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University of the Pacific (United States)

University of the Pacific
Established 10 July 1851
Type Private
Religious affiliation Non-sectarian
Methodist (historically)
Endowment $344.4 million[1]
President Pamela A. Eibeck
Admin. staff 966
Undergraduates 3,457
Postgraduates 2,739
Location Stockton, California (main campus), San Francisco, and Sacramento, California, United States
Campus Urban, 175 acres (71 ha)
Colors Orange and Black         
Athletics NCAA Division IWCC
Sports 16 Varsity Teams
Nickname Tigers
Mascot Powercat
Affiliations NAICU[2]
Website .edu.pacificwww

The University of the Pacific (Pacific) is a private university in Stockton, California that is the only private school with fewer than 10,000 students to offer degrees from eight different professional schools. Pacific is the oldest chartered university in California.[3] It was the first independent co-educational campus in California, opened the first conservatory of music on the west coast, and founded the first medical school on the West Coast.

It was first chartered on July 10, 1851, in Santa Clara, CA under the name California Wesleyan College. The school moved to San Jose in 1871 and then to Stockton in 1923. Pacific is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).[4]

In addition to its School of Law in Sacramento, and the school of Pharmacy and Health Sciences located in Stockton.

Pacific was until 2010 ranked among the top 100 national universities in the United States according to U.S. News & World Report, with its school of law similarly ranked among law schools. It has extensive collections pertaining to jazz musician and alumnus Dave Brubeck, who in 1953 released the live album Jazz at the College of the Pacific. It is also home to the papers of environmental pioneer John Muir.[5]


  • History 1
  • Campus 2
    • Stockton Campus 2.1
    • Sacramento Campus 2.2
    • San Francisco Campus 2.3
    • Campus sustainability efforts 2.4
  • Demographics 3
  • Academics 4
    • Rankings 4.1
      • National rankings 4.1.1
        • PayScale
    • School of International Studies 4.2
  • Athletics 5
  • Capital improvements 6
  • Administration 7
  • Greek life 8
    • Fraternities 8.1
    • Sororities 8.2
    • Multicultural fraternities 8.3
    • Multicultural sororities 8.4
    • Professional fraternities 8.5
    • Service fraternities 8.6
    • Honor societies 8.7
  • Notable alumni and coaches 9
  • See also 10
  • References 11
  • External links 12


Pacific was founded on July 10, 1851, in Santa Clara as California Wesleyan College. In 1858, the college opened the first medical school on the West Coast; it was called the Medical Department of the University of the Pacific. The medical school was later affiliated with University College under the name Cooper Medical College, and in 1908 it was taken over by Stanford University and became the Stanford University School of Medicine.[6]

In 1871, the campus was moved to San Jose and the college opened its doors to women, becoming the first independent co-educational campus in California.[3][7] In 1878, the Conservatory of Music was established at Pacific, making it the first of its kind west of the Mississippi River.[3][7] In 1896, Napa College merged with the college. In 1911, the name was changed to College of the Pacific (COP or Pacific).

In 1923, the campus relocated from the Bay Area to the city of Stockton[8] becoming the first institution of higher education in the Central Valley; it became the University of the Pacific in 1961.[3]

In 1962, Pacific merged with the Sacramento). In the late 1960s, the university separated from the United Methodist Church, when “federal law about public funding of church-related institutions became an issue.”[9]

On October 17, 2013, the university announced an estate gift from Robert and Jeannette Powell, of $125 million . It is the largest gift in the university's 162-year history. In the previous year, Pacific awarded its highest honor, The Order of Pacific, posthumously to both Mr. and Mrs. Powell. ”[10] This gift increased Pacific's endowment to $334 million.[11]


Stockton Campus

Burns Tower on the Stockton campus
The Stockton campus, featuring a tower, rose gardens, architectural columns, brick-faced buildings, and numerous[12] trees, was used in Hollywood films, due to its aesthetic likeness to East Coast Ivy League universities: High Time, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, The Sure Thing, Dead Man on Campus, and Dreamscape, among others.[13] Part of Disney's 1973 film The World's Greatest Athlete was also shot at Pacific.

