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.

Headlines

Pacific students in physics classroom

Data and student surveys highlight Pacific's interesting and accessible professors, strong financial aid offerings, and environmental sustainability.

Tree from beneath branches

Pacific University has acquired a touch of silver, earning a silver ranking for sustainability from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education as part of its STARS program.

Research

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.