Pacific University: Narrative Description

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2043 College Way
Forest Grove, OR 97116-1797
Tel: (503)357-6151; 877-722-8648; Admissions: (503)352-2218; Fax: (503)352-3191; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1849. Setting: 55-acre small town campus with easy access to Portland. Endowment: $31.7 million. Research spending 2002-03: $277,690. Educational spending 2002-03: $7525 per student. Total enrollment: 2,420. Faculty: 140 (84 full-time, 56 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 11:1. 1,214 applied, 84% were admitted. 32% from top 10% of their high school class, 64% from top quarter, 93% from top half. 13 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,113 students, 60% women, 40% men. Part-time: 90 students, 70% women, 30% men. Students come from 35 states and territories, 6 other countries, 47% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 1% black, 19% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.4% international, 5% 25 or older, 64% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 81% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; parks and recreation. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, internships. Off campus study at United Church of Christ related colleges and universities. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements: Options: Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 3.0 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/15. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $30. Comprehensive fee: $25,430 includes full-time tuition ($19,330), mandatory fees ($560), and college room and board ($5540). College room only: $2680. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 60 open to all; local fraternities, local sororities; 10% of eligible men and 17% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Pacific Outback activities, Hawaiian Club, Big Buddy Program, Business and Economics Club, Exercise Science Club. Major annual events: Homecoming, Hawaiian Luau, Spring Fever (lip sync event). Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing designed to accommodate 707 students; 726 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2001-02. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Option: coed housing available. Scott Memorial Library with 244,691 books, 60,065 microform titles, 1,180 serials, 5,715 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $1.4 million. 150 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Located 30 miles west of Portland, Forest Grove (population 15,000) is the home of Pacific University, the first school to be chartered in the Oregon Territory. Part-time employment is available. Community facilities include 15 churches, 2 libraries, a hospital, and various civic and service organizations. Bus transportation is available. The Pacific Coast beaches are an hour's drive and skiing on Mt. Hood is 90 minutes away.

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