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

Pacific Updates Homepage

The new homepage provides a clean, modern design that simplifies the user experience, providing clear pathways and a modern visual representation of the university.

In the News: Professor Laura Edwards-Leeper Discusses Denmark's Pioneering Decision to Declassify Transgenderism as a Mental Health Disorder

Edwards-Leeper, an international expert on the psychological elements related to transgenderism, provided analysis of Denmark's decision to Scientific American.

School of Professional Psychology Renamed School of Graduate Psychology

The name change aligns the school with national trends in healthcare, and psychology's role in these developments.

Boxers Spread Holiday Cheer

Pacific University alumni spread holiday cheer in the world this season.

Advisor: Stay True to Yourself

Academic advisor Mike Shingle was the first in his family to attend college. Today, he helps other students navigate the college experience and find their own path to success.

Mileage Rate Change for 2017

Effective January 1, 2017 the Standard mileage rate is changing from 54 cents per mile to 53.5 cents per mile.

Board of Trustees December 2016 Meeting Review

President Hallick provides an update about the recent board meeting, including discussions and approved action items.

"Pacific Can Do a Lot of Good"

Education Professor Eurvine Williams puts service at the heart of teaching.

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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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