The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education recently elevated the university to a Doctoral/Professional University from its prior designation as a Master's University.
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.
1,893 undergraduate students
2,026 graduate students
18 non-degree seeking students
of students attend classes outside Forest Grove
institutional scholarships awarded annually
of recent undergrad alumni are working, volunteering, or in graduate school
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.
- Pacific is the No. 1 private research university in the Pacific Northwest and ranks No. 10 on the West Coast, among the likes of USC and Stanford.
- In 2017, we ranked 22nd among 141 institutions in U.S. News & World Report’s Regional Universities West Region.
- We also were on Forbes’ list of America’s Top Colleges — a list that includes only the top one-fifth of all undergraduate institutions.
- In 2018, Washington Monthly named us a "Best Bang for the Buck" school in the West.
Pacific's expenditures were more than twice that of the nearest private university in the Northwest, according a recent National Science Foundation survey.
Washington Monthly has named Pacific a "Best College for Student Voting" list, which measures how well institutions encourage their students to vote.