University of the Pacific Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (12)
University of the Pacific is a great school with an absolutely beautiful campus. The University is an amazing blend of historic, the oldest co-ed university west of the Mississippi, and new with an updated University Center and new dormitories. It is clearly a California Institution that has withstood the test of time and will continue to do so because of the commitments to change. As a student I was involved in Greek Life, worked on campus, and was very involved in student activities. The student experience is really what you make it. With the small class sizes I can positively say that every single one of my professors knew my name in class and was available to answer my questions outside of class. I have kept in touch with many of my classmates and even a few professors. I had the opportunity to take a semester off to go and intern with an international entertainment company. At the time it was not something that was done so there wasnt protocol for doing so but the dean was very supportive and when I returned I assisted the university in creating a partnership with the company and the following year 3 students took the same internship I had held. All the staff were quite supportive.
The University of the Pacific offers an accelerated Pre-dental Advantage Program which streamlines your path towards dental school. Depending on how fast you choose to take the program, you can be in dental school after as little as two years of college! Being a smaller private school, you also get much smaller class sizes compared to public schools. A science lecture at any given UC school such as UCLA or UCR can easily have upwards of 300 students, whereas the biggest science class at UOP was around 60. The much smaller student to faculty ratio means that you will have a much greater opportunity to get to know your professors and to let your professors know you, an instrumental part in getting letters of recommendation and research opportunities. Finally, the University of the Pacific dental school is very kind towards applicants from their undergraduate campus. The minimum GPA and DAT score that a UOP undergraduate student needs to earn in order to guarantee an interview is significantly lower than that of the average accepted student's scores. And upon reaching the interview phase, UOP undergraduates have enjoyed upwards of a 90% acceptance rate year after year. If your heart is set on dentistry, University of the Pacific is the place to be.
I had an excellent experience at the University of the Pacific. The department of Political Science, where I studied, had excellent professors who were good teachers and also contributed important research to the field. Overall, the degree has been useful although very few people outside of the region are aware of the university.
Though the school has some opportunities, there is definitely not a lot of help nor development for the workforce, the curriculum is often theoretical and does not allow you to gain entry level skills, making it difficult to get started in your field of choice. Over all some professors care more about your education than other who just want to get back to their research, where there is not a lot of opportunities for students to get involved with either. Unless you are applying to one of the sciences, you are more thank likely to achieve an average education that might not out weight the debt you will accumulate in the four years.
University of the Pacific's Pre-Pharmacy Advantage Program definitely has its perks. There's 3 programs, 2+3, 3+3, and 4+3. The first number corresponds to the number of undergraduate years of study and the last 3 years are for pharmacy school. I'm in the 3+3 program which has a nice balance of difficult but not too vigorous course schedules and I obtain my pharmacy doctorate degree one year quicker than my counterpart at a different university. The science courses are tough, but doable. The professors are stern but fair. Overall my experience was great and I couldn't be happier that I will be attending pharmacy school next fall.
University of the Pacific is the institution that has reinforced my desire for striving for my goal of becoming a physical therapist. UOP has offered me so many networking opportunities, allowing me to participate in many extracurricular activities, allowing many leadership roles, and offered to build my assets; including, cooperation, dedication, teamwork, public speaking. etc. University of the Pacific has shaped me through the exposing me to a number of individuals I've encountered, from the many club members to the encouraging professors. With everyone's help, I was able to complete my undergraduate degree with gratitude and was offered a seat at their Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program.
The Art department of Pacific is fantastic. The professors, students, studios, and general atmosphere are all great. Overall this school is a pretty friendly and welcoming place. The classes are also smaller, so there is a lot more involvement, and you won't just be a face in the crowd.
Beautiful campus. The teachers (at least in the chemistry department) are here to teach, not just complete research. They will always make time to be available to their students and help them out. I loved it so much, I am here for grad school!
Pacific is a great school. They have a beautiful campus, excellent academics and great student body/campus life activities
LOVED Pacific and everything it had to offer. The small class sizes and one on one attention you receive from faculty is amazing and worth it!