Discover your passion
At Pacific University, we know everything begins with a great teacher. Our students not only learn from great teachers; they have several pathways to becoming teachers themselves. Students from all over the United States and abroad come to Pacific University for its personal, nurturing learning environment.
Undergraduate students can major in Education and Learning at our residential campus in Forest Grove, or they can choose from more than 65 undergraduate fields of study before pursuing a one-year or part-time Master of Arts in Teaching on their way to a teaching license. We also offer undergraduate programs in Elementary Education and English Language Learning in collaboration with community colleges in Eugene and Woodburn, and we offer additional MAT programs with endorsements in Special Education, STEM, and ESOL. In all our programs, students learn from faculty members who are dedicated teachers and mentors, and they gain real-world experience with diverse placements in public, private, and international schools.
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. Undergraduates enjoy the close community that comes from a small residential campus. They explore their interests through more than 60 student interest groups, including student media, academic societies, religious and political organizations, and service clubs, as well as an active Greek system. Pacific University participates in NCAA Division III Northwest Conference athletics, with 24 varsity teams as well as 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. More than anything, though, our students value the warm atmosphere and the relationships they build with each other and caring faculty.
Find your future
The Pacific University experience is grounded in a rich liberal arts and sciences foundation that prepares future teachers to bring the world to life for their students. Our Education students are well prepared to be classroom leaders because they begin their hands-on experiences early in our on-campus Early Learning Community and in local and international student teaching placements. With undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in Education, Pacific University offers our students and alumni pathways to become great teachers.