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

Pacific Authors Celebration at Hillsboro Campus Set for Tuesday, April 4

Come celebrate the works of university community members at the Hillsboro Campus Library on Tuesday, April 4 from noon to 1 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

MFA Faculty Anthology: When the Rewards Can Be So Great

When the Rewards Can Be So Great is a compilation of selected crafts talks delivered by faculty at the Pacific University MFA program. Buy it in paperback or as an ebook.

New MFA Faculty Publications

Announcing new publications from MFA faculty members Kwame Dawes, Joseph Millar, Jack Driscoll, and Dorianne Laux.

School of Pharmacy Assistant Professor Ashim Malhotra Awarded Pharmacology Educator's Award

ASPET has bestowed this year's Pharmacology Educators award to Dr. Ashim Malhotra, Assistant Professor at the Pacific University School of Pharmacy.

Latest Essay by Politics & Government Chair Jules Boykoff Appears in Los Angeles Times

An expert on the politics of international sport, Dr. Boykoff urges Olympics 2024 host city finalists Los Angeles and Paris to demand more support from International Olympic Committee.

Dance Faculty Member James Healey to Perform in Production Honoring Late Musician Elliot Smith

Healey is taking part in an Skinner/Kirk Dance Ensemble that will perform March 23 - April 1 at BodyVox Dance Center in Northwest Portland.

Harriet Hoover Killin

Women's History Month Spotlight on Harriett Hoover Killin

During the month of March we will be highlighting some important Pacific women in honor of Women's History Month. The second woman we are highlighting is our first woman graduate, Harriet Hoover Killin.

Herrick Hall

Women's History Month Feature on Herrick Hall

This Women's History Month we have been highlighting important Pacific women in our history. This week, we look back to Ladies Hall, later named Herrick Hall, and how it provided more women with the opportunity to attend Pacific. 

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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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