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The University of the Pacific is a Private University in Stockton, Californiamarker, originally affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The university was chartered on July 10, 1851, in Santa Claramarker under the name “California Wesleyan College.” In 1858, the college opened the first medical school on the West Coast. The medical school later became part of Stanfordmarker and is now California Pacific Medical Center. Previously known as “COP” and then “UOP,” the school is primarily known by the nickname of “Pacific” to avoid any association with University of Phoenix.

In 1871, the campus was moved to San Josemarker, and the college opened its doors to women, becoming the first independent co-educational campus in California. In 1878, the Conservatory of Music was established at Pacific, making it the first of its kind west of the Mississippi River. In 1896, Napa College merged with the college. In 1911, the name was changed to “College of the Pacific” (COP).

In 1925, the campus relocated from the Bay Areamarker to the Central Valleymarker city of Stockton; it became the “University of the Pacific” in 1961.

In 1962, Pacific merged with the San Francisco College of Physicians and Surgeonsmarker (established in 1896 in San Franciscomarker), and then in 1966, with the McGeorge School of Law (established in 1924 in Sacramentomarker). In the late 1960s, the university separated from the United Methodist Church, when “federal law about public funding of church-related institutions became an issue.”

Founded in 1851, Pacific is the oldest chartered university in California. There are three professional schools: the University of the Pacific Arthur A.marker Dugoni School of Dentistrymarker in San Francisco, the top-100 ranked McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, and the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences on the main campus in Stockton.

In May 2007, the university announced an estate gift of $100 million from Robert C. and Jeannette Powell. The gift was unusual in its size for an institution like Pacific that is not primarily research-focused. Only 29 universities throughout the world received a larger gift in the prior 40 years.

University of the Pacific is the home of K-PAC Student Radio, 89.7 (FM) and student run newspaper The Pacifican.


The Stockton campus, featuring a tower, rose gardens, architectural columns, brick-faced buildings, and numerous trees, was used in Hollywoodmarker films, due to its aesthetic likeness to East Coast Ivy League universities: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, The Sure Thing, Dead Man on Campus, and Dreamscape.

University of the Pacific

The Stockton campus is home to four main residential halls: Grace Covell Hall, Southwest Hall, Kevin Yee Hall and the Quad Buildings. The Quads are composed of many separate smaller residence halls in close proximity to each other. Grace Covell is the largest residence hall on campus holding more than 350 students while Southwest and the Quads hold a lower number of students. Upperclassmen can find housing in the University Townhouses on the northeast side of campus or in the two brand new apartment buildings known as Monagan and Brookside Hall.

In 2008, the university opened a state-of-the-art $30 million University Center to centralize all campus student-centered activities. This University Center will house a new central dining hall, mailroom, student cafe, pub, bookstore and conference centers, replacing the McCaffrey Center. It is concurrently building a new $20 million Biological Sciences Center that will provide advanced classroom and laboratory facilities for students studying the natural science and the health sciences.

The campus is home to Morris Chapel, a non-denominational church with simple architecture, excellent acoustics and photogenic backdrops.

Campus Sustainability Efforts

The University of the Pacific hopes to promote sustainability in education and practice. Students are encouraged to partake in sustainability service projects through the M.O.V.E. program and Dining Services is doing its part by participating in the Farm to Fork Program. This past year students also participated in the “Tap That” Campaign which informed the campus community about the negative aspects of disposable water bottles. Despite these efforts, the university received a D on the 2009 College Sustainability Report Card.


, the Stockton campus had 4,646 students (3,470 undergraduates, 535 graduate, 641 First professional students). Approximately 83% are from California; the rest are from 43 other states and 42 other countries.

The University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco had 516 students, and the McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento had 1,073 students.

Undergraduate Ethnic Breakdown

  • African-American 3%
  • Asian/Pacific Islander 32%
  • Hispanic 10%
  • Multi-ethnic 6%
  • Native American 1%
  • Non-resident Alien 3%
  • White/Caucasian 39%
  • Unknown 6%

  • Male: 1556 45%
  • Female: 1914: 55%

Source:( Common Data Set for 2007)


For an institution its size, the school is unusual in the breadth and mix of undergraduate and professional education it offers. It offers more than 100 programs and grants more than 60 undergraduate degrees. In the 2009 US News & World Report rankings, it is ranked as one of the top 50 best value colleges, top national universities for economic diversity, and top national universities for ethnic diversity, with its pharmacy and outstanding dentistry programs. Graduate degrees are offered (M.M., M.Ed., M.A., MBA and M.S.), including educational specialist in school psychology (Ed. S.), and doctoral (D.P.T., Ed. D. and Ph.D.) degrees in over 15 departments in five schools and colleges. University degrees:
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
  • Bachelor of Science (BS)
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Master of Arts (MA)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Education (M.Ed)
  • Master of Laws (LLM)
  • Master of Music
  • Master of Science (MS)
  • Education Specialist (EdS)
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D)
  • Juris Doctor (JD)
  • Doctor of Juridical Science (JSD)
  • Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Master of Psychology (M.A.)
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

These degrees are offered across nine schools and a graduate office within the university. These include:
  • University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry: San Francisco
  • Gladys L. Benerd School of Education: Stockton
  • College of the Pacific: The University's school of science and liberal arts, Stockton
  • Conservatory of Music: The first conservatory of music on the west coast, Stockton
  • Eberhardt School of Business: Stockton
  • Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences: Stockton
  • McGeorge School of Law: Sacramento
  • School of Engineering and Computer Science: Stockton
  • School of International Studies: One of six undergraduate schools of international studies in America. The school offers four Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, Global Studies, International Affairs and Commerce, and Development as well as a minor. The school offers a M.A. in Intercultural Relations.
  • The Office of Research and Graduate Studies: Stockton

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, an adjunct professor, teaches at the McGeorge School of Law. The school's programs of study can be found on the school's Academics page.

