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Admission Requirements

Graduate 

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Physician Assistant Studies

Gladys L. Benerd School of Education

All Graduate Programs

McGeorge School of Law

Master of Public Administration
Master of Public Policy
Master of Studies in Law

School of Engineering and Computer Science

All Graduate Programs

Professional

McGeorge School of Law

Juris Doctor
Doctor of Juridical Science
Master of Law

Undergraduate 

University College

Organizational Behavior

The Admission Requirements on this page are for the following graduate programs on the Sacramento campus.

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Physician Assistant Studies

Gladys L. Benerd School of Education

All Graduate Programs

McGeorge School of Law

Master of Public Administration
Master of Public Policy
Master of Studies in Law

School of Engineering and Computer Science

All Graduate Programs

University of the Pacific believes in giving a high priority to the enrollment of students from different backgrounds and demographic groups.

Admission decisions are based on the quality of the applicant's academic degrees and record, the personal statement of purpose, letters of recommendation from professors or others familiar with the applicant's academic work, performance in aptitude and achievement tests, relevant work experience, preparation in the proposed field of study, and on the appropriateness of the applicant's goals to the graduate program and of the applicant's research interests to those of its faculty. Some graduate programs have additional admission criteria that applicants must meet; visit the individual program catalog pages for program admission requirements. Satisfaction of minimal standards does not, however, guarantee admission.

International applicants or non-U.S. citizens who did not receive their bachelor's degree in the United States, should consult the information for international students at the end of this section regarding additional admission.

An application for admission made through the Office of Graduate Admission implies a student's intention to work toward an advanced degree. An applicant may apply to more than one graduate program; however, they must choose only one program upon confirmation of their intent to attend Pacific.

Types of Admission

Full Admission

A student that meets all the admission criteria of a program will be classified as a student in full standing. Students are advanced from this classification to candidacy for advanced degree upon formal notification from the department.

Conditional Admission

This classification includes students who have been admitted into a particular degree program but have not yet met all admission requirements. Reasons for conditional status may include:

  • Incomplete application materials
  • Bachelor’s degree not posted at time of admission

All conditions will be listed on an applicant’s decision letter. A student will have no more than one term to meet all conditions. If conditions are not met by the end of the first term enrolled, the student will be subject to disqualification. Once all conditions are met, the student will be classified as full standing.

Unclassified Student Admission

Students who have a bachelor's degree but do not plan to work for an advanced degree may take classes as an unclassified student. No more than 12 credits earned as an unclassified student may be applied toward an advanced degree. Unclassified students are required to meet the same academic standards as other graduate students. Unclassified students who later wish to work toward an advanced degree must make a formal application to the appropriate department or interdepartmental program and be formally admitted by the Office of Graduate Admission as a student with full admission status.

General Admission Requirements for All Applicants

To be considered for admission with full standing, applicants must have:

  • a bachelor's degree or the equivalent from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States, or an foreign institution of acceptable standing,
  • adequate undergraduate preparation in the proposed major field or equivalent evidence of an appropriate background for undertaking as an advanced degree program, and
  • a cumulative GPA of 2.65 or better in all post-secondary coursework or in the last 60 units of baccalaureate and/or post-baccalaureate work.

Some programs may have higher GPA requirements; review specific program information in the catalog for additional GPA requirements.

Applicants must complete a University of the Pacific Graduate Admission application. All applications must be complete, which typically includes: the online application, essay, official transcripts from each college or university attended, letters of recommendation, and test scores appropriate to the program. For transcripts to be considered official, they must be in an envelope that has been sealed by the issuing institution. Recommendations must be written within the last year. For detailed information on required graduate entrance examinations and recommendations, see the program-specific pages.

Note:

  • Applications submitted or completed after the posted deadlines may be evaluated and students will be admitted on a space-available basis (depending upon the program).
  • Students are not permitted to register until they have submitted their confirmation of enrollment, and have satisfied all admission requirements.
  • Admission will be denied to applicants possessing bachelor's degrees with a significant amount of credit awarded for work experience that was not supervised by a faculty member of an accredited university nor evaluated in units which identify the academic content.

Application Fee

Each applicant must submit the appropriate application fee in U.S. dollars; the application fee is submitted as part of the online graduate application. Application fees vary by program.

Testing Requirements

Some programs may require a graduate entrance examination as part of the application requirements; refer to the relevant program pages for more information. All test scores must be official, less than five years old, and received by the Office of Graduate Admission prior to an admission decision.

Deferral of admission

Students who wish to enroll in a different semester from which they were admitted, must contact the Office of Graduate Admission to defer their application. Deferral of application is subject to program approval. Applications will only be deferred for up to one academic year. If a student does not begin coursework within one year of your original application for admission, they must submit a new graduate application for admission. Previous admission status has no bearing on the decision for admission in the future.

GPA Waiver Policy

Students who do not meet the GPA requirement for admission to a graduate program at University of the Pacific may petition for admission by submitting the GPA Forgiveness Form to the Graduate School. In order to qualify, applicants must meet the following:

  • Have a minimum of five (5) years of professional experience after completion of the baccalaureate degree
  • Have the support of the Program Director and the Dean of the school in which the degree program is housed
  • Submit a letter of recommendation addressing their potential for success as a graduate student from their current or most recent supervisor

Submission of this form does not guarantee approval. Final approval is granted by the Dean of the Graduate School.

