How University of the Pacific ranks

University of the Pacific offers the academic rigor of a private university, the resources and amenities of a large school and the personal attention of a small community of scholars. 

Pacific’s mission is to provide a superior, student-centered learning experience integrating liberal arts and professional education and preparing individuals for lasting achievement and responsible leadership in their careers and communities.
 

Top 2% in alumni earnings

Top Rankings 

  • Top 2% – Alumni Earnings Among All 4-year U.S. Colleges and Universities (Georgetown University – Center on Education and the Workforce)
  • #18 – Best Universities in the West (Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education, 2021)
  • Top 12% – Best Universities in U.S. (Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education, 2021)
  • #8 – Sustainability of Campus Buildings (Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, 2019)
  • #36 – Social Mobility (U.S. News & World Report, 2021)
  • #53 – Best Value (U.S. News & World Report, 2021)
  • #93 – Best Colleges for Veterans (U.S. News & World Report, 2021)

  •  #3 – Biology degree program (Grad Reports, 2020)
  •  #7 – Civil Engineering degree program (Grad Reports, 2020)
  •  #55 – Audiology graduate program (U.S. News & World Report, 2021)
  • #59 – Pharmacy graduate program (U.S. News & World Report, 2021)
  • #60 – Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (U.S. News & World Report, 2021)
  • #102 – Physical Therapy graduate program (U.S. News & World Report, 2021)

Pacific McGeorge School of Law

U.S. News & World Report, 2021

  • #9 – Trial Advocacy
  • #32 – Legal Writing
  • #35 – Part-Time Law Program
  • #56 – Dispute Resolution
  • #73 – Environmental Law
  • #98 – Contracts and Commercial Law
  • #102 – Health Care Law
  • #106 – Business and Corporate Law
  • #114 – Intellectual Property Law
  • #125 – Criminal Law
  • #126 – Tax Law 

The Princeton Review, 2021

  • Best Law Schools
     

preLaw Magazine

  • #11 – Best Schools for Government

 

 

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

American Dental Association's Survey of Dental Education (2018-19)

  • #4 (tied) – Dental Admission Test (DAT) - Perceptual Ability
  • #5 (tied) – Dental Admission Test (DAT) - Academic Average
  • #12 – Total Applications Received by U.S. Dental Schools

 

Fast Facts

By Campus

 
Sacramento 873
San Francisco 698
Stockton 4,692
Total 6,263

 

Universitywide

 
Undergraduate 3,524
Graduate 1,094
Professional 1,645
Total 6,263

Undergrad Demographics

 
Female 52%
Male 48%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 37%
Black, non-Hispanic 3.7%
Hispanic 23%
White, non-Hispanic 21%
Multi-ethnic 5.4%
International 7.9%
Unknown/Other 2.1%

 

Origin

 
California 83%
Out of State 7%
International 8%
Unknown 2%

Admissions

 
Average SAT 1220
Average High School GPA 3.84
Top 10% of High School class 40%

Degrees Conferred (2019–20)

 
Bachelor's 779
Master's 460
Doctoral 87
Professional 492

 

(All data for 2020–21 unless otherwise indicated)

Three Campuses

University of the Pacific has campuses in three cities located in Northern California’s most dynamic region.

graduation ceremony
Alumni Success

At six months after graduation, 91% of Class of 2019 graduates who responded to a survey were:

  • Employed or accepted to graduate or professional school, completing a post-graduate internship or fellowship, or working in the military or for a service organization.
  • And 93% of 2019 graduates who responded indicated that their current position is related to their career objective.
     

Community Impact

Sacramento

  • Employees (faculty and staff) 190
  • Total economic impact $37M
  • Total employment impact 304 jobs
     

San Francisco

  • Employees (faculty and staff) 516
  • Total economic impact $133M
  • Total employment impact 727 jobs
     

Stockton

  • Employees (faculty and staff) 1,329
  • Total economic impact $279M
  • Total employment impact 1,816 jobs
     

† As of 10/01/19

Medicare clinic student
Public Service

Pacific has a long tradition of public service with students, faculty and staff making an impact in our communities through classroom and volunteer experiences, including:
 
Pharmacy: Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy students assisted 811 beneficiaries at a virtual Medicare Part D clinic in 2020. Also, 196 first-year PharmD students received immunization training and certification, readying them to assist in the administration of the flu vaccine and the COVID-19 vaccine.

Law Clinics: Since March 2020, McGeorge School of law students have served an estimated 100 elder and health law clients, 40 bankruptcy clients, 122 immigration clients and 83 charged with federal crimes. They helped mediate 16 civil rights disputes between prisons and prison inmates and worked on nine pieces of legislation.

Dental clinics: Dugoni School of Dentistry students and faculty served more than 17,200 patients and managed more than 77,330 patient visits across San Francisco and Union City clinics over 2019-2020.

Beyond Our Gates: With a focus on literacy and learning, this community outreach effort has seen significant gains in helping students in San Joaquin County succeed. In the 2019 Beyond Our Gates Every Day Counts Attendance Challenge, more than 43,000 K-12 students had perfect attendance in the contest period.

Experiential Learning

The majority of Pacific’s students benefit from countless experiential opportunities such as working in Pacific’s clinics, teaching music in the community and working while studying abroad.

Currently, 75% of Pacific’s undergraduate students are enrolled in an experiential learning course. One outstanding example is found in the School of Engineering and Computer Science, where for more than 50 years, students have gained hands-on experience at corporations and public agencies through the Cooperative Education (Co-op) program.

steel bridge engineering students

Notable Alumni


Dave Brubeck ’42 — Musician and composer
Janet Leigh ’47 — Actress
Alex Spanos ’48 — Real estate developer and owner, San Diego Chargers
Eddie LeBaron ’50 — All-American and NFL football player, sports executive
George Moscone ’53 — California state senator and 37th mayor of San Francisco
Ted B. Olson ’62 — Attorney and 42nd U.S. solicitor general
Pete Carroll ’73, ’78 — NFL head coach, Seattle Seahawks
Connie Callahan ’74 — Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Sakena Yacoobi ’77 — Founder/director, Afghan Institute of Learning
Scott Boras ’77, ’82 — Baseball sports agent
Susan B. Neuman ’78 — Author and former U.S. assistant secretary, elementary and secondary education
Chris Isaak ’80 — Musician
Rebecca Jacoby ’83 — Senior vice president of operations, Cisco Systems
Arif Alvi ’84 — President of Pakistan
Kate Moses ’84 — Internationally acclaimed author
José Hernández ’85 — Former NASA astronaut
Hue Jackson ’86 — NFL head coach, Cleveland Browns
Matt de la Peña ’96 — Newbery Medal-winning author
Brad Schumacher ’97, ’05 — Olympian: 1996 swimming (two-time gold medalist) and 2000 water polo
Irene Roberts ’06 — Mezzo-soprano with the Deutsche Opera Berlin
Julia Engel Berolzheimer ’12 — Founder of Gal Meets Glam