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Pacific University (Pacific)

2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR

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Pacific University, a nonprofit private institution, offers a variety of educational opportunities, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Forest Grove, OR, it offers a suburban setting for students to study in. Approximately 3,400 students are enrolled annually at Pacific.

A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Education
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Psychology

The admissions process begins with the submission of an application, transcripts, and test scores, which are then evaluated by admissions officials. Either the ACT or SAT exam must be taken in order to be able to apply to Pacific. Scores within the range of 21 - 26 on the ACT or 1000 - 1210 on the SAT are required to greatly increase your chances for acceptance. Pacific University admits roughly 80% of students applying yearly. Of those students accepted, around 20% of students attended the school. More information on admissions can be found here.

The cost of tuition is approximately $37,000 annually. Tuition prices may change for a variety of reasons, and as such students should visit the school's price of attendance calculator to identify their personalized cost estimate of attendance. The price of on-campus housing is approximately $5,100 per year. Students enrolled at Pacific University may be eligible for aid which is generally scholarships, grants, and loans.

The Pacific "Boxers" compete in a number of intercollegiate sports through participation in the NCAA. Available athletic programs offered:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division III)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Football (NCAA Division III)

Students who would like to learn more about Pacific can take a look at their website at http://www.pacificu.edu.

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Admission Requirements & Details

The information regarding admissions below may provide a better idea of the candidates Pacific University accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, SAT/ACT scores of accepted students, as well as any AP college credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to have a better understanding of your chances of getting into Pacific University.

Admission Requirements & Recommendations

  • High School G.P.A. and School Records are Required
  • High School Academic Ranking are Required
  • Letters of Recommendation are Required
  • SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required
  • TOEFL for ESL Students are Required

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...

ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2011

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
ACT ® English0 - 0
ACT ® Math0 - 0
ACT ® Composite Score21 - 26

Acceptance Rate Table - Chances of Getting Into Pacific

The table below lists the chances of getting accepted into Pacific University.

 Number (Percentage)
Granted Admissions1,868 (75%)
Accepted Students That Enrolled374 (20%)

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at Pacific University is around 3,400 students, with undergraduate students making up about 49% of the total student population and graduate students making up the rest.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are between $34,000-$41,000 for both state residents and nonresidents
  • Part time students pay in the range of $1,400 to $1,700 per unit

Pacific contains multiple schools that oversee specific programs and their respective curriculums. These schools may also have varying admissions requirements and tuition costs. Listed below are the professional schools along with their estimated annual tuition:

  • Optometry School (Tuition: $33,000/yr)
  • Pharmacy School (Tuition: $42,000/yr)

Financial Aid Details

The information below lists the financial aid types students are receiving. Also shown are the percent of students receiving aid and the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid98%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships96%$17,783
Receiving Student Loans79%$5,992

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 2%.

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, Pacific University may provide student services like:

  • Online classes
  • Career path counseling
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Helping students find work after graduation

Graduation Rates

Pacific has an overall graduation rate which is approximately 61%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years53%
Graduating in 5 Years7%
Graduating in 6 Years0.9%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

Campus: Pacific University - Hillsboro Health Science Campus

  • Occupational Therapy (OT) Program
    • * Accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (since 1986)
  • Clinical Audiology (Au.D.) Program
    • * Accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (since 2012)

Campus: Pacific University

  • Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) Program (more info)
  • Dental Hygienist Program (more info)
  • Optometry (O.D.) Program (more info)
  • Physical Therapy (P.T.) Program (more info)
  • Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) Program
  • Speech-Language Pathology Program (more info)
  • Music Program (more info)
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program (more info)

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

Health and Clinical Professions


  • Secondary Education (M)
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels (M)
  • Education (B, M)
  • Special Education and Teaching (M)
  • Reading Teacher Education (M)
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development (M)
  • Curriculum and Instruction (M)
  • Teaching English As Second Language Instructor (M)
  • Multicultural Education (M)
  • Education, Teaching of the Gifted and Talented

Biological and Biomedical Sciences


English Language and Literature

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Business and Marketing Studies

Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art Studies (B)
  • Music (B)
  • Drama (B)

Communications and Journalism

Physical Sciences

Social Sciences

Public Administration and Social Services


Computer and Information Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Foreign Languages and Literature

  • Japanese Language and Literature (B)
  • Spanish Language and Literature (B)
  • French Language and Literature (B)
  • German Language and Literature

Natural Resources and Conservation

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Sustainability Studies (B)
  • Biological and Physical Sciences

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • Humanistic Studies (B)

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