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.


3,937 students
1,893 undergraduate students
2,026 graduate students
18 non-degree seeking students
(2017-2018 headcount)

 

38% 
of students attend classes outside Forest Grove

 

$40 million
institutional scholarships awarded annually

 

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 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.

Computer science professor and student

Small classes, high diversity, and student confidence put Pacific in the upper half of the elite rankings.

Boxer volleyball

Next College Student Athlete (NCSA) ranks schools on college desirability among current student-athletes, academic performance, and affordability.