The Stockton campus is home to three main residential halls: Grace Covell Hall, Southwest Hall, and the Quad Buildings. The Quads are composed of several separate smaller residence halls in close proximity to each other. Grace Covell is the largest residence hall on campus holding more than 350 students while Southwest and the Quads hold a lower number of students. Upperclassmen can find housing in the University Townhouses on the northeast side of campus, McCaffrey Center Apartments located in the center of campus or in the two apartment buildings known as Monagan and Brookside Hall.

In 2008, the university opened a new University Center, at a cost of $38 million, to centralize all campus student-centered activities. The Don & Karen DeRosa University Center houses a new central dining hall, student cafe, pub, bookstore and conference centers, replacing the McCaffrey Center. It also built a new $20 million Biological Sciences Center in 2008 that provides advanced classroom and laboratory facilities for students studying the natural sciences and the health sciences.

The campus is home to Morris Chapel, a non-denominational church with simple architecture, excellent acoustics and photogenic backdrops.[14]

Sacramento Campus

Pacific's 13-acre Sacramento campus is home to American Bar Association in Sacramento County.[16]

San Francisco Campus

Pacific's Dugoni School of Dentistry is located in San Francisco's Pacific Heights neighborhood, containing classrooms, administrative offices, a simulation laboratory and clinics offering dental care to the public.[17]

In 2011, Pacific purchased a seven-story former Wells Fargo office building in the South of Market neighborhood, intending to use five floors to house Dugoni, while renting two floors as premium office space.[18] Dugoni is expected to move into its new facilities in 2014.

Campus sustainability efforts

The university strives to promote environmental responsibility. Students are given opportunities to take part in sustainability service projects through the M.O.V.E. (Mountains, Ocean, Valley Experience) program. The on-campus dining services participates in the Farm to Fork Program, buying food locally where feasible. In 2009 students from the Residence for Earth & Environmental Living & Learning (a campus residential learning community), the Students for Environmental Action, and the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences designed and implemented the “Tap That” campaign, whose goal was to inform students, faculty and staff about the effects of disposable water bottles on the environment. Pacific's sustainability score was a D in 2009 and has risen to a C since then.[19][20] The University also has been listed in the Sierra Club's list of "Cool Schools, " or Universities that value sustainability, for three years running.[21] The University also has opened several LEED Certified buildings in the past five years, including the Don and Karen DeRosa University Center, the John T. Chambers Technology Center, and the Vereschagin Alumni House [22]


As of 2012, the Stockton campus had 5,204 students (3,967 undergraduates, 586 graduate, 651 first professional students). Approximately 83% are from California; the rest are from 43 other states and 42 other countries. The University of the Pacific Sacramento had 854 students.

Student body composition of University of the Pacific, 2012 [23]
Undergraduate U.S. Census[24]
White American 34% 65.8%
African American 3% 12.1%
Asian American 32% 4.3%
Hispanic American 19% 14.5%
Native American 1% 0.9%
International student 5% (N/A)
Race/Ethnicity Unknown 3% (N/A)


First-Time Freshman Profile[25]

  2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Freshman Applicants 22,972 21,230 19,811 14,970 5,450
Admits 8,678 7,608 7,544 6,218 3,783
% Admitted 37.77 35.80 38.07 41.53 69.41
Enrolled 852 927 1,010 894 882
GPA 3.54 3.47 3.49 3.49 3.46
SAT Composite 1200 1177 1161 1189 1161
(*SAT out of 1600)

The university is the only private institution in the United States with fewer than 10,000 students to offer degrees from eight different professional schools,[26] giving it the broad mix of undergraduate and professional education it offers.[26] Pacific offers more than 100 academic programs and more than 60 undergraduate degrees. In the 2010 U.S. News & World Report rankings, Pacific was ranked as the 99th best university, one of the top 40 best value colleges, and a top university for economic and ethnic diversity. Its undergraduate engineering school, need based aid, small class sizes, and low acceptance rate were also ranked as being noteworthy.[27] Numerous graduate degrees are offered including doctoral degrees in over 15 departments in five schools and colleges. University degrees include:

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
  • Bachelor of Science (BS)
  • Bachelor of Music (BM)
  • Master of Arts (MA)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Masters of Accounting (MACC)
  • Master of Education (MEd)
  • Master of Laws (LLM)
  • Master of Music (MM)
  • Master of Science (MS)
  • Education Specialist (EdS)
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD)
  • Juris Doctor (JD)
  • Doctor of Juridical Science (JSD)
  • Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

The university offers degrees programs in nine schools and a graduate program.

  • Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry: San Francisco
  • Gladys L. Benerd School of Education: Stockton
  • College of the Pacific: The University's school of arts and sciences (liberal arts), Stockton
  • Conservatory of Music: The first conservatory of music on the west coast, Stockton
  • Eberhardt School of Business: Stockton
  • Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences: Stockton
  • McGeorge School of Law: Sacramento
  • School of Engineering and Computer Science: Stockton
  • School of International Studies: Stockton. One of six undergraduate schools of international studies in America. The school offers four Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, Global Studies, International Affairs and Commerce, and Development as well as a minor. The school offers a M.A. in Intercultural Relations.[28]
  • The Office of Research and Graduate Studies: Stockton

U.S. Supreme Court Justice

  • University of the Pacific Official Website
  • Pacific Tigers Official Athletics Website
  • Morris Chapel
  • University of the Pacific's Residence Hall Association
  • KPAC Student Radio, 89.7fm

External links

  1. ^ As of 2013. "NCSE PUblic Tables Endowment Market Values" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-03-06. 
  2. ^ NAICU – Member Directory
  3. ^ a b c d "Key Dates in Pacific's History". University of the Pacific. Retrieved September 30, 2007. 
  4. ^ WASC Institutions,, Retrieved March 30, 2014
  5. ^ Welcome to the University Library. Retrieved on 2013–07–17.
  6. ^ Wilson, John Long (1998). "Stanford University School of Medicine and the Predecessor Schools: An Historical Perspective". Lane Medical Library. Stanford University. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Pioneering Firsts". University of the Pacific. Retrieved June 21, 2010. 
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ "In The Beginning". University of the Pacific. Retrieved September 30, 2007. 
  10. ^ "University of the Pacific receives $125 million gift". University of the Pacific. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  11. ^
  12. ^ "Beautiful Campus Environment". University of the Pacific. Retrieved June 21, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Hollywood at Pacific". University of the Pacific. Retrieved June 21, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Morris Chapel". University of the Pacific. Retrieved 2007-09-30. 
  15. ^ "About McGeorge". University of the Pacific. Retrieved January 21, 2012. 
  16. ^ "CalBar list of law schools". State Bar of California. Retrieved September 27, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Dental School Tour". University of the Pacific. Retrieved January 21, 2012. 
  18. ^ "University of the Pacific Purchases Building for New Campus in San Francisco’s South of Market Neighborhood". University of the Pacific. Retrieved January 21, 2012. 
  19. ^ "The College Sustainability Report Card". University of the Pacific. Retrieved 2010-12-10. 
  20. ^ "Sustainability at Pacific". University of the Pacific. Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  21. ^ "Complete Rankings of Cool Schools". The Sierra Club. Retrieved September 2012. 
  22. ^ "John T. Chambers Technology Center is Certified LEED Gold". University of the Pacific. Retrieved October 1, 2011. 
  23. ^ "Pacific At A Glance". University of the Pacific. Retrieved December 22, 2012. 
  24. ^ See Demographics of the United States for references.
  25. ^
  26. ^ a b "A Broad Selection of Courses". University of the Pacific. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  27. ^ "Pacific Ranked in Top 100 Universities". University of the Pacific. Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  28. ^ "School of International Studies". University of the Pacific. Retrieved 2010-06-26. 
  29. ^ Mark Sherman. "Liberal group: Pro-business tilt on Roberts court". Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved 2010-06-26. 
  30. ^ "America's Top Colleges". LLC™. Retrieved October 19, 2013. 
  31. ^ "Best Colleges". U.S. News & World Report LP. Retrieved September 9, 2014. 
  32. ^ "About the Rankings". Washington Monthly. Retrieved October 19, 2013. 
  33. ^ "University Rankings". Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. Retrieved September 18, 2014. 
  34. ^ "Pacific Rankings". University of the Pacific. Retrieved December 22, 2012. 
  35. ^ "Full List of Schools". PayScale. Retrieved December 22, 2012. 
  36. ^ "Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship". University of the Pacific. Retrieved 2010-06-26. 
  37. ^ "School of International Studies". University of the Pacific. Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  38. ^ "School of International Studies". University of the Pacific. 
  39. ^ "Provost announcement on School of International Studies". University of the Pacific. Retrieved 2012-08-22. 
  40. ^ "Investing in Excellence". University of the Pacific. June 21, 2008. Retrieved 2007-10-18. 
  41. ^ "Philip N. Gilbertson". University of the Pacific. Retrieved June 21, 2010. 
  42. ^ "UC Merced Dean Maria Pallavicini Headed to UOP". Merced Sun Star. November 3, 2010. 
  43. ^ "UOP athletic director King reassigned; Leland moves into post". April 27, 2011. 
  44. ^ Phillips, Roger. "Pacific hires new college dean". The Record. Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  45. ^ "University Fast Facts". University of the Pacific. Retrieved June 21, 2010. 
  46. ^ "Clubs & Organizations by Affiliation". University of the Pacific. Retrieved June 21, 2010. 
  47. ^ Iota Gamma Website
  48. ^ Phi Rho Chapter
  49. ^