International Applicants

In addition to the application materials required for domestic students, international applicants must supply the following information to be considered for admission to University of the Pacific graduate programs six weeks prior to the program admission deadline:

Transcript Evaluation: A course-by-course foreign transcript evaluation is required for all institutions attended outside of the United States. Transcripts must be reviewed by one of the following approved foreign credential evaluation services:

Certification of Finances: Government regulations require that international students provide evidence that they are able to meet the financial requirements of their education, living expenses, and miscellaneous costs. This requires the submission of the "Certification of Finances" form (found here) in the amount to cover all of the aforementioned costs for one year. 

English Proficiency Examination Results: Applicants whose native language is not English must submit official results (taken within the last two years) of one of the following in order to receive consideration for admission:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Information about TOEFL can be located online at http://www.ets.org/toefl; information about IELTS can be located at http://www.ielts.org. The University of the Pacific's TOEFL Code is 4065.

Minimum Score for Admission:

  • Internet-based TOEFL: 80
  • Paper-based TOEFL: 550
  • IELTS score: 6.5

Some programs require higher scores; please contact specific departments for further information.

Minimum Score for Teaching Assistants:

  • Internet-based TOEFL: 90
  • Paper-based TOEFL: 577
  • IELTS score: 7.0

Some programs require higher scores; please contact specific departments for further information.

The Admission Requirements on this page are for the following professional programs on the Sacramento campus. 

McGeorge School of Law

Juris Doctor
Doctor of Juridical Science
Master of Law

Juris Doctor (J.D.)Students

Deadlines & Requirements

The admissions committee admits applicants on a rolling basis; therefore, we encourage all applicants to submit their application early.

Apply

You will need the following to complete your application:

  1. A completed application form
  2. Nonrefundable $65 application fee
  3. Personal statement
  4. Résumé
  5. Two (2) letters of recommendation submitted through your LSAC CAS account. (Up to three letters will be allowed)
  6. Bachelor's degree
  7. CAS Report
  8. Email address (this is the primary form of communication from the law school)

Application

Click here to begin your application. Please note that McGeorge does not accept hardcopy applications. All applications must be completed through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). The application must be complete when submitted.

Application Fee

A nonrefundable application fee of $65 must be submitted with the application. If financial need warrants, an applicant may apply for a fee waiver.

Fee waivers are granted based on a demonstrated need. Please explain your need and provide supporting documents in either Word of PDF form. Supporting documents should include a tax return or award letter and a monthly budget. If you have already been granted an LSAC fee waiver, our application fee will automatically be waived as well.

Personal Statement

The statement must be no more than three pages, double-spaced, 12 pt. font. An applicant's personal statement is an opportunity to provide information that the applicant believes should be considered. Please choose one of the following two prompts, and include the prompt at the top of the statement:

  • Why are you interested in attending McGeorge School of Law?
  • Tell us about a person or event that impacted/influenced your life.

If an applicant wishes to address their grades, academic disqualifications, etc. they may do so by addressing these circumstances in a separate addendum.

Resume

Provide a Résumé of full-time employment and other activities, starting with the most recent. Include dates, name(s) of employer(s), and position(s) held. List the hours worked per week and academic honors received since entering college. List extracurricular activities, hobbies and community service. Describe nature and extent of employment during college and include volunteer work. Please include summers. Explain any periods of time after high school not accounted for by the preceding educational and employment history. However, all other high school information should be omitted.

Letters of Recommendation

In support of the application, applicants must submit two letters of recommendation directly to LSAC, and will accept a maximum of three letters. Applicants are strongly encouraged to reach out to their college professors and administrators who have had the opportunity to assess their academic, time management, research and analysis skills to write on their behalf.

Applicants who have been out of school for a considerable amount of time can submit letters of recommendation from employers, business colleagues, and mentors. Letters from family members and close personal friends are discouraged. These letters should address skills relevant to your potential success in law school.

Please note that LSAC will not release an applicant's CAS report to McGeorge until they have received a minimum of two letters of recommendation. Furthermore, the application will remain incomplete and will not be reviewed until the applicant's file is complete.

Credential Assembly Services (CAS) and LSAT

Applicants must register with LSAC for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and LSAC's Credential Assembly Services (CAS). Transcripts of prior college and university coursework must be furnished directly to LSAC. LSAT scores must be from administrations within five years prior to the year of enrollment. An application file is not complete and will not be reviewed until an applicant's law school report, including an LSAT score, has been received. Please note that we will not accept the June 2015 LSAT for enrollment in the Fall 2015 class. If an applicant has multiple LSAT scores with a five (5) point difference or greater, an LSAT disparity addendum is required. (Applicants whose undergraduate degrees are not from educational institutions within the United States, its territories or Canada must use LSAC's Credential Assembly Service for international document authentication and evaluation.)

APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR FINAL ACTION UNTIL ALL REQUIRED INFORMATION HAS BEEN RECEIVED.

McGeorge School of Law maintains a long-standing policy of not discriminating in any of its activities on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, age, color or religious belief.

Transcripts

All transcripts for college and graduate work must be submitted directly to LSAC. LSAC will evaluate each transcript and forward a report to each law school the applicant designates.

If an applicant matriculated at another law school, a letter of good standing from that school is required. Additionally, if an applicant sat for an examination at that school, a transcript from that law school must also be submitted directly to LSAC.

Character and Fitness

Most states have standards of character and fitness to practice that must be satisfied by candidates applying for admission to the bar. Candidates with a record of involvement in criminal matters must provide a full, descriptive statement and should investigate the admission policies of the jurisdiction where application for admission to practice is anticipated by writing to the bar examiners in that state. Include dates of incident and disposition.  Upon matriculating, your duty to disclose remains ongoing upon enrollment through graduation.  Failure to disclose may result in the revocation of the original admissions offer and withdrawal from the law school.

