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Pacific University is a private, non-profit, coeducational university, based in Forest Grove, Oregon, United States Founded in 1849 as the Tualatin Academy, the university's original Forest Grove campus is 23 miles 37 km west of Portland, while the university maintains three other campuses in the cities of Eugene, Hillsboro, and Woodburn

Founded by the United Church of Christ UCC, the university's motto is Pro Christo et Regno Ejus, which is Latin for "For Christ and His Kingdom," and has an enrollment of more than 3,500 students3 Although the university has long been independent of the UCC, it still maintains a close working relationship with the church as a member of the United Church of Christ Council for Higher Education4 The university is now a small private, independent liberal arts school, offering graduate programs in education, optometry, writing, health professions and business5


  • 1 History
  • 2 Campuses
  • 3 Academics
  • 4 Student life
    • 41 Greek life
      • 411 Fraternities
      • 412 Sororities
  • 5 Athletics
  • 6 Notable alumni
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links


Sidney Marsh

Tabitha Brown, a pioneer emigrant from Massachusetts, immigrated to the Oregon Country over the new Applegate Trail in 18466 After arriving in Oregon she helped to start an orphanage and school along with Rev Harvey L Clark in Forest Grove in 1847 to care for the orphans of Applegate Trail party678 In March 1848, Tualatin Academy was established from the orphanage with Clark donating 200 acres 809 ha to the school8 George H Atkinson had advocated the founding of the school and with support of the Presbyterians and Congregationalists helped to start the academy7 Eliza Hart Spalding, part of the Whitman Mission, was its first teachercitation needed

The academy was officially chartered by the territorial legislature on September 29, 184979 The reverend Clark served as the first president of the board of trustees and later donated an additional 150 acres 607 ha to the institution9 In 1851, what is now Old College Hall was built and in 1853 Sidney H Marsh became the school's first president7 The current campus was deeded in 185110 In 1854, the institution became Pacific University8 The first commencement occurred in 1863 with Harvey W Scott as the only graduate7

Marsh Hall

In 1872, three Japanese students started at the university as part of that country's modernization movement, with all three graduating in 18767 These students were Hatstara Tamura, Kin Saito, and Yei Nosea7 President Marsh died in 1879 and was replaced by John R Herrick9 In the late 1890s an alumnus gave Pacific a Chinese statuette The statuette was purchased from a Chinese family who used it as a sort of coat of arms It appears to be a mix of a several different mythical creatures although it is often simply called a "dragon dog" and serves as the foundation for the university's mascot, the Boxer11

Marsh Hall was built in 1895 and named for Pacific's first president, serving as the central building on Pacific's campus Carnegie Library now Carnegie Hall opened in 1912 after Andrew Carnegie's foundation helped finance the brick structure12 The library was designed by Portland architecture firm Whidden and Lewis13 In 1915, the preparatory department, Tualatin Academy, closed due to the proliferation of public high schools in the state9 By 1920, the school had grown to a total of five buildings on 30 acres 121 ha and had an endowment of approximately $250,0009

Marsh Hall was gutted by fire in 1975, but its shell was preserved, and the structure reopened in 1977 Dr Phillip D Creighton became Pacific's sixteenth president in August 2003 and retired in June 200914 Tommy Thayer, lead guitarist of the band KISS, was elected to the university's board of trustees in 200515 Pacific's seventeenth president, Dr Lesley M Hallick, was named on May 19, 200916


Carnegie Hall

Pacific University is located on four campuses in the state of Oregon in the cities of Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn17

