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University of the Pacific

Stockton, California

A Campus Steeped in Tradition


Founded in 1851, University of the Pacific holds the distinction of being the first chartered university in California. The 175-acre campus is stunning in its beauty, with traditional brick and ivy-covered buildings accompanied by more than 100 species of regional and international trees. This gorgeous campus has caught the attention of Hollywood, having been used as a set for such films as Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark and Flubber.


Inside and Outside the Classroom


With an undergraduate enrollment of almost 3,500 and a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1, its small class sizes and personal attention are two enormous benefits of a Pacific education. The student-centered institution strives to educate the leaders of tomorrow through intensive academic study, experiential learning, and service to the community. A vibrant campus life enriches and supports each Pacific student’s college experience. Students participate in over 150 student clubs and organizations, Greek life, intramural sport clubs, and community outreach opportunities. They also attend chart-topping concerts and fun university events.


Student Success


Offering a variety of useful resources, University of the Pacific is committed to helping students succeed. The Four-Year Guarantee facilitates each student’s goal to earn their Bachelor’s Degree within four years. Competitive accelerated programs go even further to prepare very dedicated and talented freshmen for their professional degrees. Alumni leave Pacific equipped to make their mark and practice their professions at the highest level.

Student Profile

Fall 2016 Enrollment
3,474 undergraduate students
97% of undergrad students are full time
46% male — 54% female
7% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2016-2017 Academic Year
443 full-time faculty
406 part-time faculty
12 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2016
76% of first year students live on campus
44% of all students live on campus

School Location

University of the Pacific is located in Stockton, California. It is situated along the San Joaquin Delta waterway, which connects to the San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers, making it an exceptional destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Students can also take advantage of Stockton’s rich cultural history, exclusive shopping, varied restaurants, and professional sport teams. And, when they feel like going on a road trip, all the best of California is within reach thanks to the University’s central location. San Francisco (1.5 hours), Sacramento (45 minutes), and Yosemite (2 hours) are a just few of the popular nearby locations.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities X
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X

Retention Fall 2016

85% of students began in Fall 2015 and returned in Fall 2016 (full time, first time freshmen)


68.3% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 6%
Hispanic/Latino 19%
Black or African American 3%
White 25%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 37%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 5%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 4%


Pacific Tigers compete in NCAA Division I athletics, playing on one or more of 18 teams: baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s cross country, women’s field hockey, men’s golf, women’s sand volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s softball, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s track and field, women’s volleyball, and men’s and women’s water polo. The university has claimed two national championships (in women’s volleyball).

More Distinctions

  • Ranked No. 2 nationally for earnings based on academic major, academic preparation, and graduate degree
    as well as No. 9 nationally for earnings based on academic major alone — Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, "Ranking Your College: Where You Go and What You Make" (2015)

  • Ranked No. 7 for alumni salaries (among California's 247 public and private nonprofit universities) — The White House College Scorecard 2016

  • Ranked No. 102 in the Undergraduate Business School Rankings — Bloomberg Businessweek 2014 (The ranking makes Eberhardt School of Business the eighth best business school in California and fifth among private colleges.)

  • Ranked No. 10 Best Undergraduate Business School in California — College Choice

  • Ranked No. 55 for Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs — U.S. News and World Report 2017

  • Ranked No. 31 for Most Beautiful Campuses in the United States (2016) —

  • Ranked No. 12 Best-Value College in the United States and No. 3 Best-Value College in California — The Economist (2015)

  • Ranked No. 9 among Most Diverse Schools —Bloomberg Businessweek 2013 (The ranking makes the Eberhardt School the No. 1 most diverse private business school in California.)

University of the Pacific highly values real-world, hands-on experiences, providing students with a variety of opportunities to take an active part in their learning.

Study Abroad

Pacific students benefit from a robust Study Abroad program that offers programs in many different countries throughout six continents. Exchange programs, which focus on cultural immersion and language-intensive courses, are offered during the semester or academic year, while other faculty-led programs are offered during the summer. A number of Pacific faculty members also offer embedded courses, which are typical semester courses that include an additional short-term study abroad component (often at the end of the term). This information is listed in the course description. For more details about Study Abroad opportunities at Pacific, visit

Undergraduate Research

The Office of Undergraduate Research supports research and other forms of creative activity for undergraduates by providing funding for student research projects and hosting the annual Pacific Undergraduate Research & Creativity Conference (PURCC). It also connects students with research and presentation opportunities both on and off campus and assists faculty who want to mentor undergraduate scholars. Learn more by visiting the website.

Student Leadership

“Collaboration and Leadership” is one of Pacific’s seven institutional learning objectives. In that spirit, the Student Leadership Development office offers co-curricular programs and educational modules that assist students in developing social, emotional, and intercultural competencies. For example, the One Word Project helps students understand their passions through an exercise that asks them to choose one word that best describes their ideal self.

