Pacific University for Tomorrow
Pacific University is a place of discovery, of vision, of opportunity, and of care.
Founded nearly 168 years ago as a school for orphans at the end of the Oregon Trail, Pacific’s foundation is in providing care and opportunity for those who had none.
Our mission today — inspiring students who think, care, create, and pursue justice — is the outgrowth of those roots.
Pacific is a place where students embark on a journey that will change their lives and the lives of those around them.
Tabitha Brown was a 66-year-old widow when she made her harrowing journey across the Oregon Trail. When she arrived in Forest Grove, she found a burgeoning community filled with children orphaned en route to a new life.
Her vision was to build a school — and a home — to care for those children and give them the opportunity their parents had imagined.
That school would eventually give rise to Pacific University, the first university chartered in Oregon, and the beginning of who we are today.
Who We Are
Today, Pacific University serves nearly 4,000 students with undergraduate and graduate programs, not only in Forest Grove, but also in Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn.
Our five colleges offer a unique balance of undergraduate and graduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, health professions, and optometry.
Pacific attracts a diverse student body. Most of our undergraduates hail from the West Coast and Hawai‘i, while our graduate programs are highly competitive, drawing students from around the globe.
Our standards are high, and we attract academic high achievers — but we also look for students who are well-rounded and eager to learn and grow. We value students who will benefit most from the Pacific experience, and we believe in the importance of access to education for all.
At Pacific, undergraduate and graduate students alike find a community of professors who are mentors and friends, as well as classmates who become like family. And the skills — and networks — they gain at Pacific serve them throughout their lifetimes.
Our alumni find success in their careers and are meaningful contributors to their communities. They gain economic mobility, capitalize on opportunity, and build a foundation for the future of their families.
They are teachers and artists, doctors and social workers, entrepreneurs and civic leaders.
Pacific’s diverse programmatic base is part of what provides stability and growth for the university. We have invested in new programs, ranging from the College of Business and its MBA program to the undergraduate music therapy major to new bachelor’s degree tracks in optometry. And, we have enhanced our campus facilities, ensuring that we provide the living and learning opportunities that students expect and need in a changing world.
Our students use state-of-the-art technology and learn skills that prepare them to be leaders in the 21st century. And they are supported by caring faculty and staff members — as well as a rich diversity of cocurricular activities that augment their college experience.
The Power of Giving
Philanthropic support is critical to allowing us to continue to advance our mission. The support of our donors allows us to increase the scholarship and financial aid packages that make it possible for students to start — and finish — their years at Pacific. It allows us to recruit the best faculty, enhance our facilities, invest in new programs, and further support our students.
Through Lead On: The Campaign for Tomorrow at Pacific University, your gifts to Pacific will enhance learning opportunities for students and create a brighter tomorrow.
Lead on with Pacific
In November 2017, Pacific launched the public phase of its fundraising campaign. Lead On: The Campaign for Tomorrow at Pacific University is a comprehensive campaign that will support us as we open minds and create possibilities, enable careers and inspire bright futures.
Through the support of Pacific’s leaders, we are already more than halfway to our goal of $80 million. Now, we invite you to Lead On and continue Pacific’s tradition of excellence.
Pacific Promise Endowment
A robust endowment is the foundation upon which Pacific stands, providing perpetual funding for financial aid, faculty development, program investment, and capital improvements. The endowment is the cornerstone of student scholarships.
Learning Environments & Resources
Pacific never stops innovating, growing and imagining, and neither do our students. In order to thrive, our students need state-of-the-art facilities that provide the space to create and grow.
Continuing Investment for a Boundless Future
There are always new projects and programs to develop. Support unrestricted student success and investment in new ideas and innovations as we go forward to a brighter tomorrow.