Lead On: The Campaign for Tomorrow at Pacific University

Higher education can't — and won't — look the same in 10 years as it does today. But our goal at Pacific University has always been, and will always be, to change lives. To open minds and create possibilities, to enable careers and bright futures.


Founded by pioneers who traveled the Oregon Trail, the Pacific of today retains the heart and soul of those who were willing to take the lead and embark on a life-changing journey to their future. 

Pacific is on the crest of a positive wave. We are ready, and this is the bold move forward that our students, alumni, partners and community have been waiting for. With a strong vision of our future in place, we are solidly poised for groundbreaking accomplishment, growth, discovery and service — needing only the input of outside support to accelerate our movement forward.

Now is our time to Lead On.

Graph of February 2021 Lead On Campaign Total
Graph of February 2021 Lead On Campaign Priorities

We've raised $72.5 million of our $80 million goal! In the 2020-2021 fiscal year to date (July 1 - Feb. 28, 2021), we raised $2.8 million. These funds were raised for our different campaign priorities: $33.9 million for our Investment for a Boundless Future, $29.2 million for the Pacific Promise: Endowment and $9.5 million for Learning Environments and Resources.


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Thanks to the generosity of donors, Pacific offers several scholarships in the colleges of Health Professions and Optometry specifically designed to support people of color in becoming healthcare providers. 

Marvin Bell image and quote "Art is the Big Yes"

Poet Marvin Bell was one of the first faculty members in the Pacific University Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program. From the very beginning, he was dedicated to lifting up students. In the wake of his death in December, friends of the program are carrying on Bell’s legacy with a scholarship in his name.

Rachel Harshorn SLP '19 works with children

Clark ’65, MSEd ’70 and Rae Peters ’65 found love at Pacific — love of teaching, love of speech, and love of each other. And more than 50 years later, they’re not letting go.