The Forest Grove Campus features several historic buildings Old College Hall is the oldest educational building west of the Mississippi and today serves as Pacific University’s museum18 Carnegie Hall, the university’s first dedicated library building, was constructed in 1912 and today is home to the undergraduate Psychology Department19 Marsh Hall, at the center of campus, houses several classrooms and faculty offices, in addition to administrative offices and a small auditorium The Forest Grove Campus opened a new residence hall, Cascade Hall, in 201420 The Forest Grove Campus also is home to a new university library, which was built and earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design LEED certification in 2005, the LEED-certified Berglund Hall,21 which houses the College of Education and a community preschool, and the additional LEED Gold certified residence halls, Burlingham and Gilbert22 The Bill & Cathy Stoller Center is home to all of the university’s intercollegiate athletic teams, athletic offices and the Department of Exercise Science It features more than 95,000 square feet of floor space, including team rooms, locker rooms, classrooms, a wood-floor gymnasium, a weight and fitness center and the Fieldhouse, the first indoor practice area in the Northwest Conference and the only one with FieldTurf23 Outside the Stoller Center is the entrance to Hanson Stadium, which includes a FieldTurf soccer, lacrosse and football surface, a nine-lane track and grandstands24 A new roof was built to cover the stadium grandstands in 201425 The stadium is part of the Lincoln Park Athletic Complex, built in 2008, which also houses the baseball complex, Chuck Bafaro Stadium at Bond Field, the softball complex, Sherman/Larkins Stadium, and natural grass fields for soccer and track throwing events, and is part of the City of Forest Grove's Lincoln Park, also home to a fitness trail, playground equipment, a BMX course, a skateboard park and picnic areas26

Pacific University’s Eugene Campus is a single building which houses a portion of the College of Education

In 2013, Pacific University also opened a campus in Woodburn, providing undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Education

The Hillsboro Campus opened in 2006 with its first building, a five-story Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design LEED gold certified building in Hillsboro in 2006,27 which was dedicated as Creighton Hall28 A second building, known as HPC2 and also LEED certified, opened in 201029 The campus is part of the Hillsboro Health & Education District and is adjacent to the MAX light rail line Currently home primarily to Pacific University’s College of Health Professions, the campus houses several master’s and doctorate-level programs in health professions, as well as clinics, open to the public, for audiology, dental hygiene, physical therapy and professional psychology, as well as an interdisciplinary diabetes clinic and an eye clinic run by the Pacific University College of Optometry Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center also has a clinic and pharmacy on site30

180° panorama of the campus in Forest Grove


Pacific University is consistently named among the top regional colleges and universities in the west by US News & World Report, Forbes and The Princeton Review 313233

Performing Arts Center

Pacific is home to the colleges of Arts & Sciences, Education, Optometry, Health Professions and Business Approximately half of all students are undergraduates, while the other half are graduate and professional students3

The College of Arts & Sciences offers undergraduate liberal arts and sciences programs in more than 50 fields, as well as a low-residency master’s of fine arts in writing34 The MFA program has been ranked by Poets & Writers magazine as one of the top five low-residency MFA programs in the United States for four consecutive years35 Pacific also opened a master of social work program based in Eugene, Ore, in 201436

Pacific’s College of Education offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in education and learning Undergraduates may study early childhood education and elementary education, while graduate programs include MAT/MAT Flex, MAT Special Education and MEd in Curriculum Studies, as well as a joint program with the College of Optometry, visual function in learning37 The College of Education offers programs for science and math teachers at its Woodburn Campus38 A new School of Communication Sciences and Disorders began offering a master’s in speech-language pathology in 201239

The College of Optometry is one of 21 schools in the United States and Canada offering a doctorate in optometry40 Pacific’s program dates back to 1945, when Pacific merged with the North Pacific College of Optometry Pacific’s College of Optometry also offers a master of vision science degree and operates eye clinic and eyeglass dispensaries in communities throughout the Portland area41

The College of Health Professions was founded in 2006, though several of its programs date back further Most courses and clinics are located on the Hillsboro campus Programs include a doctorate of audiology, master’s of athletic training, bachelor’s in dental health science, graduate certificate in gerontology, master’s in healthcare administration, graduate certificate in healthcare compliance, online bachelor's in health science, doctorate in occupational therapy, doctorate in pharmacy, doctorate in physical therapy, master’s in physician assistant studies, and master’s and doctorates in professional psychology Curricula in all health professions programs focuses on interprofessional cooperation, and students gain practice in caring for underserved populations30

The College of Business opened in 2013 with undergraduate programs in accounting, finance, international business and marketing42 Graduate programs include a master of business administration and master of science in finance

Student lifeedit

Pacific's newspaper, The Pacific Index, was first published in 1893 The next year an annual yearbook began as the Heart of Oak

Greek lifeedit

All of the Greek societies at Pacific University are "local", meaning that they are unique to the campus43


