Founded in 1849, we are one of the oldest schools in the west, but a modern university brimming with intellectual curiosity and energy characteristic of the Pacific Northwest.

Pacific is a community of highly motivated, intellectual students, faculty and staff committed to an intimate, personalized education. We are located about halfway between the Oregon Coast and Portland, and you really feel the difference the minute you set foot on our historic campus. At Pacific there are many traditions, but foremost among them is teaching. Here, professors know more than just your name, they know your dreams and they work to help you fulfill them.

technology, energy, transportation, health care, and finance, which provides students with unique access to many practical internships & professional field experiences.


Pacific is a nationally recognized University devoted to excellence in teaching and learning. A commitment to collaborative scholarly and creative activities promotes a vibrant academic culture.


  • Promote a rich atmosphere of intellectual exchange, and encourage faculty and students to follow their academic interests. Teaching and Learning
  • Provide opportunities for students, faculty and staff to engage in scholarship, and creative activities, and to produce original work that animates and advances our disciplines. Scholarship
  • Embrace sustainability, and use the University as a learning laboratory for sustainable practices. Sustainability
  • Value diversity, both in culture and opinion, and encourage an attitude of openness and discovery among students, faculty and staff. Diversity
  • Challenge campus members to involve themselves in the needs of their communities, whether locally or globally. Civic Engagement


Pacific University is an accredited member of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Pacific is a member ofthe National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. The University is also an active member in the Forest Grove and Hillsboro chambers of commerce, as well as the Portland Business Alliance. Academics at Pacific University.


  • Accounting
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Comparative Religion
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance
  • Dental Health Science (Dental Hygiene)
  • Disability Studies
  • Economics
  • Education
  • English Literature
  • Environmental Studies
  • Exercise Science
  • Film and Video
  • French
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • German
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Integrated Media
  • International Business
  • International Studies
  • Japanese
  • Journalism
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Peace & Social Justice
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Politics & Government
  • Psychology
  • Spanish
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Theatre

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