Friday, June 15, 2018

Oregon Private College Week 2018

With the school year coming to an end, we are seeing an influx of prospective students and families visiting and touring different campuses.   Organizing and coordinating the numerous times and appointments can be tricky; especially when there is more than one school involved. 
The Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities has worked together with private universities and colleges throughout the state of Oregon to find an easy solution to help with scheduling. 
Participate in the annual Oregon Private College Week, July 23rd through the 27th!  Registration is free and open for all families and students.  During Oregon Private College Week, 11 private institutions across the state of Oregon will have two sessions each day for families to easily register and visit.   Morning sessions will begin fromr9:00 am to 11:30 am and afternoon sessions will be from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm.  Get a side by side comparison of these amazing institutions and learn about academic programs, campus life and much more.
The eleven institutions participating are:
Visitors can go to as many as you would like to or as few as you would like. Register today!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

The “Right” Fit

Often families will hear about finding the “right” fit; that perfect university that embodies everything the student wants in a university experience.  So, what exactly is the right college and how do you know if it is right for you?
As each individual is different, the types of criteria one looks for in a university experience will be vastly different.  Just as Goldilocks found, trying on a school by experiencing the campus in person is the best way to find your new school.  Here are just a few common criteria students look at and questions to ask yourself when looking for the right school.

Location:  Is the student looking to attend school in state or out of state?  Some students want to be close enough to be able to drive home on the weekends while other students are happy to explore a new state and its surrounding areas.  It is also common for other factors such as geography, climate to play an important role in a student’s list of schools.  For example, a student may feel that it is critical to have access to a nearby coast, or to have ready access to the city, the forest and the mountains.  Looking at states in the same time zone is something to consider.  What may be an easy phone call home, will become a little more difficult or inconvenient with even just an hour time difference.

Size: What size school is the right size?  Larger, public universities versus smaller private schools have very different environments on campus.  Depending on the campus, lectures will be more like classes.  Is it important for students to get to know their professors?  If so, attending a smaller campus will offer opportunities for personalized support that a larger institution may not be able to provide.  Some students prefer anonymity.  If being noticed by professors might make students feel uncomfortable and confined, a larger school might be a better fit.

Tuition and scholarships:  Being able to afford a college education is one of the biggest struggles many families face.  Attending a college is expensive but do not walk away without asking about the different scholarships that are available.  While the price tag may seem high, schools will offer scholarships and grants to help offset the cost of attendance.  Families will make decisions based on one year’s tuition cost.  Remember to think long-term about what the value of the education will be.  Private education may carry a higher price tag but the number of students who are able to graduate within four years are likely going to be higher than students who attend public universities.  It is important to take a step back, look at the whole picture, and think about how this will affect not only finances but future career and internship opportunities.  One of the greatest things about Pacific University is that we have a 4-year graduation guarantee and offer amazing merit-based, need-based and talent based scholarships.  With our smaller class sizes, students get to really know their professors and are able to ask them to write letters of recommendation for many important milestones post college graduation (internships, job or graduate school).

Feel/Intuition: One factor we cannot ignore at Pacific University, is the number of students who have told us they knew the minute they stepped onto campus that this was the school for them.  Being able to find a place where they can call home away from home is not easy so this is not something to overlook.  The campus will be where students become adults and transition, for many, on their own for the very first time.  That gut feeling shouldn’t go ignored.

There are many ways for students to find the right fit.  Visiting a campus is the first step!  Schedule a visit to Pacific University and get a chance to tour the campus and meet with an admissions counselor.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

College Readiness 101: Timeline

The relaxing, fun days of summer are upon us! Although it seems counterintuitive, summer vacation is the perfect time to start working on your strategy for college search. The question that gets asked most often by students is, “Where do I start?” This Pacific College Readiness Timeline will give you a good idea of what steps you need to take to apply to Pacific and the other colleges you are considering.

Dates and Deadlines:
ü  RSVP to Oregon Private College Week (side by side comparison of private schools in Oregon)

ü  Common Application for 2019-2020 opens first week of August - Start your application!

ü  SAT or ACT registration for 2018-2019 begins

ü  Compile a list of colleges that interest you

ü  Look at campus tour times and dates & visit college campuses

ü  Start thinking about essay prompts to write for your college application

ü  Write rough drafts of your college essays

ü  Create a professional email account to use solely for your college search

ü  Start a CommonApp account

ü  List the schools you will be applying to and get to know their admissions process

Visiting a variations of colleges will help narrow your search: big vs. small schools, in-state, out-of-state etc.


ü  Attend Senior Preview Day to earn a $4,000 scholarship
ü  Fine tune your college essay

ü  Ask for letter of recommendations as early as possible

ü  Check and read your email regularly

ü  Check-in with your admissions counselor to double check all documents have been submitted
ü  Submit your FAFSA application; opens Oct. 1st

ü  Application deadline for Pacesetter Honor’s Day consideration
ü  Check to make sure your application is complete by contacting your counselor

ü  Start & submit applications for Special Talent and Award Scholarships
ü  Special Talent and Award Scholarship application deadline coming up

ü  RSVP & Waitlist for Pacesetter Honor’s Day
ü  Finish applications for Special Talent and Award Scholarships

ü  Add yourself to the Facebook page: Pacific University Class of 2023
ü  Financial aid letters sent via U.S. Mail and online
ü  Last chance to earn a Senior Preview Day scholarship
ü  RSVP for Spring Receptions: deposit in person while meeting other future Boxers
ü  Final campus visits

ü  Connect with assigned Financial Aid advisors to get all your questions answered

ü  Log into Facebook and watch the bi-monthly Live Q&A videos featuring current students
ü  National College Decision Day is May 1st
ü  Deposit to become an official Boxer!

