First-Year Experience

At Pacific, we recognize the transformative potential the first year of college holds.  That’s why we’ve put a great deal of thought and resources into our First-Year Experience program, consciously designed to welcome our newest Boxers to the Pacific family.

From Voyage trips beginning before school to our First Year, First Served programming in the spring, the First-Year Experience provides a sequenced model that supports both the transition and transformation that takes place across the entire first year.

To help acclimate to the demands of college, all first-year students are enrolled in a First-Year Seminar (FYS) course, which provides the skills needed to succeed at the college level in thinking, reading and writing. First-Year Mentors, generally upper-classmen, are assigned to each FYS section where they serve as liaisons to campus resources and well-being. Additionally, any questions you have—where’s the best wi-fi on campus, when is the gym the least crowded, whatever—can be answered within 24 hours on Ask Boxer, staffed by upper-class students. 

We hope you will feel welcomed and supported as you begin your first year at Pacific. If you have any questions, please contact Brent Johnson, Director of First-Year Experience, at

Contact Us

Brent Johnson | Director of First-Year Experience
Duniway House 203| +1(503) 352-3035 |