University of the Pacific is a pioneering school in many respects, and has been a leader in education for 162 years and counting. Founded in 1851 by Methodist ministers, it is California’s oldest chartered institute of higher learning. Pacific is regularly ranked in the Top 10 Most Beautiful Campuses in the United States, and the Sierra Club even named it as one of the nation’s top 100 “Cool Schools” in 2011 and 2012. This is due in no small part to the environmental achievements of the University’s “Sustaining Pacific” initiative. The diverse student body, small class size and student-focused approach to education are what draw the best and brightest from all over the world to Pacific’s classrooms.
The mission of the University of the Pacific is to “provide a superior, student-centered learning experience integrating liberal arts and professional education and preparing individuals for lasting achievement and responsible leadership in their careers and communities.” The Pacific 2020 vision is to stay at the forefront of preparing graduates for meaningful lives and successful careers, while at the same time making community engagement a top priority.
The three campuses of the University of the Pacific are spread across the heart of California. Stockton is home to the majority of schools, departments and students. The McGeorge School of Law is located at the Sacramento campus, and San Francisco is the site of Pacific’s Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.
There are over 80 majors and programs of study from which to choose, allowing University of the Pacific students the range of study usually found only in much larger institutions. Anything from a B.F.A. in Studio Art to a Ph.D. in Chemistry is offered. Double or even triple majors are allowed. Not sure what direction you want to follow? The nationally acclaimed general education program could be the best starting option. As the saying goes at Pacific, “explorers are welcome!”
The Pacific Tigers are members of the NCAA Division I, West Coast Conference, Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, and NorPac Conference. Men’s teams that proudly wear the orange and black include baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, volleyball, and water polo. The women’s teams compete in basketball, cross country, field hockey, sand volleyball, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, volleyball, and water polo.
Tuition & Financial Aid
The annual tuition at University of the Pacific is $39,910. Additional costs may include books and supplies, room and board, and transportation (if living off campus). Over 87% of Pacific students receive some form of financial aid, with the average amount being more than $26,000. College staff will work with you to find ways of making attendance more affordable.
University of the Pacific is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The numerous other schools and programs each have specialized accreditations in their respective areas of study.
The deadlines for applying to Pacific vary for the different schools and degree programs, but most incoming freshman should submit their applications no later than January 15th if they intend to start in the following year. The Admissions Department will be happy to assist you through the entire process and will explain all the pertinent deadlines and requirements that suit your specific needs.
All prospective students are encouraged to contact the University for more information at:
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone – (209) 946-2211
Fax – (209) 946-2413
University of the Pacific
Office of Admission
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211