President's Office

Welcome to Pacific University!

Founded in 1848, we were one of the first schools established in the West, originally as a school for orphans of the Oregon Trail and later growing into the comprehensive university we are today.

Our pioneering legacy lives on in our modern university, which provides undergraduate, graduate and professional programs to students on four campuses throughout Oregon’s Willamette Valley. This is a place brimming with intellectual curiosity, energy and the spirit of discovery.

We are a community of highly motivated, intellectual students, faculty and staff members committed to an intimate, personalized education. At Pacific, there are many traditions, but foremost among them is teaching. Here, professors know more than just your name; they know your dreams, and they help you fulfill them.

Whether you study the liberal arts and sciences, optometry, education, health professions, or business, at Pacific University, you gain an education that prepares you for a life and career as an engaged and caring citizen and a leader in a global community.

I invite you to take a closer look at our extensive offerings and to consider Pacific University — a place where students are inspired to think, care, create, and pursue justice in the world — for the next step in your journey.

Lesley M. Hallick
President

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Boxers painted on Ledbetter Field

Football, soccer, rowing and volleyball will be postponed. Cross country, golf and tennis will be permitted to play this fall. “We are committed to supporting our student-athletes and their experience through these challenging times,” said Pacific University Athletic Director Keith Buckley. “Our coaches and staff continue to work diligently in developing a plan to provide our student-athletes a safe and valuable experience both this fall, as well as into the winter/spring competition schedules.”

From President Hallick

New ICE rules are not expected to affect Pacific international students, but the university also is working to join efforts to prevent the implementation of the new policy. 

From President Hallick

Since the DACA program began in 2012, we have witnessed the critical benefits it has brought to our students at Pacific University and to our learning community as a whole.