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Pacific Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to Pacific, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is August 25 and the application fee costs $40.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may be eligible for fee waiver for their application.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should hear back from Pacific by November 1.

Pacific Admissions Stats at a Glance

Pacific 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 65%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 43%

Considering Applying Early to Pacific?

Pacific University does not offer early decision or early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

Is Pacific Hard To Get Into?

Pacific is a moderately difficult school to get into. Pacific evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, Pacific accepted 89% of all applicants, around 2,195 of the 2,458 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Pacific, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

What Does Pacific Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Pacific

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Very Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Very Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Very Important
Application Essay Very Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Very Important

Pacific Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Pacific must submit the following items. Double check with Pacific's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 3.0
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Pacific?

Students admitted to Pacific have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Pacific University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
3.75 and 3.99 26.9%
3.50 and 3.74 21.05%
3.25 and 3.49 11.7%
3.00 and 3.24 10.23%
2.50 and 2.9 5.85%
2.00 and 2.49 0.59%

Pacific does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Pacific is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 65% of Pacific's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 43% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Pacific?

To be competitive with other Pacific applicants, you should strive to earn between 980 and 1160 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Pacific 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1160 and 25% of scored lower than 980, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Pacific students scored 610 or higher and 75% of students scored 520 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Pacific students scored 620 or higher, and 75% scored a 520 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Pacific?

To be most competitive at Pacific, you should strive to earn between 21.5 and 27 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 27 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Pacific's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 27, and three out of four students scored lower than 27 on the ACT.

A 21.5 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Pacific students. Only one out of every four students scored below 21.5.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to Pacific University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Pacific.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is August 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Pacific during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term

Pacific Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Pacific?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Pacific.

Does Pacific accept transfer credits?

Pacific accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Pacific accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests
  • ACE recommendations for credit

Does Pacific accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Pacific accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Pacific?

Pacific is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is Pacific's acceptance rate?

Pacific's acceptance rate is 89%.

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Pacific Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Pacific? Pacific is a somewhat selective institution. The Pacific acceptance rate is 89%. This means that the institution accepts 89 out of every 100 applicants.



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Pacific Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 25

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Pacific is Aug 25.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Pacific is Aug 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Pacific ACT Scores


ACT Range

22 - 27

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

27 and Above


22 to 27


22 and Less


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Pacific SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

980 - 1160


Math SAT Range

530 - 610


Reading SAT Range

520 - 620

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Pacific GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Pacific, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.68. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

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