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Pacific University

Forest Grove, OR 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate91%
Acceptance Rate91%

About Pacific

Pacific University inspires students who think, care, create, and pursue justice in the world. Founded in 1849, Pacific now offers a comprehensive undergraduate experience with more than 60 majors and minors in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, and healthcare. Coupled with more than 20 graduate and professional schools and programs, Pacific’s rigorous academics offer students a pathway to successful careers and community engagement. Small classes and caring professors give students a personal and nurturing learning environment, where they can explore their passions. Perform in the university orchestra. Compete in Division III sports. Publish independent research. Study abroad. At Pacific, you can do it all — while living in a diverse and supportive community where your voice and interests matter.

Pacific University Overview

Pacific University is a private, nonprofit school in a small town setting in Forest Grove, Oregon. Pacific was founded in 1849 and the school now enrolls around 3,751 students per year, including 1,741 undergraduate students. Pacific ensures on-campus housing for students. Most students live in off campus housing.

📆 Mark your calendar! August 25, 2023 is the final deadline to submit an application for the Fall 2023 semester. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should find out if they have been admitted by November 1.

Student Involvement at Pacific

Are you interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Pacific's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Pacific students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Planning to play sports? Pacific has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Pacific on the Student Life page.

2022 Pacific Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 91%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate Info Not Available
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.7
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 8%
Tuition $50,884
Percent of Need Met 84.9%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $46,826

Is Pacific a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" can mean different things for different people. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a better idea of what Pacific offers and if the college seems like a good choice for you.

Pacific Acceptance Rate 2022

It is moderately difficult to get into Pacific. The acceptance rate at Pacific is 91%. Last year, 2,266 students applied to Pacific and 2,063 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Pacific

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. Retention measures how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Pacific, around 80% return for their sophomore year. Around 70% of students who started at Pacific earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook Pacific Graduates

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Check with Pacific directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Pacific

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Pacific meets 84.9% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $46,826 a year.

Graduates in the class of 2022 had an average of $34,922 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Pacific.

Based on this information, is Pacific the school for you? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is Pacific a good school for you?

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Where is Pacific?

Pacific is located in the small town setting of Forest Grove, Oregon, in the suburbs of Portland.

If you are interested in seeing Pacific for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Highway 26 to Forest Grove, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Portland International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Pacific and Forest Grove are like without leaving home.

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College Info

2043 College Way Forest Grove, OR 97116-1797

Campus Setting: Small Town

Pacific Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 25

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Pacific is Aug 25.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Pacific is Aug 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Pacific ACT Scores


ACT Range

19 - 27

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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Pacific SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1040 - 1220


Math SAT Range

540 - 660


Reading SAT Range

550 - 650

Pacific Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Pacific is like? There are approximately 3,751 students enrolled at Pacific, including 1,741 undergraduate students and 2,010 graduate students. 93% percent of students attend school full-time, 48% percent are from OR and 52% percent of students are from other states.


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