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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    C-
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B
Pacific University is an above-average private university located in Forest Grove, Oregon in the Portland Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,818 undergraduate students. The Pacific University acceptance rate is 84%. Popular majors include Business, Kinesiology and Exercise Science, and Biology. Graduating 64% of students, Pacific University alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $33,400.
About Pacific University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Northwest Conference
Address
2043 College Way
Forest Grove, OR 97116
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Pacific University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
84%
Application Deadline
August 15
SAT Range
1070-1260
ACT Range
22-27
Application Fee
$40
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$29,503/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$26,103/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
93%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.43 responses
66%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.50 responses
73%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.51 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,818Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
58
Undergrads Over 25
8%
Pell Grant
30%
Varsity Athletes
28%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 29 responses
Report
  • Involved
    34%
  • Focused
    24%
  • Recruited to athletics
    17%
  • Young
    14%
  • Bored
    3%
  • Diverse
    3%
  • Outgoing
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
93%
Poll
48%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.56 responses
Poll
51%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.68 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 33 responses
Report
  • Small
    36%
  • Friendly
    33%
  • Monotonous
    15%
  • Pacific
    9%
  • Personal
    6%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$46,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
64%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
93%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.28 responses
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Pacific University Reviews

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Was not originally my first choice for college but they definitely won me over. I love the weather, rainy and cool with scattered sunny days. I love the town, campus is literally right in the middle of downtown, meaning farmer's markets right on the edge of campus, several restaurants, a small movie theater, shops, pubs, coffee, and a fun walking area. The best part: student discounts! The campus itself is very nice, lots of trees, places to hang out, and you can get to class in five minutes. There are old and new buildings, including dorms and classrooms, but everything is kept up very well. I haven’t encountered a professor I didn't like, as everyone is eager for you to succeed. I changed my major this year and my old adviser was supportive, helping me reach out and meet people in my new field. I found it easy to make a lot of friends too, so no worries about finding a social life. It’s a great choice for someone looking for a smaller school where they will definitely stand out.
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My overall experience at Pacific has been very good. Professors sincerely care about their teaching and students, and the campus environment is quite supportive and friendly. Most issues come from administrative decisions and a lack of communication with the student senate/body about issues that directly affect us. Absolutely nobody likes the university president, and for decent reason.
I attended a summer program here. The campus is nicely landscaped and easy to navigate but the facilities were old (and musty/stifling) The food was in inedible! It's in a very small town far from the freeway/Portland with limited resources.