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 University Displays AIDS Memorial Quilt Panels

Pacific University and the Center for Gender Equity host the display of 40 panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt at the Forest Grove and Hillsboro campuses.

Thinking of Growing a Business? It can be Done!

Forrest Barnes, Class of 2014, works in growing the Palm Harbor Homes business and market share. Read this interview to learn how he overcame certain challenges and keeps on strong despite the hardships.

What in the World Do I Want to Do with My Life?

For Robin Johnson, Class of 2009, knowing what he liked was no problem – but knowing what career he would like was a different question entirely. Find out here what resources he got help from to find a job that was both enjoyable and suitable to his skill set.

How Could a Big Company Like Intel Ever Notice Me?

Shannon Stahl, Class of 2015, is a technician who repairs photo-masks. Read this interview to learn more about her job and also how priceless a resource professors and Alumni can be when it comes to helping Pacific students land a career in companies as big as Intel.

Pacific University in the News: Nov. 7-13, 2016

Selected news stories featuring or mentioning the university.

Soil Science and a Giant Squash

Scott Holub, class of 1997, works for a big company as a soil scientist, conducting research for the benefit of the trees, with enough time on the side to compete (and win!) in giant vegetable contests. Read more here about what his work involves and what it takes to do his kind of work.

All You Creative Writing Majors Out There – Don’t Despair!

This Pacific Alumna graduated with a BA in Creative Writing and now she’s a professional writer and filmmaker working for MTV. Read this interview with Bri Castellini, class of 2014, to learn more on what she does and how she scored such a great job.

Tuition Exchange Applications Due Dec. 9

Applications for tuition exchange for the 2017-2018 academic year are due to

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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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