See what students say:


Educational diversity and strong academic programs bring many students to the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. The school “provides an array of opportunities to suit anyone.” “The accelerated programs in dentistry, law, and pharmacy” are a big hit, as well as the “amazing co-op program for engineers” and the “prestigious speech and language pathology program.” The “four year guarantee” for some majors and the time and money saved by finishing earlier than other schools’ programs is the deciding factor for many. “The Elementary Education program appealed to me because I would get my teaching credential and degree in four years, rather than five or six.” Another reason people choose Pacific is the appeal of “very small” and “intimate” classes. One student says this allows for “the proper and necessary attention that I need in order to succeed academically.” “Professors know you by name, and they are very involved and helpful.” This “emphasis on close relationships between staff and students” shows that Pacific is “a school that truly cares about each student’s education.” A good deal of students describe professors as “extremely challenging,” but also “extremely motivating.” “They encourage me and push me to put 110 percent effort in everything inside and outside the classroom.” Another student confirms that each class is “manageable but requires effort.” If needed, assistance is readily available. “There is always someone around who can help you and plenty of tutors.” “There are so many resources in place to help students succeed, that it’s practically impossible not to do well.” Although the cost may seem high, several students did benefit from “a lot of financial aid.”

Student Body

Some students agree that there is “a wide gap between the ‘serious’ students and the ‘not serious’ students.” This may explain the seemingly contradictory observations that “people seem to party a lot” and that there is “not much time for anything but studying.” Student comments suggest that the typical student “is involved in multiple organizations on campus, gets good grades, finds time for fun on the weekends, [and] stays late in the library even if they are just socializing.” Pacific’s size lends itself to a “friendly atmosphere.” The “small campus contributes to a small town ambiance where you know everyone.” One downside to this is that “student life becomes very cliquey, almost like high school.”

Campus Life

Students love the “gorgeous and well-maintained” campus, but the surrounding city of Stockton does not get rave reviews. One student describes the University of the Pacific as a “nice school in an unlikely neighborhood.” One student does not recommend “walking around certain parts of campus late at night,” but adds, “We have great campus police and a STRIPE program that can transport you wherever you want on golf carts if you call them and let you know where you are.” Students say the campus is fairly self-contained, with “a movie theater that shows free movies on the weekends for all Pacific students. We also have an on-campus grocery store and a cafeteria that is open until 1:00 A.m.” Since there is no strong pull to leave campus, “students tend to resort to joining fraternities to give them something to do. It isn’t always partying though. Pacific is not usually considered a party school since the campus “drug and alcohol policy is extremely strict.” A lot of frats on campus are professional ones (i.e. pharmacy fraternities) that are committed to giving back to the community and hosting health fairs.” Students say, “Student life varies widely by major.” “Some majors are a lot more difficult than others, so not everyone studies.” Keeping active and fit are also popular. “Our gym is very nice and hygienic. We also have a swimming pool with open hours and several soccer fields for recreational use.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Office of Admissions
Rich Toledo

3601 Pacific Ave
Stockton, CA 95211


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Brubeck Istitute for Jazz Studies
John Muir Collection and Center
Alex Spanos Center
Reynolds Art Gallery
Pharmacy and Health Sciences Bldg

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Bob Hope Theatre
San Joaquin Delta Waterways
Weber Point Events Center
World Famous Asparagus Festival

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; select Saturdays
8:30am-5pm; 9am-noon

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: call for times 209-946-2211
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
1 week

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

Not available Fri-Sun


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Sacramento International Airport is 1 hour from campus; Oakland International is about 1.5 hours from campus; San Jose International is about 1.5 hours from campus; San Francisco International is about 2 hours from campus. Limited transportation is available from these airports. For Super Shuttle Service from Sacramento International, call 1-800-BlueVan for a reservation. Greyhound provides direct and frequent service to Stockton. For fare and schedule information, call 1-800-843-2121. The bus station is approximately 3 miles from campus, therefore we recommend a taxi to campus. Amtrak trains (1-800-USA-RAIL) provide direct service to Stockton from almost everywhere in California. The Amtrak Station is approximately 5 miles south of campus, and taxi service is available.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-5, exit at March Lane. Drive east about 1.5 miles, turn right on Pacific Avenue. The main campus entrance is less than a mile south of the intersection of March Lane and Pacific Avenue. Turn right into campus at traffic light. Guest parking is to your right. Permits are required weekdays, 8-5 anywhere on campus during the school year. Visitor permits may be obtained at the Office of Admissions or in Burns Tower lobby.

Local Accommodations
The university has 4 guest rooms in residence halls on campus that are incredible bargains, if you can get one. You must book well in advance by calling Housing at 209-946-2331. You can find breakfast on campus at the Summit. The nicest places to stay in Stockton are the Stockton Radisson Hotel (2323 Grand Canal Blvd.; 209-957-9090), the Marriott Courtyard (3252 March Lane; 888-472-9700 or 209-472-9700) and the Marriott Residence Inn (888-472-9801). La Quinta Inn (2710 W. March Lane; 800-531-5900 or 209-952-7800) is less expensive. Even less expensive, is the Red Roof Inn (2654 W. March Lane; 209-478-4300), and the Super 8 Motel (209-477-5576). All of the above lodging is within 5 to 10 minutes from campus. Exit March Lane for all of them.


Applicants: 8,870
Acceptance Rate: 66%
Average HS GPA: 3.54



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