Just some of the nearly 2,000 freshmen and transfer students gather outside University of the Pacific’s DeRosa University Center on the Stockton campus. Enrollment on Pacific’s three campuses – San Francisco, Sacramento and Stockton – is anticipated to be about 6,222.

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Pacific welcomes nearly 2,000 new students to campuses in three cities

Aug 25, 2014

University of the Pacific welcomed a diverse, talented class of more than 1,100 new freshman and transfer students and more than 850 new graduate and professional students at its campuses in San Francisco, Sacramento and Stockton.

In San Francisco, 141 first-year doctor of dental surgery students started classes in July at the university's new downtown campus. Dedicated in March, the state-of-the-art campus at 155 Fifth St. is home to the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, one of the nation's top dental schools. Another 22 students enrolled in the school's international dental studies program, and numerous others began residencies in specialty programs, including a newly launched program in endodontology. The San Francisco campus also plans to offer innovative new graduate programs in audiology, music therapy and more.

In Sacramento, Pacific McGeorge School of Law last week welcomed 158 new first-year law students to its juris doctor degree program. The leafy campus in the city's Oak Park neighborhood boasts a distinguished faculty, small classes and unparalleled opportunities to study law in the capital of the world's eighth largest economy. The 2014 class also includes 26 students pursuing master's degrees in law.

Total enrollment on the Stockton campus, where the average undergraduate class has a student-teacher ratio of 14:1, is expected to be 5,128. The 2014 entering class includes 907 new freshmen, 194 new undergraduate transfer students, 200 pharmacy students and more than 275 graduate students.

For all three campuses, enrollment is anticipated to be about 6,222.

"It is my great pleasure to welcome our newest students to the Pacific family," said Pacific President Pamela A. Eibeck. "They have chosen an institution with a rich history and an exciting future, where our faculty's first commitment is to teaching. Pacific students leave the university with a superior education, prepared for successful careers and leadership in their communities."

Past graduates have left their mark in music, politics, science and engineering, sports and more: Notable alumni include jazz great Dave Brubeck '42, actress Janet Leigh '47, former San Francisco mayor George Moscone '53, NFL coach Pete Carroll '73, '76, human rights activist Sakena Yacoobi '77, musician Chris Isaak '80, and NASA astronaut and engineer Jose Hernandez '85.

Other highlights of the new freshman class:

  • Representation of students from historically underserved groups remained strong, reflecting Pacific's ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusiveness. Among entering freshmen, 16 percent are Hispanic. African-American students make up 3 percent of the entering class. Asian-American students represent 40 percent of the entering class.
  • Among new freshmen, the average high school GPA is 3.48 and the average SAT score is 1,167.
  • More than 83 percent of incoming freshmen are California residents.
  • Nearly one in three entering freshmen come from the greater Stockton region (San Joaquin, Sacramento, Stanislaus and Calaveras counties).
  • 9 percent come from outside the United States.

Note: Anticipated numbers are confirmed in October, when the University compiles final fall enrollment information.

Media contact:

Claudia Morain | 209.946.2313 | cmorain@pacific.edu

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