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 Lauded by U.S. News & World Report

The university is among the top regional universities in the west, according to the publication's 2016 Best Colleges rankings.

Pacific University Ranked 19th Nationally Among Master's Universities by Washington Monthly

The highly respected public affairs magazine includes the university among the top 3 percent of institutions within the master's category, as determined by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

University's Psi Chi Honor Society Named a Model Chapter

Pacific's chapter is among the top 4 percent in the country to be designated as such by the national organization.

Pacific University Student, Alumnus Receive Fulbright Scholarships

Carlos Esparza '15 and Jordan Kronen '14 will teach English in Mexico and Malaysia, respectively, during the 2015-2016 academic year.

Pacific Wins Best Portland Sports Logo

Congratulations Boxer Nation! Pacific University has earned the title of Portland's Best Sports Logo in PortlandSports.com's online competition.

College of Health Professions Well Represented in CareerCast's Best Healthcare Jobs for 2015

Audiology, Dental Hygiene, Phamacy and Physical Therapy named among top healthcare jobs for the upcoming year.

University Named to President's Community Service Honor Roll for Fourth Consecutive Year

The honor roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes for their communities.

Pharmacy Degree Program Recognized by GraduatePrograms.com

Online resources praises School of Pharmacy's quality of network.

Forest Grove: Oregon's Best College Town

Portland Business Journal readers have named Forest Grove the best college town in Oregon.

Pacific University Recognized for Excellence by National Media

Washington Monthly ranks the university 15th nationally, and US News & World Report and Forbes have Pacific in the upper echelon of their respective lists.