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University of the Pacific

Stockton, CA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate79%

Pacific Admissions

It is moderately difficult to get into University of the Pacific. Around 79% of applicants get into University of the Pacific each year. Out of 10,901 applications received in 2023, 8,645 students were offered admission.

If you are thinking about applying to University of the Pacific, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 1/15 and the application fee costs $55.

Students who submit their applications to University of the Pacific for fall should hear back from University of the Pacific by March 18.

University of the Pacific Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of University of the Pacific's admissions stats.

University of the Pacific 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 36%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 28.9%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 8.6%
Waitlist No

University of the Pacific Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for University of the Pacific.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Info Not Available
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes November 15 December 20
Regular Decision Yes 1 15 March 18

Applying Early to University of the Pacific?

University of the Pacific may or may not offer early admission, however the school has not provided any application information. Check with University of the Pacific directly for more information about early applications.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 15. University of the Pacific will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 20.

Some students apply to college early to boost their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of admission, since it shows your interest in a school.

➡️ See a list of some top colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on University of the Pacific Admissions

Is University of the Pacific Difficult To Get Into?

Pacific is a moderately difficult school to get into.

In 2022, Pacific accepted 79% of students, around 8,645 from the 10,901 applicants.

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.

Transferring to University of the Pacific

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

For Students Waitlisted to University of the Pacific

University of the Pacific has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does University of the Pacific Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling 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 on the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at University of the Pacific

What does University of the Pacific consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Alumni/ae Relations Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Very Important
Talent/Ability Very Important
Volunteer Work Very Important
Work Experience Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
First Generation Very Important
Application Essay Important
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered

Make sure to check with University of the Pacific for more information on admission factors.

University of the Pacific 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to University of the Pacific, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with University of the 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
Other Requirements
Transcript(S) of College Record
Transcript of High School Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into University of the Pacific?

Students admitted to University of the Pacific have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6.

Out of all students that were admitted, 25% submitted a class rank. At University of the Pacific 36% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 67% were in the top 25% and 92% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At University of the Pacific, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 7.6%
3.75 and 3.99 33.1%
3.50 and 3.74 26.6%
3.25 and 3.49 13.9%
3.00 and 3.24 11.7%
2.50 and 2.9 6.6%
2.00 and 2.49 0.5%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to University of the Pacific directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

University of the Pacific has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 28.9% of University of the Pacific's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 8.6% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for University of the Pacific?

To be competitive with other University of the Pacific applicants, you should strive to score between 1120 and 1380 (or higher!) on the SAT. At University of the Pacific 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1380 and 25% of scored lower than 1120, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of University of the Pacific students scored 700 or higher and 75% of students scored 560 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of University of the Pacific students scored 680 or higher, and 75% scored a 560 or higher.

To be most competitive at University of the Pacific, you should strive to earn between 24 and 32 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 32 means you fall in the 75th percentile for University of the Pacific's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 32, and three out of four students scored lower than 32 on the ACT.

A 24 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for University of the Pacific students. Only one out of every four students scored below 24.

More Information on Transferring to University of the Pacific

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

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is July 21. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in University of the Pacific during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

University of the Pacific Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to University of the Pacific?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to University of the Pacific.

Does University of the Pacific accept transfer credits?

✅ University of the Pacific accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. University of the Pacific accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES • Life Long Learning Credit

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

✅ University of the Pacific accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to University of the Pacific?

❌ No, University of the Pacific is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is University of the Pacific's acceptance rate?

✅ University of the Pacific has an acceptance rate of 79%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at University of the Pacific?

🟨 University of the Pacific may or may not offer early decision. The school has not provided any information on early decision including ED acceptance rates.

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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 79%. This means that the institution accepts 79 out of every 100 applicants.


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

Pacific SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1120 - 1380


Math SAT Range

560 - 700


Reading SAT Range

560 - 680

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 3.58. 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.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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