  • ГΣ - Gamma Sigma
  • ΑΖ - Alpha Zeta
  • ΠΚΡ - Pi Kappa Rho


  • ΑΚΔ - Alpha Kappa Delta
  • ΘΝΑ - Theta Nu Alpha
  • ΦΛΟ - Phi Lambda Omicron
  • ΔΧΔ - Delta Chi Delta


Pacific University competes as a member of the Northwest Conference in the NCAA Division III Pacific was one of the founding members of the conference in 1926

Men compete in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, and wrestling Women’s programs include basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, softball, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, and wrestling Women’s rowing will begin in 2013

Pacific's women's wrestling program is one of just five varsity programs sponsored by a college in the United States44 The team competed as part of the women's division of the National Collegiate Wrestling Association, which began competition in 2007

In addition to the amenities of the Stoller Center and Lincoln Park Athletic Complex, Pacific University also has indoor and outdoor tennis courts 45 on campus and shares a competition-size pool with the City of Forest Grove46

Notable alumniedit

A C Gilbert as a young fraternity man at Pacific University in 1902
  • Shirley Abbott '52, OD '53 - was an American businessman, rancher, politician, and ambassador
  • Les AuCoin '69 – was Oregon’s US Representative from the First Congressional District from 1975 to 1992
  • William A Barton '69 – noted Oregon personal injury attorney and author
  • Loren Cordain '74 - American scientist who specializes in nutrition and exercise physiology
  • Chuck Currie '91 - minister
  • Rick Dancer47 - Journalist and Politician
  • Dick Daniels, former NFL player and executive
  • Daniel Gault attended Tualatin Academy – educator, newspaperman, and state legislator48
  • Alfred Carlton Gilbert graduated in 1902 from the Tualatin Academy – Olympian and inventor of the Erector Set
  • Tim Hauck, former NFL player
  • David G Hebert '94, BA - musicologist, musician, professor
  • Lynn Hellerstein - optometrist, speaker and author best known for her work in the field of vision therapy
  • William A Hilliard '52 – editor of The Oregonian
  • Augustus C Kinney, longtime physician in Astoria, Oregon, and noted expert on tuberculosis at the turn of the 20th century4950
  • Mike Kreidler '66, OD '69 - American politician
  • Gregg Lambert '83 - philosopher and literary theorist
  • Olaus Murie 1912 – conservationist and mammalogist
  • Tela O'Donnell '05 - retired amateur freestyle wrestler and Olympian
  • Robert T Oliver '32 - American author, lecturer, and an authority on public speaking, argumentation and debate, and Asian rhetorical traditions
  • Carol Pott '86 - author and editor
  • Harvey W Scott 1863 – the first graduate of Pacific, editor of The Oregonian
  • Thomas H Tongue 1868 – US Representative for Oregon's First Congressional District
  • Calvin Leroy Van Pelt '49 - World War II veteran
  • Nancy Wilson non-degree, 1976 – lead guitarist and vocalist in the classic rock group Heart



