The west coast is famed for its high profile post-secondary schools. One of the most reputable, however, is located in Stockton, California. The University of the Pacific was founded in the mid-1850s in Santa Clara, California. Originally named the California Wesleyan College, it relocated several times before finally ending up in Stockton.
The University of the Pacific was the first university of California. Today it is associated with the United Methodist Church and exists mostly as a liberal arts university. While a great number of the students at the University of the Pacific pursue liberal arts degrees in music, business, education, and the arts, the school also has three affiliate locations that operate three very different professional schools.
Students who attend these schools can either study Dentistry in San Francisco, California; Pharmacy at the main campus in Stockton; or Law at the affiliate campus located in Sacramento. These schools were absorbed by the university years after its charter and make the structure of the University of the Pacific unique in that it has both a liberal arts educational structure as well as professional education options.