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Pacific University is a private, independent, liberal arts institution located in Forest Grove, Oregon, United States. It was established in 1849 as Tualatin Academy by the United Church of Christ (UCC). The university offers graduate programs in a wide variety of fields such as writing, education, optometry, and health professions. Pacific University is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Education
  • College of Health Professions
  • College of Optometry
Pacific University sponsors more than 20 intercollegiate programs. The men's and women's sports teams compete in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, and soccer. Pacific University participates in the NCAA Division III program as a member of the Northwest Conference. Their sports teams are nicknamed the Boxers. The university also has a cheerleading team.

Profile of Pacific University

The campus of Pacific University is in Forest Grove, OR, which is a large suburb. The school is a private, not-for-profit institution. Degrees at Pacific University include, at the school's highest level, the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

The school is known for its programs in medicine, education and teaching, therapy and Counselling, and nutrition and exercise therapy.

Pacific University Selectivity

Admission at Pacific University is selective, not open to all who apply. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 510. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 490 and 600.


Pacific University maintains a faculty/student ratio (full-time) which is better than most colleges. The school has a tenure system for senior faculty.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, Pacific University had 2, 977 students enrolled (2, 796 full-time equivalent).

Student Life

Full-time students are the norm at the school. Pacific University offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. The school values student athletics, and belongs to the Northwest Conference.

Pacific University Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Education and Teaching249education courses, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, teacher ed, teacher Education
Therapy and Counselling164clinical psychology, physical therapy, psychology, Counselling psychology
Liberal Arts84creative writing, history, sociology, political science, English, Japanese language, Spanish language, international relations, . . .
Medical Support and Technology68physician assistant, ophthalmic support services, health service and sciences
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy60exercise science, occupational therapy, health and physical Education
Business and Management33business management
Science26biology, physics, biological and physical sciences, biochemistry, chemistry, bioinformatics
Media21communication studies, communication and journalism
Family and Social Work8social work
Art Studies5art studies
Conservation and Resource Management2environmental science
Drama and Performing Arts2drama
Computer Science and Engineering1computer science
Religion and Philosophy0philosophy

Contact: Pacific University

Pacific University

2043 College Way

Forest Grove, OR 97116

General Phone: (503) 352-6151


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