Forest Grove, Oregon
With programs designed for the individual, Pacific offers an excellent education at a great value. Pacific University places a high value on the importance of integrating a liberal arts philosophy and curriculum with professional education. Graduates gain a solid academic background and build practical skills in over 50 majors.
Get to know Pacific University
The Pacific student incorporates information gained in the classroom into real life applications. Through internships, research, service-based learning and study abroad, Pacific students prepare themselves for the future.
Students have the opportunity to apply to spend a 10-week summer session collaborating on research with a faculty member. Students do receive a stipend for their work, along with new skills and experiences. While students are only working on the project for a short period of time, they do sometimes incorporate the collaborative work into their own studies or senior capstone projects.
Pacific students have opportunities to take courses at a foreign institution for a semester, or join on a shorter 2-week trip that might fit better in their schedule. There are short trips during the summer and winter sessions. Faculty-led trips are available in all disciplines to places like Costa Rica, Trinidad, Mexico, New Zealand, and India.
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 2%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 2%
White, non-Hispanic: 51%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 1%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 12%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 2%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 12%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 4%
At Pacific, the number one priority for faculty is teaching. With a genuine commitment to excellence in teaching, professors provide individual attention to Pacific students.
Before students arrive on campus they begin orientation. Each student must complete an online course on consent and alcohol/drug abuse. Then, from on campus orientation through the first year, the Campus Wellness office works with students in their residence halls. Alongside Campus Wellness, student leaders work with and check-in on their mentees throughout their first year. All first-year students take a seminar in sections of 18 students.
Pacific University is only a short drive from the city of Portland, the mountains and the beach.
CLUBS AND PROGRAMS
Pathways—This program is designed to help students figure out where they want to be and where they want to go. Students get the chance to explore different careers and courses through 1 credit courses. They also gain practice in interviewing and resume building.
Outdoor Recreation—This programs are offered to students starting as soon as they send in a deposit. The program is designed so students can explore the community and surrounding area with their peers, faculty, and staff. Some activities include hiking, biking, and kayaking.
All Pacific students are required to participate in an civic engagement opportunity before graduation. Students can take advantage of resources through the Center for Civic Engagement to find individual or group projects to get involved in.
Forest Grove, Oregon—25 miles west of Portland and 50 miles east of the Pacific Ocean.
Because of the practical knowledge already gained in the course of the undergraduate experience, Pacific students are truly prepared for exceptional careers or graduate schools.
Students are first introduced to Career Services and their career advisor during the summer before their first year. While the office has a primarily “you come to us” system, Pacific already has programs in place and integrate career and academic advisors to ensure all students are on the right path to the career they desire. The Career Services office offers access to Handshake, resume writing, interview prep, internship searching, and job searching.
Some majors at Pacific require an internship in order to graduate. Even in those majors that don’t require it, students are encouraged by their faculty to engage in an internship experience.
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 540 | 75th Percentile: 630
25th Percentile: 530 | 75th Percentile: 630
25th Percentile: 22 | 75th Percentile: 27
25th Percentile: 21 | 75th Percentile: 27
25th Percentile: 21 | 75th Percentile: 27
Tuition & Cost
Learn more about admission and aid here.