How do you describe Pacific University? With a history nearly 170 years long and an incredibly diverse modern catalog of programs and people, Pacific is a complex place.

Our Origins, Mission and Vision statement outlines most clearly who we are, why we are here, and where we are headed. Using language from this document is an ideal way to convey the spirit of Pacific University. The following text may be helpful as you seek words to summarize Pacific University.

Words That Work

Pacific University is a small, diverse learning community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment.

Tracing its roots to 1849, when it was chartered as a school for orphans of the Oregon Trail, Pacific has long been devoted to making a difference in the world.

Today, students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, health professions and optometry. Our breadth of offerings provides students a rich atmosphere of discovery, as well as pathways to graduate programs and meaningful careers.

Located in Oregon, Pacific serves a diverse population of more than 3,800 students, particularly from the Pacific Northwest and Hawai‘i, with campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn, as well as offices in Portland and Honolulu. Healthcare clinics throughout the greater Portland area also serve patients and provide practical experience for students.

At Pacific University, students and faculty develop close, nurturing relationships that provide an extraordinary educational experience. International study, service learning, internships and cocurricular activities are integral parts of the educational experience and the development of nearly 28,000 alumni around the world who share in the Boxer Spirit.

Editorial Standards

All non-academic communications at Pacific University should follow Associated Press style. The Associated Press offers its stylebook in print and online for guidelines on use of the English language. When AP has no entry for a word, default to Webster's dictionary. 

Pacific University also has its own editorial standards for a handful of areas in which we differ from AP guidelines (capitalization of academic departments, as an example), as well as words and phrases specific to our institution. 

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