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University of the Pacific

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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.


Although the school is relatively small, with a total student population that has never exceeded ten thousand, it surprisingly offers degree opportunities from a total of eight different professional schools of study. In fact, it is the only school in the United States with this distinction. Students can choose form over a hundred different undergraduate majors as well as a wide array of graduate level studies courses.

The bachelor’s programs offered at the University of the Pacific are some of the most numerous in the state of California. Students can pursue of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts, or a Bachelor of Music degree. Many students pair their major with a minor, and others take the opportunity to enroll in one of the University of the Pacific’s numerous double major programs. These programs provide the graduating student with two degrees and can often be completed in only four years or eight total semesters.

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree from the University of the Pacific, many students opt to continue their education at this school. Students can transfer easily to the graduate programs offered at the Stockton campus or relocate to San Francisco or Sacramento to pursue either Law or Dentistry, respectively.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

The School of International Studies at the University of the Pacific offers a unique West Coast experience in international curriculum. The courses are all taught by prominent anthropologists and historians. There are only six International Studies colleges that offer undergraduate degree programs in the nation, and the University of the Pacific operates the only school in the Western United States.

Students can receive a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in several different programs of study within the School of International Studies. The school also features an online program of study which can be completed at a pace set by a student. The online format of this degree program allows students to pursue a degree in international studies while still maintaining a full-time job.


Because of the prominence of this institution in the state of California, admission to the University of the Pacific is very competitive. Students are encouraged to apply early because spots fill up quickly in the university. The campus is only able to accommodate so many students, and once this quota has been filled, students who have delayed in the application process must be turned away.

Immediately after a student completes his or her junior year of high school, he or she should begin the application process for admittance into the University of the Pacific. This application process requires several distinct steps. To begin, the student should fill out the application online at the university’s official website. This method of application is the easiest for both the student and the admissions board and is preferred by the university.

Students should include in their application an official copy of their high school transcript, an official copy of their standardized test scores such as the ACT or SAT, and a well-written essay that follows the essay guidelines listed on the application. Students may optionally include one or two letters of recommendation from academic or personal references.

Financial Aid

Tuition at the University of the Pacific is considerably less for residents of the state of California. Many out-of-state individuals who choose to enroll at the University of the Pacific opt to establish in-state residency before applying to the university. Whether a student is from California or from out of state, he or she has a wealth of financial aid opportunities available.

The Financial Aid Office at the University of the Pacific is well-equipped to assist students in securing the needed financial aid to offset the cost of tuition. Students are encouraged to visit the Financial Aid Office in person to meet with a staff member. The staff will assist a student in filling out the government form called the FAFSA. This free application for federal student aid allows the government to estimate a student’s cost of attendance and expected family contribution. These estimations will allow the government to determine how much federal aid should be awarded.

After the student is provided with the results of the FAFSA, the Financial Aid Office on campus will assist the student in securing additional financial aid if needed. Over seventy percent of the students at the University of the Pacific receive some form of financial aid. Students may choose to apply for private scholarships or secure private loans.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4416th for the average student loan amount.
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The Pacific Tigers are the varsity athletic teams of the University of the Pacific. These teams all compete in the NCAA Division I conference. In the Big West Conference, in which most of the Pacific Tigers compete, the University of the Pacific is the only private institution. The men’s basketball program is the most reputable varsity team at the University of the Pacific. With an incredible win history including three consecutive wins in the NCAA tournament in the years 2004-2006, the men’s basketball team has gained considerable notoriety amidst the Big West Conference.

Students turn out in droves to cheer on the Pacific Tigers in a variety of different sporting events. Donning the traditional orange and black school colors, students can watch their fellow classmates compete in basketball, track and field, cross country, soccer and much more.


  • The California State Colleges: Their History, Organization, Purposes, and Programs; [selections] from [the Periodical] California Schools, Jan.-Dec., 1954. Sacramento: California State Dept. of Education, 1955. Print.
  • Residence Hall Association. University of the Pacific. Web. 20 May 2011. <http://pacificrha.org>.
  • University of the Pacific. Pacific. Web. 18 May 2011. <http://www.pacific.edu>.

