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About University of the Pacific

2016 U.S. Senate DebatePacific is a multi-campus university shaping the future of higher education in Northern California

Since its founding more than 160 years ago, University of the Pacific has been transforming the lives of students, enhancing the vitality of its three Northern California regions and bringing a pioneering spirit to education and service.

In 2015, Pacific launched new academic programs at its Sacramento and San Francisco campuses to meet the needs of working professionals and employers in those regions. Additional academic programs are scheduled to launch in 2016 and 2017 at Pacific's Stockton and Sacramento campuses.

By expanding its academic offerings, Pacific is moving closer to realizing its vision for the future: to be a leading university in Northern California, and beyond.

Pacific is preparing students for success in their careers and lives

125+ Programs and Degrees

Pacific offers more than 80 undergraduate areas of study including a broad range of minors and a number of accelerated programs and nearly 45 graduate and professional programs and degrees

A Best Value

In two recent rankings from The Economist and The Brookings Institution, Pacific comes out a better value than USC or UCLA.

Both rankings use data from the first-ever White House College Scorecard to assess universities' strengths in preparing students for economically prosperous lives.

  • The Economist ranked Pacific No. 12 nationally (ahead of Yale and NYU)
  • Pacific is a No. 3 best value in California  (The Economist and The Brookings Institution)
  • The Brookings Institution gave Pacific a score of 98 out of 100 (a tie with MIT and 15 other institutions)
  • Pacific alumni earn a median salary of $66,400 a decade after they enter college. In comparison, USC alumni earn $66,100 and UCLA alumni earn $59,200.

The Pacific Difference

  • Four-year graduation guarantee: If students do their part, Pacific ensures they graduate on time
  • California's first chartered university, founded in 1851
  • One of the 50 most beautiful college campuses in the country-- The Best Colleges
  • A "Cool School"-- Sierra Club
  • #108 Top National Universities, #6 among California privates-- U.S. News & World Report
  • Best 380 Colleges-- Princeton Review
  • #20 Nationally in international law-- U.S. News & World Report
  • #8 Best undergraduate business schools in California--Bloomberg BusinessWeek (2014)
  • Top 15 Nationally For Campus Ethnic Diversity-- U.S. News & World Report
  • Best in the West-- Princeton Review

Fast Facts

Student body   Undergraduate Demographics
Stockton 5,151 Ethnicity:
Sacramento 554 Asian/Pacific Islander 35.6%
San Francisco 576 White, non-Hispanic 27.3%
  Hispanic 17.9%
Female (undergraduates) 52% Black, non-Hispanic 2.7%
Male (undergraduates) 48% Am. Ind./Alaskan Native 0.5%
  Multi-ethnic  5.6%
Freshman applications 14,449 International 6.7%
Acceptance rate 65% Unknown 3.7%
Average SAT 1150 Region:
Average high school GPA 3.45 San Joaquin County  29%
  Northern California (including S.J. County)  68%
Degrees conferred (2014-2015): Southern California  17%
Bachelor's 864 Master's 367 Out of state 7%
Doctoral 60 International 7%
Professional 591 Unknown 1%