Pacific University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Graduation Rate & More

Marsh Hall at Pacific University
Marsh Hall at Pacific University. Tom Brandt / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Pacific University Admissions Overview:

Pacific University has an acceptance rate of 79%, making it largely accessible to those who apply. Prospective students will need to submit an application (the school accepts the Common Application), official high school transcripts, and scores from either the SAT or the ACT. If you have any questions about applying or the admissions process, feel free to get in touch with a member of the admissions office; there is also helpful information on the school's website.

Admissions Data (2016):

Pacific University Description:

Founded in 1849 as a school for orphans from the Oregon Trail, Pacific University has undergone significant changes in its long history. Today Pacific has a liberal arts undergraduate college and professional graduate programs in education and health. The attractive 55-acre campus is located in Forest Grove, Oregon, about 25 miles west of Portland. Outdoor lovers will find hiking, skiing, camping, biking, kayaking and canoeing opportunities in the surrounding area. Students come from 30 states and 28 foreign countries. Undergraduates can choose from 36 fields of study with exercise science and dental hygiene being among the most popular. Academics at Pacific are supported by a 13 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 19. Social life is active with over 60 clubs including fraternities and sororities. In athletics, the Pacific University Boxer's compete in the NCAA Division III Northwest Conference for 21 sports.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 3,909 (1,930 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 41% Male / 59% Female
  • 96% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $41,054
  • Books: $1,050 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $11,822
  • Other Expenses: $1,680
  • Total Cost: $55,606

Pacific University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 98%
    • Loans: 92%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $23,906
    • Loans: $8,437

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Business Administration, Dental Hygiene, Education, Exercise Science, Psychology

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 82%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 48%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 58%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Tennis, Wrestling, Golf, Soccer, Swimming, Basketball, Baseball
  • Women's Sports: Wrestling, Tennis, Softball, Rowing, Lacrosse, Soccer, Basketball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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