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U.S. News ranks Pacific 6th among private California universities

University of the Pacific also rated high for ethnic and economic diversity
Sep 9, 2015

University of the Pacific tied with University of San Francisco for the No. 6 spot among California private institutions on U.S. News & World Report's annual Best Colleges ratings of national universities, released today.

Nationally, Pacific ranked No. 108 among 268 institutions in the category, tied with USF, Illinois Institute of Technology, Iowa State University, University of Dayton, University of Oklahoma, and University of South Carolina.

In addition, Pacific ranked among the top 15 institutions nationwide for ethnic diversity. And Pacific again made the short list of "A-Plus Schools for B Students."

"University of the Pacific is deeply committed to our wonderfully diverse and engaged student body, and proud of the superb education we offer them," said University President Pamela A. Eibeck. "Today's rankings reflect our commitment and our students' success."

U.S. News' national category, defined by the magazine as institutions that offer a wide range of undergraduate majors as well as master's and doctoral degrees, includes 19 California institutions. Ten are private, including Stanford, California Institute of Technology, and University of Southern California.

Highlights of the U.S. News 2016 "Best Colleges" rankings
Ethnic Diversity. Pacific was rated among the top 15 national universities for diversity. Only two other private institutions in California made the top 15: Stanford and USF. U.S. News awarded Pacific a 0.71 score for diversity on a scale that ranged from 0.0 to 1.0, with 1.0 representing the most diversity.

A-Plus Schools for B Students. U.S. News included Pacific on a list of 92 schools nationwide that distinguish themselves by embracing students from diverse backgrounds and with varied strengths, rather than basing admission decisions on GPA alone.

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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 majors in seven schools. The university's distinctive Northern California footprint also includes a campus in San Francisco, home to the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and new graduate programs in health, food and technology fields, and in Sacramento, home to the Pacific McGeorge School of Law and new graduate programs in health, education, business and public policy. For more information, visit

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