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Pacific engineering students can earn a bachelor’s and master’s in 5 years — and have a 98 percent job placement rate.

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U.S. News ranks Pacific No. 7 among private California national universities

Pacific also recognized for top engineering program, diversity and value
Sep 13, 2016

University of the Pacific ranks as the No. 7 best college among California private institutions, according to U.S. News & World Report's annual ratings of national universities released today.

Pacific also made the magazine’s “Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs,” “Best Ethnic Diversity” and “Best Value Schools” lists.

Among all California public and private institutions considered in the magazine’s national university category, Pacific ranked as the No. 14 “Best College.” The national university category is reserved for institutions that offer a wide range of undergraduate majors as well as master's and doctoral degrees.

Among all 298 institutions in the national category – including Princeton, Harvard, Stanford and UC Berkeley – Pacific tied for the No. 111 spot for “Best Colleges.”

"At University of the Pacific, we take great pride in the superb education we provide our students,” said University President Pamela A. Eibeck. "We’re also pleased to be recognized for our exciting diversity, the value we offer our students and their families, and for our outstanding School of Engineering and Computer Science."

Other highlights of the U.S. News 2017 "Best Colleges" rankings:

Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs. Pacific’s School of Engineering and Computer Science shared the No. 55 spot with 13 other public and private national and regional universities around the country. U.S. News evaluated schools where the highest engineering degree offered is a bachelor’s or master’s. At Pacific, students can complete both a B.S. and M.S. in just five years. And all engineering students are placed in a 7.5-month paid domestic or international internship as part of the curriculum, resulting in a 98 percent employment rate for new graduates.

Best Ethnic Diversity. Pacific tied for the fifth highest ethnic diversity score among the 298 national universities. Pacific earned a “diversity index” score of 0.71 on a scale that ranges from 0.0 to 1.0, with 1.0 representing the greatest diversity. Sharing the tie are three other California schools: UC Davis, UCLA and UC Santa Cruz. Only 12 other national universities earned higher scores.

Best Value Schools. Pacific ranked No. 39 among the 298 public and private national universities for value. U.S. News calculates this ranking based on academic quality and cost. Only institutions in or near the top half of the national university category were evaluated, the magazine explained, “because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges that perform well academically.”