See also

Pacific's alumni also include billionaire Alex Spanos, astronaut José Hernandez, dentist and inventor Sid Solomon, and Super Bowl-winning head coach Tom Flores.

Notable alumni and coaches

Honor societies

Service fraternities

Professional fraternities

Multicultural sororities

Multicultural fraternities



About 16% of students are members of a social fraternity or sorority[45] at University of the Pacific, where there are four on-campus social fraternity houses, four on-campus social sorority houses, and five multicultural fraternities that are overseen by the University's Department of Housing and Greek Life. There are also a variety of professional organizations and fraternities on the three campus.[46]

Greek life

In 2013, Pacific appointed Dr. Rena Fraden as the Dean of the College of the Pacific. Fraden was previously Vice-President for Academic Affairs and the G. Keith Funston Professor of English and American Studies at Trinity College (Connecticut).[44]

In 2006, former Stanford Athletic Director Ted Leland returned to his undergraduate alma mater as Pacific's Vice President of University Advancement, but was appointed as Vice President of External Relations by President Eibeck in 2009. Leland was appointed temporary athletics director in 2011 while still assuming the vice presidential duties.[43]

Provost Philip N. Gilbertson served as the chief academic officer from 1996 through June 2010, overseeing all of the university's schools and divisions.[41] He retired on June 30, 2010. The university named Dr. Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr., dean of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, to fill the position while a search was completed for a permanent replacement. In February 2011, Dr. Maria Pallavicini, the dean of the School of Natural Sciences at UC Merced, was appointed provost.[42] The Council of Deans comprises all academic deans, associate and assistant provosts, the Director of Planning and Research, and the Academic Budget Officer.

The president is selected by the University's Board of Regents, consisting of 27 members, including U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Connie M. Callahan, U.S. District Court Judge Morrison England, and former NASA Astronaut Jose Hernandez. Former members may be named Emeritus Board Members. This list includes San Diego Chargers owner Alex G. Spanos.

Former President Donald DeRosa retired on June 30, 2009. Pamela Eibeck became the university's 24th and first female president.


The university undertook a $200 million fund-raising campaign to construct a University Center, Biological Sciences Center, multipurpose gymnasium, a library addition, and the Klein Family Field for baseball. In the summer of 2007, the University announced it had vastly exceeded that goal, having raised a total of $330 million,[40] including a bequest gift of $100 million from Robert C. and Jeannette Powell.

