Celebrating our Diversity

Pacific is proud to be a minority-serving institution where students traditionally underrepresented in higher education receive the opportunities and resources they need to reach their educational and professional goals. These designations underscore Pacific's commitment to supporting educational equity and to improving and expanding access for diverse students across California and beyond.

Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving

Pacific is an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander serving institution. The designation was established by Congress in 2007 for colleges and universities where 10 percent of the undergraduate population identifies as Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander. Through the designation, Pacific will be able to apply for grants and funding that expand its capacity to serve Asian Americans, Native American Pacific Islanders and low-income students.

A group of students at Tigerlands
Students gathered in the Center for Identity and Inclusion
Hispanic Serving Institution

In 2024 University of the Pacific was designated a Hispanic Serving Institution as defined by the U.S. Department of Education. In order to attain HSI status, an institution must maintain an enrollment of undergraduate full-time-equivalent students that is at least 25 percent Hispanic/Latinx. This designation unlocks federal funding to support scholarships, campus programs, and resources aimed at enhancing the success of Hispanic students.