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Pacific Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Pacific, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is January 15 and the application fee is $35.

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

Students who apply for Fall should hear back from Pacific by December 20.

Pacific Admissions Stats at a Glance

Pacific 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 40%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 89%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 34%
Waitlist Yes

Considering Applying Early to Pacific?

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

Mark your calendar!

The Early Action deadline is November 15, which is coming up fast! Pacific will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 15.

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?

Getting into Pacific is moderately difficult. Pacific evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Pacific accepted 71% of students, around 9,949 of the 14,063 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.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

In 2021, Pacific waitlisted 79 students. Of those, 76 eventually got in.

What's Most Important to Get In to Pacific?

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 when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Pacific

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

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
Other Requirements
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Pacific?

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

Out of all students that were admitted, 24% submitted a class rank. At Pacific 40% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 72% were in the top 25% and 94% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At University of the Pacific, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 24%
3.75 and 3.99 29.91%
3.50 and 3.74 25.22%
3.25 and 3.49 22.43%
3.00 and 3.24 11.83%
2.50 and 2.9 5.22%
2.00 and 2.49 0.7%

Pacific considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Pacific does not have 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 2021, 89% of Pacific's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 34% 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 1100 and 1330 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Pacific 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1330 and 25% of scored lower than 1100, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Pacific students scored 680 or higher and 75% of students scored 540 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Pacific students scored 660 or higher, and 75% scored a 540 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 22 and 30 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 30 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Pacific's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 30, and three out of four students scored lower than 30 on the ACT.

A 22 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Pacific students. Only one out of every four students scored below 22.

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

Transferring to University of the Pacific

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 July 21.

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

Pacific Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Pacific?

Students who are admitted to Pacific must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Does Pacific accept transfer credits?

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

  • DSST/DANTES
  • Life Long Learning Credit
  • ACE recommendations for credit

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

Pacific accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) 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 71%.

Want To Learn More About Pacific?

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Pacific Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective

71%

How hard is it to get into Pacific? Pacific is a somewhat selective institution. The Pacific acceptance rate is 71%. This means that the institution accepts 70 out of every 100 applicants.

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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 ACT Scores

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ACT Range

22 - 30

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

30 and Above

Good

22 to 30

Avg

22 and Less

Low

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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

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Composite SAT Range

1100 - 1330

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Math SAT Range

540 - 680

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Reading SAT Range

540 - 660

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Pacific GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.55

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Pacific, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.55. 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.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

6,263

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

71%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$51,094

Out-of-State

$51,094

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Jan 15
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