About Pacific University

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

The school was founded in Forest Grove in 1849 by Congregationalist pioneers. Originally the Tualatin Academy, it became Pacific University in 1854 and conferred its first baccalaureate degree in 1863.

Today, Pacific University serves more than 3,500 students on its campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn. Students come to Pacific from throughout the West and around the world to enjoy close, nurturing relationships with professors and a hands-on learning environment focused on real-world experience, civic engagement and global perspective.

Students work side-by-side with faculty in research, in teaching young children, and in serving patients in a variety of health and eye clinics throughout the Portland Metro Area. They participate in international study and service through a robust study abroad program. They find internships in local business, and they build relationships that stay with them throughout their lives.

Pacific University alumni are worldwide, serving and leading in every field imaginable — and spreading the Boxer spirit wherever they go.

University News

Alumnus Jordan Kronen '14 Named 2017-2018 Schwarzman Scholar

The Olympia, Wash. resident and 2015 Fulbright award recipient is one of just 129 scholars to be selected for China's equivalent of a Rhodes Scholarship.

Ever Considered Being a Research Assistant?

Devin Fachko, Class of 2014, applied for many positions in the field of science before she found a job that she felt was perfect for her. Read about her experience as a Research Assistant at Oregon Health & Science University’s Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute here.

Aspiring Filmmakers: To be it Frank, It Can Be Tough but It Really Can be Done

Steven Wong, Class of 2007, put in ten years of hard work to gain enough knowledge and experience in film before he landed his sweet job at Laika. Read about what he does and the straightforward advice he has for people interested in scoring a career in the film industry.

Stokamer Honored by the IARSLCE

Stephanie Stokamer, director of the Pacific University Center for Civic Engagement has received the Early Career Recognition award from the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE).

Tips for First-Generation Students

About one in four Pacific University students are the first in their family to attend college. US News & World Report recently offered a series of tips for first-generation students to help them navigate their resources.

Cascade Centers Offers 'Worthwhile Webinars' for December

Cascade Centers will offer a series of free webinars through the month of December. Topics will range from budgeting to goal-setting in the new year.

A Thanksgiving Message from President Hallick

This started out as a letter to our students, and it still (mostly) is, but in truth I also mean it as a message to everyone in the Pacific community. As we look ahead to Thanksgiving weekend, I want to let you know how much I care about each and every one of you, and how thankful I am for the genuine compassion you show one another every day.

In the News: Center for Civic Engagement Offers Tips for How to Talk to Loved Ones with Different Viewpoints

CCE director Stephanie Stokamer appeared on Portland NBC affiliate KGW 8 with some tips for how to talk to loved ones with different perspectives this holiday season.

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Campuses and Locations

Eugene Campus

The Pacific University Eugene Campus is home to undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Education, as well as a master of social work (MSW) program.

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Forest Grove Campus

The Forest Grove Campus is Pacific University's residential campus, with undergraduate programs in the arts and sciences, as well as graduate programs in education, optometry and business.

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Hillsboro Campus

The Hillsboro Campus is a vibrant downtown location for many of Pacific’s graduate and professional programs.

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Woodburn Campus

Offering graduate and undergraduate programs in teaching, the Woodburn Campus opened in 2012, providing a place for an elite group of future teachers.

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