Research

Discovery is a cornerstone of our mission. Study at the top private research university in the northwest.

Pacific University is the No. 1 private research university in the Pacific Northwest and ranks No. 10 on the West Coast, among the likes of USC and Stanford. We encourage research to produce new insights and to find creative ways of solving old problems.

Our faculty members are dedicated teachers, as well as experts in their fields. Our students benefit greatly from the opportunity to work alongside professors in meaningful exploration and research. Our Office of Scholarship & Sponsored Projects provides a wide range of possibilities for our students and faculty. 

Students in the College of Optometry work with professors and practitioners in the Vision Performance Institute and the world's first 3D vision clinic, where they explore everything from vision ergonomics to contact lenses to disorders associated with viewing emerging 3D media.

Students in the College of Education gain valuable experience as they travel globally, investigate best practices in creating student-centered learning environments, and get hands-on experience with students in Pacific's Early Learning Community.

And, of course, students and faculty in the College of Health Professions conduct medical research that is contributing to the understanding and treatment of diseases throughout the world — from hypertension to internal parasites.

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Christopher Templeton, a professor in the Pacific University Biology Department, is the lead author of a study published today by the journal Nature Communications.

Amber Smith '20

For the second year in a row, Pacific University is the top private research university in the Pacific Northwest, according to figures collected and reported by the National Science Foundation. 

Student Rachel Araiza

Research is like a puzzle for Rachel Araiza ’22. “I like trying to figure out what’s going on and being the first to figure it out,” said Araiza.

A love of the outdoors and biology led her to the Fernhill Wetlands in Forest Grove to examine the eating habits of the bullfrogs that live in the wetlands.