1,924
Students
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31,952
Avg. Financial Aid
Moderate
Admission Difficulty
79
79%
Acceptance Rate
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Overview

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
Executive Director
Email: admissions@pacificu.edu
Phone: 503-352-2218
Fax: 503-352-2975

Majors & Degrees

Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Education 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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Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
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Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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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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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
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Admissions

Acceptance Rate

3,004
Applied
2,374
Accepted
1,924
Enrolled
79%
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Female Admissions

1,672
Females Applied
1,350
Females Accepted
81%
Acceptance Rate
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Male Admissions

1,332
Males Applied
1,024
Males Accepted
77%
Acceptance Rate

Applying

40
Application Fee
3.63
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
Essay
A minimum high school GPA of 3
One recommendation
Recommended Interview

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer Not reported Not reported

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score Accepted 25th PercentileInfo icon 75th PercentileInfo icon
ACT Composite 21 26

Tuition & Fees

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Tuition

43,288
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Fees

1,010
Full-time student fees
12,528
Room & board
6,910
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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Tuition payment plans offered Yes
Tuition deferred payment Yes
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Employees

Financial Aid

31,952
Avg. Financial Aid Package
34,829
Avg. Freshman Financial Aid Package
19,705
Avg. International Student Financial Aid Package
2,869
Avg. Loan Aid
19,877
Avg. Grant Aid
10,672
Avg. Scholarship and/or Grant Aid awarded
100% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
73%
Avg. Percentage of Financial Need Met
13%
Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met

Student Body

1,924
Total undergrad students
2%
International Students
55%
Out-of-state students

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 12.74%
Black or African American 1.7%
White or Caucasian 52.39%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.64%
Asian 12.15%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 2.55%
Two or more races 12.15%
Other 4.09%

Gender

Male (40.44%)
Female (59.56%)

Campus Life

Housing

Type
College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 59%

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Athletics

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Men's Sports

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