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

Get Tax Help through Cascade Centers

Cascade Centers offers tax services for Pacific employees.

Boxer Giving Day is Coming Up

Boxer Giving Day is March 14. Support Pacific students with your gifts and your stories.

Boxer Love Story: Rich Ryan '78, OD '79 & Marcia Pogue '79

The night that Marsh Hall burned, another spark struck at Pacific University.

An Editor Roaming the World of Literature

Nevin Mays, Class of 2000, describes her responsibilities as a freelance editor specializing in children’s books and how her college education influences and transfers over to what she does now.

Helping Animals for Life: A Veterinarian Alumna

Mara Supan, Class of 2007, put in a lot of work to get to where she is now, as an Associate Veterinarian. Read more to learn about all the opportunities she sought out and her experience working with small animals for a career.

Thinking About Grad School?

Rodolfo Sanchez, Class of 2014, has some extremely valuable advice for those of you considering applying to graduate schools. Learn how he gained the courage to apply to (and be accepted into!) an Ivy League school, when would be the best time for you to go to grad school, and how the schooling differs from undergrad.

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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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