University of the Pacific
Stockton, CA, USA

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University of the Pacific
3.95 Average Rating

Hayley from San Jose, CA

a current student here
4 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Most universities/colleges don't allow students to get started on their majors until Sophomore or Junior year of college. As a Freshman at UOP I've already gotten a feel for what I will be doing as a sports medicine or Athletic Training major. Four weeks into classes and I've already learned how to tape ankles, wrists, and arches. I've also learned how to fit helmets, how to handle a person with a seizure, etc. Being a freshman at UOP, I've already been exposed to my major and can decide early on what I want and don't want to study in school. Many students have already decided that Athletic Training isn't for them because of this exposure.
Am enjoying being here
I did have a hard time getting used to being away from home, but this place is truly a great place to adjust. I'm surrounded by trees and green grass and fun people all the time. I've met lots of people whom I have a lot in common with and we've really hit it off! Plus there are many events here such as Tiger Nights (which are dances), Toga Parties, movie nights, fancy Fridays, and much much more!
Bang for the buck
It's definitely a pricey school, but I feel like I'm getting a lot more adequate attention from my professors and they're always willing to help. Being in small classes, I'm able to get to know my teachers and they're able to get to know me! They have office hours and are always willing to stay after class to answer questions. It's great! Definitely pricey, but worth every penny.
Tips for prospective students
Work hard and check this school out. It's a good school. I swear.
Great for these types of students
Students who like the quiet suburban feel, or students who want to go to the East Coast but can't afford to. Walking onto this campus is like walking onto a school in the East, definitely with these brick buildings and tall trees which provide plenty of shade. Plus it's the 5th nicest campus in the US!
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Viet from Stockton, CA

a current student here
4 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The environment at UOP is great and exciting. The class sizes are a huge advantage to the learning ability compared to other colleges. With the smaller class sizes the students can concentrate more and have a closer relationship with the professors that they come into contact with.
Am enjoying being here
Even though it is my first year and I don't really have anything to do yet I see a large potential for me to go out and find clubs and find a place to be within the school grounds. I have some past friends who attend here and they also agree that they have a great time at UOP
Bang for the buck
Of course, the cost at UOP would be a little pricey because of being a private school but you do get your money's worth here on this campus. Again, with the class sizes you have a better chance of retaining the information for the prices that you are paying. UOP also provides many ways of payment that can help the students who need it
Tips for prospective students
For future students, I encourage you to choose this school for many reasons. This school has been voted to have a beautiful campus. The personnel at UOP are very friendly and very helpful if any questions arise. UOP also provides a large variety of majors for any incoming student and it would be great to have enthusiastic students on campus.
Great for these types of students
UOP is great for students who are not afraid of Stockton environment, students who are willing do experience new things and enjoy the college life.
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long from sacramento, ca

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
university of the pacific is a top tier education school relating to sciences in particular. it is an academically challenging school and provides a lot of student support for every student there. it also is a very close community and small campus.
Tips for prospective students
if you don't study a lot now, make sure you develop good study habits. make a lot of friends and do not give off a bad first impression.
Academic Rigor
super difficult, but worth it in the end. i personally did not do too well my freshman year and that taught me to develop better study habits. depends on the major actually, but study anyway.
Dorm Life
southwest hall was where i stayed personally. the ra's don't really bother residents that much. pretty average dorm life. co ed floors in southwest.
Food and Dining
the food is good, but very repetitive. it get boring quick like any other food. get a regular meal plan (silver or bronze), and plan to eat out instead.
What to do for fun
movies, pool table, the lair has a game room for students.
Bang for the buck
super expensive, but worth it in some way.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
grafitti rocks to spray. roof of sw is where its at.
Great for these types of students
any student really.
Clubs and Activities
greek life is popular
Greek Life
alpha chi sigma and xi chi sigma represent.
Campus Safety
cops everywhere.
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Evan from Tracy, CA