Additional Application Requirements for Foreign Applicants

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

An applicant who did not complete his or her bachelor's degree from an English-language college or university, and for whom English is not his or her primary language is required to take the TOEFL. This requirement also applies to recent immigrants who have completed their education outside of the United States where English was not the language of instruction.

A minimum score of 600 for the paper-based test, 250 for the computer-based test, or 100 for the internet-based exam is required. Please note that acceptable scores must come directly from TOEFL and be submitted to LSAC. For additional information on TOEFL, visit http://www.ets.org/toefl.

Transcripts (International)

McGeorge requires that foreign transcripts be submitted directly to LSAC Credential Service which is included in the CAS subscription fee. A foreign credential evaluation will be finalized by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) and will be integrated into your CAS report.

Student Visa

Once an international applicant is admitted to the law school and has paid their first seat deposit, the Director of Admissions will contact the student to obtain an I-20 application form, certification of finance, a notarized copy of their birth certificate, passport, and when applicable, marriage license. Once all of these items are received, the Director of Admissions will process the student's SEVIS I-20. An I-20 form is one part of the requirement for an applicant to obtain a student visa.

Next Steps ...

Once an applicant submits their application, they can check the status online through the Application Status Online. Login information for the Applicant Status Online is emailed to applicants when the application is submitted to the law school. The admissions committee will review files in the order that they were completed. Our admissions committee is devoted to reviewing each file in a holistic manner. Please allow 4-12 weeks to receive an admission decision. Offers of admission will be sent via U.S. mail. Other admission decisions will be sent via email. Changes to an applicant's email or mailing address should be communicated to the Office of Admissions immediately.

Master of Laws (LL.M.)  Program Application Requirements

To be eligible to apply to one of our LL.M. programs, the applicant must present evidence of:

  • Graduation from a school of law approved by the American Bar Association; or
  • Admission to the Bar in a foreign jurisdiction, or of a state in the United States; or
  • Graduation from a faculty of law in a foreign country whose educational authority has authorized that faculty to issue degrees in law.

L.L.M. Application Checklist

There is no fee to apply if you use our Online Application. When completing the Online Application, please select "New Law & Public Policy" for "Student Type."

Applicants must submit the following documents either by courier or via email to graduatelaw@pacific.edu (Note: Application materials in languages other than English must be accompanied by certified English translations.):

  • Curriculum vitae (résumé);
  • Personal Statement;
  • Original official transcripts from colleges, universities, and graduate or professional schools attended, including a current law school transcript;
  • Two letters of reference, preferably from law school professors or legal employers;
  • For non-native English speakers, proof of English proficiency:
    • Receipt of an undergraduate or graduate degree from an English language institution;
    • Multi-year employment in a position in which English is the primary language of communication; or
    • A minimum test score of 88 (Internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Note: The F-1 student visa process may take up to three (3) months. We encourage students to submit their application no later than May 15 to allow sufficient time for processing.

Questions?

Please, email us or visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Doctor of Juridical Science (J.S.D.) Program Application Requirements

To be considered for McGeorge's J.S.D. program, applicants must present evidence of:

  • Graduation from a school of law approved by the American Bar Association; or
  • Admission to the Bar of a state in the United States; or
  • Graduation from a faculty of law in a foreign country whose educational authority has authorized that faculty to issue degrees in law.

J.S.D. Application Checklist

Note: No Application Fee.

Applicants must submit the following documents either by courier or via email to graduatelaw@pacific.edu (Note: Application materials in languages other than English must be accompanied by certified English translations.):

  • Curriculum vitae (résumé);
  • Signature form (pdf);
  • Application statement indicating why you are interested in the J.S.D. degree, including intended fields of inquiry and research objectives in specific terms;
  • Legal writing sample such as a published article, monograph, or academic paper;
  • Original official transcripts from colleges, universities, and graduate or professional schools attended, including a current law school transcript;
  • Two letters of reference, preferably from law school professors or legal employers;
  • For non-native English speakers, proof of English proficiency:
    • Receipt of an undergraduate or graduate degree from an English language institution;
    • Multi-year employment in a position in which English is the primary language of communication; or
    • A minimum test score of 88 (Internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Note: The F-1 student visa process may take up to three (3) months. We encourage students to submit their application no later than May 15 to allow sufficient time for processing.

Questions?

Please, email us or visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Summer Session Students

On-Campus & Foreign Summer Program

Summer sessions are available to part-time and full-time students. Although summers cannot take the place of a full-time semester, taking some coursework in the summer can lighten your load during the regular year. Completing the units required for graduation results in taking between 14 and 15 units each semester. As few as 12 units can be taken while still qualifying as a full-time student, so some full-time students pursuing extra-curricular activities or wishing to give advanced material particular focus use summers to enable taking 12 or 13 units during a term.

On-Campus

Two Summer Sessions are scheduled including on-campus required courses, electives and international electives. Summer courses are compressed but consist of the same number of class hours as similar courses offered during the academic year. Summer Session on-campus classes are normally scheduled in evening hours. Students who have completed at least one year of law study in good standing at other ABA-accredited law schools may enroll in either the On-Campus or International Session.

International Session

Learn more about our Summer Abroad Program and apply online:

Transfer Students

Applicants may be accepted with advanced standing to McGeorge School of Law after having completed one or more years at another ABA-accredited law school and may only apply for admission to begin their law study at McGeorge School of Law commencing in the fall or spring term.

