Pacific ranks in US top 100, No. 19 in West

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Pacific finished in the Top 100 of the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education rankings for the second consecutive year.

University of the Pacific ranks in the Top 100 universities in America and 19th best in the West, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education.

California’s first university ranked No. 96 in the nation for the second consecutive year.

Among private universities in California, only Stanford University, Cal Tech, USC, the Claremont colleges, Santa Clara University, Loyola Marymount University and Occidental College ranked higher.

Pacific was No. 3 in the 10-school West Coast Conference, ahead of institutions such as Brigham Young University, University of San Diego, University of San Francisco, Pepperdine University and Gonzaga University.

“These rankings underscore the excellence of a Pacific education and the lasting impact on our graduates,” said Pacific President Christopher Callahan. “They are a testament to our talented and inspiring faculty, who are devoted to the success of our students.”

The rankings focus on 15 indicators in four main categories: student success (overall 40% of an institution’s score), resources (30%), student engagement (20%) and environment (10%). 

Pacific scored 99.6 out of a possible 100 in an important student success category—value added by colleges to salaries 10 years after graduation. 

Pacific ranks in the top 2% of career alumni earnings among all U.S. colleges and universities, according to a study by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce.

The university also scored highly on money spent on teaching each student (96.9), diversity (93.6) and student interaction (85.9).

“These scores illustrate our mission of providing a highly personalized learning experience for our students and that we are focused on living our values of diversity, equity and inclusion,” Callahan said.

Earlier this year Pacific welcomed Mary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi, a national thought leader on diversity from University of San Francisco, as its inaugural vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer.

The full methodology of the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education analysis of 796 national institutions can be found here.