Pacific Union College

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One Angwin Avenue

Angwin, CA 94508

Phone: (707) 965-6311
2013-2014 Tuition
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National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Pacific Union College is a private institution that was founded in 1882. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,564, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 200 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. Pacific Union College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, Tier 2. Its tuition and fees are $26,850 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

At Pacific Union College, our mission is to offer an excellent and distinctive Christian education that prepares our students for productive lives of useful human service and uncompromising integrity. We do this by helping students strive for excellence in all areas of life, including the training of the mind and spirit. In this sense, Pacific Union College offers students a complete, whole-life education.

One of our greatest strengths is our commitment to undergraduate education. We are truly a teaching community, and our goal is to provide an exceptional learning environment for our students. This means smaller classes, where professors teach the courses, not graduate assistants, and plenty of opportunities for students to interact with faculty and staff.

At PUC, it is common for students to find a worthy mentor in a professor, residence hall dean, or even the college president. Many professors choose to open up their homes for department dinners, offering students a home-cooked meal. The majority of the faculty and staff also attend the college church, where they worship side by side with students. We believe that authentic relationships between college staff and students are integral to the educational experience.

Academically, PUC has received numerous accolades. Along with consistently high ratings from the U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges", PUC's students score above the 90th percentile in several Major Field Achievement Tests. We offer excellent pre-professional programs, and many of our students are accepted into the nation's most prestigious graduate, law, medical, and dental programs. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) has given PUC its most favorable rating.

As a Christian organization, we have a commitment to provide an environment where faith can thrive. We encourage our students to thoughtfully examine their personal faith in the classrooms, residence halls, and worship programs. Honest and intellectual exploration of ideas is central to the faith journey at PUC. More than 125 years ago, one of our college's founders expressed hope that Pacific Union College would become a place for "thinkers, not mere reflectors of other men's thoughts". While such an ideal is difficult to achieve, it is, we believe, a noble ideal, worthy of pursuit.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1882
Religious affiliation Seventh-day Adventist
Academic calendar quarter
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $21,480,694


When applying to Pacific Union College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. The application fee at Pacific Union College is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 47.3 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 47.3%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Pacific Union College is 13:1, and the school has 56.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Pacific Union College include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Education; and Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 73 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 13:1
4-year graduation rate 23%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 21%
Health Professions and Related Programs 17%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 15%
Education 9%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 6%

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Student Life

Pacific Union College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,564, with a gender distribution of 44.6 percent male students and 55.4 percent female students. At this school, 71 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 29 percent of students live off campus. Pacific Union College is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,564
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Pacific Union College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, day care, health service, and health insurance. Pacific Union College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, and lighted pathways/sidewalks. Of the students at Pacific Union College, 70 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Pacific Union College.

Students who have cars on campus 70%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Pacific Union College, 79.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $19,477.

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Tuition and fees $26,850 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,485 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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