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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.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting Suburb: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 10:1
Graduation Rate 69%
Year Founded 1849

Student Enrollment

Total Students3,938


Undergraduate Student

Male 720
Female 1,174

Graduate Student

Male 777
Female 1,267

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Male 1,034
Female 1,490


Male   85
Female 1,296

Acceptance Rate87%

Male 85%
Female 87%

Enrollment 246

Male  233
Female 4,926
Application Fee $40
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Recommended
Recommendations Required
SAT/ACT Required
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
Net Price $29,432
Average Total Aid $30,058
Students Receiving Financial Aid 100%
Room & Board $12,905

Sticker Price

  • 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

Student Population 3,938

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

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%
Criminology 13 Graduates
Political Science and Government, General 9 Graduates
Political Science and Government, General 9 Graduates
Anthropology 4 Graduates
Economics, General 4 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 35 Total Graduates / 7%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 33 Graduates
Bioinformatics 2 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.

Graduates Salary
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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