ü  Regularly check email for communications from various departments

If you have any questions about applying to Pacific or the college search process, please reach out to our admissions team at or 503.352.2218 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Why Pacific? ~ Destiny's Story

Name: Destiny
Major: Biology
Year: Junior
Hometown: Lake Arrowhead, California

What was your college search like?

My college search was guided by my career goal of becoming a physical therapist. I had only applied to 4 or 5 different colleges but I had made sure that each one contained my major and was able to get me onto the right path for my career. I also had a general idea of what I was looking for in a college and location, which helped narrow my search even more.
How did you hear about Pacific University?

I heard about Pacific online while I was searching for colleges that had health professions/pre-med courses and that’s when Pacific Health Professions Education (HPE) program had popped up. After further research I learned that this program offered a great advantage into getting an interview with one of Pacific’s graduate schools and I wasn't going to surpass this offer.

What was your first Pacific visit like?

My first visit to Pacific was actually the day I was registering for classes and meeting with my advisor. I hadn’t had the chance to visit before I accepted to come to Pacific, but I had looked up pictures of campus and the town surrounding it. I was amazed by how beautiful the campus was, the scenery was vibrant and green when compared to California’s national forests that I’m used to. I felt at peace being on campus, everyone I met was beyond friendly and helpful, it felt as though I had belonged here which was great feeling since it was now my new home for the next four years.

Why Pacific?

There were a few main reason why I had choose Pacific over all the other schools I was accepted into. I liked the fact that I was able to get involved with the HPE program, which would help turn my career goals into a reality. Pacific was more personal than any other school I applied to, I lovedthe fact that I had received hand written letters in the mail as well as getting personal phone calls from current Pacific students and my admissions counselor. I figured since Pacific was making a huge effort to make their incoming students feel welcomed then it would be the right choice for me. I also liked the fact that Pacific was a small private university, so it gives you the opportunity to know you professors on a personal level and there’s not a chance that you’ll be lost in the system as you would at a bigger school.

Are you happy with your college choice?

There’s going to be a time in your decision process where you start to question whether or not you made the right choice and if you ended up where you needed to be and Pacific is exactly that for me. I love the fact that I know each and every professor on a personal level and that they are always willing to work with us students so we can succeed.  It’s also nice to see professors on campus and having the opportunity to have conversations with them outside of the classroom.  This is something that a larger school wouldn't be able to offer their students and I think that this makes Pacific more personal for students.
What are you involved in at Pacific?

I’m a part of the admissions student workers here, as well as a part of an intramural sports team. In the past, I was a part of Outdoor Pursuits and helped lead the white water rafting Voyage which was an amazing experience and I would highly suggest any freshmen take part in the Voyages program.

What are you planning on doing with the rest of your time at Pacific?

I plan to finish my Biology major as well as try to finish up my Exercise Science minor. I also plan to do some research and gain more knowledge from the amazing faculty here.

What are your plans after Pacific?

After Pacific I plan on attending medical school so that I could pursue my goal of becoming an orthopedic surgeon. There are many different paths to becoming a surgeon, but I think that I may become an Air Force surgeon so that I help give back to those who need it.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Academic Highlight 007: Environmental Sciences

Academic Highlight 007:
Environmental Sciences

Here at Pacific University we want to empower students to find news ways to support the environment and sustainable development. That's why we have 5 different programs within our Environmental Studies department (click on each to read more):

Environmental Biology
Environmental Science
Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
Environmental Studies: Policy, Culture and Society, and
Applied Sustainability

Our students can learn anything from Conservation Biology and Restoration Ecology to Permaculture Design Science and Geospatial Analysis of ecological systems in specific geographic locations. We even have a professor who's working to save the world, one bird at a time (watch here)!

Basically, what we're trying to say, is that if you want to study the Environment and how to support it, we've got your back.

Do you want to help keep our environment healthy for generations to come? Contact Admissions to learn how you can apply for free or schedule a visit with Pacific; a University that's helping passionate Environmental Scientists to change the world by helping others live healthier and happier lives.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Annual Pacific University Lu'au

Our 57th annual Lu'au is coming up on April 8th, and we are more excited than ever.

Each year, we put together the largest Lu'au on the mainland, and we're proud of it.


Because we believe in giving students knowledge and experiences that broaden their perspectives of the world and the people around them. Students from all over the map participate in our Lu'au, increasing the community learning experience of the event.

So, not only do you get to watch an amazing show and eat delicious food, you also are enriched with a broader understanding of our world, different cultures, and the people that make everything special.

New and diverse experiences are things we deeply value here at Pacific, and we’re excited that you do too. Come see what we’re all about: contact Admissions to learn how you can apply for free or schedule a visit.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Environmental Action Clubs

Our students care here; even in their clubs.

Our passion for environmental action and advocacy even extends beyond the classes, our Leed-certified buildings, and our passionate professors; it's in the day to day actions of our students.

It's in their conscious consumer habits.
It's in their mindful transportation choices.
It's in their encouragement of our community to "grow green" with us.

From our club for our own certified organic B-Street Farm, to our Animal Ethics club, to our campus group of Students for Environmental Activism (SEA), our students care. 

They care about taking what they learn in the classroom into the world to do good for others and for earth.

Whether these clubs are hosting advocacy events surrounding Earth Day or encouraging more sustainable, small, daily choices, our students are helping all of us to become better citizens of our planet.

Want to join in our students' efforts, both in and out of the classroom, to create a more sustainable future? We sure would love it if you did. Contact Admissions to learn how you can apply for free or schedule a visit with Pacific; a University with clubs that care.