Capital improvements

University of the Pacific competes in NCAA Division I athletics as the Pacific Tigers in the West Coast Conference. After over 40 years of being in a conference (the PCAA/Big West) in which they were the only private school ever to have been a member, they returned to a league that is now composed exclusively of private, faith-based schools. (BYU is affiliated with the LDS Church, Pepperdine with the Churches of Christ, and the other seven members are Catholic.) The athletics department sponsors 16 sports: baseball, men's and women's basketball, women's cross country, women's field hockey, men's golf, women's soccer, women's softball, men's and women's swimming, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's volleyball and men's and women's water polo. Men's soccer will be added in the 2014 – 15 school year. The university's two national championships have come in women's volleyball, a sport in which the school advanced to 24 straight NCAA Tournaments (1981 – 2004) and appeared in nine Final Fours (2 AIAW, 7 NCAA).

Facilities include the 2,500-seat Klein Family Field for baseball, the 350-seat Bill Simoni Field for softball, the 6,150-seat Alex G. Spanos Center for basketball and volleyball, the 30,000-seat Amos Alonzo Stagg Memorial Stadium for soccer (and high school football), the Hal Nelson Tennis Courts and the Chris Kjeldsen Pool.

Pacific had previously competed in the Division II California Collegiate Athletic Association conference but left in 1950. In 1952, Pacific became a charter member of the California Basketball Association, which soon became the West Coast Athletic Conference (WCAC) and is now the West Coast Conference (WCC). They remained in the WCAC until joining the Pacific Coast Athletic Association, now known as the Big West Conference, in 1969 for football and 1971 for other sports. Pacific dropped football after the 1995 season, and returned to the WCC in 2013.


On August 22, 2012, the School of International Studies was folded under the umbrella of the College of the Pacific. It retains its status as a school, but its administrative structure is attached to the College of the Pacific's Dean's office.[39]

Two University of the Pacific graduates have received Skoll Foundation awards for Social Entrepreneurship. In 2005, alumnus Martin Burt received an award for his agricultural education and rural entrepreneurship program, Fundación Paraguaya. In 2006, Sakena Yacoobi was recognized for her foundation Afghan Institute of Learning, which aims to restore education and health programs.[38]

One of the leading microfinance lenders for Central America, the Katalysis Bootstrap Fund, relocated to the University of Pacific campus in 2006. Pacific is the first U.S. University to have a microfinance center operating on its campus.[37]

In 2006, the School of International Studies opened The Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship. The center conducts research into and serves as a gathering place for students interested in social entrepreneurship. Unlike most university social entrepreneurship centers, the program has an undergraduate, student-centered approach, incorporating both academic analysis and practical applications in the field.[36]

One of six undergraduate schools of international studies in America and the only school on the west coast. S.I.S. has an interdisciplinary core curriculum taught by anthropologists, political scientists, economists and historians. The school offers multiple B.A. and minor programs, an M.A. in Intercultural Relations as well as an online certificate program in Social Entrepreneurship.

School of International Studies

In 2012, PayScale, the online salary information company, ranked Pacific #72 for Highest Paid Graduates in the United States and #11 for Highest Paid Graduates on the West Coast. The aforementioned rankings are for Pacific graduates with only an undergraduate degree (so those with any type of graduate degree are not included in the PayScale ranking). According to the PayScale ranking, the average starting salary for a Pacific graduate is $46,100 and the average mid-career salary is $94,900.[35] Moreover, Pacific ranks higher than all of its peer institutions except Santa Clara University.


The university currently ranks #45 for 'Best Value Schools', #7 for 'Ethnic Diversity', and #3 for 'Economic Diversity'. Moreover, Pacific is among the Top 40 in the category 'A+ Schools for B+ Students' and Top 20 in the category 'Most Diversified Student Body'.[34]

U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks The University of the Pacific as a Tier 1 institution. In 2012, Pacific ranked #106 in the Nation—a drop from #101 in 2011, and #99 in 2010. Pacific shares the #106 rank with the following institutions: Loyola University Chicago, North Carolina State University, University at Buffalo-The State University of New York, University of Kansas, University of New Hampshire, and the University of San Francisco.

National rankings

University rankings
Forbes[30] 354
U.S. News & World Report[31] 106
Washington Monthly[32] 98
QS[33] 601+



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