#5 Best Private Colleges in Oregon

Pacific University

Forest Grove, Oregon

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Pacific University overview
Location Forest Grove, Oregon
Online pacificu.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
Pacific University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Pacific University, located in Forest Grove, Oregon, is an independent university noted for its rich history dating back to its founding in 1849. Situated about 25 miles west of Portland amidst the verdant backdrop of the Pacific Northwest, the campus offers a picturesque setting featuring a blend of historic and modern architecture. The university comprises a diverse range of undergraduate and graduate programs, with particular recognition for its health professions and education offerings. Pacific University operates with a moderately selective admissions process, attracting students who seek a personalized educational experience. On-campus living is available, providing students with a range of residence life options. While Pacific University does maintain athletic teams known as the Boxers, the institution's primary emphasis is on its academic and cultural contributions rather than a focus on athletic prowess.

In the most recent statistical year 2,759 prospective students applied, and 2,546 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 393 enrolled in the school.  3,215 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 344 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $50,884 plus fees of $1,188. Pacific is ranked 354 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Pacific is rated within the top 39% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 7 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Pacific University overview
SAT 1010/1350
ACT 20/26
GPA 3.73

Applications Accepted

Pacific University overview
Applications Due Aug 25, 2024
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $40

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Pacific University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,050
Other Fees$1,188
Room and Board $14,408
Budget for Other Expenses$1,800
Total One Year Cost$69,330

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$46,800 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

61% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Pacific University students
Subject Percent of Class
Biology 13%
Health Professions 11%
Education 10%
Social Sciences 9%
Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 8%

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