If you are planning to attend Pacific University, you’ll be entering a smaller college; student enrollment, including undergraduate and graduate students is only 3,938. Pacific University is a private, not-for-profit school within a large suburb. The school is located close to a Dutch Bros Coffee outlet and a drive-in restaurant. The campus itself is very small and located close to Forest Grove Community School. In fact, when you have some free time, it’ll do you good to leave the campus and get to know the Forest Grove area. This will be your temporary home until you graduate and move to the community where you’ll settle down to make a living for yourself and your family.
Overview of Pacific University
Pacific University has no affiliation to a church—it is totally secular. If you have to put in hours for an employer, you’ll be able to take distance education undergraduate and graduate degree programs. However, evening classes aren’t offered at Pacific University, so that route is not one you can take.
If you pass AP exams, you can request AP credits, which put you ahead of your fellow students in credits earned. You may also choose to take part in a dual enrollment program—this is a program allowing you to enroll in college at the same time you’re in high school—where you’ll earn both high school and college credits which, again, will put you ahead of your fellow students.
|School Type||Private not-for-profit|
|Campus Setting||Suburb: Large|
|Student Faculty Ratio||10:1|
Top Rankings For Pacific University
#11 in Business Management
#7 in Oregon MBA Colleges
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|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Rank||Recommended|
|High School Transcripts||Required|
|College Prep Courses||Recommended|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||Required|
|Application Deadline||November 1, 2019|
|Common Application Accepted||No|
Tuition Cost & Financial Aid
When you and your parents discuss the cost of your schooling at Pacific University, you’ll want to consider not just the tuition, but the eventual cost for all categories of you budget. That is, your tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, and other expenses like driving or entertainment. That total comes up to an average of $62,157.
The cost of attendance with financial aid (called the average net price) averaged out to $29,432 during a recent school year. Each family pays a net price by income because that is how financial aid is applied.
- Families earning up to $30,000 pay around $18,888
- Families earning between $30,001 and $48,000 pay around $20,940
- Families earning between $48,001 and $75,000 pay around $26,126
- Families earning between $75,001 and $100,000 pay around$29,816
- Families who earn more than $110,001 pay around $36,017
Many freshmen students (421) applied for financial aid and 99% of those students (415) received grants or scholarships averaging $30,058. About 98% (412) of those students also received an average of $28,121 in institutional grants and scholarships.
|Average net price||2018-2019|
|Average Total Aid||$30,058|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||100%|
|Room & Board||$12,905|
- Tuition In-State - $46,402
- Tuition Out-of-State - $46,402
- Books and Supplies - $1,050
- Room & Board - $12,905
- Other - $1,800
As an incoming freshman, you’ll be happy to know that the student-to-faculty ratio is 10 to 1. This means you can see your professors quickly if you are having problems with your classes and those classes will likely not be overflowing. The undergraduate student population is 1,894 and the graduate population 2,044. You’ll get the extra assistance you need as long as you need it.
The retention rate describes how many freshmen return to Pacific University after their freshman year. This rate is 78%, which is a little higher than average. The 4-year graduation rate is 61%, which is not as high as the 6-year graduation rate at 69%. Students may decide to stay in school for two more years so their final grades are higher, or it may take longer to complete your courses if you attend part-time or change majors in the middle of your schooling.
The available degree programs, from undergraduate up to doctoral degrees include: biological and biomedical sciences; business, management, marketing and related support services; communication, journalism and related programs; computer and information sciences and support services; education; English language and literature/letters; health professions and related programs; parks, recreation, leisure and fitness studies; physical sciences; psychology; public administration and social service professions; social sciences; and visual and performing arts.
Student Population Total
Most Popular Programs & Majors
(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)
|Health Professions and Related Programs||88 Total Graduates / 18%|
|Dental Hygiene/Hygienist||30 Graduates|
|Public Health, General||22 Graduates|
|Health/Health Care Administration/Management||18 Graduates|
|Music Therapy/Therapist||7 Graduates|
|Ophthalmic and Optometric Support Services and Allied Professions, Other||7 Graduates|
|All Business Majors||67 Total Graduates / 14%|
|Business Administration and Management, General||67 Graduates|
|Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies||48 Total Graduates / 10%|
|Kinesiology and Exercise Science||48 Graduates|
|All Social Science Majors||40 Total Graduates / 8%|
|Political Science and Government, General||9 Graduates|
|Political Science and Government, General||9 Graduates|
|Economics, General||4 Graduates|
|All Biological & Biomedical Majors||35 Total Graduates / 7%|
|Biology/Biological Sciences, General||33 Graduates|
|All Education Majors||35 Total Graduates / 7%|
|Education, General||22 Graduates|
|Elementary Education and Teaching||13 Graduates|
|All Other Diplomas||36%|
Outcome & Salary
When you graduate from Pacific University, you can expect to earn a decent annual salary. You’ll easily earn enough in 10 years to surpass the net price of your cost of education. Your early-career salary should average around $52,000, your average salary may hit $77,545, and your mid-career salary average should be around $99,000.
The 4-year net cost of your education should be around $117,728. A graduate’s 10-year salary earnings potential is $775,450, their 20-year salary earnings potential rises to $2,540,900. After subtracting the cost of education, the 10-year projected return on investment (ROI) is $657,722 and the 20-year projected ROI is $2,423,172. That’s pretty good!
High school graduates earn a national average salary of $38,792. Their 10-year projected income averages $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840.
|College Grads Early Career Salary||$52,000|
|College Grads Average Salary||$77,545|
|College Grads Mid Career Salary||$99,000|
|Return on Investment (ROI)|
|10 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$775,450|
|20 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$2,540,900|
|Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year||$117,728|
|10 Year Projected ROI||$657,722|
|20 Year Projected ROI||$2,423,172|
|No College Education Salary Comparison|
|National Average Salary||$38,792|
|10 Year Projected Income||$387,920|
|20 Year Projected Income||$775,840|
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