International Student Experience at Pacific

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International Students at Pacific

Pacific welcomes international applicants from all over the world. With more than 80 majors to choose from and personalized learning, Pacific is the ideal place for you to pursue studies in the United States.


A complete Application for Admission for International Students includes:

  1. Application for Admission
  2. Required Personal Statement (Personal Essay on the Common Application)
  3. Application Fee
  4. Official Records of Study
  5. Demonstration of Proficiency in English
  6. Recommendation
  7. Certification of Finances

An explanation of each element of the complete application follows:

Application for Admission

The Application for Admission ("Distinctive Candidate Application" or "Online Application") must be completed in full, signed by the applicant and submitted to the Office of Admission.

You can mail it to the Office of Admission or submit the application electronically at: http://www.pacific.edu/apply

Important — Please make sure that the family name (last name) and given name (first name) on your application for admission exactly match the names on your passport. This will ease processing of your immigration documents if you are admitted and choose to enroll.

Required Personal Statement (Personal Essay on the Common Application)

Submit a brief personal statement (250 to 500 words) - as a way to get to know you as a person and more than a collection of classes and test scores. Relax - there are no wrong answers. But we do ask you to consider grammar, spelling and the content of what you wish to express.

The topic is up to you, but if you need some help getting started, here is an idea:

"Describe a negative interaction you have had with another person. What happened? How did you react? How did you respond to the other person?"

Application Fee

For Undergraduate students (Domestic and International), the application fee is $35.00.
This applies to both the Pacific's own online application or the online Common Application.

Official Records of Study

You are required to arrange for the Office of Admission to receive official or certified copies of your academic records for all secondary and post-secondary (including college, university, institute or professional school) study. Official or certified copies of results of public or external examinations you have taken are also required. These should be sent, whenever possible, by the examining authority itself.

Records should list the subjects studied and the grade or mark received. Records should include copies of degrees, diplomas or certificates received. The University expects official copies of the original document in the official language of the educational system. If that language is not English, an official translation should be attached.

You may submit officially certified or attested photocopies of original records. If your application is approved, you will be expected to present the originals to the Admission Office for inspection prior to registration.

Additional Requirements for Undergraduate Applicants Seeking International Transfer Credit

International students who attended universities outside of the United States must submit an evaluation of their academic records. Transcripts must be reviewed by World Education Services (WES).   Request a Course-by-Course WES ICAP (International Credential Advantage Package) evaluation and have an official copy sent directly to University of the Pacific. Please review the WES website for evaluation fee information.

The educational documentation you will need to submit to WES varies based on the country of study, as well as the highest level of education you have completed outside of the United States. We recommend that you visit the WES website (www.wes.org) to obtain information about what types of documentation are required for submission in order to obtain an evaluation report.

International students who attended universities outside of the United States must also submit course descriptions of their completed university work. The course descriptions must come from either the school's website or official catalog. Please send the course descriptions to University of the Pacific's Office of Admission.

Scholastics Assessment Test (SAT) / ACT

All freshman applicants to the Pre-Pharmacy Advantage, Accelerated Pre-Dentistry, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, or Dental Hygiene programs must submit either Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT Reasoning Test) or the ACT (Writing section included) scores.

Students applying for the following majors should also take the SAT Subject Test in Chemistry:
Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Chemistry, Chemistry-Biology, Civil Engineering, Dental Hygiene, Dental/Pre-Dental, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Management, Engineering Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Pre-Pharmacy

To receive further information in connection with this requirement, please contact the Office of Admission.

English Language Proficiency

If your native language is not English, you must submit official results of one of the following in order to receive consideration for admission:

Test Type Non-Engineering Majors Engineering Majors
Internet-based TOEFL 61 79
Paper-based TOEFL 500 550
IELTS score of 5.5 6.0

With these scores, you would be required to take the University's ESL placement exam if you are admitted. You may also be required to take additional ESL classes during your first term at the University.

Scores of 80/213/550/6.5 will exempt you of the ESL placement exam and further ESL classes.

Information about TOEFL can be located online at http://www.ets.org/toefl; information about IELTS can be located at http://www.ielts.org.

All international applicants are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS unless they meet one of the following waiver requirements:

  1. SAT Critical Reading (Verbal) score of 510 or higher
  2. ACT Composite score of 22 or higher
  3. One academic year (two semesters, or four quarters) of English courses at a university in the United States, with grades of B or higher
  4. Citizens of the following countries: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom. If you are a citizen of one of these countries, you must take the SAT or ACT instead of an English language proficiency test. International transfer students with more than 30 units of college work do not need to take the SAT or ACT.
  5. All high school instruction in the U.S. and in English*
  6. "A" level English scores of B or higher*

*You must take the SAT or ACT instead of an English language proficiency test if you meet these waiver requirements.

