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Pacific University

Forest Grove, OR


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Pacific University Offers Outstanding Liberal Arts Programs and Professional Opportunities

Pacific University is a private, fully accredited university with more than 65 undergraduate fields of study, as well as graduate and professional programs in the health professions, optometry, education, business, writing and social work. Pacific serves more than 3,800 students from all over the United States and abroad to its campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn, Ore. 

Students come to Pacific for a wide variety of programs, but they share a common Pacific University experience: small classes, a nurturing environment, and personal attention. Students learn from the university's full-time faculty members, who are devoted to teaching and to forming close mentoring relationships with their students. Recent graduates at the undergraduate and graduate level say that access to the high-quality faculty is a hallmark of the university.

Pacific University is known for its excellent liberal arts foundation, as well as the superior preparation its students receive to go on to careers and advanced study. In particular, the university is heralded for its graduate programs in health professions, as well as its undergraduate preparation for healthcare fields and medical school.

Pacific emphasizes the education benefits of research projects, internships, study abroad experiences, and service learning. As the first chartered university west of the Mississippi, Pacific University has a long history of excellence. Curriculum at every level emphasizes real-world experience, service learning, and preparation to contribute to a global community.

Pacific University's Prime Location: Close to the City and the Great Outdoors

Pacific University was founded in Forest Grove, Ore., and that's where most undergraduate students live and attend classes. The historic college town, population 25,000, is on the west side of the Portland Metro Area, about 25 miles from downtown Portland and just an hour from the Oregon Coast or from Mt. Hood.

Students living on campus reside in one of seven residence halls, including a brand new 200-bed building for freshmen and sophomores and an on-campus apartment complex for juniors and seniors. The residential nature of the campus creates a vibrant living environment, where students develop close, lifelong friendships.

There are more than 60 student interest groups on campus, including student media, academic societies, religious and political organizations, and service clubs. One of the largest student organizations, Na Haumana O Hawai`i, unites Pacific's significant population of students from Hawai`i and presents on an authentic lu`au each year. Pacific University also has an active Greek system.

Pacific is a member of the NCAA Division III Northwest Conference and offers varsity teams and junior varsity teams for men and women. Students also can take part in several intramural sports teams. The campus athletic center houses a gymnasium, fitness center, indoor field house featuring FieldTurf, handball/racquetball courts, wrestling room, and sports medicine training facility. The Lincoln Park Athletic Complex features the 1,100-covered-seat Hanson Stadium with a nine-lane, 400-meter track and the synthentic turf Ledbetter Field for football, soccer and lacrosse, as well as separate stadiums for baseball and softball. 

Pacific also offers an outdoor recreation program for students, including training, equipment, and organized trips for snowboarding and skiing, rock climbing, camping, kayaking and much more.

In addition to its Forest Grove Campus, Pacific University operates campuses in Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn. Hillsboro is home to many health professions programs, as well as graduate programs in the College of Business. The Eugene Campus offers undergraduate and graduate teacher preparation programs, as well as a master of social work. Woodburn, Pacific's newest campus, offers undergraduate and graduate education programs in cooperation with local schools in that diverse and fast-growing community.

The university also has offices in Portland and in Honolulu, Hawai`i, as well as a variety of health clinics throughout the greater Portland area.

Location & Contact

Address 2043 College Way
Forest Grove, OR  97116-1797
United States
Contact Ms. Karen Dunston
Asst VP Enrollment Mgmt Undergrad Adm
Phone: 503-352-2218
Fax: 503-352-2975

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Majors & Degrees

Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Biology/biological Sciences, General Checkmark
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Business Administration And Management, General Checkmark
Finance, General Checkmark
Marketing/marketing Management, General Checkmark
Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs, Other Checkmark
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Speech Communication And Rhetoric Checkmark
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Education Associate Bachelors
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Engineering Associate Bachelors
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Engineering Technologies/Technicians Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature, General Checkmark
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
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Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Dental Hygiene/hygienist Checkmark
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Ophthalmic And Optometric Support Services And Allied Professions, Other Checkmark
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History Associate Bachelors
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Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
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Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
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Parks, Recreation, Leisure And Fitness Studies Associate Bachelors
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Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Public Administration And Social Service Professions Associate Bachelors
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Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
Anthropology, General Checkmark
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Economics, General Checkmark
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Political Science And Government, General Checkmark
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Dance, General Checkmark
Drama And Dramatics/theatre Arts, General Checkmark
Dramatic/theatre Arts And Stagecraft, Other Checkmark
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Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
A minimum high school GPA of 3
One recommendation

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen August 25th November 1st
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer August 15th Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score 25th % Info icon 75th % Info icon
SAT Critical Reading 550 650
SAT Math 540 660
ACT Composite 18 27

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Student Body

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Hispanic/Latino 16.06%
Black or African American 2.32%
White or Caucasian 47.37%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.49%
Asian 12.27%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 1.95%
Two or more races 12.88%
Other 5.49%


Male (38.08%)
Female (61.92%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Co-ed housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 56%

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball Checkmark Division 3 No
Basketball Checkmark Division 3 No
Cheerleading Checkmark No No
Crew Checkmark No No
Cross-country Running Checkmark Division 3 No
Football Checkmark Division 3 No
Golf Checkmark Division 3 No
Indoor Track Checkmark Division 3 No
Lacrosse No No No
Racquetball No No No
Rowing Checkmark Division 3 No
Soccer Checkmark Division 3 No
Softball No No No
Swimming And Diving Checkmark Division 3 No
Tennis Checkmark Division 3 No
Track And Field Checkmark Division 3 No
Volleyball No No No
Wrestling Checkmark Division 3 No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 3 No
Cheerleading Checkmark No No
Crew Checkmark No No
Cross-country Running Checkmark Division 3 No
Football No No No
Golf Checkmark Division 3 No
Indoor Track Checkmark Division 3 No
Lacrosse Checkmark Division 3 No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Rowing No No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 3 No
Softball Checkmark Division 3 No
Swimming And Diving Checkmark Division 3 No
Tennis Checkmark Division 3 No
Track And Field Checkmark Division 3 No
Volleyball Checkmark Division 3 No
Wrestling Checkmark Division 3 No


Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 277
Part-time - 204
Male - 183
Female - 298
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