University of the Pacific has been accredited since 1949 and in 2018 received reaccreditation from the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) through 2027. In its reaffirmation of Pacific’s accreditation, WSCUC praised Pacific's academic excellence, educational innovation and financial sustainability.

Reaccreditation ensures a college or university maintains high educational standards and is committed to continually improving. It enables student access to federal financial aid such as grants and loans, ensures credits and degrees are transferable to other universities and considered credible by employers, and allows colleges and universities to apply for federal and private grants to support research and student services. It also supports colleges and universities in developing and sustaining effective academic programs.

Additional Accreditation

Since 1949, University of the Pacific has been accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the WASC Senior College and University Commission. Pacific's last review was conducted in 2019 and current accreditation is valid through 2027.

In addition, Pacific is accredited with the following agencies in support of specialized academic programs across our schools and colleges (see table below).

Updated: November 2020

Accrediting Agency  Accredited Since Last Review Accredited Through Next Visit, Review or Self-Study Date
American Dental Association / Commission on Dental accreditation (ADA / CODA) Dental Education program (DDS) 1910 2015 2021 2021: Site Visit
Graduate Orthodontics (MSD) and Dentofacial Orthopedics programs 1943 2015 2021 2021: Site Visit
Advanced Education in General Dentistry program 1991 2015 2021 2021: Site Visit
Endodontics (MSD) program 2012 2017 2023 2023: Site Visit
Dental Hygiene (BS) [Approval with Reporting Requirements] 2003 2019 2021 2021: Site Visit
American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation [in cooperation with Alameda County, CA] (ADA / CODA) Graduate Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery program [Approval with Reporting Requirements (3)] 1935 2015 2021 2021: Site Visit

Accrediting Agency  Accredited Since Last Review Accredited Through Next Visit, Review or Self-Study Date
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (K-12) (CCTC)

Prelimary Multiple Subject with intern; Preliminary Single Subject with intern; Preliminary Education Specialist Mild/Moderate Disabilities with intern; Preliminary Education Specialist Moderate/Severe Disabilities with intern; Pupil Personnel Services: School Psychology with intern; Speech-Language Pathology

1924 2011 2027 To be scheduled
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

School Psychology (EdS) [Approval-Conditional] 

2008 2019 February 1, 2021 Sept 15, 2020: Conditional Report

Accrediting Agency  Accredited Since Last Review Accredited Through Next Visit, Review or Self-Study Date
American Chemical Society (ACS) Chemistry (BA, BS) Biochemistry (BS) 1955 2016 Ongoing 2021: 5-year report
Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) Health, Exercise, and Sports SciencesAthletic Training Program (BS) 2003 2008 2022-23 Program in teach out; 2022-23: Self-Study and Site Visit; Transitioning to MS only

Accrediting Agency  Accredited Since Last Review Accredited Through Next Visit, Review or Self-Study Date
National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) Composition (BM); Jazz Studies (Jazz Composition, Jazz Performance) (BM); Music (BA); Music Education (Choral, Instrumental) (BM, MM); Music History (BM); Music Industry Studies (BS); Music Management (BM); Music Therapy (BM, MA); Performance (Brass, Percussion, Piano, Strings, Voice, Woodwinds) (BM)  1928 2016 2023-24 To be scheduled
American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) Music Therapy (BM, MA) 1950 2015 2023-24 2023-24: Review with NASM

Accrediting Agency  Accredited Since Last Review Accredited Through Next Visit, Review or Self-Study Date
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)  Entire school 1983 2019 2023-24 2023-24: Site Visit

Accrediting Agency  Accredited Since Last Review Accredited Through Next Visit, Review or Self-Study Date
American Bar Association (ABA)  Juris Doctor 1969 2014 2030 To be Scheduled
Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Entire law school 1974 2014 2030 To be Scheduled

Accrediting Agency  Accredited Since Last Review Accredited Through Next Visit, Review or Self-Study Date
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) Bioengineering (BS) 2011 2019 Sept 30, 2025 July 1, 2024: Self-Study
Computer Science (BS) 1989 2019 Sept 30, 2023 July 1, 2022: Self-Study
Engineering Management (BS) 2003 2019 Sept 30, 2025 July 1, 2024: Self-Study
Civil Engineering (BS); Computer Engineering (BS); Electrical Engineering (BS); Engineering Physics (BS); Mechanical Engineering (BS) 1971-1985 2019 Sept 30, 2025 July 1, 2024: Self-Study

Accrediting Agency  Accredited Since Last Review Accredited Through Next Visit, Review or Self-Study Date
Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) Audiology (Aud) 2014 2020 January 31, 2025 Feb 1, 2021: Annual Report
Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE) Audiology (Aud) 2014 2018 April 30, 2028 To be scheduled
Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) Atheletic Training Program (MS)   2020 June 30, 2025 July 1, 2024: Self Study
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ASEND) Clinical Nutrition (MSCN)     May 11, 2024 (Candidacy for Accreditation) January - June 2023: Site Visit
American Council for Occupational Therapy (ACOTE Occupational Therapy (OTD)     Candidacy Status July 1, 2022: Self Study; March 2023: Site Visit
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) Physical Therapy Program 1988 2011 June 30, 2021 Fall 2020: Site Visit
Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) Physician Assistant (MPAS) [Accreditation Provisional] 2016 2019 2020-2021 Sept 14-15, 2020: Site Visit
Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Social Work (MSW)     Candidacy Status Spring 2021: Site Visit
Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Speech-Language Pathology (MS) 1973 2019 October 31, 2027 Feb 1, 2021: Annual Report

Accrediting Agency  Accredited Since Last Review Accredited Through Next Visit, Review or Self-Study Date
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Pharmacy (PharmD) 1962 2016 June 30, 2024 Fall 2023: Site Visit