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About Pacific

University of the Pacific is a private, nonprofit school in an suburban setting in Stockton, California. Pacific was founded in 1851 and now enrolls around 6,263 students a year, including 3,524 undergrads.

There are 14 Pacific undergrads for each full-time professor.

2021 Pacific Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 71%
Average GPA 3.6
Mean ACT score 26
Tuition $50,370

Pacific Regular Decision Deadline 2022

Pacific's regular decision application deadline is January 20. All regular decision applicants will be notified by December 20.

Pacific Early Admission

University of the Pacific does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

Mark Your Calendar!

The deadline to apply early to Pacific is on November 15, 2021, which is coming up soon!

2021 Acceptance Rate for University of the Pacific

It is moderately difficult to get into Pacific. Pacific admitted 71% of all applicants in 2021. In 2021, 9,949 out of 14,063 total applicants were accepted. ### Pacific Waitlist 2021

In 2021, 79 applicants were waitlisted and 69 waitlisted students got accepted.

How Do I Get Into University of the Pacific?

Pacific is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Pacific, applicants must submit the following items.

Pacific Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Test Scores for Pacific

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.6 /4.0. The mean ACT score for Pacific students is 26.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Pacific.

Pacific Waitlist

Pacific reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

Does Pacific Require the ACT or SAT?

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.

Out of all applicants, 89% submitted the SAT. 34% submitted the ACT.

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Does Pacific Have Dorms?

Yes! Pacific provides on-campus housing for up to 0 students.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Pacific.

Financial Aid at Pacific

Pacific meets 67% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $39,884 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do..

Is Pacific a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a school is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Pacific

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Pacific, around 87% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 923 students who started at Pacific as first-time freshman, 413 graduate within four years.

Around 66% of students who started at Pacific earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $29,929 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Pacific sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Pacific a good school for you?

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Read on to find out more about the admissions requirements and deadlines, student life, academics, majors and more.

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Where is Pacific?

Pacific is located in the suburban setting of Stockton, California, less than an hour from Sacramento.

If you want to see Pacific for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 5 to Stockton, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Sacramento International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Pacific and Stockton are like without leaving home.

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College Info

3601 Pacific Avenue Stockton, CA 95211-0197

Campus Setting: Suburban

Pacific Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Jul 21

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Pacific is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Pacific is Jul 21.

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


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Pacific ACT Scores


ACT Range

22 - 30

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Pacific is 26. Students with an ACT score of 30 and above have a good chance of getting into Pacific. Students with an ACT score that falls between 22 and 30 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 22 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Pacific SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1100 - 1330


Math SAT Range

540 - 680


Reading SAT Range

540 - 660

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Pacific Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Pacific is like? There are approximately 6,263 students enrolled at Pacific, including 3,524 undergraduate students and 2,739 graduate students. 97% percent of students attend school full-time, 92% percent are from CA and 8% percent of students are from other states.


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