The Ted and Chris Robb Garden at University of the Pacific was one of the many things mentioned as Sierra Club again ranked Pacific one of the Cool Schools in the country.

The Ted and Chris Robb Garden at University of the Pacific was one of the many things mentioned as Sierra Club again ranked Pacific one of the Cool Schools in the country.

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University of the Pacific Earns High Marks for Sustainability, Small Classes, Value and Inclusion

Aug 14, 2013

University of the Pacific ranks No. 8 among California colleges for its student-teacher ratio, in the top 1 percent of private colleges nationally for its "return on investment," and among the top 40 percent of campuses across the country in sustainability, according to a spate of recently released college rankings.

In addition, Pacific earned recognition as one of the most LGBT-friendly campuses in the United States, ranked No. 9 nationally for the diversity of its business school, and won new accolades for its beauty.

Green campus

The newest ranking, released today by the Sierra Club, places Pacific 63rd among 162 colleges for commitment to sustainability. The University scored especially high in the "innovation" category - earning 40 out of a possible 40 points. The University's sustainable innovations include programs that emphasize sustainability for incoming and first-year students, together with its "Tomorrow Project," which offers students opportunities to work with children and families in Stockton through joint projects with private, public and nonprofit community partners.

In all, the University scored 604 out of a possible 1,000 points on the annual assessment. The top-rated campus scored 850.

"We are excited that all 162 schools ranked by the Sierra Club made such strides toward sustainability," said Shanna Eller, Pacific's sustainability director. "Together, we can make a real impact."

Pacific's sustainability efforts also include:

  • Installation of high-efficiency lighting and other power-saving devices.
  • Using non-potable water for most of the irrigation on the Stockton campus.
  • Maintaining an organic garden on the Stockton campus.

For more information about Pacific's commitment to sustainability, visit

For a full Sierra Club listing of schools and explanation of the ranking methodology, visit

Pacific also earned top marks in several other recent surveys, including rankings of learning atmosphere, value, campus climate and campus beauty.

Student-teacher ratio: 13 to 1

The College Database ranked University of the Pacific No. 8 among California colleges and universities for providing a learning atmosphere dedicated to personal attention and individual success for students. At University of the Pacific, the average class has 13 students.

"It's important for students to find schools where they can easily converse with professors and peers, and where even introductory lecture classes make individual attention a priority," said Wes Ricketts, vice president and general manager of The College Database.

The organization used data from the U.S. Department of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) to identify the four-year, nonprofit higher education institutions in California with the best student-teacher ratios:

"Million Dollar ROI"

The average Pacific graduate earns $1,029,000 during his or her career for a net investment of $27,766, as calculated by That puts Pacific in the No. 40 spot, just ahead of Amherst, among private colleges nationwide that offer a million-dollar return on investment (ROI).

University of the Pacific is among the "post-secondary juggernauts (that) continually graduate young professionals who earn top dollar over the course of their careers," according to the organization.

The ranking relied on data from IPEDS,, and other sources:

Campus climate

The Campus Pride Index awarded University of the Pacific 4.5 out of 5 stars overall on its LGBT-Friendly Campus Report Card in recognition of the campus's policies, programs and practices for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students.

Among other offerings, the organization recognized University of the Pacific for providing gender-neutral/single-occupancy restroom facilities; new faculty/staff training opportunities on sexual orientation and gender identity issues; an LGBT student organization and alumni group; paid staff with responsibilities for LBGT students; and an LGBT mentoring program to welcome and assist LGBT students in transitioning to academic and college life:

Diverse business students

In its annual ranking of business schools, BloombergBusinessweek created a series of special rankings, including one that assesses diversity. The Eberhardt School of Business at University of the Pacific ranked No. 9 among business schools nationally for the diversity of its student body. Go to and scroll down to see the ranking.


In its 2013 rankings, Best Colleges lists University of the Pacific as the 31st most "amazing" campus in the country, citing the beauty of the Stockton campus:

The rankings note that Pacific "not only operates as a top institution in California, but also a make-shift movie set." Films that have used the Stockton campus as a backdrop include "High Time," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," and "The Sure Thing." 

University of the Pacific consistently ranks among the nation's best institutions of higher education. Additional rankings are available at: