Pacific University I Founded by Congregational pioneers as a school for orphans of the Oregon Trail in 1849, Pacific University is one of the oldest chartered institutions of higher education in the West. It is the number one private research university in the Pacific Northwest and ranks 10th on the West coast, among the likes of USC and Stanford. It was recently reclassified as a Doctoral/Professional University through the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Along with the historical campus located in Forest Grove, Oregon (about 25 miles west of Portland), the university has campuses in Eugene, Hillsboro, Portland, and Woodburn.
Currently the university enrolls over 3,900 students in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs of study. Pacific University strives to provide an education of exceptional quality in liberal arts and sciences, optometry, education, business, and selected health professions programs to prepare students for service to a changing community, nation, and world. The university is committed to diversity, sustainability, discovery and excellence, and to inspiring students to think, care, create, and pursue justice in a global community.
School of Audiology I The SOA, established in 2012, is housed in the Tuality 7th Avenue Medical Plaza. The Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degree program utilizes an accelerated three-year (121 credits), block-curriculum model. Approximately 80 audiology students across three cohorts participate in interprofessional education with other students in the College of Health Professions including Athletic Training, Dental Hygiene, Graduate Psychology, Healthcare Administration and Leadership, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant and Physical Therapy. Pacific University's Health Professions campus, located in the Hillsboro, OR Health and Education District, is 15 miles west of downtown Portland and easily accessible by public transit.