Information Summary

Ranks 15th in California and 185th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 2 0.03
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 3 0.04
Robbery 4 0.06
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 5 0.07
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 21 0.31

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 2,684 0.91
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 58 0.02
Forcible Rape 90 0.03
Robbery 1,323 0.45
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 4,133 1.40
Larceny 9,651 3.27
Vehicle theft 1,679 0.57

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Doctoral/Research Universities
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduateDoctoral, professional dominant
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District609

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 129th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $39,290 $39,290 $39,290
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $520 $520 $520
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $1,355 $1,355 $1,355
FT Graduate Tuition $39,290 $39,290 $39,290
FT Graduate Required Fees $160 $160 $160
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $1,228 $1,228 $1,228
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $57,033 $57,033 $57,033
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $56,955 $56,955 $56,955
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $45,795 $45,795 $45,795

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Dentistry Degree — Tuition $93,612 $93,612
Dentistry Degree — Required Fees $19,728 $19,728
Pharmacology Degree — Tuition $63,255 $63,255
Pharmacology Degree — Required Fees $2,605 $2,605
Law Degree — Tuition $44,690 $44,690
Law Degree — Required Fees $2,005 $2,005

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $36,290 $38,320 $36,290 $38,320 $36,290 $38,320
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,656 $1,665
On-Campus – Room & Board $11,688 $12,038
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,096 $3,168
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,863 $10,962
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,059 $4,158
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,185 $4,275

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$35
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 14,222 (5,499 male / 8,723 female)
Admitted 10,332 (4,146 male / 6,186 female)
Admission rate 73%
First-time Enrollment 958 (452 male / 506 female)
FT Enrollment 958 (452 male / 506 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment6,421

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference West Coast Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference West Coast Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference West Coast Conference

ACT Test Admission

180th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 39%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 28
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 28
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 29

SAT Test Admission

173rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 89%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 500 / 640
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 530 / 680
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1030 / 1320

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,085
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 64 48 208 267 8 459 25 1,146
American/U.S. Law/Legal Studies/Jurisprudence 4 1 2 7
Applied Mathematics, General 2 1 4 7
Area Studies, Other 3 2 1 12 21
Art/Art Studies, General
Asian Studies/Civilization 4 4
Athletic Training/Trainer 1 8 1 5 16
Biochemistry 1 7 12 3 1 27
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 6 1 1 11
Biological and Physical Sciences 2 2 4
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 3 1 5 74 13 2 100
Business Administration and Management, General 19 4 30 24 2 47 3 136
Chemistry, General 1 1
Chinese Language and Literature
Civil Engineering, General 4 5 7 19
Commercial and Advertising Art 1 1 4 7
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General 12 7 33 1 55
Computer Engineering, General 2 6 10
Computer Science 1 4 3 10 20
Curriculum and Instruction 12 5 12 26 49 8 115
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 2 3 8 13
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 1 2
Economics, General 2 2 1 4 2 11
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 2 1 2 16 23
Educational Psychology 1 2
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 2 3 5 11
Elementary Education and Teaching 4 13 8 1 26 53
Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Law 2 2
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics 2 1 3
Engineering, General 3 4 6 16 32
Engineering/Industrial Management 1 1 3 4 10
English Language and Literature, General 3 11 5 8 29
Environmental Science 1 1 1 3
Environmental Studies 1 1 2 3 1 9
Film/Cinema/Video Studies 1
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 1
French Language and Literature
Geology/Earth Science, General 2 2 4
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 3 3 8 10 26 3 58
History, General 3 2 7 12
International Business, Trade, and Tax Law 7 4 11
International Relations and Affairs 1 6 7
International/Global Studies 2 2
Japanese Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 1 1 3
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Mathematics, General 1 5 1 1 8
Mechanical Engineering 1 2 8 5 1 18
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 3 1 4
Music History, Literature, and Theory 1 1
Music Management 2 3 6
Music Performance, General 3 5 1 9
Music Teacher Education 1 2 2 8 14
Music Theory and Composition 2 2
Music Therapy/Therapist 1 2 4
Music, General 3 2 4 10
Organizational Behavior Studies 1 3 1 3 8
Orthodontics/Orthodontology 3 3
Pharmaceutics and Drug Design 1 1 2
Philosophy 1 3 1 5
Physics, General 1 1 2 4
Political Science and Government, General 2 4 3 5 15
Psychology, General 2 1 17 7 1 19 1 52
Religion/Religious Studies 1 1
School Psychology 5 1 6 13
Social Sciences, General 1 2 3
Sociology 2 9 5 1 18
Spanish Language and Literature 8 1 9
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 4 1 24 2 33
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 6 8 4 1 18 1 42

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 228th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $98,993 ($107,009 male / $78,383 female)
Number of FT Faculty 421 (247 male / 174 female)
Number of PT Faculty 766
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $18,670,213

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