School of International Studies

The School of International Studies increased its emphasis on social entrepreneurship: In 2006 one of the leading microfinance lenders for Central America, The Katalysis Bootstrap Fund, relocated to the University of Pacific campus, making Pacific the first U.S. University to have a microfinance center operating on its campus.

In 2006, the School of International Studies opened The Global Social Entrepreneurship Center. According to the center’s site, the center conducts research on Social Entrepreneurship as well as acts as a gathering place of social entrepreneurship. The center is in the process of developing a Social Entrepreneurship specialization for its B.A. program as well as a certificate program.

Two University of the Pacific graduates were awarded by the Skoll Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. In 2005, Martin Burt received an award for his agricultural education and rural entrepreneurship program, Fundación Paraguaya. In 2006, Sakena Yacoobi was awarded for her foundation, Afghan Institute of Learning, which aims to restore education and health programs.


Facilities include the 2,500-seat Klein Family Field for baseball, the 350-seat Bill Simoni Field for softball, the 6,150-seat Alex G.marker Spanos Centermarker for basketball and volleyball, the 30,000-seat Amos Alonzo Stagg Memorial Stadiummarker for soccer (and high school football), the Hal Nelson Tennis Courts and the Chris Kjeldsen Pool.

University of the Pacific competes in NCAA Division I athletics as the Pacific Tigers, primarily in the Big West Conference, where they are the only member to be a private institution. Headed by Lynn King, the athletics department sponsors 16 sports: baseball, men's and women's basketball, women's cross country, women's field hockey, men's golf, women's soccer, women's softball, men's and women's swimming, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's volleyball and men's and women's water polo. The university's two national championships have come in women's volleyball, a sport in which the school advanced to 24 straight NCAA Tournaments (1981-2004) and appeared in 9 Final Fours (2 AIAW, 7 NCAA).

The Pacific Tigers men's basketball program has enjoyed national success recently, highlighted by three consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament (2004, 2005, 2006). Head coach Bob Thomason became the Big West Conference's winningest coach in league games when he collected his 206th career league victory on Feb. 14, 2009, surpassing the win total of former LBSU and UNLV head coach Jerry Tarkanian.

In 2003-04, the Tigers were 25-8, winning an NCAA Tournament First Round game, with an upset victory over number 5 seeded Providence in the First Round. It was Pacific's second trip to the NCAA Tournament under Thomason (1996-97). Pacific had a 75-73 win over Cal State Northridge in the 2004 Big West Conference championship game. Pacific also shared the Big West Conference regular season championship with a record of 17-1. Three times under Thomason, Pacific has had a 16-game winning streak.

In the 2004-05 season, the team was ranked as high as 17 in both the AP and ESPN/USA Today Polls. The Tigers earned an at-large bid as an 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament and beat 9 seeded Pittsburgh in the First Round. The 2004-05 Tigers finished the season with the best record in school history at 27-4.

In 2005-06, after winning the Big West regular season and tournament titles, Pacific earned their third straight trip to the NCAA Tournament. As a 13 seed, the Tigers played 4th seed Boston College and gave the Golden Eagles everything they could handle, battling back from a 13-point second half deficit to force overtime. In the first extra session, Pacific led by as much as six points, but Boston College was able to force double overtime. The Eagles proved to be too much for Pacific in the second extra session, defeating Pacific, 88-76.

After 77 years of competition, Pacific ended its football program following the 1995 season.


Following President Donald DeRosa's retirement on July 1, 2009, University of the Pacific will be headed by Pamela Eibeck, the university's 24th and first female president. The university undertook a $200 million fundraising campaign to construct, among other things, a University Center, Biological Sciences Center, multipurpose gymnasium, a library addition, and the Klein Family Field for baseball. In the summer of 2007, the University announced it had vastly exceeded that goal, having raised a total of $330 million, including a bequest gift of $100 million from Robert C. and Jeannette Powell.

Serving under the president are various vice presidents. In 2005, former Stanfordmarker Athletic Director Ted Leland announced that he would return to his undergraduate alma mater as Pacific's Vice President of University Advancement.

The president is selected by the University's Board of Regents, consisting of 27 members, including U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Janice Brown, U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Connie M. Callahan and U.S. District Court Judge Morrison England. Former members are occasionally named Emeritus Board Members. This list includes San Diego Chargers owner Alex G. Spanos.

The provost, Philip N. Gilbertson, serves as the chief academic officer, overseeing all of the university's schools and divisions. The Council of Deans comprises all academic deans, associate and assistant provosts, the Director of Planning and Research, and the Academic Budget Officer.

Greek life

Greek life plays a role at University of the Pacific, where there are four on-campus social fraternity houses, four on-campus social sorority houses, and five multicultural fraternities that are overseen by the University's Department of Housing and Greek Life. There are also a wide variety of professional fraternities on campus, overseen by the office of Student Leadership and Involvement.

Approximately 20% of Pacific students are involved in Greek life at Pacific.



Multicultural organizations

Professional fraternities

Service fraternities

Honors societies

Notable alumni

Notable coaches


  1. Key Dates in Pacific's History, September 30, 2007
  2. In The Beginning, September 30, 2007
  3. Morris Chapel, September 30, 2007
  4. School of International Studies - University of the Pacific
  5. School of International Studies - University of the Pacific
  6. School of International Studies - University of the Pacific
  7. Investing in Excellence (Retrieved October 18, 2007)

Nick Holt-Football coach, currently the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach of the Washington Huskies. Prior to taking the position in 2009, he was the defensive coordinator and defensive line coach of the USC Trojans, and the head coach of the Idaho Vandals from 2004-05.

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