Pacific University Oregon

Pacific University, Oregon was founded in 1849 and is accredited by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Named a Best Western College by The Princeton Review more than once, and one of  America’s Top Colleges, according to Forbes,  Pacific University is a diverse learning community offering a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, education, business, optometry, and the health professions.

The school was founded in Forest Grove in 1849 by Congregationalist pioneers. Originally the Tualatin Academy, it became Pacific University in 1854 and conferred its first baccalaureate degree in 1863.

Today, Pacific University serves more than 3,500 students on its campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn. Students come to Pacific from throughout the West and around the world to enjoy close, nurturing relationships with professors and a hands-on learning environment focused on real-world experience, civic engagement and global perspective.

International students are eligible for several scholarships, including our Merit-based, Pacesetters, and talent scholarships.

Academically qualified international students who have not satisfied English proficiency requirements may be eligible for conditional admission.

Pacific University offers an English Language Institute for students who want to improve their English language skills before taking university classes in the United States. The program focuses on listening, speaking, pronunciation, reading, writing, and vocabulary in a small-group setting. It also includes field trips, community events, a conversation partner program, and access to all university facilities. A transition program is also available to undergraduate students who don’t have high enough English proficiency for full admission. Students admitted to the ESL Transition Program can take ESL classes and courses toward their degree at the same time.

Pacific also offers an International Student Services office to offer students support with academic or immigration concerns, and to organize information sessions and activities that help students transition to the United States and to Pacific.

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School curriculum summary

Pacific University runs on a 4-1-4 semester system with a winter term as well.

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3 track course is available for our international students

First option is to admit to our ELI (English Language Institute)  full time to concentrate on learning ESL.  The second is our Conditional Admission for students have a TOEFL score of 53 (IELTS 5.0) or above.  They will take ESL courses in our ELI program while taking 1-3 regular courses.  Our last option is a full admittance into our degree seeking program which is available for students with a TOEFL score of 79 (IELTS 6.5) or above.

11:1 Student to Faculty Ratio and averages class sizes are 19 students
100% of our classes are taught by professors; not teachers’ assistants.
Pacific University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and minors.

Explore your passion in the liberal arts and sciences, education, health professions, and business. Pacific also offers many graduate and professional programs.

“I like living on campus because it’s more intimate and a more true ‘college experience.’ The independence is a big part of growing up.” — Kellie Takamori

Beyond being a comfortable place to live, Pacific’s Residence Halls are at the heart of students’ academic and social lives. You will study, meet friends and grow as a person, all while being supported by professional and paraprofessional live-in staff members. And being able to jump out of bed two minutes before class starts and still make it in time is just a bonus.

While individual hall rooms will vary in size and shape, each is furnished with a single bed, dresser, mirror, desk with overhead light, chair, bulletin board, mini-blinds, computer network connection, smoke detector, closet and storage space. Additionally, each hall contains recreational areas for watching TV, laundry facilities, kitchen facilities and vending machines.

Residence Halls at Pacific University include:

  • Burlingham Hall
  • Clark Hall
  • Cascade Hall
  • Gilbert Hall
  • McCormick Hall
  • Vandervelden Court
  • Walter Hall
  • Short term English courses in Winter and Summer terms.
  • Special TOEFL preparation courses.
  • Merit scholarships for International Students available as well as Special Interest Awards.  

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Estimated cost of tuition can be found on our website.  Scholarships are available for International Students.  Check out our website for more information!

Award Type

Scholarship Amount

(renewable for 4 years)

GPA required

Founders Scholarship

$ 24,000 per year


Honors Scholarship

$21,000 per year


Presidential Scholarship

$18,000 per year


Trustee Scholarship

$15,000 per year


University Scholarship

$12,000 per year



Pacific University

Office of Admissions
2043 College Way,
Forest Grove, OR 97116, U.S.A.
Phone: 503-352-2841
Fax: 503-352-2975
Our Website
Contact: Gina Lee, Assistant Director of International Admissions & Freshmen Recruitment