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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?

519 Undergraduate Awards
$38,956 Avg Cost After Aid
84% Acceptance Rate
  • 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.

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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.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#161 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Pacific.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Ophthalmic & Optometric Support Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Ophthalmic & Optometric Support Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Most Popular Communication Sciences Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Dental Support Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Most Popular Psychology Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Best Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#44 Most Popular English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#49 Best Allied Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#52 Best Health & Medical Administrative Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#70 Best Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Pacific has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Highest Paid Dental Support Services Graduates College Factual
#144 Best Healthcare Schools Healthcare Degree Search

Where Is Pacific University?

Location of Pacific University

Contact details for Pacific are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR 97116
Phone: 877-722-8648
Website: https://www.pacificu.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pacificu
Twitter: https://twitter.com/pacificu

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

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Pacific?

84% Acceptance Rate
56% Of Accepted Are Women
71% Submit SAT Scores
Pacific has an acceptance rate of 84%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

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.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Pacific University  ( 540 to 630 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Pacific University  ( 530 to 630 )
200
800
Pacific received ACT scores from 54% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 21 and 27. Math scores were between 21 and 27. Composite scores were between 22 and 27.

ACT English Scores for Pacific University  ( 21 to 27 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Pacific University  ( 21 to 27 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Pacific University  ( 22 to 27 )
1
36

Can I Afford Pacific University?

$38,956 Net Price
95% Take Out Loans
2.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Pacific is $38,956. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

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

1,759 Full-Time Undergraduates
63% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,864 undergraduate students at Pacific, with 1,759 being full-time and 105 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Pacific

There are also 1,968 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,759 full-time undergraduates at Pacific, 37% are male and 63% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Pacific

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Pacific University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Pacific Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 209
Black or African American 34
Hispanic or Latino 272
White 846
International Students 33
Other Races/Ethnicities 365

Geographic Diversity

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

101 Took All Classes Online
387 Took At Least One Class Online
20.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 387 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Pacific has changed over the last few years.

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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%
Health Professions 7%
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
Gerontology #5
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #46
Health & Medical Administrative Services #95
Health Professions #276

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.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 92 51 143
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 0 1 106 107
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 7 0 0 87 94
Optometry 0 0 0 89 89
Business Administration & Management 70 0 17 0 87
Teacher Education Grade Specific 13 0 72 0 85
Allied Health Professions 4 0 72 0 76
Communication Sciences 0 0 35 28 63
Health & Medical Administrative Services 18 0 31 0 49
Health & Physical Education 48 0 0 0 48
Writing Studies 10 0 33 0 43
Special Education 0 0 38 0 38
Social Work 12 0 24 0 36
General Biology 33 0 0 0 33
Dental Support Services 30 0 0 0 30
General Education 22 0 0 0 22
Public Health 22 0 0 0 22
General Psychology 22 0 0 0 22
Computer Science 18 0 0 0 18
Chemistry 16 0 0 0 16
Communication & Media Studies 14 0 0 0 14
Mathematics 13 0 0 0 13
Natural Resources Conservation 13 0 0 0 13
Criminology 13 0 0 0 13
Other Education 0 0 12 0 12
Political Science & Government 11 0 0 0 11
Communication & Journalism (Other) 10 0 0 0 10
Philosophy 9 0 0 0 9
Sociology 9 0 0 0 9
Romance Languages 8 0 0 0 8
Physics 8 0 0 0 8
Ophthalmic & Optometric Support Services 7 0 0 0 7
Sustainability Science 7 0 0 0 7
Economics 7 0 0 0 7
Drama & Theater Arts 7 0 0 0 7
Germanic Languages 6 0 0 0 6
Music 6 0 0 0 6
History 5 0 0 0 5
Fine & Studio Arts 5 0 0 0 5
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 4 0 4
East Asian Languages 4 0 0 0 4
Gerontology 0 4 0 0 4
Anthropology 4 0 0 0 4
International Relations & National Security 4 0 0 0 4
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 2 0 0 0 2
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 2 0 2
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 1 0 1
Teaching English or French 0 0 1 0 1
General English Literature 1 0 0 0 1
Dance 1 0 0 0 1
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 0 0 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 0 0 0
Multilingual Education 0 0 0 0 0
Other Health Professions 0 0 0 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 0 0
General Physical Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
Sociology & Anthropology 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 519 4 435 361 1,319

References

*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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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