The Associated Students of the University of the Pacific (ASuop) is the governing student body that advocates for and works on behalf of student concerns. ASuop Government maintains close working relationships with the Division of Student Life and partnerships around the Stockton Community, all working to benefit students as much as possible.

Interdisciplinary Studies

At Pacific, a variety of interdisciplinary programs are made up of comprehensive combinations of multiple fields of study, and many majors require classes in other disciplines. Faculty from different departments open the doors for an enriched student experience, working together to help their students cross boundaries for academic excellence.

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band X
Dance X
Drama/theater X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band X
Literary magazine X
Marching band  
Model UN X
Music ensembles X
Musical theater X
Opera X
Pep band X
Radio station X
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society X
Symphony orchestra  
Television station  
Yearbook X

Pacific Seminar

Pacific Seminar I (PACS I) is a small, writing-intensive first-year seminar that asks students “What is a good society?” PACS I serves as an introduction to general education, strengthening students’ writing, critical thinking, and reading skills. It also allows all freshmen to share common intellectual experiences, drawing them together with readings, lectures, and a special art experience. PACS Seminar II is composed of different topical seminars that examine specific problems or themes of society that are introduced in PACS Seminar I.

University Writing Program

The University Writing Program encourages active, engaged learning through writing-intensive courses all throughout the university. It offers use innovative teaching methods in writing instruction as well as tutorial support from the Student Writing Center. Additionally, its Developmental Writing Program helps build the fundamental skills needed for success in college-level writing. This program consists of a series of courses that are designed for students who are new to the university and need extra help establishing their skills. Writing (and strong writing instruction) is intrinsically incorporated into many disciplines, preparing students to enter the workforce or further graduate studies as strong, competent communicators.

Common Core

Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy  
English (including composition)  X 
Foreign languages X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X


Other: Pacific Seminars & General Education

Class Size Breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 189 290 197 77 39 32 3 827

University of the Pacific provides numerous opportunities for students to expand their learning outside the classroom, including stimulating lecture series, film festivals (including Pacific Student Film Festivals), and more. The Reynolds Gallery, located in the Jeannette Powell Art Center, hosts many free, public exhibits throughout the year, and Pacific students can further benefit from learning communities and honors programs. 

Residential Learning Communities

Residential Learning Communities provide students with programming opportunities that go hand-in-hand with what they are studying in the classroom. The First-Year Honors Community, designed for freshmen in the Honors Program, offers easy access to faculty resources, added social and academic support through “Honors Peers,” and structured programs and activities that are organized to coincide with classroom learning. Students who live in the First-Year Residential Living Community are assigned to common Pacific Seminar sections, allowing the same cohort of students to live and learn together. The Engineering & Computer Science Learning Community’s location allows students to have easy access to services in the immediately adjacent School of Engineering and Computer Science building. These services include free drop-in tutoring as well as the 24-hour Engineering and Computer Science open labs.

Community Involvement Program (CIP)

The Community Involvement Program (CIP) is a comprehensive need-based scholarship and retention program for first-generation college students from the Stockton community who have demonstrated the potential for sustainable leadership, community awareness, and involvement. CIP scholars benefit from co-curricular experiences, forming their own learning community through their academic enrichment and shared access to services like tutoring and peer mentoring. They can also explore and enhance their future career success by networking and engaging with CIP alumni.

Freshman Honors Program

The Freshman Honors Program is a vibrant intellectual and social community designed for academically talented students across all majors. Students in the program are invited to apply for space in the Honors Residence Hall (see above) in order to immerse themselves fully into their active community.

Pacific Humanities Scholars Program

The Pacific Humanities Scholars Program is an accelerated academic track that is designed to foster an intellectually rigorous and culturally rich community in which students can learn, grow, and thrive. Extracurricular events, activities, field trips, and projects encourage a deeper exploration of Humanities disciplines, all while forming strong bonds of among peers.

Pacific Legal Scholars

The Pacific Legal Scholars program is a highly selective, seven-unit program that is designed to expose students to the legal field while preparing them for the rigors of law school. This program helps students enhance their intellectual curiosity and build their legal network through a variety of activities, field trips, and events.

Powell Scholars Program

The Powell Scholars Program is comprised of students who have earned the university’s premier academic award, forming a community that places value on a broad and rich educational experience. It focuses on developing the academic, creative and leadership potential of high-performing students in all majors across the university. Powell Scholars take seminars, participate in retreats, attend cultural events off campus, and more.


Coed dorms X
Men’s dorms  
Women’s dorms  
Apartments for married students X
Apartments for single students X
Special housing for disabled students  
Special housing for international students X
Fraternity/sorority housing X
Cooperative housing X
Theme housing X
Wellness housing  
Other housing options  

University of the Pacific students graduate well-prepared to face an exciting future in a global society. They each complete a Capstone project, thinking critically and conquering challenges through a culmination of their collegiate studies.

