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

Human Expression: Art Capstone Explores the Journey of Loss

Madison Clifford '17 explores the journey of loss in a nine-piece art installation for her senior capstone project.

In-Depth News: Capstone Project Produces Long-Form Magazine

Clara Howell '17 created an annual magazine for the university to enhance deeper storytelling on campus.

New View: Film Projects Takes Different Approach to Healing

Media arts major and football player Warner Shaw '17 turned a competitive setback into an academic success by producing a film about his injury recovery.

Military Background Inspires Student's Project to Serve Veterans

Marine veteran and Pacific University public health major Irisa Grimes '17 has created a pilot program to provide better health services for transgender veterans.

Growing Up: Vertical Gardening Project Presents Sustainable Food Options

Senior Makkie Conching developed a vertical gardening system for her sustainable design major, hoping to help those with limited garden space grow their own food. "About 85 percent of our food in Hawai‘i is imported," said Conching, who is from Oahu. "I wanted to start with my family and help them produce our own food." 

MFA in Writing Faculty Member Tyehimba Jess Wins 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry

Pacific University MFA in Writing faculty member Tyehimba Jess is the recipient of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for his book Olio. 

College of Optometry Clinics Serve Students

Pacific University students can receive free comprehensive vision exams at

The School of Physical Therapy presents at the OPTA Annual Conference

On March 11, the Oregon Physical Therapy Association (OPTA) had its Annual Conference in Clackamas and our program was well represented by core and adjunct faculty, students from all three classes, and alumni. 

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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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