Pacific Union College, or PUC, was founded in 1882, and is a fully accredited Seventh Day Adventist college located in California. PUC was the first Seventh Day Adventist college to receive accreditation. The well known Seventh Day Adventist Theological Seminary located in Washington, DC, originated at the PUC campus before relocating to DC. PUC is the only Adventist college recognized by the US News and World Report as a National Liberal Arts College.
Pacific Union College’s mission is to offer “an excellent Christ-centered education that prepares its students for productive lives of useful human service and uncompromising personal integrity.” PUC is very proud that they have sent over 1300 student missionaries to various locations worldwide for service projects, and to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Pacific Union College is located in the hills near the famous Napa Valley in a small town called Angwin, California. The college campus itself owns approximately 1900 acres that boasts over 30 miles of biking and hiking trails. The PUC campus is 70 miles north of San Francisco and just 60 miles from northern California beaches. Oakland is 65 miles away, Sacramento is 92 miles away and Napa is 30 miles from the campus. The close proximity of San Francisco offers many professional sporting events, art and museum exhibits, fine dining and culture and history, including China Town and Alcatraz.
The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is 87 miles from the campus.
PUC offers Bachelor of Arts, Sciences, Associates degrees, minors, pre-professional programs and a masters in education program. PUC has 70 different concentration areas in over 20 different subjects. In addition to traditional undergraduate programs, PUC also offers many pre-professional programs of study. For those interested in continuing their education in the health sciences, PUC has a partnership with Loma Linda University. PUC also has continuing education programs available.
Clad in green and gold, the Pacific Union College Pioneers are a part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), and play in the California Pacific Conference as charter members since 1997. Men’s sports include basketball, soccer and cross country, while women can take part in basketball, volleyball and cross country.
Tuition & Financial Aid
The yearly tuition for PUC is $26,550, and annual room and board costs are $4,380. Pacific Union is a private college, so tuition is the same for both in state and out of state residents.
Pacific Union College is proud that 100% of students receive some form of financial aid to help them pay for college, with 36 million dollars being awarded every year. PUC reports that the annual out of pocket cost for students is only $8479 on average. PUC is also ranked first among Adventist schools for return on investment, and in the top 13% nationwide for return on investment.
PUC is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and has been accredited since 1951 without any lapses. PUC has also been accredited by the Adventist Accrediting Association, AAA. Several degree programs are also accredited by their corresponding professional associations.
While there are not firm deadlines for admission, in order to be considered for the generous scholarships and financial aid available through PUC, applications must be in well before March 3rd scholarship deadline. For more information on the application process, please visit the PUC website, or contact one of the admission counselors.
Pacific Union College
Office of Admissions
One Angwin Avenue
Angwin, CA 94508