Thursday, March 26, 2015

Take a Virtual Tour of Campus!

Have you been wanting to explore our Forest Grove campus, but haven’t been able to visit yet? Well have no fear, your solution is here! We offer some online alternatives to experiencing our beautiful campus in person.

The first option you have is to take a virtual tour of campus via eCampusTours. Through this site, you can look at several different locations around campus with descriptions of each place while seeing a 360° view of the area.

The second option is a video tour of campus hosted by one of our current undergraduate students. The video showcases some of the main spots on campus and you will learn about aspects of our school that makes Pacific unique.

If you do have the option to see our undergraduate campus in person, please schedule a tour by visiting
Outside of Marsh Hall



Wednesday, February 18, 2015


This year for our annual Pacesetters Scholarship Competition we decided to do something new with our current students and created a Q & A session called the CASBE Panel. CASBE stands for College of Arts, Science, Business, and Education. For this panel, a group of current undergraduate students, each representing areas of study at Pacific, are on stage talking about their experiences at college and answering questions from the audience. The audience is able to text in their questions, via the Pacific University App, and the moderator asks the panel for their opinions. What’s great about this panel is that it is completely unscripted and honest. The panel has very diverse personalities and experiences which creates a very entertaining and engaging session. So far, the CASBE Panel has been the favorite event of Pacesetters this year.  


Thursday, December 18, 2014

6 Ways to Pay for a Pacific University Education

When you see the figures for the cost of tuition to attend Pacific it can be a little overwhelming, but don’t worry, there are so many ways to afford to come to our amazing university. At Pacific we make it extremely accessible for you to be able to attend here. We offer automatic scholarships that come with your acceptance, scholarship competitions and resources and many work study opportunities. Here is a list of a few of the options available:
  • Merit Scholarships: These are awarded to you when you get accepted to Pacific, there are different tiers you can qualify for depending on your GPA and SAT or ACT test scores.
  • Scholarship Board: The Financial Aid Office has a board right outside of their window where they post current scholarships that you can apply for, along with a list of scholarships that’s put out at the end of the fall semester.         
  • Talent Scholarships: If you have talent in the performing arts or other fields you can audition for one of these talent scholarships.
  • The Ultimate Scholarship Book: This is a book of scholarships that is printed every year. It has tons of scholarships, grants, and prizes that you can apply for. You can pick up a copy at your local bookstore or look at the copy we have in our Undergraduate Admissions Office.
  • Work Study Jobs: There are many work study jobs available to students on campus. Also, if you don’t qualify for work study you can see if you can get Pacific’s version of work study or work at one of the non-work study jobs that we have available on campus, as well.
  • Pacesetters: Pacesetters is an annual scholarship competition put on by Pacific every year. If you participate in Pacesetters you automatically get a scholarship between $2,000 and $5,000 that is renewed annually during your four years of undergrad.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Holidays at Pacific

The holiday season is upon us again, allowing us to boom Christmas music to our hearts content without getting odd looks from people. It’s also a time where we can enjoy the season with a variety of festive events around the Portland area. One big event that happens throughout December is Zoo Lights at The Oregon Zoo. The zoo gets decked out with tons of twinkle lights throughout the park and you get to wander through after hours while enjoying a nice cup of hot cocoa. Also if you like lights, you can visit Peacock Lane in Portland from December 15th to December 31st or The Grotto during the evenings through December 30th. You can also catch a ride on the MAX to Pioneer Square anytime to see the giant lighted tree in Portland’s living room. If you want to be in the great outdoors there are many Christmas tree farms surrounding Portland that have special holiday events like meeting Santa’s reindeer or enjoying piping hot apple cider. If you want to have some holiday fun indoors, you can check out Pittock Mansion's Christmas Past, Present, and Future event. For this event, the Pittock Mansion gets decorated according to all of the different Christmas traditions and you can enjoy some holiday foods and Christmas music while you are there too.



Monday, November 17, 2014

Pacesetters 2015

The Pacesetters Scholarship Competition is an opportunity for academically talented high school students to earn up to $20,000 ($5,000 per year for all four years) in additional scholarship money by demonstrating their exceptional abilities with Pacific's faculty members. RSVP Today!

