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Pacific University

Forest Grove, OR 4-Year Private

About Pacific

Pacific University is a private, nonprofit school located in the small town setting of Forest Grove, OR, less than an hour from Portland.

Founded in 1849, the institution currently enrolls around 3,808 students a year, including 1,758 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

2021 Admissions Facts About Pacific

Acceptance rate: 89%

Average GPA: 3.68

Early Decision or Early Action: No/No

2022 Regular Decision Deadline: August 25

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date: November 1

What's the acceptance rate at Pacific University in 2021?

Pacific is a moderately difficult school to get accepted to. Around 89 percent of all applicants are admitted to Pacific each year.

The average high school GPA for a student at Pacific is 3.68 on a 4.0 scale.

In 2021, 0 applicants were waitlisted and 0 waitlisted students got accepted.

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 tell you how happy or successful students are. 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.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of the 459 students who started at Pacific as first-time freshman, 264 graduate within four years.

Around 64 percent of students who started at Pacific earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61 percent for public schools and 67 percent for private.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $29,457 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

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 the real question to ask yourself: is Pacific a good school for YOU?

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The deadline to apply to Pacific for Fall 2022 is August 1. All applicants should hear back from Pacific by November 1.

Read on to find out more about the admissions requirements and deadlines, student life, academics and majors and more. You can also see what others are saying about Pacific in the College Confidential forums and get personalized recommendations for more schools that might be a good fit for you.

College Info

2043 College Way Forest Grove, OR 97116-1797

Campus Setting: Small Town

Pacific Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Not available

Transfer Applications are Due

Not available

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

Pacific ACT Scores


ACT Range

20 - 26

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

26 and Above


20 to 26


20 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Pacific is 23. Students with an ACT score of 26 and above have a good chance of getting into Pacific. Students with an ACT score that falls between 20 and 26 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 20 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Pacific SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

990 - 1180


Math SAT Range

520 - 630


Reading SAT Range

540 - 630

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1180 and Above


990 to 1180


990 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Pacific students is 1085. Applicants with SAT scores of 1180 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Pacific, while applicants with SAT scores between 990 to 1180 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 990 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Pacific.

Pacific Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees


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Cost Breakdown
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State Tuition

Student Life

Wondering what life at Pacific is like? There are approximately 3,832 students enrolled at Pacific, including 1,864 undergraduate students and 1,968 graduate students. 94% 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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Part Time


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