Pacific University

2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR

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Pacific University is a diverse learning community offering a unique combination of nationally recognized undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the arts and sciences, education, business, optometry and the health professions. Pacific’s focus on teaching and learning in a close nurturing environment leads to genuine transformation in students’ lives. About one in four of our students — from freshmen to future doctors — are the first in their families to attend college. Each experiences greater socioeconomic growth as a result of their education, compared with peers at other colleges in the PNW. Our students mix their rigorous academic experiences with meaningful research, community engagement and life experiences, helping them become successful and active citizens and leaders. We put a premium on small classes and personal attention. We want our students to call Pacific “home” and with so many programs waiting for you - we cannot wait for you to join our Boxer Family!

Questions and Answers about Pacific University

Khoreen J.
7 months ago
How many students typically live in a dorm room, and can a freshman have a room for themselves?
Logan Y.
8 months ago
Are there a lot of recreational activities to participate in within Forest Grove?
Rawan A.
1 year ago
Are there any goals Pacific University would like to achieve as a community and as a whole in this upcoming school year?
Isabella T.
1 year ago
Where can I find information about the different scholarships that Pacific University offers?
Pacific University
Hello Isabella, Pacific Awards a generous financial aid package to all our admitted students, you can find more details here:
Hannah D.
1 year ago
What steps does Pacific University take to ensure students are set up for success?

Majors offered at Pacific University

Biggest majors
Biology, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations
Sports, Kinesiology, and Physical Education/Fitness

Academics at Pacific University

SAT Score Range
Required with application
ACT Score Range
Required with application
Student Faculty Ratio
10 to 1
Least Selective (85% Acceptance Rate)
School type
Non-profit Private 4-year institution

Demographics for Pacific University Students

Ethnicity BreakdownAsianBlackCaucasianHispanicMiddle EasternNative AmericanPacific Islander
Pacific University Students17%10%58%25%1%5%7%
All College Students11%21%37%25%2%2%1%
Gender breakdown
Pacific University Students
< 5% Gender nonconforming
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Common careers for Pacific University students

Common Careers and Their Average Annual Salary

Physician Assistant (PA)107k
Clinical Psychologist84k
Clinical Director82k
Physical Therapist (PT)75k
Associate Director, Non-Profit Organization55k
Based on 1,617 student responses
48.8kAvg. Early Career Pay
93.3kAvg. Mid-Career Pay
64%in High-Meaning careers
8%in STEM careers

Net price of attending Pacific University

Pacific University financial aid

Grants per year
Loans per year

Student reviews of Pacific University

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Recommended by

75% of students

Known for

Beautiful campus
Accessible and helpful professors
Awesome study spaces and libraries
Helpful career services
LGBTQ+ friendly
Alexis Scholl
Travel And Tourism
Flute + 19 others



I like how pretty the campus is, how good all of the professors are, the wide variety of classes and majors, how everyone is welcome here, and the welcoming feeling of the campus.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

It is an expensive school and I will be in debt for a long time.

Rowan Rankin
Painting and Studio Art
Golf + 5 others



I liked the educational opportunities that I was given by Pacific University. I was able to conduct research as a sophomore and present at a large conference in Portland.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

Pacific does not have the social aspect of a large university, nor does it have large sports events. The president seems to only care for her salary and does not interact with students much at all. If you are not liberal, you will not fit in at this campus. They do not make an effort to make other political affiliations feel welcomed on campus. You can get a comparable education at a community college or state school for much cheaper.

Grace Alexandria
Graphic Design
digital art
Art + 8 others



Pacific is really small which means you get to know the professors and students quickly. The faculty is very caring and does their best to push you to your potential. All of my classes have been pretty good, besides some of the core classes you’re required to take.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

I definitely wouldn’t recommend the food because it’s really hit or miss (mostly miss) and also the dorms are expensive for what you get. It’s cheaper to stay off-campus BUT being on campus has meant I’m more involved in the community. Some of the fees we have are also ridiculous and frustrating when it seems like facilities haven’t been updated in years.

Dalton Sikes
Speech and Debate
Public Speaking
Poetry + 1 other



I have been the happiest I've ever been in my entire life because I chose to go to Pacific University. For English, the opportunities are absolutely incredible and have allowed me a foot in the door to the writing industry and the opportunity to network. The students here are dedicated, most of the professors are kind and attentive, and they are almost always willing to work with students to address any issues.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

The financial aid people can be kind of rude. I had one person send me a series of short snippy emails because she couldn't be bothered to check her drawer for the form I directly handed to her previously that answered all of her questions.

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