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How to apply to be a Pacific Humanities Scholar


Admissions and Qualifications:

Each year we admit 10-12 highly motivated and accomplished students who have a passion for the humanities.  

Qualifications & Admission to the Program:

  • 1250 SAT score
  • Strong personal essay
  • Interview

 *Holistic Review of Application


Application Process:

Step 1: Apply to the University of the Pacific

Apply to the University of the Pacific, specifying your academic interest in the Pacific Humanities Scholars Program and/or one of the humanities majors:

  • Art & Graphic Design
  • English
  • Exploratory in the College of the Pacific
  • History
  • Media X
  • Modern Languages & Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies

We also welcome you to contact the director of Pacific Humanities Scholars, Jeffrey Hole, if you would like to be considered for this unique program. His email address is

Step 2: Review of Applications

We conduct a holistic review of your Pacific application, taking into consideration your personal essay, GPA, SAT or ACT scores, the academic rigor of your high school coursework and extracurricular activities. 

Step 3: Interview

After careful review of application materials, we invite qualified candidates to interview.

The interview process is an opportunity for us to get to know you better -- your interests in and passion for the humanities, your accomplishments, your intellectual and creative aspirations-and it is also an opportunity for you to learn more about us. For those students who live a long distance from the university, we are able to conduct interviews using Skype or Facetime.  

Step 4: Letter of Acceptance and Confirmation

Candidates who have been admitted into Pacific Humanities Scholars will receive a letter of acceptance from the director of the program.

Program Director
Phone: 209.946.2026