. If you are going on a Voyage or are a fall athlete, your move in date will be a few days earlier. Don’t sweat — we’ll let you know exactly when you’ll move in.

What should I bring?

We’ve got a handy checklist for you to use as you start packing and shopping for your room. Want some advice from current students as to what to bring? Check out our blog to see what they say.

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

Absolutely! Address your boxes to:

Your Name
(New Student)
Pacific University
2043 College Way
Forest Grove, OR 97116

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


Dining

What meal plans are available? How do they work?

All meal plans are listed on the Dining website. The biggest difference between those meal plans is the money designated as Declining Balance which can be used a la carte items and bottled drinks at Real Food on Campus, convenience items at the Boxer Bistro, and off campus at Pizza Schmizza. Block meals refer to one meal — breakfast, lunch and dinner.

What is the difference between Block Meals and Declining Balance?

Block meals are just as they sound — one meal (breakfast, lunch, or dinner) per block. When you purchase a block meal plan, you get a certain number of meals/plan. You will use your Declining Balance for any a la carte items at Real Food on Campus such as bottled drinks and sushi. Declining Balance is also used to buy items at the Boxer Bistro and off campus at Pizza Schmizza.

How do I ​purchase a meal plan?

You can purchase your meal plan0 or Dining Dollars through the Student Life Office on the main level of the University Center. This option allows you to have the cost deferred to your student account.

What are the hours for the dining hall?

RFoC (Real Food on Campus) in the University Center is typically open during the following hours*:

Monday-Friday
Breakfast: 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dinner: 5 to 8 p.m.

Weekend hours
Brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

The Boxer Bistro in the University Center is typically open during the following hours*:
Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. to midnight
Weekend hours: 9 a.m. to midnight

*Hours are subject to change. Check the Dining Services Website for up to date hours.

How can I deposit more money into my Declining Balance?

You can always add funds to your Declining Balance. The easiest way to do it is to use this e-commerce secure website: Purchase Now! You may also add funds with cash or check via mail or in person at the Dining Services office, located in the rear of the dining area of Real Food on Campus in the UC. You can sign up for alerts so you’ll know when your balance is running low.

What happens if I run out of block meals?

You can purchase more meals through the Dining Services Office.

More questions about eating on campus? Check out our Dining Services website FAQs.


How/When Do I ...

When will I know who my roommate is?

You’ll receive your roommate assignment in the mail after registration.

When will I get my tuition bill?

Your first billing statements will be in your registration packet. You will receive one paper statement at the beginning of each semester and then electronic statements will be sent each month after that. More information on billing can be found on our Business Office website.

How do I sign up for my Pacific email address and online student account?

After you’ve sent in all of your confirmation paperwork, log-in for the first time to get your PUNET ID.

How do I register for classes?

You’ll register for classes at registration after you’ve met with a faculty member to plan your schedule. If you’re making other arrangements for registration through the Advising Center, they will make sure you have the information you need.

I’m so excited to meet my classmates! How can I contact them before we meet in person at registration or Orientation?

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


Technology: University Information Services (UIS)

What kind of computer do I bring?

A laptop computer is highly recommended. Pacific University is both Mac and PC friendly.

Can I print my papers and assignments on campus?

Yes, you can! Each student is given $60/year at the start of school in August ($30/semester) of free printing on university networked printers. What does that mean?

  • The cost per side per sheet is $0.05 for black and white copies and $0.25 for color copies.  
  • With this allowance, you can print 1,200 one-sided black and white copies or 240 one-sided color copies per year. This translates to 600 black and white or 120 color prints per semester.
  • If you print more than $30 worth per semester, your student account will be billed for 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 academic year in May.
  • Your printing balance will be displayed on the printing/copying station or on your student account.
  • Networked printers can be found in the Library, Berglund, Marsh, Price, Jefferson, and Scott Halls. The Technology Information Center can help you configure your laptop for network printing.
  • If you decide you want to bring your own printer to campus, an inkjet printer will work fine.

What kind of networks does the campus offer and what are their capabilities?

Every residence hall room has a wired Ethernet plugin at the two desks provided. 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.

Is there technology help in the residence halls?

There are two student Network Assistants in each hall; their contact information will be distributed when you move in. They live in the hall they are assigned to, so they do make house calls!

What is a...? Common terms at Pacific (in alphabetical order)     

Block Meals: One full meal (breakfast, lunch, or dinner) on meal plans.

Boxer Alerts: Text message alert system. If bad weather or other safety issues happen on or around campus, Boxer Alerts will send you a text and email with that information.

Boxer Bistro: small convenience store located in the University Center that sells snacks, drinks, sandwiches and simple house hold products. Students may use their declining balance, cash, or credit/debit card to purchase these items.

Boxer Briefs: Daily email newsletter that lets you know about events on campus.

Boxer Online: Located on Pacific’s website. Students can use this to view financial information, register for classes, search for classes, view their grades, academic history and many other things.

CPS: Campus Public Safety. CPS patrols campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can call them when you need someone to walk you from any point on campus back to your residence hall.

Declining Balance (DB): Used in bistro and in the dining hall to buy snacks, drinks, or a la carte items such as freshly made sushi.

Fireside Lounge: A couch-filled gathering space in the University Center students use for events, studying, and socializing.

FYS (First Year Seminar): A required class which introduces incoming students to college academic life and the skills needed for success in that life. It is a humanities-based course in its content, intended to engage students in the task of personal and cultural critique, and designed to provide a common learning experience for the entire first-year class.

PIC (Pacific Information Center): PIC sells discounted bus tickets, movie tickets, and other student rates. The PIC is also where you buy parking permits, pick up work study paychecks, etc.

PUNET ID (Pacific University Network ID): This is your username and password for your Pacific email account. You’ll also use this to access grades, register for classes and pay tuition. Once activated, it is the primary way university offices will communicate with you.

RHA and Hall Councils: Residence Housing Association. RHA serves as student government for the residence halls. Students who are involved plan events throughout the year and discuss issues related to living on campus via smaller Hall Councils.

RFoC: Real Food on Campus — the dining hall at Pacific University at the University Center. Their weekday and weekend hours vary. For food service outside of those hours, check out the Boxer Bistro.

SAAC: Student Academic Athletic Committee. Student athletes volunteer their time around campus to raise money for charities and put on fundraisers. 

The Grove: A nickname for Forest Grove.

TIC (Technology Information Center): Located in Marsh hall. Go there to get your laptop fixed and get advice on other tech related things.

Transfer Equivalency Report: A listing of courses that have transferred in from colleges and universities other than Pacific. This includes courses done through high school-based programs such as Running Start.

UC (University Center/Washburne Hall): University Center is located in the middle of campus and is considered the hub of life at Pacific University. It is the location of many important things such as the Real Food on Campus dining area, Boxer Bistro, Fireside Lounge, mail room and the PIC.

Work Study Jobs: Positions available on and off-campus for students who qualify through their financial aid award. Students access these jobs through the Career Development Center.

More questions? Get in contact with your admissions counselor and we’ll get them answered.


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