Pacific University (Pacific)

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Pacific University can be found in Forest Grove, OR, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. Over 4,200 students are enrolled at Pacific.

An ACT or SAT exam may be required before applying to this college. Scores in the range of 1060 (25th percentile) - 1260 (75th percentile) for the SAT exam and within the range of 20 (25th percentile) - 26 (75th percentile) on the ACT is usually submitted among applicants admitted to Pacific. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the Pacific average GPA range for accepted students is around 3.06 - 3.38. Pacific has an acceptance rate of around 87 percent with 19 percent of applicants deciding to enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Pacific Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Pacific University was reported as 86.6% in Fall 2020 with over 2,520 college applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • Pacific ACT Scores: 20 - 26
  • Pacific Average GPA: 3.06 - 3.38

How Hard Is It to Get into Pacific University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of Pacific University is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2024 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2024-2025 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Pacific University has been on an upward trend when compared to previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 78.8%
  • 2017-2018: 84.5%
  • 2018-2019: 85.3%
  • 2019-2020: 86.6%
  • Projected Pacific Acceptance Rate 2024-2025: 78.9%

How Does Pacific Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Pacific University is fifty-three percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
George Fox University82.4%
University of Portland76.7%
Pacific Northwest College of Art87.6%
Lewis & Clark College72.2%
Linfield College-McMinnville Campus81.7%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Recommended
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Pacific (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading540 - 630
Math520 - 630
Total Score1060 - 1260
ACT®Score Range
English19 - 25
Math19 - 26
Composite Score20 - 26
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