Pacific University in Forest Grove

Forest Grove, OR

(Rating 4.6 based on 5 reviews)
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Pacific University offers 249-degree programs and 12 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 11:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 80%. The most popular test is SAT - 78% of students submitted it in comparison to 54% of students who submitted ACT. 36.3% are women, and 63.7% are men. 4% percents of international students. Pacific University is a member of 6 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Pacific University is 27592$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $41180 and $52296 per year. 61% of full-time Pacific University students completed their education program in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is above national average. Average salary after attending is $41,200, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Pacific University is a private and academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and receive Title IV aid. The total cost of attendance depends on whether undergraduates live on campus, off campus (not with family), or off campus (with family).


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Pacific University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$21,396
$30,001 - $48,000$22,459
$48,001 - $75,000$24,014
$75,001 - $110,000$29,307

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school rank
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Recommendations

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)



  • Typical room charge for academic year: 6154

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: -


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


1714 of Pacific University undergraduates were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 93 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Pacific University number 8 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Oregon.

Students at Pacific University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Yellow Ribbon Program

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Pacific University.


ROTC - Army

ROTC - Air Force

Study abroad

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization

Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program providing scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

Study abroad - programs and arrangements giving students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for football
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

Graduation Rate


Pacific University graduation rate is above the national average.

61% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Pacific University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes a huge number of students. This index doesn’t take into account students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading perception. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare institutions.

Applying information

Average number of admissions to one applicant

1 : 1

Average number of applicants to one enrolled

6 : 1

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school rank
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Recommendations

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


In comparison to National Average

Pacific University acceptance rate is above national average.

In comparison to state Average

Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 76%, so acceptance rate value is above state average for 4% only.


In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $20k - $30k price range

Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 70%, so Pacific University acceptance rate value is above state net price average for 10%.


Admissions yield

Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



Full time


Part time

Retention rate

Full-time retention rate


Part-time retention rate


The Pacific University full-time retention rate is 77% and part-time retention rate is 0%.

Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and keep on studying in the same program next fall semester are counted in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important index: if it is high, it demonstrates that school offers quality curriculum, positive student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

SAT/ACT scores

SAT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Pacific University students submitting SAT scores


Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
990 - 1190

SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
Critical Reading: 490 - 590
Math: 500 - 600
Writing: 0 - 0

SAT Test Score Range


ACT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Pacific University students submitting ACT scores


Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
21 - 26

ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
English: 0 - 0
Math: 0 - 0
Writing: 0 - 0

ACT Test Score Range


SAT Score Converter

The new SAT is scored out of 1600 after the adjustments made in 2016. The old SAT was scored out of 2400. If you took an old SAT, you can convert your score to the new SAT score using the SAT Score Converter.

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Evidence-Based Reading and Writing


For the High School Class of 2016:
Most students in the Class of 2016 will take the old SAT, and most colleges will convert new SAT scores to old SAT scores.

For the High School Class of 2017:
Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Pacific University is 11:1, that means that for every 11 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Pacific University the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Pacific University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in Oregon.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Forest Grove Campus

The campus located by 2043 College Way address in Forest Grove, Oregon.


Forest Grove Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Pacific University with 0.38% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Forest Grove Campus are burglary, forcible sex offense, and motor vehicle theft.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Pacific University offers 249 programs in total: 156 are for Bachelor's degree, 66 - for Master's degree, 6 - for Postbaccalaureate certificate, and 3 are Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs.

This is the middle number of programs in comparison with other 96 universities in Oregon state. Pacific University is one of the few institutions in Oregon that offers a Master's degree program.


Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 12 distance learning programs that are offered in the Pacific University: 6 are for Postbaccalaureate certificate and 3 are Bachelor's degree.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be fully online as well as partially online and require on-campus meetings. So explore each program to make sure you can commit.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Oregon state average data to help you compare.


Pacific University provides coursework for undergraduate students, graduate students and students with doctors professional practice.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 1882 students with 60442 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 791 with 19373 credit hours. The doctors professional practice enrollment was 1193 students.


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Student Reviews and Ratings for Pacific University

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EDIT: After updating my address online, I noticed a few weeks later that it had not actually been updated. I called the Helpdesk who told me that they had been having issues with the site. They offered to transfer me over to the mailing department to see if they had received my mail. Donna Hepler was SO HELPFUL and empathetic to the hassle I've been through for something so simple. She took down my information and contacted the person who sent the mail (something I have been trying to do.) She was successful and now my issue is resolved! I have updated my review to 3 stars because Donna deserves 10 stars and everyone else I spoke with deserves less than 1. Thank you so much, Donna!TL;DR: Pacific made a simple address change very, very difficult. Evidently for an address change, it takes 3+ people and they still make the client do it themselves.I transferred from Pacific due to their outrageous tuition. My first year there was fine, the instructors were nice and helpful, the campus was pretty. I was only able to stay one year because they increased tuition by several thousands of dollars when I was barely able to scrape by. I honestly wish I never came here. My husband is an alumni of Pacific and they call him about one a week (and have since he graduated) asking for donations. It's insane how money-hungry this college is. Anyways, 5 years after I left, my old roommate emailed me to let me know Pacific had sent some mail to my old address. I figured I would give them a quick call, let them know I moved like 3 years ago, and have them update their records. First, I call the Business Office. They're the ones who sent the mail, so they can probably update it, right? Nope! They tell me the only people who can update it is the Registrar's office. Okay, cool, just transfer me and I can talk to them. Surprise! The Registrar's Office also apparently can't update addresses. You have to go online to do it. But, since I haven't been a student for over 5 years, I have no idea what my login information is which means I have to call the tech support. They tell me, "Oh, your account has been deactivated since you haven't signed in for a long time." Wow, okay, great, I know, thanks. They ended up reactivating me (which takes a couple hours) and having me update it online. WONDERFUL, THANK YOU PACIFIC. SO EFFICIENT.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Proud alumni! Such a great school with amazing staff and students! Beautiful historic campus located in the heart of Forest Grove Oregon.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

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Beautiful campus. Very helpful and accommodating in all aspects regarding my sons enrollment and education. I am confident he's comfortable in his new academic and athletic roles

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

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Very disappointed that Kris Steffl was allowed to post regarding the quality of Pacific University based on his "experience" applying for jobs via their online postings. First, we have no way of knowing if he was actually qualified for any of the positions he applied for (which means the online system may have automatically rejected his applications) and, second, rather than actually contacting anyone at Pacific University directly - person to person - to determine the status of his applications, he sent emails addressed "to whom it may concern/persons unknown" with the expectation that someone, who did not know him and had never had any contact with him, would reply. If the "several positions" he applied for over the web were so important to him, he should have identified someone in HR and called them directly. Sounds like a typical Millennial who thinks that the world and important decisions are made via the internet and email, direct person to person contact is unnecessary.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

My daughter attends this school located in Forest Grove, Oregon. The professors, school grounds, dorms, cafeteria, all offers the best! They even special order the type of bread your kids want! We are happy with the college choice we've made, but more importantly my daughter will finish school in less than 4 years! Way better than the school choices in CA. We love Pacific U!!!

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Location & Website

Address: 2043 College Way


Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +8777228648

Institution is active in current year: 1

Institution's internet website address:

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