Pacesetters Dates

Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 
Friday, Jan. 23, 2015
Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 
Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 
Monday, Feb. 16, 2015  
Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015

The Details

The first thing you should know is that everybody wins at Pacesetters. If you participate in the entire event, you are guaranteed between $2,000 and $5,000 in annual Pacesetters scholarships in addition to previously awarded merit scholarships. Our two highest scoring Pacesetters competitors will receive a full-tuition scholarship for all four years.
Parents and students will learn more about Pacific while interacting with faculty about specific academic programs, connecting with current students, enjoying lunch, and having financial aid and student services questions answered.

The Exam

Students have 50 minutes to complete an exam that is comprised of a reading comprehension section and a problem solving section. Calculators are not permitted and students are expected to show their work. This exam is written and proctored by faculty from our english, chemistry, political science, economics, computer science, mathematics and biology departments.

The Rewards

  • A minimum $8,000 scholarship ($2,000 annually) to every student who attends the competition
  • As much as $20,000 ($5,000 annually) based on exam scores
  • A full-tuition scholarship to the two highest-scoring Pacesetters competitors

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pacific University's Undergraduate Research Conference 2014

The 2014 Pacific University Undergraduate Research Conference will feature a professional panel discussion and two student poster sessions. The Conference is sponsored by the Pacific Research Institute for Science and Mathematics and the Career Development Center and is free and open to the public.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Multi-Purpose Room, University Center
Professional Panel 4:30 – 5:15 pm
A panel of Pacific Natural and Social Sciences alumni discuss their career paths and roles in their fields.
Student Poster Session I 5:15 - 6:00 pm
Student Poster Session II 6:00 - 6:45 pm
Closing Ceremonies 6:45 - 7:00 pm
Students who have conducted research projects both on and off campus will be available to discuss details and answer questions about their research. Light appetizers will be served.

If you would like to attend to see what kind of research opportunities are available for students at Pacific, please contact Anastasia Bennett at 


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Events on Campus - Fall, 2014

Coffee with the President: Friday, Oct. 17 @ 4:00pm, UC Lounge

Fall Choral Concert: Friday, Oct. 17 @ 7:30pm, in Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center

Family Weekend: Friday, Oct. 17 – Sunday, Oct. 19

Football Game: Boxers vs. Pacific Lutheran: Saturday, Oct. 18 @ 1:00pm, in Forest Grove

Cuéntame Coyote: Thursday, Oct. 23 @11:30am-1:00pm

Theatre: The Scrivener: Thursday, Oct. 23 – Saturday, Oct. 26 @ 7:30pm and on Sunday, Oct. 26 @ 2:00pm

Football Game: Boxers vs. George Fox: Saturday, Oct. 25 @ 1:00pm, @ George Fox

Hall-O-Safe: Friday, Oct. 31

Football Game:  Boxers vs. Lewis & Clark: Saturday, Nov. 1 @ 2:00pm, @ Lewis & Clark

Politics & Sports Public Lecture Twofer: Monday, Nov. 3 @ 4:30pm-6:00pm, in Marsh 216

Majorfest: Class of 2017 & 2018: Thursday, Nov. 6 @ 4:00pm-5:30pm, in the MPR

Fall Symphonic Band Concert: Friday, Nov. 7 @ 7:30pm-10:00pm, in Taylor-Meade

Football Game: Boxers vs. Willamette: Saturday, Nov. 8 @ 1:00pm, in Forest Grove

Fall Jazz Nite: Saturday, Nov. 8 @ 7:30pm-10:00pm, in Taylor-Meade

Pacific Philharmonic & Chamber Ensembles Concert: Friday, Nov. 14 @ 7:30pm-10:00pm, in Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center

Football Game vs. Linfield: Saturday, Nov. 15 @ 1:00pm, @ Linfield

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band: Saturday, Nov. 15 @ 7:30pm-9:30pm, in Taylor-Meade

Theresa Williamson, In Your Face Lecture: Monday, Nov. 17 @ 7:00pm, in Marsh 216

A Night in November: Tuesday, Nov. 18 @ 7:30pm-9:30pm, Tom Miles Theater

Thanksgiving Holiday Break:
Wednesday, Nov. 26 – Friday, Nov. 28

Reading Day: Wednesday, Dec. 3

Holiday Concert: Saturday, Dec. 6 @ 7:30pm-10:00pm, in Taylor-Meade