Pacific University Oregon

Forest Grove, OR

Pacific University was founded in 1849. Programs are offered in the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education, College of Health Professions, and the College of Optometry. Its 55-acre campus is located in Forest Grove, 25 miles west of Portland.

School Profiles: Undergrad Health & Medicine Education

Pacific University Oregon

Forest Grove, OR

Discover your passion


Campuses: Hillsboro, Forest Grove, Eugene, and Woodburn, Oregon

Founded: 1849

Enrollment: 3,893

Undergraduate enrollment: 1,876

Graduate enrollment: 2,017

Student-faculty ratio: 10:1

Average class size: 19 students

Athletics: NCAA Division III varsity, JV, intramural, and club sports

Scholarships & financial aid: Nearly 99% of undergraduates receive financial aid. Merit- and need-based awards are given.

Tuition & fees: $46,402 (2019–2020), College of Arts & Sciences

Room & board: $12,904 (2019–2020)

Alumni: More than 28,000

Pre-professional tracks: Pre-dental |
Pre-dental Hygiene | Pre-law | Pre-med | Pre-occupational Therapy | Pre-optometry & Vision Science | Pre-physical Therapy | Pre-physician Assistant Studies | Pre-professional Psychology

Graduate schools: Athletic Training | Audiology | Business | Dental Hygiene | Education | Healthcare Administration & Leadership | Occupational Therapy | Optometry | Pharmacy | Physical Therapy | Physician Assistant Studies | Psychology | Social Work | Writing

Oregon Coast | Tillamook State Forest | Banks-Vernonia Trail | Oregon Zoo & Washington Park | Golf courses | Downtown Portland | State parks | Skiing | Whitewater rafting & kayaking | Camping | Hiking | Biking | Cascade Range volcanoes | Fernhill & Jackson Bottom Wetlands | Washington County History Museum

At Pacific University, undergraduates who are interested in the health professions find a rich foundation in the liberal arts and sciences that supports their future endeavors. Students from all over the world come to Pacific University for its personal, nurturing learning environment. Undergraduates choose frommore than 60 fields of study, including Exercise Science, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Public Health, and more. Pacific offers pre-professional and pre-med tracks for undergraduates as well as a professional bachelor’s degree program in Dental Hygiene. 

Students learn from faculty members who are dedicated teachers and mentors. They are encouraged to participate in laboratory research and fieldwork alongside their professors. Undergraduates have access to professional-level facilities and equipment, and several courses in the natural sciences work closely with the University’s graduate programs.

Live the Boxer spirit
Inspired by our mascot, Boxer—an ancient Chinese statue that appears to be part dog, part dragon—Pacific University students embrace a spirit of diversity, inclusion, service, and fun. Students enjoy the close community that comes from a small residential campus. Pacific’s 60+ student interest groups include pre-professional clubs and societies in the health fields as well as academic societies, service clubs, and an active Greek system. Pacific University participates in NCAA Division III Northwest Conference athletics, with varsity, junior varsity, intramural, and club sports. Students make the most of adventures in the Pacific Northwest outdoors, whether at the beach or Mount Hood, both just an hour from campus.

Find your future
Pacific University alumni are found all over the world in almost any profession. Many graduates go on to advanced study, particularly in the health professions—and often right here in Pacific’s graduate programs.