Students Say

Pacific University is a rapidly growing liberal arts college “nestled in an extremely small and quiet town” in Oregon. Facilities are generally “new and up-to-date.” Classes are small. “The science programs are top notch” and “a very good optometry program also draws students.” Some arts and humanities programs are “lacking,” though. “It is frustrating being involved in a major that isn’t a science major,” admits a sophomore. “The adjunct professors seem to be a little more lost” but the “approachable, flexible” full-time faculty is “the number one strength of Pacific, hands down.”

Overview

Applicants
2,499
Acceptance Rate
75%
Average HS GPA
3.62

GPA Breakdown

43%
Over 3.75
23%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
8%
3.00 - 3.24
7%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
490 - 600
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
510 - 610
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
21 - 26

Deadlines


Regular
August 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Extracurricular Activities
Character / Personal Qualities
Volunteer Work
Level of applicant's interest

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

Pacific University is a rapidly growing liberal arts college “nestled in an extremely small and quiet town” in Oregon. Facilities are generally “new and up-to-date.” Classes are small. “The science programs are top notch” and “a very good optometry program also draws students.” Some arts and humanities programs are “lacking,” though. “It is frustrating being involved in a major that isn’t a science major,” admits a sophomore. “The adjunct professors seem to be a little more lost” but the “approachable, flexible” full-time faculty is “the number one strength of Pacific, hands down.” “I’ve had nothing but positive experiences with my professors,” reflects a biology major. “For the students who are committed and really want to learn, professors will bend over backwards to help them.” Some students tell us the administrators are “very student oriented.” Others gripe that getting into classes can be a challenge and call the administration “Pacific graduates who couldn’t get jobs elsewhere.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
391
with Terminal Degree
215

212
Women
179
Men
47
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
51%
Graduate in 5 years
59%
Graduate in 6 years
61%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business Administration and Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • Education

  • Education, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
  • Dental Services and Allied Professions, Other
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • Occupational Therapy/Therapist
  • Optometry (OD)

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy, Other

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemical Physics
  • Chemistry, General
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics, General
  • Physics, Other

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Music, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Alfred C. Gilbert
Invented the Erector Set; medical degree from Yale

Shirley Abbott
Ambassador to South Africa, Pres. Reagan and Bush

Varina Heinrich French
Leading world gymnastics judge

Jim Romig
Pres. and CEO, Hilo Hattie

Mindy Cameron
Former City Editor of the Seattle Times

Les AuCoin
Oregon's U.S. Representative, 1975 to 1992

Nancy Wilson
Lead guitarist, vocalist in rock group Heart

Academic Rating

Career overview


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
51%
Graduate in 5 years
59%
Graduate in 6 years
61%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$17,303

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$17,121

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,554

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$29,303

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
74%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$12,247

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$34,460
Required Fees
$800
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,050

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,884
Transportation for Commuters
$720

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

The “laidback,” mostly “upper middle-class” students here tend to come “from Oregon and the surrounding states,” or from Hawaii. Some caution that “The two groups do not mix well at all.” In the cafeteria, “the left side is full of Hawaiian students and the right side is for the white students.” This unique divide notwithstanding, “Pacific is made up of a wide range of personality types.” “Everyone’s odd in an interesting way.” “There are some jocks.” There are “hippie-like students.” There is the contingent that is “studious and extremely busy” and “there are the slackers.” “There are people who don’t party at all and there are those who go to parties every weekend.” “You’ll never feel like a freak or an outcast,” promises a first-year student. “It doesn’t matter what your beliefs and opinions are; you are accepted as you are.” Politically, this campus tilts left, though students with “the chutzpah to attempt activism” contend that their peers “are very apathetic.” Students without self-professed chutzpah say they don’t see much point in “ineffective protests.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,596
Out of State
47%

International
3%
Foreign Countries Represented
32

Demographics

14.10%
Asian
1.55%
African-American
8.89%
Hispanic
57.24%
Caucasian
6.76%
Unknown
2.64%
International

58% female
42% male
47% are out of state
96% are full time
4% are part time

Overview

Students Say

The food at Pacific gets a lot of complaints. “Some dishes are done very well. Others look like something you’d plaster a wall with.” Also, though some of the athletic programs are pretty good, “school spirit is a little bit lacking” as well. Otherwise, students here rave about their “comfy and beautiful environment.” For fun, “there’s a lot of just hanging out.” The Hawaiian Club throws “an amazing luau each year” and “there generally is a party every weekend,” but “most social gatherings are small.” Forest Grove’s location “makes it hard to find things to do off campus,” says one student, “but forces me to find things to do within my residence halls with my friends—that can lead to some crazy nights with board games. Every once and awhile there’s a party, but it's usually busted.” “Portland is close, though, and so is the beach.” “Hiking, kayaking, climbing,” “snowboarding on Mount Hood,” and outdoor activities galore are within easy reach. “It’s best to bring a car,” advises a sophomore.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
60%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
96%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
58
Number of Honor Societies
2

Number of Social Sororities
4
Number of Religious Organizations
4

5% join a fraternity
8% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Boxers)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Boxers)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Wrestling

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: Center for Gender Equity Rainbow Coalition

Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Portland State University
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Portland

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
18

Average Number of PC's per Lab
14

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
98%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Martha Tunall
Visit and Tour Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions
2043 College Way
Forest Grove, OR 97116

Phone
503-352-2218

Email
admissions@pacificu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Pacific Athletic Center
Pacific Library (New Library)
Marsh Hall
Old College Hall
New Bookstore/Vera's Cafe

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Mount Hood
Pioneer Square-Portland
Rose Garden-Portland
Oregon Coast
Shopping at 185th Ave.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
year-round

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@pacificu.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Monday through Thursday only, HS Seniors

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Shuttle service from Portland International Airport. MAX light rail from Portland International Airport.

Driving Instructions to Campus
For map please log onto http://www.pacificu.edu/welcome/directions.html Forest Grove is located approximately 45 minutes west of Portland. From the north, travel via Interstate 5 and exit onto Highway 26. From the south, take 217 to connect to Highway 26 (west toward Banks). From Highway 26, exit left onto Highway 6, which will lead you to Highway 47 south. Go about six miles. As you enter Forest Grove turn right onto Sunset Drive. The first building you will see is a residence hall; follow the curve to the right (University Avenue) and the next left is College Way. The Admissions Office is the third house on the right. You may park on the street or in the back of our building in the visitors' spaces. From the Airport Take 205 South to 84 West to Interstate 5 (briefly) to 26 West.

Local Accommodations
McMenamin's Grand Lodge Best Western University Inn
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Key Stats

2,499
Applicants
1,596
Size
75%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists