University of the Pacific (often referred to as ‘Pacific’) is a private, independent comprehensive university located in Stockton, California. Established in 1851, the University of the Pacific was California’s first chartered institution of higher education and the first coeducational university in the state. Founded by Methodist Ministers, Pacific has remained affiliated with the Methodist Church though it defines itself as a non-denominational institution. Religious instruction is not required nor are students required to attend chapel or religious services; diversity in religion is welcome. A nationally ranked university, Pacific operates three distinct campuses which each share the common goal to “educate and prepare the leaders of tomorrow through intensive academic study, experiential learning, and service to the community.”
Academic ProgramsThe University of the Pacific’s mission is to “provide a superior, student-centered learning experience integrating liberal arts and professional education and preparing individuals for lasting achievement and responsible leadership in their careers and communities.” Pacific is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1949.
The University of the Pacific is made up of nine schools and offers nearly 100 majors. Noted for its small class sizes, students are given the personal attention necessary to help them succeed in their academic career. Colleges and Schools of Pacific include: College of the Pacific, which is oldest and largest academic unit within the University; the Conservatory of Music, one of the top music schools in the nation; the Gladys L. Bernerd School of Education; the Eberhardt School of Business which is fully accredited by the AACSB; the School of Engineering and Computer Science; the School of International Studies (a school within the College of the Pacific); the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, located at Pacific’s Sacramento campus; and the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, located at Pacific’s San Francisco campus.
Student LifeThe University of the Pacific has a total enrollment figure of more than 6,000, including nearly 4,000 undergraduate students. More than 90% of students are California natives, though representatives from at least 30 foreign nations can also be found within Pacific’s student body. Several residential options exist on Pacific’s Stockton campus and housing is divided between academic levels, with accommodations for first-year students, second-year students, and upper division students. Greek life housing is also available for fraternity and sorority members as well as Summer Housing options.
The University of the Pacific is home to a variety of traditions, including several which are unique. One of Pacific’s traditions is painting the Graffiti Rocks. In 1896 Napa College merged with Pacific and brought with them Napa Rock, a.k.a. Senior Rock, which was transferred to Pacific’s campus in the 1940s; in the 1960s a second rock was added and placed in front of the School of Engineering. Since that time, it’s been the students’ tradition to sneak out in the middle of the night and paint the rocks, covering over earlier graffiti with anything ranging from Greek letters, to birthday announcements, to student art, or an advertisement for an on-campus event.