Recommendation

The recommendation form must be completed by a counselor, principal, director or other responsible official of the institution in which you are currently enrolled or which you last attended. If you have been out of school for more than two years and have been employed full-time, you may ask your employer to complete the form. More information on how to submit a recommendation can be found by visiting: http://www.pacific.edu/recommendation

Certification of Finances

Total cost of attending University of the Pacific can be found here. University costs rise approximately 6% each year.  If you are an F-1 visa holder or intend to apply for an F-1 visa,, you must certify that you have sufficient financial resources for one year of study at Pacific.* 

Download the Financial Responsibility Form (PDF) for the 2015-2016 Academic Year.

You must provide the University with a recent financial guarantee or recommendation in the form of a letter or account statement from a financial institution, which demonstrates funds equivalent to one year of study at Pacific. If your study will be sponsored by a government agency, foreign embassy or a private individual (other than your parent or guardian), the sponsor must submit a letter to the University indicating they will pay for your studies. The sponsor must also submit an account statement showing the specific dollar amount per year available to you and the duration of its availability.

The University may require further certification of finances or advanced payment of tuition and fees from students whose funds originate in countries where severe currency restrictions exist. If you will be accompanied in the U.S., allow $3,000-3,500 per year for each dependent. The University cannot send you forms for your student visa until complete financial certification has been obtained.

*If you are currently studying or living in the United States under another visa classification or if you have been classified by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service as a permanent resident, please call or email our office regarding this requirement.  In some cases, this may be able to be waived.  

Information on Estimated Cost of Attendance for International Students at Pacific

Financial Assistance

University of the Pacific offers a number of $10,000 International Student Merit Scholarships to international students applying as freshman or transfer students. For more information, please visit the International Students Scholarship page. To be considered for a merit-based scholarship, you must simply submit an application for admission and all supporting items. You will be notified of an award if you admitted and qualify for an award. Athletic scholarships are also available to international students.

Additional Requirements for Certain Programs

Applicants to the Conservatory of Music

Those interested in applying to the Conservatory of music must present evidence of musical talent and achievement by performing an audition. Those planning to major in composition must also submit an original composition. Instructions are available from the Office of the Dean of the Conservatory of Music or at http://www.pacific.edu/audition

Pacific Legal Scholars Candidates

Strong candidates applying for the Pacific Legal Scholars Program will be expected to complete an interview either on campus or by phone after the application is complete (items listed above have been received by the University of the Pacific). The Director of the program will contact prospective students for the interview during the spring semester. Additional information on the Pacific Legal Scholars Program can be found here.

Housing

University of the Pacific is a residential university. Most of its students live on the University campus in residence halls operated by the University’s Housing Office. Most residence halls are coeducational (for both men and women), but the University also has facilities exclusively for women. The University requires all first- and second-year students to live in University housing. Exceptions may be given to those living with their parent(s) or to those who request exception due to medical or religious reasons. The University has limited facilities for married students.

Application Decision and Notification

The Office of Admission will review your application as soon as it and all supporting documents are received and will notify you of its decision as promptly as possible.

Reply Date and Confirming Deposit

If you are offered admission to the University, the Office of Admission will specify in the approval letter a “reply date.” This is the date by which you must reply to the admission offer. If you decide to accept the University’s offer of admission you must make a U.S. $200 deposit by the reply date. The deposit will be credited toward your tuition for your first term of study. If your study at University of the Pacific will be sponsored by a foreign embassy or government, you must make certain that the deposit is made for you, or you must make the deposit yourself.

Medical Questionnaire

On approval of the application for any regular term, a medical questionnaire will be sent to you for completion and return. This report is required of all students registering for more than 6 semester units and must be filed prior to registration.

Honor Code

Established in 1958, the Honor Code is intended to maintain and preserve the high standards of personal character and integrity vital in academic pursuits. The success of the honor code is made possible only with the acceptance and cooperation of every student. We fully expect that every University student will join with us in maintaining the principle and the tradition of the code in all aspects of college life.

Applicants for admission to the University are asked to recognize the responsibilities of the code and to accept its principles. Your signature on the application form or electronic signature from the online application indicates that you agree to uphold the principles of the code. For more information please see the Tiger Lore and the Pacific Guide.