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About Pacific

Pacific University is a private, nonprofit school in a small town setting in Forest Grove, Oregon. Pacific was founded in 1849 and now enrolls around 3,808 students a year, including 1,758 undergrads. Pacific offers housing for students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Pacific! Love 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.

Learn more about life at Pacific on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to Pacific for Fall 2022 is August 25.Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should hear from Pacific by November 1.

2021 Pacific Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 89%
Average GPA 3.7
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 65%
Tuition $48,928

Is Pacific a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a college is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Let's take a look at all of these areas to get a clearer sense of what Pacific offers and if it sounds like a good fit for you.

Pacific Acceptance Rate 2021

It is moderately difficult to get into Pacific. The acceptance rate at Pacific is 89%. Out of 2,458 applications received in 2021, 2,195 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Pacific

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of 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 84% are still enrolled their sophomore year. Pacific's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 64%. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outlook Pacific Graduates

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

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 84.8% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Pacific full-time are awarded $45,809 a year in financial aid, on average.

Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $29,457 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Pacific. Based on this information, how does Pacific sound? 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, less than an hour from Portland.

If you want to see 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


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Pacific ACT Scores


ACT Range

22 - 27

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980 - 1160


Math SAT Range

530 - 610


Reading SAT Range

520 - 620

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Wondering what life at Pacific is like? There are approximately 3,808 students enrolled at Pacific, including 1,758 undergraduate students and 2,050 graduate students. 96% percent of students attend school full-time, 50% percent are from OR and 50% percent of students are from other states.


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