About Pacific University

Founded in 1849, Pacific University is a diverse learning community offering a unique combination of nationally recognized undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the arts and sciences, education, business, optometry and the health professions.

The Pacific Difference

Pacific’s focus on teaching and learning in a close nurturing environment leads to genuine transformation in students’ lives.

About one in four of our students — from freshmen to future doctors — are the first in their families to attend college. And our students experience greater socioeconomic growth as a result of their educations than their peers at other colleges in the Pacific Northwest.

At Pacific, students build deep personal relationships with friends, mentors, faculty members, and academic and career counselors. 

Our students mix their rigorous academic experiences with meaningful research, community engagement and life experiences, helping them become successful and active citizens and community leaders.

Printable Pacific University At a Glance 2020


3,850 students
1,768 undergraduate students
2,082 graduate students
(2020-2021 headcount)

 

39% 
of students attend classes outside Forest Grove

 

93%
of recent undergrad alumni are working, volunteering, or in graduate school

 


National Recognition

We put a premium on small classes and personal attention. We want our students to call Pacific “home.”

Meanwhile, outside of Pacific, people are calling us some great things too! Like “Best Value School” and "Best in the West."

Pacific is consistently recognized by national news organizations for its quality.

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Students at voting info table in the UC

Pacific University is among a select group of campuses around the country and the only institution in Oregon designated as a Voter Friendly Campus for 2021-2022. The designation is the result in part of the university’s participation in the All-In Campus Democracy Challenge for Pacific Votes spearheaded by the Tom McCall Center for Civic Engagement.

Taylor Gillespie '15, MBA '17 poses on the Hillsboro Campus

“The true beneficiaries of the accreditation are students who can pursue their Pacific University business and MBA degrees with confidence and pride," said Associate Dean Jennifer Yruegas.

National Honor Roll for Voting

The Student Voting Honor Roll recognizes American colleges that develop action plans to bolster student voter registration, and it ranks the schools based on their student voter registration rate. Pacific ranked 122 in the country and is the only Oregon university on the 2020 list.