Pacific University Values Transfer Students

Are you ready to transfer?

Pacific University offers small class sizes, individual advising, and an applied learning philosophy that benefits students in all academic majors. Whether you are interested in transferring from a community college or a large university, Pacific offers a supportive academic and social environment that might be right for you. We truly value transfer students, at Pacific, and demonstrate that through the availability of generous transfer scholarships and institutional need-based aid; pre-transfer advising support; specific transfer student support services; and "Connections" our student organization developed by transfer students in support of transfer students!

Visiting Pacific

While on campus you can meet with the Assistant Director of Admissions & Transfer Student Recruitment, Justin McRobert. He is here to help you explore the many opportunities available to you at Pacific and to guide you in the admissions process. You can also request a meeting with a faculty member, coach, or academic advisor. Take in the surroundings of Pacific University on a campus tour, which is available Monday-Friday 8am - 5pm. Schedule your visit online today! We also host a Transfer Student Open House Event, each spring.  RSVP to join us for the next event!

Applying to Pacific

There is no minimum number of semester hours required to apply to Pacific University. We are happy to consider applicants who have finished one college-level course or 20.

A minimum 2.7 GPA is preferred for admission, (cumulative college GPA to include coursework attempted at all colleges/universities attended).

To apply, you will need to complete and return the following: Online Transfer Application (create an account, login and select "Start a new Undergraduate Transfer Application), a letter of recommendation from academic advisor, teacher, or appropriate faculty member (upload to application or email to us), and transcripts from all previous colleges attended. (Transfer applicants with fewer than 30 semester or 45 quarter hours of transferable credit at the time of application, or those who earned college credit prior to graduating from high school, should submit high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores in addition to college transcripts).

Transcripts should be sent to:


My Postal Service:

Pacific University Admissions

2043 College Way

Forest Grove, OR 97116

You may begin your application process online, or by calling 800-677-6712.


Applications are accepted for both the Fall and Spring semesters and are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis. Admissions decisions are typically made within three weeks of receipt of a completed application package.

The priority application deadline for Fall admission is July 15. The priority application deadline for Spring admission is Jan. 1.

Admitted students will receive a formal acceptance package that includes a confirmation agreement, housing information, and merit-based scholarship information.

Financial Aid & Scholarships*

Merit scholarships are automatically awarded to admitted students based upon the following criteria:

  • $24,000 Founders Award — recipients average a transfer GPA of 3.80 and higher
  • $21,000 Honors Award — recipients average a transfer GPA between 3.7 and 3.79
  • $18,000 Presidential Award — recipients average a transfer GPA between 3.5-3.69
  • $15,000 Trustee Award — recipients average a transfer GPA between 3.3-3.49
  • $12,000 University Award — recipients average a transfer GPA between 2.7-3.29

* Merit Scholarship levels displayed are effective beginning 2017-18 Academic Year

Pacific University also awards a limited number of $2,500 per year scholarships to qualifying Phi Theta Kappa members.  These scholarships are awarded to qualifying students on a first-come, first-served basis, so apply early for consideration.

As a small private liberal arts university, Pacific University also considers qualified students for institutional need-based aid, awarded in the form of grants. To be considered for need-based financial aid, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. You can apply for the FAFSA online. Send your FAFSA information to Pacific by using our institution code 003212.

Explore our website further for additional information related to Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Transfer Credits

Are you worried about which classes will transfer? Pacific accepts the AAOT (Oregon), DTA (Washington), LBRT (Hawaii), and IGETC and CSU - Breadth (California) associates degrees, as block transfer degrees fulfilling the majority of our general education core requirements .  Additionally, we maintain a number of transfer agreements with community colleges in Oregon and Hawaii. Connect with our Office of Academic Advising at, for more specifics about how your classes will transfer and to request pre-transfer advising support. For more information about Academic Advising visit our Transfer Advising page.

Transfer Evaluation and Registration

Transcripts are evaluated in two stages. An initial evaluation is completed after a student has been admitted. This initial evaluation will show how many credits will transfer to Pacific. A final transcript evaluation is completed after the student has confirmed their enrollment by paying their $200 general enrollment deposit. This final transcript evaluation will show how the classes transferred. Registration occurs, for deposited students, on a rolling basis after final official transcripts have been evaluated and academic advisors have been assigned (typically during the months of June - August for fall starters, and in January for spring starters).  The Advising Center can also help you plan your course of study in light of your transfer credits.