Before they wrap up their studies, of course, they bolster their success with hands-on experience, an integral part of a Pacific education. Through service learning, Pacific students take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to the real world. In doing so, they contribute to the community and improve the lives of others, all while learning more about themselves. For example, through pharmacy clinics, the Physical Therapy Clinic, and Speech-Language Pathology Clinics, faculty, staff, and students in the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences provide more than 2,000 hours of health-related services to community members in need. And, through Book Buddies, a program in collaboration with the Stockton Public Library, Gladys L. Benerd School of Education students are paired off with children from the community. Once a week, these pairs spend time reading to one another.

Jacoby Center for Public Service and Civic Leadership

Through research projects, internships, and other experiences provided by the Jacoby Center, students learn to study socio-political issues, analyze the way civic leaders attempt to resolve such issues, and assume leadership to organize and implement solutions. Key Jacoby Center Projects include the Midtown Magnolia Project, an initiative that supports the revitalization efforts of a historical neighborhood in Stockton and includes tutoring, after school, and youth programs; Sacramento Experience, a program that places students as interns in government, lobbying, or non-profit organizations in the California capital, all while attending a weekly seminar focused on state politics and public policy; and Washington Semester, a program that enables students to spend a semester at American University in Washington, D.C., while receiving academic credit through a combination of internship, academic, and seminar experiences. To learn about these and other Jacoby Center projects, visit the website.

Beyond Our Gates … Into the Community

Community engagement is a priority at University of the Pacific. In that spirit, the “Beyond Our Gates … Into the Community” initiative launched in 2010 to forge community partnerships that improve lives in the surrounding region. For example, Pacific has united with community partners in an an effort to improve early literacy in the San Joaquin Valley.

Internships and Jobs

There are many great internship experiences available to Pacific students. The Career Resource Center, for example, offers a number of services including Tiger Jobs, the center’s online job database. Tiger Jobs even includes a list of alumni mentors who want to connect with students.       

There are also internships available through specific schools. For example, Cooperative Education (CO-OP) is an experiential internship program for students in the School of Engineering and Computer Science that allows them to reinforce classroom experience by relating theory to practice. Students strengthen and reinforce their academic engineering knowledge and skills, acquire hands-on industry experiences and programming skills, learn how to navigate in a corporate environment, and build confidence.

Notable Alumni

View a list of Pacific’s Alumni of Distinction.



8,870 Total Applicants 
5,853 Total Admissions 
726 Total Freshmen Enrollment

65.99% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2017-18 Admission

Rolling admission? No

Closing date: Aug 15
Priority date: Nov 15

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record

Academic GPA
Standardized test scores
Extracurricular activities
First generation

Class rank
Application Essay
Character/personal qualities
Alumni/ae relation
Geographical residence
Racial/ethnic status
Volunteer work
Work experience

Freshman Profile Fall 2016

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 500 630
SAT Math 530 670
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 23 30
ACT Math    
ACT English    
ACT Writing    

Application Information

To apply for undergraduate admission to University of the Pacific, visit to complete the online application or apply through Applicants need to submit official transcripts and test scores (SAT or ACT). It is recommended that to submit a personal statement as well as a letter of academic recommendation. In addition, international students may also need to submit a copy of their passport, certification of finances, and an English Language Proficiency Test.  


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $44,068
Fees $520
Total $44,588
Room and Board (on campus) $12,858
Estimated Total On Campus $57,446


Average Financial Aid Packages 2016-2017 ESTIMATED

$32,756 First year students
$25,217 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2016-2017 ESTIMATED

55.3% on average, the percentage of need that was met
13% of financial need students that had need fully met

$25,217 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$9,224 Average need-based loan

Scholarship information

Pacific offers a variety of scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students. Admitted students are automatically considered for some academic awards, with priority given to the following applicants:

  • Freshmen students who apply by January 15th
  • Transfer students who apply by January 15th


Note: Applications for some scholarships are due before January 15th. Meeting the minimum qualifications for the scholarship selection process does not guarantee that a student will receive a scholarship award.

First-Time Freshman Scholarships

Academic Awards – Automatic Consideration

Regents’ Scholarship*
President’s Scholarship*
Provost’s Scholarship*
Dean’s Scholarship*
Pacific Scholarship*

Special Application Required

Powell Scholarship*
Community Involvement Program (CIP)
Oak Park Scholarship
MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) Scholarship
Athletic Scholarships
Bishop’s Scholarship
Conservatory Music Merit Scholarships

*If an entering freshman is selected for more than one Pacific academic scholarship, with the exception of the Dean’s and Pacific Scholarships, the student will receive the most advantageous award.

First-Time Transfer Scholarships

Academic Awards – Automatic Consideration

Tri-County Transfer Scholarship*
Distinguished Transfer Scholarship*
Commended Transfer Scholarship*

Special Application Required

Community Involvement Program (CIP)
Oak Park Scholarship
MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) Scholarship
Athletic Scholarships
Bishops Scholarship
Hitchcock Dental Hygiene Scholarship

*If an entering transfer student is selected for more than one of these scholarships, the student will receive the most advantageous award and may be eligible for multiple awards.