Pacific University

Pacific University

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 & 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.

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Pacific University
2043 College Way
Forest Grove , OR 97116
General Phone: (877) 722-8648

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Pacific University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching210elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, teacher ed, teacher education, education courses
Therapy and Counseling183psychology, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, physical therapy
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy56exercise science, occupational therapy
Liberal Arts56Japanese language, German language, Spanish language, English, creative writing, economics, international relations, political science, sociology, ...
Medical Support and Technology47physician assistant, ophthalmic support services
Business and Management34business management
Science33biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics
Media11communication studies, communication and journalism
Art Studies10art studies
Conservation and Resource Management7environmental studies, environmental science
Computer Science and Engineering5computer science
Family and Social Work3social work
Drama and Performing Arts3drama
Religion and Philosophy1philosophy

Number of programs and degrees for Pacific University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree23630
Master's degree34011
Doctor's degree852
First-professional degree951

Pacific University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Pacific University had a total enrollment of 2,977 students (2,264 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 34%
Women 66%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 41%
Graduate 45%
First Professional 15%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 69%
Black 1%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 15%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 10%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 22%
20-21 17%
22-24 20%
25-29 23%
30-34 8%
35-39 3%
40-49 4%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Pacific University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 80 %

Pacific University Room and Board (2007)

Pacific University offers campus housing for 1,007 of its 2,264 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Forest Grove, Oregon for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Oregon Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Pacific University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal440650
SAT Math450640
ACT Verbal1728
ACT Math1730
ACT Composite1828

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT94%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT49%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Pacific University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 28,270
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 28,270
Room and board $ 7,482
Room charge $ 3,756
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,726
Books and supplies $ 950
Other expenses $ 1,500

Financial Aid:
Pacific University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 321200)

Pacific University Faculty

Pacific University has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year10$92,6141*
Associate professorcalendar year6$80,0655$70,870
Assistant professorcalendar year17$77,23924$76,340
Instructorcalendar year1*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year34$81,38831$74,125

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year26$74,39012$70,365
Associate professoracademic year23$62,19620$64,283
Assistant professoracademic year20$52,05832$51,825
Instructoracademic year3$45,1334$48,767
All faculty totalacademic year72$63,07368$58,581

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Pacific University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Northwest Conference
Baseball Northwest Conference
Track Northwest Conference

Pacific University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Education, Other
Elementary Education and Teaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Liberal Arts
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
German Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Japanese Language and Literature
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other

Medical Support And Technology
Ophthalmic/Optometric Support Svcs and Allied Professions, Other
Physician Assistant

Optometry (OD)

Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Occupational Therapy/Therapist

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Counseling Psychology
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General

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What Sets Pacific University Apart:

Number of degree programs
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Top 12%Pacific University Number of degree programs
% of degrees in education and teaching
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Top 12%Pacific University % of degrees in education and teaching
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
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Top 14%Pacific University Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
% of degrees in therapy and counseling
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Top 15%Pacific University % of degrees in therapy and counseling
% of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
(vs. all colleges)
Top 16%Pacific University % of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
% of degrees in medicine
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Top 18%Pacific University % of degrees in medicine
% of full-time faculty on tenure track
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Top 18%Pacific University % of full-time faculty on tenure track
Dorm rooms per full-time student
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Top 19%Pacific University Dorm rooms per full-time student

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