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

Political Science, Economics Major Sean Mills Earns Fulbright Scholarship

Sean Mills '12, a senior double majoring in political science and economics at Pacific University, has earned a Fulbright Scholarship to study and teach in India.

Teaching Abroad

Pacific student fulfills dream with plans to teach in Israel following graduation.

 

Research Helps Customize Medications

Two School of Pharmacy professors are exploring how one drug may be used to fit patients’ individual needs.

'The Thrill of a Lifetime'

Alumna Cheron Mayhall '64 hikes the Grand Canyon at age 69, while battling her second round of breast cancer. "This was the most painful and difficult challenge I have ever chosen to undertake," she said. “But it served to lift my spirits upon completion, and that aura hasn’t faded yet.”

Pages

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.

Map

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.

Map

Hillsboro Campus

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

Map

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.

Map