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General Questions

What is Pacific known for?

Several characteristics make Pacific a unique experience:

  • The excellence in the strength of the undergraduate education. Pacific's undergraduate schools routinely are ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, the Princeton Review, and Fiske's College Guide.
  • Our small class size leading to strong relationships between faculty and students as well as personalized learning. The average class at Pacific has 19 students.
  • The variety of academic and co-curricular choices. Pacific offers more than 80 majors in ten schools on three campuses, as well as several accelerated programs which allow students to graduate with professional degrees earlier than they would in traditional-track schools.
  • The beauty of our campus. In several surveys conducted by several college ranking organizations during the past decade, Pacific has been named among the top-10 most beautiful campuses in the United States.

What are the University's FAFSA and CEEB codes?

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Code: 001329
College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) Code: 4065

Is Pacific a public or private university?

We are a private university. This means we do not receive direct funding from the government. Unlike state colleges and universities, Pacific is not governed by a state agency.

What type of university is Pacific?

Pacific is a comprehensive university with three campuses and nine schools and colleges. Six of our schools and colleges provide undergraduate education on the Stockton campus, including a college of liberal arts and sciences (College of the Pacific). We also have six professional schools (law, dentistry, pharmacy, business, education and engineering), a graduate school, and an adult re-entry division. The other two campuses are the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento and the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco.

Is Pacific a religious or church-related university?

Pacific was founded by Methodist ministers and is still affiliated with the Methodist Church, but is now a non-denominational university. Religious instruction is not required in the classroom and students are not required to attend religious services. We welcome diversity of religion and support those who choose to expand religious beliefs or research.  We do have a chapel, a full-time chaplain, a number of religious-oriented clubs, and a Department of Religious Studies.

How old is Pacific?

We became California's first chartered institution of higher education in 1851. We were also the first co-ed university in California (the first graduating class had five men and five women) in 1852. We celebrated our sesquicentennial year in 2001.

Is Pacific accredited?

Pacific is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and many academic programs have additional accreditation by appropriate professional organizations.