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Back in the late 19th century, when Pacific University was an outpost of higher education in the Pacific Northwest, the school took part in an ignoble American experiment. With Pacific’s support, the Forest Grove Indian Training School brought Native American children to a nearby campus, where they were forced to abandon tribal culture in favor of learning the skills and religion of the dominant white society. Some didn't survive the transition.
Drawng of a man on a tightrope
Families of college-age students know very well that a college degree is a big-ticket expense, but they regard it as an important investment in a young person’s future. Pacific University is well aware of this tension and works hard to keep college as affordable as possible.
Handball Team playing in a match.
Here’s something that’s not well known, even among many in the Pacific University community: The Boxers are a force in the world of college handball. The club team, which consists of many athletes who had never played the sport before college, again won the national combined title in 2019, beating teams from such schools as the University of Texas and the University of Illinois.
Asela Chandrasinghe ’19
Her student research focuses on ways to constrain the addictive effects of smoking.
Shawn Opfer '19
The Pacific University student's study plans were "disrupted" by an encounter with computational chemistry. Now he’s using computational chemistry to study the behavior of surfactant compounds, with an eye on real-world uses.
Grad Students Illustration
When we talk about the cost of college, we often think of the four-year undergraduate student. But students seeking advanced degrees like master’s and doctorate degrees — like about half of all Pacific students — also are a huge part of the student debt conversation.
Donor-supported funds augment the revenue from tuition, allowing the university to provide more discounts and scholarships for students.
Kelsi Roth '19
A creative writing major, Roth has tackled difficult subjects in her original works. “I hope that it opens up people’s minds and I hope that it makes people laugh,” said Roth, who says she employs “dark humor” to deal with sensitive subjects.
Keilian MacCulloch
Keilian MacCulloch '19 fell in love with chemistry at Pacific University. After conducting research in the lab, he hopes to earn a PhD and spend his career in chemistry.
Dr. Bernard Brown '49, OD '50
After Bernard Brown '49, OD '50 earned a Purple Heart and his way home from the European Theater in World War II, he pursued a lifelong career in optometry with a degree from Pacific University. Now, he's helping other veterans follow him into the profession.

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