Rankings & Recognition

Pacific University offers rigorous undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in a supportive atmosphere to help prepare you for the next step in your journey. Pacific continuously receives national recognition for its outstanding academic offerings and support of students, both for undergraduate and graduate programs. Highlights from the 2016-2017 rankings:

US News & World Report

Pacific University once again was included in the US News & World Report’s top regional universities in the west category, ranked 22nd among 141 institutions.

Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education

In the inaugural Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education rankings, Pacific University is recognized as one of the best universities in the nation based on criteria for colleges that “put student success and learning at its heart.”

Washington Monthly

Recognized for its master’s degree programs, Pacific was included in Washington Monthly’s best western rankings for top universities based on an institution’s “contribution to the public good.”

Princeton Review

Again Pacific was named one of the Best Western Colleges in the Princeton Review’s annual college guide.


Pacific is one of 600 universities across the nation selected by Forbes in its annual top colleges listing.

Master of Healthcare Administration Program

The Master of Healthcare Administration Program in Pacific’s School of Healthcare Administration and Leadership has been ranked in the Top 20 of Master of Health Care Management programs in the west by the Healthcare Management Degree Guide.

Doctor of Psychology, Clinical Psychology

Pacific’s Clinical Psychology PsyD Program was ranked 10th among the top 25 doctor of psychology programs in the United States by the Online Psychology Degree Guide.

Center for College Affordability and Productivity

The Center for College Affordability and Productivity put Pacific in the Top 25 institutions with the best professors.

More Accolades

Read more about the recognitions and accolades our students and programs receive below.

Pacific University Among Universities With Lowest Student Debt for Parents

Pacific's average Parent Plus student loan debt per undergraduate student is second-lowest among self-reporting Oregon-based institutions.

Pacific University Once Again Recognized for Quality

US News and Forbes both include Pacific in annual "best colleges and universities" rankings.

In the News: US News & World Report Lists Pacific University and Forest Grove Among its Top Destinations for Turning a College Visit into a Vacation

On the west edge of the Portland Metro Area, Forest Grove offers perfect proximity to the city and the great outdoors.

Doug Weberling '72, OD '74 Named Recipient of 2016 Kamelia Massih Prize for a Distinguished Optometrist

Dr. Weberling received the honor at Pacific's spring commencement on May 21.

Political History of Olympics Captured in New Book by Pacific University Professor Jules Boykoff

Published by Verso Books, Power Games chronicles the modern Olympic Games' social implications.

In the News: Biology Professor David Scholnick Joins Colleagues in D.C. to Advocate Research

The professor behind the Shrimp on a Treadmill research explains its value to lawmakers.

Social Work Major Receives 2016-2017 Fulbright US Student Award

Mia Prohaska '16 will travel to Thailand, where she hopes to help start an after-school education center.

Bruno Gegenhuber '16 Selected for Fulbright US Student Award to Germany

The senior majoring in biology will work with a University of Erlangen team that is researching the addictive mechanisms of alcoholism.

Athletics Trainer Eric Pitkanen Named KATU Newsmaker of the Year

Pitkanen's aid of others during last December's vehicle crash on the Las Vegas Strip recognized.

Professor Sarah Bowen Continues Research on Addiction Disorders

A National Institutes of Health grant will provide funding for Dr. Bowen and others to treat affected women with post-traumatic stress disorder who also developed substance use disorders.