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Colleges / Pacific University

Pacific University

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

Pacific Admissions

Reach out to Pacific University's admissions department to confirm any application fees and information.

Students who submit their applications to Pacific for fall should hear back from Pacific by November 1.

Pacific Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Pacific's admissions stats.

Pacific 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 8%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 8%
Waitlist No

Pacific University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Pacific University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Info Not Available –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action No –– ––
Regular Decision Yes August 15 November 1

Want to Apply Early to Pacific?

Pacific University may or may not offer early admission, however the school has not provided any application information. Check with Pacific directly for more information about early applications.

➡️ Discover a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Pacific University Admissions

How Challenging Is It To Get Admitted to Pacific?

Getting into Pacific is moderately difficult.

In 2021, Pacific accepted 91% of all applicants, about 2,063 from 2,266 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Pacific, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transferring to Pacific University

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Pacific

Pacific has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Pacific Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Pacific

What does Pacific consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Class Rank Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Very Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Very Important
Application Essay Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Very Important
Talent/Ability Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Work Experience Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Pacific for more information on admission factors.

Pacific Application Requirements

To apply to Pacific, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Pacific's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 3.0
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Pacific?

Students admitted to Pacific have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Pacific considers ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

Pacific is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 8% of Pacific's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 8% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Pacific?

To be competitive with other Pacific applicants, you should aim to earn between 1040 and 1220 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Pacific 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1220 and 25% of scored lower than 1040, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Pacific students scored 660 or higher and 75% of students scored 550 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Pacific students scored 650 or higher, and 75% scored a 550 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Pacific?

To be most competitive at Pacific, you should strive to earn between 18.5 and 27 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 27 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Pacific's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 27, and three out of four students scored lower than 27 on the ACT.

A 18.5 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Pacific students. Only one out of every four students scored below 18.5.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Pacific University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Pacific.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is August 15. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Pacific during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

Pacific Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Pacific?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Pacific.

Does Pacific accept transfer credits?

✅ Pacific accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Pacific accepts:

• CLEP subject tests

Does Pacific accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Pacific accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Pacific?

✅ Pacific is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is Pacific's acceptance rate?

✅ Pacific has an acceptance rate of 91%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Pacific?

🟨 Pacific may or may not offer early decision. The school has not provided any information on early decision including ED acceptance rates.

Want To Learn More About Pacific?

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Pacific Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Pacific? Pacific is a somewhat selective institution. The Pacific acceptance rate is 91%. This means that the institution accepts 91 out of every 100 applicants.


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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1040 - 1220


Math SAT Range

540 - 660


Reading SAT Range

550 - 650

Pacific GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Pacific, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.73. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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