McGeorge's policy allows applicants to transfer up to 32 credits in courses with satisfactory grades of C+ or better. Each applicant's prior law transcript will be evaluated and compared to McGeorge School of Law coursework. Any courses which are not commensurate to McGeorge School of Law courses will be required to be retaken upon enrollment.

Application Requirements for Transfer Applicants

  1. Completed application form
  2. Nonrefundable $65 application fee
  3. Personal statement expressing reasons for requesting transfer
  4. Résumé
  5. Two (2) recommendation letters submitted through your LSAC CAS account (at least one must be from a current law school professor)
  6. Transcript from the first year of law school enrollment, if applicable
  7. Letter of Good Standing from current law school, containing class rank (If the law school does not rank the class, a letter from the law school registrar or Dean of Students outlining the grading policy must be submitted.)
  8. LSAC Credential Assembly Service Law School Report

Application

Click here to begin your application. Please note that McGeorge School of Law does not accept hardcopy applications. All applications must be completed through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC.) The deadline to submit transfer applications is July 15 for the following fall term and Nov. 15 for the spring term.

Application Fee

A nonrefundable application fee of $65 must be submitted with the application. If financial need warrants, an applicant may apply for a fee waiver.

Certification of Good Standing

A certification letter of good standing from your current law school is required. This document contains your academic results for the year currently being completed and includes certification of your class standing. Please have this document sent directly to the McGeorge School of Law Admissions Office.

Credential Assembly Services (CAS)

All transfer applicants must pay for a Credential Assembly Services (CAS) report to be submitted to the law school along with their LSAT score.

Letters of Recommendation

In support of the application, applicants must submit two letters of recommendation directly to LSAC, and we will accept a maximum of three letters. At least one letter must be from a current law school professor. These letters should address skills relevant to your potential success in law school.

Please note that LSAC will not release an applicant's CAS report to McGeorge School of Law until they have received a minimum of two letters of recommendation. Furthermore, the application will remain incomplete and will not be reviewed until the applicant's file is complete.

Personal Statement

The statement must be no more than three pages, double-spaced, 12 pt. font. A transfer applicant's personal statement is an opportunity to provide information about their reasons for requesting a transfer and any other information that the applicant believes should be considered.

Resume

Provide a Résumé of full- and part-time employment and other activities, starting with the most recent. Include dates, name(s) of employer(s), and position(s) held. List academic honors received since entering college. List extracurricular activities, hobbies and community service. Please be sure to include any law-related internships and externships completed since entering law school. Describe nature and extent of employment during college, listing the hours worked per week and include volunteer work. Include summers. Explain any periods of time after high school not accounted for by the preceding educational and employment history. However, high school information should be omitted.

Transcripts

All transcripts for college and graduate work must be submitted directly to LSAC. The transcript from your degree granting institution(s) must show conferral of your degree. LSAC will evaluate each transcript and forward a report to each law school the applicant designates.

Transcripts from the current law school are required and should be mailed directly to the McGeorge School of Law  Admissions Office. The transcripts must contain grades for your first year of law school and will be reviewed carefully along with the syllabi for the courses the student has taken.

Notification of Acceptance

Because application decisions are based on a transcript and certification of good standing containing information about the academic year just completed, McGeorge School of Law usually notifies transfer students of their acceptance in mid-July for the fall and early December for the spring term.

An offer of admission to a transfer student comes with a detailed letter stating which coursework will be accepted either as credit or as credit along with the fulfillment of a course requirement. The letter also urges students to contact the Office of Student Affairs for academic advising for the second year and beyond. The Office of Student Affairs hosts a welcome for transfer students at the beginning of each academic year. At that event, students are made aware of the various services provided by each department on campus. Transfer students are also included in the MAP Program, the academic advising program for first-year students which takes place during the first half of the Spring Semester.

Visiting Students

Students enrolled at another law school accredited by the American Bar Association who desire to take one semester or one academic year of course work at McGeorge School of Law to be applied toward degree requirements at their home law school will be considered for visiting status. Students may submit applications for the spring or fall semester. Visitors are not eligible to receive their J.D. degree from McGeorge School of Law.

To apply for admission as a visiting student, applicants must submit the following:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Nonrefundable $65 application fee
  3. Personal statement expressing reasons for requesting to visit
  4. One recommendation letter must be submitted from a professor at the home law school
  5. Résumé
  6. A letter or form from the Law School Registrar or other appropriate Law School Administrator outlining which courses the student will be allowed to take at McGeorge School of Law
  7. Transcript from current law school
  8. Front page of Credential Assembly Service CAS report sent from home law school.

Application

Click here to begin your application. Please note that McGeorge School of Law does not accept hardcopy applications. All applications must be completed through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC.) The deadline to submit visiting applications is July 15 for the fall term and Nov. 15 for the spring term.

Application Fee

A nonrefundable application fee of $65 must be submitted with the application.

Law School Transcript

This document must contain grades for at least one full academic year and should be submitted directly to the McGeorge School of Law Admissions Office.

Personal Statement

The statement must be no more than three pages, double-spaced, 12 pt. font. A visitor applicant's personal statement is an opportunity to provide information about their reasons for requesting to visit and any other information that the applicant believes should be considered.

Resume

Provide a resume of full- and part-time employment and other activities, starting with the most recent. Include dates, name(s) of employer(s), and position(s) held. List academic honors received since entering college. List extracurricular activities, hobbies and community service. Please be sure to include any law related internships and externships completed since entering law school. Describe the nature and extent of employment during college, listing the hours worked per week and include volunteer work. Include summers. Explain any periods of time after high school not accounted for by the preceding educational and employment history. However, high school information should be omitted.

