Pacific University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (4)
Here's some things I like about Pacific: it has a good pipeline into their professional programs, and has and extremely dedicated career development staff. There is, in general, quite a few decent activities on campus to enjoy, such as guest speakers and the theater & dance departments' shows (especially the Improv shows, which often get packed). In addition, the people on campus are generally agreeable, and recognize that they need to maintain good relationships with others to get along. Pacific also has some new dorms, with are pretty sweet, and they're planning to get rid of some of the old dorms (i.e. Clark), but I'm not sure they actually will until the new dorm hall is built. There's also a good dedication to the academic environment--everyone is working hard and respects that the classes there are difficult and demanding. The Luau [sic] in the spring is pretty fun to attend. Some things I don't like about Pacific: its football program definitely lowered the professional nature of the campus. Ever since the football players got on, there's been an definite decline in general student behavior and performance. I personally would've preferred that the school had kept the football program dormant, but with their recent expansion I guess they need more students to balance out the budget deficit--plus there was always a small number of men on campus, so this could balance that out a bit. Although Forest Grove is okay, it's small, and there's not much to do. Thankfully, you can hop on the '57' Trimet bus into Portland if you want to go do something, but getting back is a chore unless you pay for a hotel, which is expensive. Beaverton is a reasonable travel spot for fun. Otherwise, you've got to deal with either Billiard or the Cantina (although with the new Tyson's pub, it might be more reasonable to have a less crowded bar experience, but I got out in '15, so I don't know about that.). Pacific is also very clique-y. No doubt this is due to the small campus environment, and further compounded by the student culture. If you don't fit in with a certain group, it can be rough. Most people on campus are polite, though, so you'll probably get acceptable group members if you ever get grouped up for a project. They also have discontinued dances at campus, mostly because the football people keep on messing them up for everyone by showing up drunk and pulling fire alarms and stuff--not that the dances were especially classy in the first place.
Horrible admin, but mostly great professors who knew what they were talking about and cared about their students.
Pacific's administration sucks but there are a lot of great professors there who really know what they're talking about and genuinely want to help the students. Also the campus is pretty. It isn't much of a party college, and attracted a lot of A-type people who wanted to get good grades, at least when I was there. Also, Forest Grove is a horrible place.
Excellent overall experience. Academically challenging, beautiful campus, great people, and I really enjoyed my time there. A little on the pricey side, but they are generous with scholarships and it was well worth the investment.