researching this school
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
A beautiful campus with a great selection of pathways. The people there are very helpful and are excited to tell you everything you want to know about UOP. Even though it is pricey, from very graduate I have heard that it is totally worth every penny.
Academic Rigor
Everyone I have talked to about Pacific has said that they teach you exactly what you need to be successful in life and in your career pathway.
Food and Dining
They have a good selection of food from Mexican to deli to sushi and it has all been pretty darn good.
Bang for the buck
Even though it is pricey, from very graduate I have heard that it is totally worth every penny.
Great for these types of students
People who like to be in a tight-knit community and have extreme pride.
Campus Safety
The UOP campus is the safest place in the city of Stockton and I have never felt that my safety has been in any way compromised. The surrounding areas can be a little sketchy though.
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Cara from Stockton, CA

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
The University is overall a great scholarly environment. The campus is beautiful and always clean. The professors are approachable and well versed in their various subjects.
Tips for prospective students
Be sure to advocate for yourself right from the beginning. The faculty is more than willing to work with students, however it may be a bit difficult to meet with specific people.
Academic Rigor
The subject matter of the classes I have taken so far has not been exceedingly difficult, however I have mostly been in general education courses. I expect the more specialized courses to be more rigorous.
Dorm Life
I live off campus, however most students are Greek or athletes. I have heard good things about living in the dorms, and the students tend to have a strong bond.
Food and Dining
Food choice and quality on campus is excellent. Off campus there is a pretty wide variety within a five mile radius.
What to do for fun
Swim- the school has an Olympic size pool that is heated year round. There are also a lot of different recreational leagues on campus and weekly events that many students attend.
Bang for the buck
The school is very very expensive but the financial aid department is pretty efficient and helpful.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Lots of Greek traditions. Large sitting rocks are constantly being painted by the different Greek houses.
Great for these types of students
Greek; Athletes; Gay, Lesbian, Straight Alliance students.
Clubs and Activities
There is always something going on on campus.
Greek Life
There is a huge Greek life organization on campus. At least half of the students are Greek.
Campus Safety
Very safe. The campus has its own police station and force.
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Packmaster

accepted here and planning to attend soon
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
This campus is very beautiful. Everyone there is super friendly and does their best to help out. I would give it an A+.
Tips for prospective students
Don't be scared to ask for help.
It's okay to be out of you comfort zone.
Have fun!
Academic Rigor
These classes challenge you enough, that you have to think, which is good.
Food and Dining
The food is amazing.
What to do for fun
There is a movie theatre, fitness center, swimming pool, a free shuttle to take you anywhere around Stockton.
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Hillary from Alameda, CA

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Here at Pacific, the class sizes are very small, so all your teachers know your name and know if you aren't in class. This also provides a great learning environment because teachers can answer student's questions in class, instead of other, bigger schools where one would have to go to office hours to have questions answered. Tutors are also available at the Educational Resource Center and specific tutors are assigned to certain subjects. At Pacific you can talk to a teacher before or after class or at office hours. Failing all that you can make an appointment with them as well. The classes are really good here. All the teachers are very knowledgeable about their subject and excited to teach students about what they know. It's great knowing that I will learn something every day I go to class.
Am enjoying being here
Pacific is in Stockton, California. As much as Stockton has a bad repuatation, where the school is there is nothing bad going on most of the time, quite like most other towns in America. The school is very safe, they have Public Safety officers and if you are ever out late and don't want to walk back to your dorm alone, you can get a ride from STRIPES, who will come pick you up wherever you are on campus and drive you back to your residence hall. Life in the dorms isn't that bad either. The Residence Assistants are always very nice people and will help you with anything from locking yourself out of your room to just needing someone to talk to. Hall mates can be great to spend time with, I highly recommend getting to know your neighbors so that you have someone to visit if you want to. Even though things quiet down on the weekend, one can always spend time with friends to pass the time.
Bang for the buck
Pacific does charge nearly fifty thousand dollars for tuition. However, the school is worth the money. The small size is wonderful because if you aren't very good with directions, it's actually hard to get lost once you figure out the basic buildings like the dining hall, your dorm, and chances are at least Freshman year most of your classes will be in one central area or building. The hands on experience with teachers is great as well, and is worth the tuition just because of that fact. Having the ability to have your teachers know who you are and the fact that you have access to them is a priceless asset most colleges cannot say they have.
Tips for prospective students
If you are studying a foreign language I would suggest that you take as many years of it as you can while in High School. The language classes here are on a higher level, as are all classes, but language is the most prominent difference I have seen. One year of a foreign language is required for Liberal Arts students and one year is about three years of High School language, so study foreign language hard if your interested in the Liberal Arts. Another suggestion is keeping an eye on the scholarships available for incoming Freshman and apply for all of them, they can really help you pay for school, every little bit of aid you get counts. Also, for the MOVE trip as part of orientation, make sure to pick your location early so you don't end up in a location you didn't want. Spots do fill up quickly.
Great for these types of students
Pacific is great for students who are hands on with teachers. Anyone who interacts a lot with their teachers would love it here since as I've mentioned, teachers know who is in class that day. It is also a great school for someone who wants a smaller campus, because the campus is very small and easy to navigate after two to three weeks. It is a nice school, and I think most people would be happy here.
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Danielle from Stockton, CA

