The Value of a Pacific Education

Can you afford Pacific University?

It may be more realistic than you think.

Financial Aid

At Pacific University, nearly 99 percent of all undergraduates receive financial assistance toward their tuition. That includes government and private scholarships and grants.

It also includes institutional discounts. At Pacific, the average discount rate for a first-time, first-year undergraduate is more than 50 percent!

We know that student debt is a big issue in this country. We also know that one quarter of students who graduate from a four-year private college or university have no educational debt. Nearly half have debt of less than $20,000, according to the Council of Independent Colleges

And, private school students don't carry significantly more debt, on average, than students at public schools.

Student Success

Plus, students at independent universities like Pacific receive a top-notch education that prepares them for career and personal success. Students who attend private colleges are more likely to graduate — and to graduate on time — than those who attend public institutions. That’s particularly true for low-income and first-generation students.

A recent study by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center found that more than 73 percent of students who attend a private college will earn their degree, while only about 62 percent finish at a public institution. Oregon high school graduates are especially successful at private institutions: About 82 percent of Oregonians who attend private colleges earn their degree. 

Earning Potential

At Pacific, students gain invaluable life experience. But they also develop the skills that will pay in the workforce.

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York recently found that a worker with a bachelor’s degree earns, on average, more than $1 million more in a lifetime than a worker with a high school diploma. 

And it doesn’t take a lifetime for the results to start paying off.

The National Center for Education Statistics determined that education equals earnings, even early in a career.

In 2012, the average young worker (age 25 to 34) with a high school diploma earned an average of $29,960 a year. A bachelor’s degree brought in an average of $49,900. And a master’s degree yielded an average income of $59,620 for young workers.

Network of Alumni

Pacific students find success in whatever they endeavor.

Upon graduation, our alumni join a network of nearly 25,000 Boxers and Badgers.

Explore the more than 65 undergraduate majors and minors available at Pacific University, and see what the future holds in the successes of our alumni.