Letter of Recommendation

In support of the application, applicants must submit one letter of recommendation directly to LSAC. The letter must be from a current law school professor and should address your success in law school, your aptitude as a student and the impact you have had at your law school.

Permission to Visit

Visiting students must submit a letter or form from their Law School Registrar or other appropriate Law School Administrator outlining which courses the student will be allowed to take at McGeorge School of Law.

The letter must be submitted to the Admissions Office and the visiting student will not be allowed to register for classes until this form has been obtained.

Character and Fitness

Most states have standards of character and fitness to practice that must be satisfied by candidates applying for admission to the bar. Candidates with a record of involvement in criminal matters must provide a full, descriptive statement and should investigate the admission policies of the jurisdiction where the application for admission to practice is anticipated by writing to the bar examiners in that state. Include dates of incident and disposition.

Notification of Acceptance

Visiting students will receive their decisions soon after their files are complete.

The Admission Requirements on this page is for the following undergraduate program on the Sacramento campus.

University College

Organizational Behavior

University of the Pacific seeks applications from students who have shown by past achievement that they have attained a high level of scholarship, initiative and maturity, possess good character, and have a serious interest in learning. Admission is selective and each applicant is considered on the basis of a variety of factors which are evaluated through a very personalized review. The University is interested in a student body characterized by diverse ethnic, religious, economic and geographic backgrounds.

Please refer to the Office of Admission website for the most current policies regarding all subjects in the following section of this catalog. The website address is www.pacific.edu/admission.html.

Undergraduate Admission

www.pacific.edu/admission.html

Application Priority Dates

www.pacific.edu/admission/important-dates.html

Fall Freshman Applicants

November 15 Application Priority Date

  • All Pre-Pharmacy Applicants/Notification: January 15
  • All Pre-Dental Applicants/Notification: January 15
  • All Powell Scholarship Applicants/Notification : March 15
  • All Early Action Admission Program Applicants /Notification: January 15

January 15 Application Priority Date

  • Regular Admission Program (all majors not listed above)/Notification: March 15

Applications are reviewed once they are complete. Most students are mailed notification in mid-March. The University of the Pacific adheres to the May 1 national candidates reply date. It is on or before this date that the University expects a reply to its offer of admission for the fall semester.

Fall Transfer Applicants

February 15

Priority Admission and Financial Aid Application Date to Receive the Best Possible Financial Aid Package (based on individual circumstances and financial aid eligibility)

June 1

  • Deadline for All Transfer Applicants and outstanding documents

Spring Freshman & Transfer Applicants

August 1

  • Dental Hygiene Transfer Applicants

November 15

  • All applicants (excluding Dental Hygiene applicants)/Notification: Rolling

Applications may be considered after these dates but space may be limited. Because of certain special procedures in the handling of applications for international students, these applications should be completed earlier than U.S. applications. Candidates for the Doctor of Pharmacy program should refer to the PharmD website: www.pacific.edu/pharmd for deadline information.

Early Action Admission Option

University of the Pacific offers a non-binding Early Action plan for high school students with exceptionally strong high school records, test scores and recommendations. Applicants who wish to be considered for Early Action must have a completed application on file with the Office of Admission postmarked by November 15. Early Action applicants are notified in mid-January. Those admitted under this plan have the same National Candidates Reply Date of May 1 as all other admitted students.

Interviews

Prospective students are encouraged to visit the campus, but formal interviews are not usually required for freshman or transfer applicants (except Powell Scholars, Pacific Humanities, Pacific Legal Scholars, and Organizational Behavior). The University reserves the right to ask prospective students to appear for an interview as part of the admissions procedure when such an interview appears appropriate and would assist in determining the applicant’s qualifications for admission.

Campus Visits

www.pacific.edu/visitus

Prospective students are invited to visit the campus as guests of the University. It is recommended that prospective students visit the campus when classes are in session, avoiding weekends or University vacation periods. (See Academic Calendar).

For individuals or small groups, student-led tours are available most days, Monday through Friday, morning and afternoon as well as some Saturday mornings. Tours and informational sessions for larger groups are also available, but must be planned at least two weeks in advance with the Office of Admission. During the academic year the Office of Admission is open most days Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on selected Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Summer hours may differ. Saturday visits and tours are by appointment only. Please go to www.pacific.edu/visitus or call the Office of Admission to schedule a visit to campus.

Appointments, Information and Forms

For information on an area of specific interest, for application forms, or for an admissions appointment, use any of the following information to reach the Office of Admission:

Office of Admission
University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211

Telephone: (209) 946-2211
Fax: (209) 946-2413
Website: www.pacific.edu/admission
E-mail: admission@pacific.edu

Admission of Freshman Students

Regular Admission

Freshman applicants are those who are either applying while seniors in high school or those who have not taken any college courses since earning their high school diploma or its equivalent. Verification of graduation from an accredited secondary school is required prior to the beginning of the first term of attendance. Exceptions may be made for those who have passed either the General Education Development (GED) Test or the High School Proficiency Exam.

Special emphasis is placed on the coursework selected, the grades achieved in those courses, and the cumulative grade point average. Supporting recommendation from a school counselor or teacher is also important. In addition, the Admission Committee reviews the results of either the SAT or the ACT.

The essay submitted with the University of the Pacific Application is carefully read, and the committee looks at co-curricular activities. Applicants are selected for admission only after a careful review of the entire application file.

A Completed Freshman Application Includes:

  1. Form and Fee: www.pacific.edu/apply
    On-line application. The application must be filled out and submitted by the applicant.
     
