Welcome to Pacific University! 

We are so excited to have you join us here at Pacific as the newest members of our community! To prepare for your Pacific journey, please review the following information closely. 

Fall Orientation 2023

Fall Orientation is Thursday, August 24 - Sunday, August 27, 2023 on our Forest Grove Campus. 

This program is required for all undergraduate new and transfer students and includes greetings from campus administrators, gatherings with Orientation Leaders, academic introductions, and opportunities to meet classmates and to get involved on campus. Students will receive more details about Fall Orientation throughout the summer through their Pacific University email so be sure to check your Pacific email regularly. 

View the full Fall Orientation 2023 schedule now!

Parents and supporters, Parent and Family programming is August 24 - 25, 2023 and ends late Friday afternoon. See the full schedule for more details.

Additionally, if you would like to receive regular communication regarding Orientation and your student’s transition to college, please sign up here for our Parent & Family Newsletter! 

New Student Checklist

The summer before you begin your university journey will go by more quickly than you can imagine. As you prepare to join us here at Pacific, there is important information for you to review and several important tasks to complete. To ensure that you don't miss anything, we have developed a helpful checklist for you. We recommend that you read through this list carefully to make sure that you don't miss anything.

View the New Student Checklist here! 

We are so excited for you to join us this fall. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to our Orientation team at orientation@pacificu.edu.  


Fall 2023 Orientation Schedule Overview 

Below is a brief overview of Orientation, for a full schedule of activities, visit the Fall Orientation 2023 webpage. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2023 - Football Player Check-in

All Football players will check in and move into their Residence Halls on August 9th. Check-in for new and returning players will begin on the Marsh West Lawn at 9:30 AM.

Friday, August 18, 2023 - Fall Sports and Voyages Check-in

All Voyages or Fall Sports student-athletes (Cross Country, Volleyball, Men's Soccer, Women's Soccer, and Spirit Squad) will check in and move into their Residence Halls on August 18th. Check-in for all new and returning players will begin at 9:30 AM on Marsh West Lawn. If you are not participating in any of these sports or a Voyage, please check in during general Orientation on August 24th. 

Thursday, August 24, 2023 - First-year residential students may check in and move in. 

Residential students may check in 9:00 - 12:00 pm and should report to Marsh West Lawn. Anyone checking in after 12:00 pm needs to come by the University Center Orientation Information Desk to receive their materials. During the afternoon and evening information activities and information sessions will be available around campus for new students and their families. 

Friday, August 25, 2023 - New Student Orientation

Orientation for new first-year and transfer students officially begins with required activities. The day kicks off with our special Convocation and Presidential Welcome ceremony! 

Parents and supporters will have choices of activities throughout the afternoon. Parent and family programming ends late Friday afternoon. 

Saturday, August 26, 2023 - New Student Orientation continues

New Student Orientation continues with required activities for new first-year and transfer students. 

Sunday, August 27, 2023 - New Student Orientation continues

New Student Orientation continues with required activities for new first-year and transfer students. Orientation activities end by late afternoon. 

Monday, August 28, 2023 - Fall Classes Begin! 

Students begin the Fall 2023 semester. Go Boxers! 

New Student Newsletters

The New Student Newsletters provide incoming Pacific University students includes information about resources, projects, and events and important dates for Fall Orientation. Missed an issue? Check out the archives below.

Previous newsletters

June 27, 2023 Newsletter

July 7, 2023 Newsletter

July 28, 2023 Newsletter

August 16, 2023 Newsletter

Parents and families can find the Parent & Family Newsletters here


Contact Us

orientation@pacificu.edu | 503-352-3040

Upcoming Events

All Day | Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024
Forest Grove


Finders Keepers provides free goods and essentials to Pacific students like clothing, school supplies, dorm essentials, games, books, entertainment, accessories, and more! You can find the store beside the Drake House on the Forest Grove Campus.

Join Pacific University in welcoming our incoming undergraduate and transfer students for Fall Orientation 2023! It takes a village, and we need your support.

Become a 2023 orientation leader. This is a unique opportunity for students to gain leadership experience, work alongside Pacific University staff and faculty, and become a mentor to your peers. Apply by April 21, and spread the word!