B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B-
  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 ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Northwest Conference
Address
2043 College Way
Forest Grove, OR 97116

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

Will You Get In?

Test Scores and GPA for Pacific University

Cost

Net Price
$29,263/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $23,824/ year
  • $30-48k
    $24,958/ year
  • $49-75k
    $27,849/ year
  • $76-110k
    $31,424/ year
  • $110k+
    $32,911/ year

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
93%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.43 responses
73%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.41 responses
69%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.42 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,881Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
8%
Pell Grant
32%
Varsity Athletes
29%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 20 responses
Report
  • Involved
    50%
  • Focused
    30%
  • Young
    15%
  • Outgoing
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
93%
Poll
47%
of students say Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.47 responses
Poll
58%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.59 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 24 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    46%
  • Small
    38%
  • Pacific
    13%
  • Personal
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$42,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
71%
National
48%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
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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I think Pacific is a great school and it has such a diverse student body. The professors love their jobs and they make it really easy to get study help whenever needed. Pacific University creates an amazing study environment and friends can be made by doing almost anything on campus!
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I love Pacific. I came here as a first gen having no idea what to do or what I was getting myself into. From the moment I got to campus, I haven't regretted my decision. The passion of the students and faculty really connected me to the campus culture, and opened my eyes to social, political, and civic engagement arenas that I hadn't been aware of before. The professors really care about getting to know their students, and I feel close to all of the professors I have chosen to engage with. While some things aren't perfect (Aramark and Forest Grove as a whole come to mind) I wouldn't trade my experience at Pacific for anything.
I only give this specific rating versus "it's the worse", due to the school spirit of the students and staff of this school. Some of the school teams are not the best, but people of the Pacific community are very supportive of the varsity teams, which bumps up the athletics ratings for Pacific. However the athletic facilities of this university is astonishing. Half of the equipment in the exercise room is broken and a quarter of the "functioning" machines would be considered a safety hazard in a standard gym. It is really terrifying since many students do not have an idea on what they are doing when it comes to lifting weights. I knew five different cases of people receiving ring worm from the gym's carpet since many people stretch and do core exercises on it. There have been cases of pink eye. What blows many people's minds is the fact that the student population keeps growing and no new investments are put into the student athletic facility to accommodate to the increasing rate of the student population. For how much prestige this university has on its health professions programs, it would make sense for the school to put some money to refurbish the facility.