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

EyeClinic Portland Closed on Tuesday, May 23

A major power outage in downtown Portland has forced the closure. Power may not be restored until this evening.

Pacific Welcomes Chief Equity Diversity Inclusion Officer

Pacific University welcomes Narcedalia Rodriguez as its chief equity diversity inclusion officer (CEDIO), serving as executive director for the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, effective July 5.

Physical Therapy Student Rachel Karpelowitz (‘2018) Hosts Human Rights Documentary

On May 1, second year physical therapy student Rachel Karpelowitz (‘2018) hosted a documentary on human rights.

Dr. Robert Nee invited to join International Advisory Board for Musculoskeletal Science & Practice

Dr. Robert Nee has been invited to join a prestigious group of researchers, educators, and clinicians on the International Advisory Board for Musculoskeletal Science & Practice (formerly Manual Therapy).

Pharmacy Students, Faculty Garner Professional Praise

Pacific University School of Pharmacy students and faculty make strong showing at annual professional meeting.

Universities Create ‘Bridge’ from UO to Pacific University Pharmacy Program

UO undergraduate students now have an opportunity to seamlessly apply and transition into Pacific's three-year pharmacy program.

Physical Therapy Students Rebecca Gasca, Kayla Peters Receive Sara Hopkins-Powell Scholarship

Please join us in congratulating Rebecca Gasca and Kayla Peters, second and first year PT students respectively, who were selected as recipients of the Sara Hopkins-Powell Scholarship Fund. 

More Than a Lullaby: Music Therapy in Action

Music therapy major Andrea Eitner '17 explores the uses of music therapy in the NICU — and finds a career aspiration.

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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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