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Your chances of getting into Pacific University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

92.3%
Admission Difficulty for Pacific University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Challenging 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Pacific is 92.3%.  Its admission rate is the 17th lowest in Oregon.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Pacific and can you get accepted?

Pacific University is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 2,546 out of the 2,759 who applied were admitted.

Pacific University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.73. 15% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Pacific?

92% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Pacific University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.73 or better
  • Earn A- grades in high school
  • Score 1180 on the SAT
  • Score 23 on the ACT

Pacific GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

3.73

Typical High School Grades 

A-

What GPA do you need to get into Pacific University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Pacific are to have around a 3.73 high school GPA. You are required to have very good grades in high school.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.73 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Pacific accepts 92% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Pacific is 3.73 on the 4.0 scale. 29% of students who get in have perfect 4.0 GPA's in high school. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn A- letter grades and regularly score around 90-92 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #5 in Oregon for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Pacific is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.7 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Pacific University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 28.93% Good
3.75 to 3.99 31.18% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 14.89% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 9.83% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 9.27% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 4.49% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 1.12% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0% Reach
less than 1.00 0.0% Reach

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Pacific SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Pacific University. If you optionally submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 8% of students submitted SAT scores and 7% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

1010-1350

Applicants Submitting SAT 

8%
SAT Scores for Pacific University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 515
Math 25th Percentile 495
Composite 25th Percentile 1010
SAT Scores for Pacific University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 690
Math 75th Percentile 660
Composite 75th Percentile 1350
Average SAT Score 1180

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Pacific University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Pacific is 1180 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1010-1350. Students who get into Pacific University score in the top 59 percent of all SAT test takers..  Pacific ranks #6 in the state of Oregon for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1180 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Pacific regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1010 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1010, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 840, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Pacific University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1180 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1180, you have around a 92% chance of being admitted. A 1350 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 96% chance of getting in.

Pacific University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1350 and Above Good >96%
1180 to 1350 Avg + 92%-96%
1010 to 1180 Avg - 86%-92%
840 to 1010 Reach 76%-86%
Less than 840 Low <76%
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Pacific ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

20-26 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

7%
ACT Scores for Pacific University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 19
Math 25th Percentile 18
Composite 25th Percentile 20
ACT Scores for Pacific University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 24
Math 75th Percentile 25
Composite 75th Percentile 26
Average ACT Score 23

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Pacific?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Pacific is 23, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 20 and 26.  The school ranks #9 in Oregon for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 23. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 20 and score in the score in the top 49 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 17.

7 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Pacific University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Pacific University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Pacific for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 23 score has around 92% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 96% with a 26 ACT score.

Pacific University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
26 and Above Good >96%
23 to 26 Avg + 92%-96%
20 to 23 Avg - 86%-92%
17 to 20 Reach 76%-86%
Less than 17 Low <76%
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Applying

Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Pacific University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,260 994 2,759
Accepted 1,213 911 2,546
Acceptance Rate 96% 92% 92%
Enrolled 213 180 393
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 18% 20% 15%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Aug 25, 2024

Days left to Apply

126

Applicants have 126 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Aug 25, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Pacific University is $40.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Pacific University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Pacific University Application Requirements
Test Scores Not required for admission, but considered if submitted (Test Optional)
High School GPA Required to be considered for admission
High School Class Rank Not required for admission, but considered if submitted
Completion of College Preparatory Program Not required for admission, but considered if submitted
Recommendations Required to be considered for admission
Demonstration of Competencies Not considered for admission, even if submitted

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Pacific University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Pacific University is lightly competitive to get into, you have a very good chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.73 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 1180 and ACT of 23 will almost guarantee your admission.

Other Colleges to Apply To 

Students applying to Pacific University often consider these colleges

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=209612 IPEDS survey data for Pacific University.

FAQs

Does Pacific University prefer SAT or ACT?

8% of students submit their SAT scores to Pacific. 7% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Pacific University?

92% of those who apply are granted admission to Pacific. Admission competition is and the college has challenging admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Pacific University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1010 and 1350. The average SAT score is 1180. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Pacific University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 20 and 26. The average ACT score is 23. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.