Pacific University Overview
Pacific University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Forest Grove, Oregon. Forest Grove is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.
What Is Pacific University Known For?
- Students who want to work more closely with their professors have an easier time at Pacific since the student to facuty ratio is 10 to 1.
- Students at Pacific have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 2%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
- The highest award offered at Pacific is the doctor's degree.
- In 2017-2018, 63% of the faculty were full-time.
- Students who graduate from Pacific with a bachelor's degree make about $46,600 a year. That's 14% more than those who graduate from other schools.
- The average Pacific student graduates in 4.2 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.
Pacific University Rankings
Out of the 31 colleges in Oregon, Pacific is ranked at #5.
Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.
Pacific has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.
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Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Pacific.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards Pacific has earned from around the web.
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Where Is Pacific University?
Contact details for Pacific are given below.
|Address:||2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR 97116|
How Do I Get Into Pacific?
You can apply to Pacific online at: https://www.pacificu.edu/admissions/undergraduate-admissions/apply-now
Admission Requirements for Pacific
|High School GPA||required|
|High School Rank||recommended|
|High School Transcript||required|
|College Prep Program||recommended|
|SAT or ACT Scores||required|
How Hard Is It To Get Into Pacific?
Approximately 44% of accepted students are men and 56% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 83%, and the acceptance rate for women is 86%.
Average Test Scores
About 71% of students accepted to Pacific submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 540 and 630. Math scores were between 530 and 630.
Can I Afford Pacific University?
The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.
Student Loan Debt
Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Pacific, approximately 95% of students took out student loans averaging $7,513 a year. That adds up to $30,052 over four years for those students.
The student loan default rate at Pacific is 2.2%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.
Pacific University Undergraduate Student Diversity
There are also 1,968 graduate students at the school.
Of the 1,759 full-time undergraduates at Pacific, 37% are male and 63% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Pacific University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||34|
|Hispanic or Latino||272|
Oregon students aren't the only ones who study at Pacific University. At this time, 21 states are represented by the student population at the school.
Over 24 countries are represented at Pacific. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Canada, Japan, and Saudi Arabia.
Online Learning at Pacific University
The following chart shows how the online learning population at Pacific has changed over the last few years.
This school is the 25th most popular in Oregon for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.
Online Growth Rankings of Pacific
The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Pacific University was 20.2%. This is the #889 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Pacific regardless of major.
The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Pacific majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.
|Major||1-Year Growth Rate|
|Health & Medical Administrative Services||14%|
|Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies||9%|
The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Pacific ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Pacific.
|Major||Growth Rate Rank|
|Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies||#46|
|Health & Medical Administrative Services||#95|
When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.
Pacific University Undergraduate Concentrations
The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.
*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.
- College Factual
- National Center for Education Statistics
- Image Credit: By M.O. Stevens under License
More about our data sources and methodologies.
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