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

A Portrait of Tabitha Brown

Women's History Month Spotlight on Tabitha Brown

During the month of March we will be highlighting some important Pacific women in honor of Women's History Month. The first woman we will be highlighting is co-founder Tabitha Brown.

Student Assembly President Megan Roos, SPT ‘17, speaks at the Student Assembly General Membership Meeting at CSM

As part of her responsibilities as the Student Assembly President, 3rd year student Megan Roos (class of 2017) addressed students at CSM in San Antonio during the Student Assembly General Membership Meeting on Feb. 17, 2017. 

Pacific Dedicates New EyeVan

The Pacific University College of Optometry will dedicate its new EyeVan at a special ceremony at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 9, in Parking Lot C. RSVP by email.

Dr. Becca Reisch, DPT, PhD, OCS named Associate Editor for the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy

Becca Reisch, DPT, PhD, OCS, was recently named to an Associate Editor position for the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy, the official journal for the APTA Section on Women’s Health which has a membership of approximately 3,000.

Dr. Kevin Chui, PT, PhD coauthors systematic review on determining fall risk

Dr. Kevin Chui, PT, PhD is a member of GeriEDGE, a sub-committee of the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy’s Practice Committee, which consists of a group of researchers, educators, and clinicians from around the country. 

Jocelyn Carbonara '95, Helps Professionals Communicate

Jocelyn Carbonara, Class of 1995, has a passion for helping people determine and communicate their driving message in business. Read more about what she does to aid organizations, entrepreneurs, and authors, as well as what it takes to do her job.

Senior Projects Day Reservations Due

Reservations for Senior Projects Day presentations are due Feb. 27. Abstracts will be due March 13. 

Robert Nee, PT, PhD co-authored with Boyd BS, Smoot B, a feasibility study

Robert Nee, PT, PhD co-authored with Boyd BS, Smoot B on the Safety of lower extremity neurodynamic exercises in adults with diabetes mellitus: a feasibility study. 

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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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