University of the Pacific: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Burns Tower at the University of the Pacific

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The University of the Pacific is a private university with an acceptance rate of 63%. Located on a 175-acre campus in Stockton, California, the University of the Pacific is an easy drive to San Francisco, Sacramento, Yosemite, and Lake Tahoe. Popular undergraduate majors include business, biology, education and health sciences. Pacific was awarded a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society for its accomplishments in the liberal arts and sciences. On the athletic front, the Pacific Tigers compete in the NCAA Division I West Coast Conference.

Considering applying to University of the Pacific? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, University of the Pacific had an acceptance rate of 63%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 63 students were admitted, making Pacific's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 13,545
Percent Admitted 63%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 11%

SAT Scores and Requirements

University of the Pacific requires that all applicants to submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 82% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 560 660
Math 560 690
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of University of the Pacific's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Pacific scored between 560 and 660, while 25% scored below 560 and 25% scored above 660. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 560 and 690, while 25% scored below 560 and 25% scored above 690. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1350 or higher have particularly competitive chances at University of the Pacific.

Requirements

The University of the Pacific does not require the SAT writing section. Note that Pacific participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. At University of the Pacific, SAT Subject tests are not required for admission, but all students are encouraged to take one of the SAT Subject tests in math prior to enrollment.

ACT Scores and Requirements

University of the Pacific requires that all applicants to submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 37% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 22 32
Math 22 30
Composite 22 30

This admissions data tells us that most of Pacific's admitted students fall within the top 36% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to University of the Pacific received a composite ACT score between 22 and 30, while 25% scored above 30 and 25% scored below 22.

Requirements

University of the Pacific does not require the ACT writing section. Unlike many universities, Pacific superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA of University of the Pacific's incoming freshmen class was 3.54, and over 60% of incoming students had average GPAs of 3.5 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to University of the Pacific have primarily high B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

University of the Pacific Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
University of the Pacific Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to University of the Pacific. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

University of the Pacific, which accepts fewer than two-thirds of applicants, has a competitive admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being accepted. Keep in mind, however, that Pacific also has a holistic admissions process, and admissions decisions are based on more than numbers. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities. and a rigorous course schedule. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and scores are outside Pacific's average range.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent students who were admitted to University of the Pacific. Most had SAT scores (ERW+M) of 1000 or higher, ACT composite scores of 20 or higher, and high school averages of "B" or higher. If your grades and test scores are above these lower ranges, your chances of admission will increase.

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