Pacific's Pre-college Summer Program

The Pacific Summer High School Institute is a two-week residential pre-college summer program designed for curious high school students to live, learn and grow at one of America’s top universities. During the two-week program, Pacific Institute students will become immersed in cutting-edge topics and issues through learning environments focused on real-world, hands-on experiences in our labs, studios, fields and makerspaces. The program runs from June 19 to July 1.

In short, Pacific Institute students will experience firsthand the college experience. Learn more about the program below.

Academic Program Offerings

Students can choose from a wide variety of topics, from video game design, filmmaking and eSports to stock investments, entrepreneurship and much more.

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The College Campus Experience

Pacific Institute students will live on our beautiful northern California campus in the same residential halls where our college students live during the academic year, dine in the DeRosa University Center marketplace served by Bon Appetit, exercise in the state-of-the-art Baun Fitness Center and study in our newly reimagined library designed for 21st century learning and collaboration. 

Student Life

Each night there will be a host of activities to choose from, ranging from movies under the stars, concerts, arts and crafts, esports and karaoke to swimming, basketball, volleyball and other activities in our NCAA Division I athletic facilities.

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About University of the Pacific

University of the Pacific is California’s first and oldest university, founded in 1851, less than a year after statehood. With campuses across northern California in Stockton, Sacramento and San Francisco, the university places a premium on personalized learning and experiential opportunities for students. It is ranked in the top 100 national universities by the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education and top 20 in the West. 

For More Information 

For more information on the Pacific Summer High School Institute, contact program director, Vice Provost Edie Sparks, at or 209.932.3263.