Pacific University Rankings & Recognition

At Pacific, we strive to offer exceptional learning opportunities to every student.

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 for its quality.

  • Pacific is the No. 1 private research university in the Pacific Northwest and ranks No. 10 on the West Coast, among the likes of USC and Stanford.
  • In 2017, we ranked 22nd among 141 institutions in U.S. News & World Report’s Regional Universities West Region.
  • We also were on Forbes’ list of America’s Top Colleges — a list that includes only the top one-fifth of all undergraduate institutions.
  • In 2018, Washington Monthly named us a "Best Bang for the Buck" school in the West.

But that’s not all!

Take a look at what some others are saying about Pacific in the stories below!

Headlines

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.

Research

Pacific's expenditures were more than twice that of the nearest private university in the Northwest, according a recent National Science Foundation survey.