  2. Transcripts: An official copy of transcripts for all high school and/or college coursework including courses offered by extension or correspondence, is required. Failure to acknowledge and submit all records is grounds to deny or revoke admission, or for dismissal from the University or revocation of degrees earned. Applicants must also submit transcripts for any college work taken while still in high school. Transfer applicants do not need to have high school transcripts sent, unless requested. Final official transcripts must be submitted prior to the first day of classes, and must show satisfactory work or the University has the right to revoke the offer of admission.
  3. Test Score Policies for Applicants
  4. Freshman applicants must submit scores from the SAT and/or ACT. If the applicant has taken the SAT or ACT multiple times, Pacific accepts the highest combination of sub scores from all SAT attempts and highest combination of all sub scores from all ACT attempts.
  5. Scores received in January from the December SAT or ACT tests are the last scores that are used for admission or scholarship consideration for fall applicants, except Pre-Dentistry and Pre-Pharmacy applicants for whom the November test scores will be accepted. Students for whom later tests are the first and only test taken are exempt from this policy. 

Optional:

  • Recommendation: www.pacific.edu/recommendation. One academic recommendation from an academic teacher, counselor or advisor is recommended. Those recommending an applicant may use the online form at www.pacific.edu/recommendation or send a written recommendation on official letterhead.
  • Essay: A personal statement as part of the application.

Special Admission Requirements

  • Music Applicants: www.pacific.edu/music In addition to academic requirements, who apply for admission to the Conservatory of Music must present evidence of music talent and achievement by performing an audition on the principal performing medium. Those who plan to major in composition must also submit an original composition. Auditions are held at the Conservatory at regular intervals throughout the academic year. Students unable to appear in person may substitute a recorded audition. Audition information is available at www.pacific.edu/music or by calling the Conservatory of Music at (209) 946-2418.

Recommended High School Preparation

Although University of the Pacific does not require a fixed pattern of secondary school courses, applicants are expected to complete a solid college preparatory program. Generally speaking, preparatory courses are those in the fields of English, social sciences, foreign languages, laboratory sciences and mathematics.

It is strongly recommended that the following be included in the secondary school program: four years of English; three years of mathematics including algebra I, II and geometry; at least two years of laboratory science in at least two disciplines (biology, chemistry, earth science or physics); at least two years of the same foreign language; three years of social science; one year of fine or performing arts; and additional academic courses – all aimed at improving analytical abilities, promoting artistic development and strengthening written and oral skills.

Students interested in economics or business administration should take advanced mathematics in high school. Students interested in mathematics, science, engineering, dentistry or pharmacy should include biology, chemistry and physics as well as advanced mathematics in their secondary school program. (See chart for recommended course of study.)

Recommended Courses

Course Others Science & Technical All Majors
English 4 years 4 years
Fine Arts/Performing Arts 1 year 1 year
Foreign Language (one) 2 units 2 years
Social Science 2 years 3 years
Mathematics* 4 years 3 years
Laboratory Science** 3 years 2 years
Academic Electives*** 1 year 1 year

Since the senior year in high school is perhaps the most important in preparing for college, a minimum program of four academic courses per semester is particularly recommended for that year.

Students are also encouraged to take honors and advanced placement courses whenever possible. In reviewing applications, the Office of Admission gives favorable consideration, not only to the overall strength of the academic program, but to the fact that honors and advanced placement courses have been taken.

Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and College Credits Earned While In High School

Please see www.pacific.edu/advancedcredit for the latest policies regarding granting of advance credit. College credit (four units per examination) may be granted to students who achieve scores of a four and five on Advanced Placement examinations and/or scores of five through seven on International Baccalaureate exams taken at the higher level. A maximum of 28 units total from Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, DANTES and/or CLEP test results may be applied toward a Pacific degree including General Education and major requirements.

In addition, students who have taken college courses prior to high school graduation receive credit toward University of the Pacific graduation, as long as the credit is transferable, is earned at an accredited college and is awarded college credit on a transcript generated by that college. The purpose is to recognize advanced work of quality already accomplished by certain students, to preclude duplication of courses, and to provide increased opportunity for exceptional students to take elective work in their undergraduate programs. (See also the CLEP information below.)

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

College credit may be granted, within certain limitations, for the General and Subject Examinations offered through the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) of the College Board when satisfactory scores have been earned. This program may be utilized by entering freshmen who take the tests prior to matriculation for the purpose of earning advanced standing credit, by regularly enrolled students for accelerating their programs or demonstrating competency in certain subjects, or by candidates for transfer who desire advanced credit or present the tests in support of applications for admission. Further details can be obtained from the Office of Admission.

A total of no more than 20 units may be applied toward a degree from any or all of the following: courses taken in accredited correspondence schools, extension correspondence schools, extension courses, and/or courses taken credit by examination. None of these credits, except extension courses taken at the University, is accepted during the term in which the student is completing requirements for graduation in this University.

A total of no more than 28 units may be applied towards a degree from Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), DANTES and/or CLEP tests.

Admission of Undergraduate Transfers

www.pacific.edu/transfer

To be considered for admission a transfer applicant must:

  • Be in good academic standing at the college in which he/she/they are currently enrolled
  • Have demonstrated academic ability in his/her/their selected major

A Completed Transfer Application Includes:

  1. Form and Fee: www.pacific.edu/apply
    On-line application. The application must be filled out and submitted by the applicant.
     
