Pacific Welcomes More Than 1,100 New Students in 160th Year
More than 1,100 new students have enrolled at University of the Pacific for the 2011-2012 academic year, including about 930 freshmen and roughly 230 transfer students. Classes began today at California's oldest university, now in its 160th year.
Total enrollment for the academic year is projected to be about 6,700, similar to last year's total. Pacific's Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry has more than 500 students enrolled for the academic year and the Pacific McGeorge School of Law has enrolled nearly 1,000 students. Final enrollment figures will be released in October.
Pacific welcomed the new students this past weekend with a formal ceremony and barbeque. President Pamela A. Eibeck, administrators and faculty members in academic regalia formally welcomed incoming freshmen and transfer students to the University during New Student Convocation.
Afterward, Pacific students, professors, alumni and staff gathered outside of Faye Spanos Concert Hall to greet the new students with a "Tiger Roar," which involves members of the campus community forming two lines and cheering on the new students as they walked by. A barbeque followed.
The events were part of Welcome Weekend, which occurs annually the weekend before the start of the fall semester. The weekend also included the Mountains, Ocean, Valley Experience (MOVE) trip for new students.
MOVE is a unique first year experience designed to welcome new students to the Pacific community through participation in experiential learning and service projects in key locations throughout Northern California, including Yosemite National Park and local parks in Stockton. MOVE occurs the weekend prior to the start of the fall semester. During MOVE all first year students embark on a structured and deliberate adventure designed to prepare them to be successful at Pacific. The Program utilizes a collaboratively designed curriculum that incorporates the concepts of social and emotional competence, responsible leadership, and environmental sustainability to introduce students to the values of Pacific.
University of the Pacific was established by a group of Methodist clergymen and church members. On July 10, 1851 the group petitioned the California Supreme Court for a charter to establish the state's first institution of higher education, which was initially named Wesleyan College of Santa Clara. One month later, on August 15, the board members changed the name to University of the Pacific.