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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.
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.
Music in May Concert
The concert is a culmination of three days of fun, yet intense, instruction and practice for aspiring young musicians under the direction of distinguished music faculty.
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.
May Commencement 2019
Capacity crowds for bachelor's and advanced degree ceremonies on May 18 celebrate the accomplishments of the university's Class of 2019.
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.
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.

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