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Pacific welcomes diverse, talented class of students

Aug 29, 2016

University of the Pacific this fall welcomed one of the most diverse and academically strong classes of students in its 165-year history. The university also opened its doors to its first Master of Public Policy, Master of Public Administration and Master of Arts in Education candidates on its Sacramento Campus.

"We are delighted to welcome these new Tigers to Pacific. It is the life's work of our faculty and staff to help our students realize their potential and achieve their dreams," said Pacific President Pamela A. Eibeck. "We are driven to make sure that our students receive a superior education that will help them achieve success in their careers and in their lives."

Classes began Monday on the Stockton campus for undergraduate students and students of the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Graduate, professional and working professional programs at the university's campuses in Sacramento and San Francisco began their fall terms earlier.

At the Sacramento campus, classes began on Aug. 15 at the McGeorge School of Law. Entering students included the first classes in the school's new Master of Public Administration and Master of Public Policy programs for working professionals. The Sacramento campus also encompasses graduate and working professional programs in education and business administration. In January, those programs will be joined by new Master of Physician Assistant Studies and Master of Science in Analytics programs, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Behavior completion program.

At the San Francisco campus, the fall term got underway on July 11 for students at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. The San Francisco campus is also home to graduate programs in audiology, music therapy, analytics and food studies.

Other highlights of the new academic term:

  • Representation of students from historically underserved groups remained strong, reflecting Pacific's ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusiveness. Among entering freshmen, 22 percent are Hispanic. African-American students make up more than 4 percent of the entering class. Asian/Pacific Islander students represent 36 percent of the entering class.
  • Among new freshmen, the average high school GPA rose 0.12 points to 3.53 and the SAT score improved by 19 points to 1162.
  • Nearly 89 percent of incoming freshmen are California residents.
  • 41 percent come from the greater Stockton region (San Joaquin, Sacramento, Stanislaus and Calaveras counties).
  • 4 percent come from outside the United States.

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