  2. Official Transcripts from all colleges attended

If transferable credits are less than 30 semester units:

  1. High School Transcripts
  2. SAT-I or ACT scores

Optional:

  • Recommendation: www.pacific.edu/recommendation. One academic recommendation from an academic teacher, counselor or advisor is required. Those recommending an applicant may use the online form at www.pacific.edu/recommendation or send a written recommendation on official letterhead.
  • Essay: A personal statement as part of the application.

Special Admission Requirements

  • Music Applicants: www.pacific.edu/music In addition to academic requirements, who apply for admission to the Conservatory of Music must present evidence of music talent and achievement by performing an audition on the principal performing medium. Those who plan to major in composition must also submit an original composition. Auditions are held at the Conservatory at regular intervals throughout the academic year. Students unable to appear in person may substitute a recorded audition. Audition information is available at www.pacific.edu/music or by calling the Conservatory of Music at (209) 946-2418.
  • Dental Hygiene Applicants: www.pacific.edu/dentalhygiene Strong candidates who apply for the dental hygiene program are invited to campus for an interview after items one through five (above) have been received. Dental Hygiene applicants have separate application deadlines (September 1 for Spring). After an initial review, strong dental hygiene candidates are invited for interviews that are required for admission into the program.

Transferable Courses and Unit Limitations

The complete Transfer Credit Policy can be found on the Office of the Registrar website.

  • In interpreting transfer credit, University of the Pacific generally accepts those courses which are of the same quality and equivalency as courses offered on this campus.
  • Courses taught at a community college are not acceptable to replace upper division courses at Pacific.
  • The maximum number of units that is accepted from a community college is 70 and no community college credit is accepted after a student has completed 70 units from all institutions attended. Courses are accepted in chronological order.
  • A course with a grade of C- or below does not transfer to Pacific. No units are awarded for that course and it does not fulfill any requirements towards a degree.
  • If a student repeats a course in which a C- or below was earned, the most recent grade is used and a new GPA for the course is calculated for the transfer admission grade point average only. Note: Only course content and credit are accepted in transfer; the associated grades do not become a part of the Pacific record.
  • If a student repeats a course in which a C or higher is earned, the second attempt is calculated in the GPA. No units are awarded for the repeated course.
  • Transfer applicants who attended universities outside of the United States must submit an evaluation of their academic records. Transcripts must be reviewed by one of the articulation review companies listed online at http://go.pacific.edu/international evaluation and have an official copy sent directly to University of the Pacific. Students who attended universities outside of the United States must also submit course descriptions in English of their completed university work. The course descriptions must come from either the school's website or official catalog. Please send the course descriptions to University of the Pacific's Office of Admission.

Special Admission

Certain transfer applicants, such as veterans, or adult re-entry students and others with special circumstances, are given special consideration for admission when it is determined that they have the potential for satisfactory college work.

Admission of International Students

www.pacific.edu/international

University of the Pacific welcomes applications from international students and provides complete support services for them through International Programs and Services. The University is authorized to issue appropriate immigration documents to international students for immigration purposes and provides immigration services to enrolled students.

In order to comply with regulations of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service, University of the Pacific requires international applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States to submit a detailed Certification of Finances showing sufficient financial resources for study at the University. Other special information and instructions regarding the admission of international students is provided upon request.

Special Requirements for Non-Native Speakers of English

Applicants who are not native speakers of English are expected to provide evidence of proficiency in the English language. Such proficiency may be demonstrated through the academic record, or by means of an English Language Proficiency Exam like the IETLS or TOEFL For the most current English Proficiency review criteria please visit http://go.pacific.edu/international The University reserves the right to administer its own English language test to new students and to adjust a student’s academic program on the basis of test results.

Admission of Veterans

University of the Pacific encourages veterans to apply for admission and is approved under Federal and State laws for the training of veterans. Satisfactory completion of a period of military service is taken into consideration in the evaluation for admission.

Accelerated Programs

Pre-Pharmacy Advantage Programs

www.pacific.edu/prepharm

Pacific offers three options which provide for guaranteed admission into our Professional Pharmacy (PharmD) Program, if all pre-pharmacy advantage requirements, which include courses taken in sequence at Pacific and minimum GPAs, are met and the formal pharmacy interview (which includes a writing sample) is passed. The current university minimum GPA requirement needed as one part of advancing from any of these Pre-Pharmacy Advantage Programs into our Professional Pharmacy Program is 3.00 overall and 2.70 in selected math/science courses.

The implementation of specific admission criteria for the Pre-Pharmacy Advantage Program are meant to ensure that students have the appropriate time to successfully prepare for advancement into the Professional Pharmacy Program.

Five-Year (2+3) Pre-Pharmacy/PharmD Option

Freshmen are admitted directly into the Pre-Pharmacy Program in the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. After two years, they advance into the PharmD Program if they have fulfilled all pre-pharmacy advantage requirements.

Six-Year (3+3) Pre-Pharmacy/PharmD Option

Freshmen are admitted directly into the Pre-Pharmacy Program in the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. After three years, they advance into the PharmD Program if they have fulfilled all pre-pharmacy advantage requirements.

Seven-Year (4+3) Bachelor’s/PharmD Option

These Pre-Pharmacy applicants are admitted to any major at Pacific and pursue a Bachelor’s degree, while also completing the pre-requisites for the Doctor of Pharmacy Program. If they complete their Bachelor’s degree in four years (but no more than five years) they are eligible to advance into the PharmD Program if they have fulfilled all of the same Pre-Pharmacy advantage requirements. This option ensures that these students are on track from the beginning of their college careers to earn, at least, a Bachelor’s degree.

