Surrounded by the historic town of Forest Grove, Pacific is a small suburb, with the beach, the mountains, and the thriving city of Portland all within a short drive. Campuses and Locations

Forest Grove

Step outside the perimeter of Pacific University and you are in downtown Forest Grove. Many students frequent Maggie’s Buns and Pizza Schmizza just down the street from campus. The Fred Meyer superstore is a popular destination for school supplies, a movie theater with a Pacific student rate of $2, and free Thursday bowling keep students quite busy. A few miles away is McMenamins Grand Lodge, which features casual dining, a game room, and live music.

The Great Outdoors

With its rugged coastline, lush forests, and snow-capped mountains, the Pacific Northwest is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, and, at Pacific, you’re right in the thick of it. Within an hour, you can hike, kayak, fish, snowboard, ski, mountain bike or go white water rafting. Outdoor Pursuits is a convenient and economical way for students to engage in outdoor adventures. The program sponsors about 15 trips throughout the year and provides transportation, planning, and equipment — sometimes for a little as $5.


Twenty-five miles from campus, and easily accessible by the bus and the MAX light rail train, Portland offers all the cultural advantages of a big city: shopping, theater, professional sports, dining, museums and art galleries. Freshmen head to Portland twice with the First Year Seminar class, and the trips often spark an interest in the city. The Outback Program also sponsors organized “urban adventures” to Portland, including trips to museums, theatrical performances, and ethnic restaurants.