researching this school
1 person found this review useful
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Will learn a lot
My IB Biology teacher studied here.
Will enjoy being here
I'm still a Senior in high school, but I live very close to this campus. Its very relaxing, has great events, and is in a good area.
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Diana from Live Oak, CA

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I am a bioengineer pursuing a focus in medicine. Although every school has its few rotten apples when it comes to professors, UOP has remarkable professors who dedicate their time to helping you understand the material. The small class sizes allow you to get on a first name bases with the professor and the students. The courses are tough, specially the science ones, but you will be much better prepared for the real world and graduate school.
Am enjoying being here
Since the school is a beautiful small campus, you meet and befriend so many different people and can play sports on the grass or go hang out at the UC. Although its in stockton, it is in the great part of stockton. The only bad thing is that the school has faced its few townspeople intruding every now and then onto some unauthorized buildings.
Bang for the buck
It is VERY pricy, maybe more that it should be, however I believe its one of the best educations and personal attention you can receive at a California university.
Tips for prospective students
I suggest that future students budget their money and make sure they know what they want to do because paying almost 50 k a year may not be the best plan if you are going to not know which path you are pursuing.
Great for these types of students
This school is great for pharmacy, dental, business, and engineering students. We have a great new engineering building and engineers have many privileges on campus. The science courses are rigorous but you can guarantee that you will come out with the best skills and knowledge.
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Nicos from Monterey, CA

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I am a Computer Science (BS) undergraduate student and I love Pacific! I've always been interested in Video Game Simulation and Development but I was worried that with no experience I would be unable to pursue it. It turned out that Pacific was a great way for me to get started. Professors are very helpful and there are so many tutoring resources that you can seek out.
Am enjoying being here
I have made many friends since attending: I am a Student Advisor helping out with the incoming freshman class, I am a Residential Assistant helping to maintain orderly conduct in the residence halls, and I am an active member of the Pi Kappa Alpha, Kappa Nu chapter on campus as a scholarship chairman.
Bang for the buck
Pacific is more expensive than CSUs and UCs but it's the correct fit for me. A great education, free tutoring, sports, Greek life, free gym membership, and so much more, it's hard to imagine myself at any other school. And besides, Pacific's financial aid services are great as well, helping students to find a way to attend. They don't leave you in the dust like other schools I had to deal with.
Tips for prospective students
Always look into the schools you're applying to before you go head first into deciding. Be proactive! Don't wait until the last minute to decide to start researching. Once you're admitted and attending, keep up with your studies, your social life, and whatever else makes you happy so you don't fall behind on anything. Minimize the margin for error so it helps you in the long run.
Great for these types of students
For students who want to excel, want to grow, and want to be able to look back and honestly say that they do not regret their choice of a university.
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