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Colleges / University of the Pacific

University of the Pacific

Stockton, CA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate79%
Acceptance Rate79%

Pacific Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Pacific, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is January 15 and the fee for the application is $55.

Students who submit their applications to Pacific for fall semester should anticipate a decision by March 18.

Pacific Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Pacific's admissions stats.

Pacific 2022 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 January 21 March 18

Want to Apply Early to Pacific?

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

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

➡️ 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 Pacific Difficult To Get Into?

It is moderately difficult to get into Pacific.

In 2021, Pacific accepted 79% of all applicants, about 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

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Pacific

Pacific has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Pacific Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are they consider 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 apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Pacific

Curious about the factors that are considered by Pacific 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
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Work Experience Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Very Important
First Generation Very Important
Talent/Ability Very Important
Volunteer Work Very Important
Application Essay Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered

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

Pacific 2022-2023 Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Other Requirements
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

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, 25% submitted a class rank. At 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 Pacific directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects 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

Pacific considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Pacific is a test optional school. 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 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 Pacific?

To be competitive with other Pacific applicants, you should aim to earn between 1120 and 1380 (or higher!) on the SAT. At 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 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 Pacific students scored 680 or higher, and 75% scored a 560 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Pacific?

To be most competitive at 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 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 Pacific students. Only one out of every four students scored below 24.

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

More Information on 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 applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

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 • DSST/DANTES • Life Long Learning 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?

❌ No, Pacific is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Pacific's acceptance rate?

✅ Pacific has an acceptance rate of 79%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Pacific?

🟨 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 ACT Scores


ACT Range

24 - 32

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

32 and Above


24 to 32


24 and Less


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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 32 and above have a good chance of getting into Pacific. Students with an ACT score that falls between 24 and 32 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 24 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

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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