Founded in 1849, Pacific University is a private university that provides educational opportunities to nearly 3,000 students. It offers classes with over 50 areas of study and several English as a Second Language programs. The university provides scholarship programs for national and international students. Pacific University offers learning opportunities for students in the areas of liberal arts, education and health care. It provides nationally accredited graduate programs in education, optometry and health sciences. Pacific University is affiliated with United Church of Christ. It features various programs in dental health science, physician assistant studies, pharmacy, professional psychology, health care administration, and occupational and physical therapies.