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University of the Pacific regularly ranks high for student diversity, graduate wages, innovative law programs, smartest students, environmental sustainability and, of course, campus beauty.

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2014 rankings: Pacific is diverse, smart and cool

Dec 10, 2014

University of the Pacific awards more doctoral degrees to Asian American students than any other college in the country. Pacific alumni have the sixth-highest salaries among recent graduates who earned diplomas at West Coast colleges. And the university counts among the 15 most popular, 50 most beautiful, 50 smartest and 100 “coolest” campuses in the nation.

Those are just some of the rankings Pacific chalked up this year in assessments from popular magazines and websites, including Diverse Issues in Higher Education,,, Lumosity, Sierra Magazine and more.

“It’s wonderful when these rankings emphasize what we already know about Pacific,” said Provost Maria Pallavicini. “Pacific is a special place that prepares students for success through rigorous academics and superior teaching. While no ranking should be taken too seriously, we appreciate being recognized in so many areas.”

Diverse students

According to the magazine Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Pacific grants more doctoral degrees to Asian Americans than any other university in the country. The same magazine reports that Pacific is among the top five universities nationally in granting doctoral degrees in dentistry and pharmacy to minorities: 

U.S. News & World Report magazine also recognized Pacific for its diversity. Pacific ranked among the top 25 national universities for ethnic diversity, tied with UC Davis, UC Riverside, UC Santa Cruz and San Diego State in California, as well as with Columbia, Georgia State, MIT and the New Jersey Institute of Technology: 

Top graduate pay

Pacific ranked No. 6 for highest-paid graduates from a university on the West Coast in a survey by And the website ranked Pacific among the top 50 private universities nationally in graduate salaries: 

“Popular” colleges

The website recently published a list of the 25 colleges that have experienced the greatest growth in admissions applications since 2003. Pacific ranked No. 15: 

Innovative law curriculum, excellent law programs

Pacific McGeorge School of Law has one of the 15 most innovative law clinic programs in the nation, according to PreLaw Magazine. Through one of those clinics, the Legislation and Public Policy Clinic, McGeorge students recently drafted and lobbied four measures that Gov. Jerry Brown signed into California law. More on the ranking:

U.S. News & World Report also gave McGeorge high marks. In its 2015 Best Colleges survey, the magazine ranked McGeorge 29th in the country in International Law, and 38th nationwide in the quality of its part-time law program: 

Top California universities

In U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Colleges ratings, Pacific ranked No. 116 among 268 universities in the magazine’s “national university” category. Of California private colleges in this category, Pacific ranked No. 7. Full rankings: 

Beautiful campus ranks University of the Pacific’s Stockton campus the 31st most beautiful in the country. Pacific “not only operates a top institution in California but also a makeshift movie set. ‘High Time,’ ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark,’ and ‘The Sure Thing’ are just a few of the films that have used the picturesque campus for a backdrop.” Read more: 

Strong business program

Bloomberg Businessweek ranked the Eberhardt School of Business at Pacific as the 8th best business school in California overall and 5th best among private colleges in the state. Nationally, the school ranked No. 102: 

Smartest colleges ranks Pacific among the 50 smartest campuses in the U.S.: 

Cool school

Pacific again ranked among Sierra Magazine’s “Cool Schools.” This year, the university came in at No. 83:  

Attainable school

U.S. News & World Report singled out Pacific, where the student-faculty ratio is 14 to 1, as an “A-Plus School for B Students” – a top-tier university where talented students with less than a 4.0 GPA have a shot at acceptance: 

About University of the Pacific

Established in 1851 as the first chartered institution of higher education in California, University of the Pacific prepares students for professional and personal success through rigorous academics, small classes, and a supportive and engaging culture. Widely recognized as one of the most beautiful private university campuses in the West, the Stockton campus offers more than 80 undergraduate majors in arts and sciences, music, business, education, engineering and computer science, and pharmacy and health sciences. The university’s distinctive Northern California footprint also includes a campus in San Francisco, home to Pacific’s Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, and in Sacramento, home to the Pacific McGeorge School of Law. For more information, visit

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