Please note: There is no formal Pre-Pharmacy Advantage available to a student who attends another institution for a semester or a year or two and then transfers as a science major into Pacific’s Arts and Sciences division. We have excellent undergraduate programs to which transfers are welcome to apply, but once here, these students compete with those who apply from other institutions for space in the PharmD Program.

Accelerated Dental Programs

www.pacific.edu/predent

Pacific offers three accelerated dental programs to first-time freshmen which combine undergraduate preparation with the only three-year DDS program in the country. Students admitted to any of these programs are admitted to Pacific’s Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry if they meet the requirements outlined on the Pre-Dental Advantage website. Students complete their pre-dental courses at Pacific’s main campus in Stockton and their professional courses at Pacific’s Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco.

Any freshman applicant who selects “pre-dental” from the list of majors on his/her/their application for undergraduate admission is automatically considered for all three programs. Please note that students admitted to the 2+3 program are also automatically admitted into the 3+3 and the 4+3 programs, and those students admitted to the 3+3 program are also admitted to the 4+3 program. It is also important to note that the 2+3 and 3+3 programs do not “accelerate” four years worth of undergraduate study into two or three years. Students in these two programs take the same course load as most students on campus, they simply take only those specific courses which meet the requirements to advance to the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry after two or three years.

The following minimum criteria for consideration are valid for students entering in the Fall semester 2018. Pacific reserves the right to change criteria for students entering in subsequent years.

Five-Year (2+3) Pre-Dental/Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)

Program allows completion of two years (four regular semesters) of specific Pre-Dental and general education courses on Pacific’s Stockton campus. This is then followed by three years (eight semesters in 36 months) at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco. Upon successful completion of the five-year program, the student earns a DDS degree.

Six-Year (3+3) Bachelor’s/DDS

Program allows for completion of all Pre-Dental and general education requirements, and the courses for a major in either Biological Sciences or Chemistry in three years (six regular semesters). The credit from the first year of dental school can then be used to earn a bachelor’s degree, and the DDS degree is earned upon completion of the third year of dental school.

Seven-Year (4+3) Bachelor’s/DDS

Program allows students to major in almost any discipline, while they complete all Pre-Dental and general education requirements, prior to entering the DDS program.

Pacific Legal Scholars

Six-Year (3+3) Bachelor’s/Juris Doctorate (JD)

http://go.pacific.edu/LegalScholars

This program permits highly qualified students to enroll at University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law during the fourth year of study at the University and complete a bachelor’s degree at the end of the first year of law school. Students must apply for admission to the Pacific Legal Scholars program and meet program admissions requirements, including an admissions interview. To move on to the McGeorge School of Law, students must complete all general education and major course requirements, complete three seminars and an upper division law course to prepare for law school and participate in a number of off-campus law-related activities. They must also complete the application for admission to University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law and meet all admissions criteria including the median LSAT score and undergraduate GPA for the prior year’s matriculating students.  The Pacific Legal Scholars Program is open to students in any major, but some majors may not be possible to complete in three academic years. A 4+3 version of the program is also available.

Admission of Professional PharmD Students

www.pacific.edu/pharmd

Students who seek admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program who did not enter Pacific as a freshman through the pre-pharmacy advantage program must have completed a minimum of 64 transferable units prior to matriculation. These units must be in specific courses which meet University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences requirements. Therefore, no application to the Doctor of Pharmacy program is accepted unless the applicant has taken, is taking, or plans to take, all of these pre-pharmacy courses prior to enrollment (see specifics in School of Pharmacy section). Students who have not taken organic chemistry or biology within the last seven years must enroll in refresher courses before entering.

Admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program is competitive. Factors considered in the application review include overall grades, math/science grades, difficulty of course loads, academic performance trends, curriculum selection, recommendations, involvement in clubs, organizations and community service, demonstrated leadership positions, pharmacy work experience, communication skills, and a mandatory interview.

All students applying to the Doctor of Pharmacy program must apply through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS): www.pharmcas.org. Pacific’s application deadlines, and all instructions for applying for this program, is found at www.pacific.edu/pharmd. It is critical that candidates submit all required information in a timely manner. Applications are not reviewed until they are complete. Students who complete their files after published deadlines are considered on a space available basis only. A completed application includes: PharmCAS application and fee, supplemental application form and fee, two recommendations (on required forms), Educational Background Chart, resume, and official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. International students must also supply an official letter on bank stationary that verifies funding for at least one full year, a copy of their I-20 form, and a copy of their I-94 form, and furnish an international address. Some documents must be sent to PharmCAS and some to Pacific. Students with international coursework are required to submit an evaluation from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE). Students whose native language is not English may be requested to submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum acceptable TOEFL score for admission consideration is 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 80 (Internet Based). An IELTS score of 6.5 is acceptable in place of the TOEFL.

All admitted students are required to grant consent for a background investigation and to read and agree to the Technical Standards for Pharmacy Admission and Graduation prior to matriculation. Final approval for admission will not be granted until the background investigation results are reviewed.  Additional information on the Technical Standards for the Doctor of Pharmacy program can be found at: http://www.pacific.edu/Admission/Graduate-Professional/Pharmacy/Pharm-D-Technical-Standards.htmll.

Please visit www.pacific.edu/pharmd for details on application requirements. Direct any questions about the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences to the Coordinator for Pharmacy Admission at (209) 946-2211.

Enrollment Deposit

An enrollment deposit is required of all admitted applicants to hold the applicant's space in the academic program. This enrollment deposit is nonrefundable, unless otherwise noted, and is applied toward the student's first-term tuition upon matriculation to the University. Deposit amounts may vary depending upon the academic program.