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


3,875 students
1,875 undergraduate students
1,995 graduate students
5 non-degree seeking students
(2019-2020 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.

Headlines

Physical therapy

Three Pacific University graduate programs were noted as among the best in the United States for 2021 by U.S. News & World Report, which released its rankings of graduate health programs this month.

Amber Smith '20

For the second year in a row, Pacific University is the top private research university in the Pacific Northwest, according to figures collected and reported by the National Science Foundation. 

Students at undergraduate commencement in May 2019

The publication's 2020 college rankings put Pacific among the top in the country overall, as well as for value, veterans, and social mobility.