  1. ^ As of June 30, 2009 "US and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" PDF 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments National Association of College and University Business Officers Retrieved February 19, 2010 
  2. ^ a b "Administration" Pacific University Retrieved 2015-06-25 
  3. ^ a b c "About Pacific University" pacificuedu 
  4. ^ Who We Are Pacific University Retrieved on Sept 19, 2014
  5. ^ "Pacific University adds College of Business" Portland Business Journal 7 January 2013 
  6. ^ a b Hastings, Terry; Joe Montalbano 1980 Hillsboro: My Home Town Hillsboro Elementary School District 7 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g Horner, John B Oregon: Her History, Her Great Men, Her Literature Corvallis, OR: Gazette-Times, 1919; pp 159-160
  8. ^ a b c Carey, Charles Henry 1922 History of Oregon Pioneer Historical Publishing Co p 340, 350, 507, 724
  9. ^ a b c d e Bates, Henry L March 1920 "Pacific University" The Quarterly of the Oregon Historical Society Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society 21 1: 1–12 
  10. ^ Deed, April 3, 1851, Washington Country, Oregon
  11. ^ Boxer Spirit Pacific University Retrieved September 19, 2014
  12. ^ "Carnegie Hall" The Council of Independent Colleges November 2006 Retrieved November 4, 2008 
  13. ^ Spencer-Hartle, Brandon "Whidden and Lewis, architects" The Oregon Encyclopedia 
  14. ^ Christensen, Nick “Search on for new Pacific University president : Creighton led university's growth, within Forest Grove and east to Hillsboro”, The Hillsboro Argus, September 22, 2008
  15. ^ Tommy Thayer Goes To College - Board Approved TommyThayercom Retrieved on September 15, 2007
  16. ^ OHSU provost says she's eager to take helm at Pacific University News-Times Retrieved on August 10, 2009
  17. ^ "University News" pacificuedu 
  18. ^ http://wwwpacificuedu/about/history/
  19. ^ "University News" pacificuedu 
  20. ^ "Pacific University's new Cascade Hall welcomes students in style with lounge areas, waterfall mural photos" OregonLivecom 
  21. ^ Berglund Hall Receives LEED Gold Rating Pacific University Retrieved on November 4, 2008
  22. ^ "Buildings & Grounds" pacificuedu 
  23. ^ "Pacific's Stoller Center Fieldhouse goes 'all-weather'" OregonLivecom 
  24. ^ "Pacific University Athletics" goboxerscom 
  25. ^ "Pacific University Athletics" Pacific University Athletics 
  26. ^ "Forest Grove's Lincoln Park grows by 3 acres after city land purchase" OregonLivecom 
  27. ^ DJC Staff "SRG designs second LEED Gold building", Daily Journal of Commerce, January 15, 2008,
  28. ^ Hungerford, Kelley July 29, 2009 "‘Dr Phil’ leaves legacy from Forest Grove to Hillsboro" News-Times Retrieved November 17, 2012 
  29. ^ Dan Carter "Pacific University expanding Hillsboro campus" Daily Journal of Commerce 
  30. ^ a b http://wwwpacificuedu/chp/indexcfm
  31. ^ "Pacific University - Rankings - Best College - US News" rankingsandreviewscom 
  32. ^ "Pacific University" princetonreviewcom 
  33. ^ Dov Seidman "Pacific University" Forbes 
  34. ^ "Pacific University" PacificUedu Retrieved May 10, 2016 
  35. ^ Staff 1 September 2011 "2012 MFA Rankings: The Low-Residency Top Ten" pworg 
  36. ^ "New Master of Social Work program at Pacific University will focus on Latino community" OregonLivecom 
  37. ^ http://wwwpacificuedu/coe/indexcfm
  38. ^ "Master of Arts in Teaching - STEM/ESOL" pacificuedu 
  39. ^ "Pacific University to launch School of Communication Sciences and Disorders" OregonLivecom 
  40. ^ "Member Schools and Colleges" optedorg 
  41. ^ "College of Optometry" pacificuedu 
  42. ^ "Pacific University adds College of Business" Portland Business Journal 7 January 2013 
  43. ^ Greek Life FAQ
  44. ^ "Make It 5 Women's Wrestling Teams", Chicago Sun-Times, Retrieved on November 26, 2008
  45. ^ "Pacific University Athletics" goboxerscom 
  46. ^ "Pacific University Athletics" goboxerscom 
  47. ^ E Harger III, Stover July 2, 2008 "Politician, Pacific alum to march in Hillsboro’s holiday parade Friday" The Forest Grove News-Times Retrieved November 17, 2012 
  48. ^ Republican Party US : 1854- , and Republican League of Oregon 1896 Republican League Register, a Record of the Republican Party in the State of Oregon Register Pub Co p 1874 
  49. ^ "Obituary" Medical sentinel 16: 196 1908 
  50. ^ Corning, Howard M 1989 Dictionary of Oregon History Binfords & Mort Publishing p 135

Further reading

  • Drury, Clifford Merrill 'Henry Harmon Spalding: Pioneer of Old Oregon" Caxton Printers, Caldwell, ID, 1936
  • Miranda, Gary Splendid Audacity: The Story of Pacific University, 2000
  • Smith, Alvin T Original diaries at Pacific University Archives
  • Spalding, Henry H, in collections of Oregon Historical Society, Protestant Missions in the Pacific Northwest

External linksedit

  • Pacific University Official Website
  • Pacific University Official Athletics Website
  • The Centennial History of Oregon, 1811-1912

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