About Pacific University

Pacific University is a diverse learning community offering a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, education, business, optometry, and the health professions

The school was founded in Forest Grove in 1849 by Congregationalist pioneers. Originally the Tualatin Academy, it became Pacific University in 1854 and conferred its first baccalaureate degree in 1863.

Today, Pacific University serves more than 3,500 students on its campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn. Students come to Pacific from throughout the West and around the world to enjoy close, nurturing relationships with professors and a hands-on learning environment focused on real-world experience, civic engagement and global perspective.

Students work side-by-side with faculty in research, in teaching young children, and in serving patients in a variety of health and eye clinics throughout the Portland Metro Area. They participate in international study and service through a robust study abroad program. They find internships in local business, and they build relationships that stay with them throughout their lives.

Pacific University alumni are worldwide, serving and leading in every field imaginable — and spreading the Boxer spirit wherever they go.

University News

John Medeiros, PT, PhD investigates new methods to improve patient care

John Medeiros, PT, PhD, Distinguished University Professor, Pacific University, School of Physical Therapy and Tony Rocklin, PT, DPT, COMT, Partner at Therapeutic Associates Physical Therapy team-up to investigate new methods to improve patient care

International Business, International Students

Many universities offer undergraduate courses in international business.

Dental Hygiene Students Teach Professionals to Recognize Domestic Abuse

In the Pacific University School of Dental Hygiene Studies, serving those in

Pacific Alumni Among Top Portland Doctors

Twenty Pacific University alumni named to Portland Monthly's peer-nominated list of top doctors and nurses in January 2017, including many graduates of the physician assistant program.

Cassie Finley, Vice President of the ASL Club signs to other group members

American Sign Language Classes and Club

Thanks to student and community support, American Sign Language classes and an American Sign Language Club are on the Forest Grove campus.

Get Tax Help through Cascade Centers

Cascade Centers offers tax services for Pacific employees.

Boxer Giving Day is Coming Up

Boxer Giving Day is March 14. Support Pacific students with your gifts and your stories.

Alumnus Who Brought Squirrels to Pacific Seeks Stories

Once upon a time, there were no squirrels at Pacific University.

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Campuses and Locations

Eugene Campus

The Pacific University Eugene Campus is home to undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Education, as well as a master of social work (MSW) program.

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Forest Grove Campus

The Forest Grove Campus is Pacific University's residential campus, with undergraduate programs in the arts and sciences, as well as graduate programs in education, optometry and business.

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Hillsboro Campus

The Hillsboro Campus is a vibrant downtown location for many of Pacific’s graduate and professional programs.

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Woodburn Campus

Offering graduate and undergraduate programs in teaching, the Woodburn Campus opened in 2012, providing a place for an elite group of future teachers.

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