University of the Pacific

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3601 Pacific Avenue

Stockton, CA 95211

Phone: (209) 946-2011
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jan. 15
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#112 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. National Universities

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University of the Pacific is a private institution that was founded in 1851. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,867, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 175 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of the Pacific's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 112. Its tuition and fees are $39,810 (2013-14).

The University of the Pacific is a private university with a picturesque campus in Stockton, California, that has made its way into more than 15 movies, including "All the King's Men," "Porgy & Bess" and "Flubber." Freshmen and sophomores must live on campus, unless they're commuting from a parent's home within 50 miles of school. Upperclassmen may live in residence halls, Greek houses or university apartments if they'd like, but they aren't required to. Greek life draws about 20 percent of the student body, and, in total, there are about 150 student organizations to consider joining. The Pacific Tigers sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I West Coast Conference. The school does not have a football team.

Since Stockton is situated in the California Delta waterway, students are close to water sports options, including jet skiing, windsurfing and sailing. For road trips within California, Sacramento is 45 minutes away and San Francisco, Napa and San Jose are all within a 90-minute drive. In addition to its degree options for undergraduate students, the University of the Pacific has the McGeorge School of Law, the Eberhardt School of Business, a graduate school of education and more. Notable alumni of the University of the Pacific include billionaire Alex Spanos, owner of the San Diego Chargers football team, and baseball agent Scott Boras, who founded the sports agency Boras Corp.

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

University of the Pacific offers an excellent university experience, with dedicated teaching, small class sizes, extensive research and internship opportunities and a vibrant residential life. Pacific's lush, brick and ivy main campus in Stockton is renowned for its Gothic architecture and warm California climate. It was founded in 1851 as California's first university.

The University has more than 6,500 students on its three campuses. On the Stockton campus, about 5,100 students pursue programs of study in College of the Pacific, the Conservatory of Music, Gladys L. Benerd School of Education, Eberhardt School of Business, the School of Engineering and Computer Science, the School of International Studies, and Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Pacific McGeorge School of Law enrolls about 9000 students at the Sacramento campus, and Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry has about 500 students on the San Francisco campus.

Pacific is known for top-tier professional schools in dentistry, law and pharmacy. The Conservatory of Music, the oldest in the West, produced Dave Brubeck and hundreds of professional musicians and composers. The University also boasts strong programs in biology, chemistry, education, international studies, business and engineering, among others.

Pacific offers strong academic programs in more than 90 programs of study leading to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees and educational credentials. A range of accelerated programs are offered in business, education, law and the health sciences. A comprehensive financial aid program makes Pacific's quality education accessible to students of all economic backgrounds.

Pacific centers and institutes, such as the Jacoby Center for Public Service and Civic Leadership, the Business Forecasting Center and the Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship, work toward solutions to local, regional and global issues through community partnerships, education and research. University clinics offer a variety of health services, health fairs and symposia on important health issues.

The Library's Holt-Atherton Special Collections includes the manuscripts and published essays of naturalist John Muir and the complete archive of internationally renowned composer and jazz pianist Dave and Iola Brubeck.
Nearly sixty percent of students live on campus and participate in a vibrant residential life boasting more than 125 student clubs and organizations and a comprehensive recreational program. The Pacific Tigers compete in NCAA Division I sports as a member of the Big West Conference, fielding seven men's and nine women's teams. The Tigers have accumulated 23 conference athletic championships, 52 NCAA tournament appearances, and more than 1,100 Big West Scholar-Athletes.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1851
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $200,466,831


When applying to University of the Pacific, it's important to note the application deadline is January 15, and the early action deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 31. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 37.8 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 37.8%
Application deadline January 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 31

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of the Pacific is 14:1, and the school has 57.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 84.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 43%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
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Student Life

University of the Pacific has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,867, with a gender distribution of 46.8 percent male students and 53.2 percent female students. At this school, 46 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 54 percent of students live off campus. University of the Pacific is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 6,652
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 NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of the Pacific offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. University of the Pacific also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of the Pacific.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of the Pacific, 73.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $21,896.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $39,810 (2013-14)
Room and board $12,336 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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