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

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

Report Concerns to Central Email Address

Anyone feeling vulnerable or threatened by harassment, sexual misconduct, bias, discrimination, or in other ways, can use this resource to report their concerns at report@pacificu.edu and find additional resources online at Support at Pacific.

Service Doctor: Harley Kelley '55 Recalls Vietnam, Gulf War Service

Harley Kelley '55 came to Pacific to study journalism, but left with a pre-med major. A surgeon, Kelley was drafted into Vietnam and later returned to the Army after a career in private practice. Today, he volunteers his medical skills in his community and volunteers with World War II veterans on the Honor Flight.

President Hallick Offers Thanks for Accreditation Participation

President Hallick offers thanks to the university community for participation in the comprehensive accreditation evaluation visit in early November. The NWCCU report will be available in early February.

Kick the Holiday Stress

Cascade Centers's monthly newsletter offers timely tips for handling stress during the holiday season.

Pacific Employees: Access the Columbia Sportswear Employee Store

Pacific University faculty and staff are invited to the Columbia Sportswear Employee Store from Nov. 7 to Dec. 11.

Pacific Experience Leads O'Dea '06 into Student Support

Debbie (Kerlinger) O'Dea '06 found a home at Pacific — one so caring that she strives to create the same experience for other students.

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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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