Pacific University

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2043 College Way

Forest Grove, OR 97116

Phone: (877) 722-8648
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Aug. 15
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

Ranking score and category
U.S. News rank Category Name
#20 Overall Score: 58 out of 100. Regional Universities (West)

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Pacific University is a private institution that was founded in 1849. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,716, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 55 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Pacific University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 20. Its tuition and fees are $37,024 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The College of Arts and Sciences, through effective teaching built on close faculty/student relationships, provides, in a residential setting, a broad liberal arts education with a strong emphasis on service and application of knowledge that produces graduates with the intellectual capabilities and personal qualities that enable them to participate in rewarding careers and to contribute to their communities.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1849
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $51,180,875


When applying to Pacific University, it's important to note the application deadline is August 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 15. The application fee at Pacific University is $40. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 84.6 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 84.6%
Application deadline August 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Pacific University is 10:1, and the school has 64.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Pacific University include: Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies; Visual and Performing Arts; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Education; and Social Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 78.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 10:1
4-year graduation rate 54%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 11%
Visual and Performing Arts 11%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 10%
Education 10%
Social Sciences 10%

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Student Life

Pacific University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,716, with a gender distribution of 42.9 percent male students and 57.1 percent female students. Pacific University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 3,416
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Pacific University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Pacific University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Pacific University, 34 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Pacific University.

Students who have cars on campus 34%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Pacific University, 82.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $21,234.

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Tuition and fees $37,024 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,792 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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