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

Robert J. Nee, PT, PhD, MAppSc Coauthors paper on Patellofemoral Pain

Bob Nee co-authored a systematic review on predictors of outcome in patients who have patellofemoral pain. 

MFA in Writing Faculty Member Ellen Bass Named an Academy of American Poets Chancellor

Bass is among four 2017 recipients, which also include former MFA in Writing faculty member David St. John.

Advancing Research

Pharmacy Professor John Harrelson has earned significant grants to advance his research into tobacco cessation treatments. His work is not only uncovering new options for patients to improve their health, but also training future scientists along the way.

Bridging Cultures

Najma Cheema '16 always wanted an education. Pacific helped her become the first in her family to complete college and launch a career, and today she is doing the same for a new generation of children. 

Igniting Passions

Iain Culp '09 is using drama to teach and heal children around the world. 

Jumpstarting Careers

Record-setting jumper Shannon Hammond '19 couldn't pass up the opportunities in her own backyard. The Forest Grove native is exploring the world through Pacific on her way to a health career.

Empowering Action

Pacific's health professions students gain real-world experience by serving the community through projects such as Go Baby Go.

All the World's A Stage

Alec Lugo '16 brings childhood dreams to life as he pursues his career on and off stage.

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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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