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Oregon’s Pacific University offers tight-knit community for Hawaii students

Oregon's Pacific University offers tight-knit community for Hawaii students

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When it comes to choosing a college, leaving your home state can be daunting — especially for Hawaii students. At Pacific University in Oregon, there are support systems in place for those attending who are far away from home. In fact, about 14 percent of the university’s undergraduate students are from Hawaii. Today, there are 1,500 alumni in Hawaii, as well as another 1,500 parents and friends of the university.

TC Campbell was the quarterback of the state champion Kamehameha High School team in 2009. He was recruited to Pacific University for the inaugural year of the reinstated football program in 2010. He led the Boxers for four years while also earning a degree in physics from Pacific.

“I liked the idea of starting something new — to be able to play for four years with the same guys.” Campbell said. “It was tough, but rewarding.”

He went on to earn a master’s in engineering and become a licensed civil engineer in Oregon. Today, he lives in Hawaii and works as a project manager for Pioneer Design Group in Oregon, splitting time between the states and leading the development of a Hawaii branch of the company.

Pacific University offers students a more personalized learning experience, and it’s one of the things that benefited Campbell. “I didn’t want to be a number in an an auditorium, especially when taking tougher majors,” he said. “The support of coaches and professors was very, very beneficial.”

As a student from Hawaii, Campbell says the university was a good fit. “The support system, especially for Hawaii students, is absolutely amazing. There are a ton of coaches with Hawaii backgrounds, and a club for students from Hawaii,” he explains. “They keep you kind of rooted in Hawaii culture, making the transition easier, but you also get to meet people and become lifetime friends with people from all over the world.”

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