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Across Pacific’s three campuses, more than 900 new graduate students are enrolled. Pacific also welcomed more than 1,100 new freshman and transfer students to its Stockton Campus.

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Pacific welcomes largest class of graduate, professional students

Total enrollment on the university’s three campuses expected to exceed 6,200
Aug 31, 2015

University of the Pacific enrolled its largest-ever number of graduate and professional students this fall, thanks to newly launched degree programs on the university's San Francisco and Sacramento campuses.

Physical Therapy White Coat CeremonyAcross Pacific's three campuses, more than 900 new graduate students are enrolled.

Pacific also welcomed more than 1,100 new freshman and transfer students to its Stockton Campus. More than 86 percent are California residents, up from 83 percent last year.

"Each year it is my great pleasure to welcome the newest members of the Pacific family," said Pacific President Pamela A. Eibeck. "They have chosen an institution with a rich history and an exciting future. Our highest commitment is to their success. On each of our campuses - Stockton, Sacramento and San Francisco - our faculty are deeply dedicated to teaching and learning. Pacific students leave the university with a superior education, prepared for successful careers and leadership in their communities."

Pacific welcomes new students to four new programs in San FranciscoThe San Francisco Campus welcomed 60 students to inaugural graduate programs in analytics, audiology, food studies and music therapy, as well as more than 180 new dental students to the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.

The Sacramento Campus welcomed 20 students to inaugural MBA and EdD (doctor of education) programs, along with 178 first-year law students and 47 students pursuing Master of Laws, Master of Science in Law, and Doctor of Judicial Science degrees at the Pacific McGeorge School of Law.

The Stockton Campus greeted 965 new freshmen, 200 new undergraduate transfer students, 209 pharmacy students and more than 265 graduate students. There are also 36 Doctor of Physical Therapy students.

For all three campuses, total enrollment is anticipated to be more than 6,200.

Highlights of the new graduate programs in San Francisco:

  • Analytics: The Master of Science in analytics program is designed to help to meet a growing demand for data scientists and to serve the needs of Bay Area and Silicon Valley working professionals and businesses.
  • Audiology: The first of its kind in Northern California, the full-time Doctor of Audiology program will educate nearly half of the estimated 55 new audiologists needed each year to keep pace with anticipated demand in California.
  • Food Studies: The first of its kind on the West Coast, the Master of Arts in food studies program is designed for working professionals with a career or personal interest in food and the ways that people have grown, prepared and profited from food through history and across cultures.
  • Music Therapy: The Music Therapy Equivalency Program, the first in the Bay Area, enables working professionals who have a bachelor's degree in music or a related field to complete the coursework, clinical practicum and other prerequisites required to take the Board Certification Examination for Music Therapists, without having to earn a second baccalaureate degree. University of the Pacific's Conservatory of Music, the first music conservatory in the West, was one of the first two universities in the nation to offer music therapy.

In Sacramento, the new MBA and EdD programs represent the first of five new graduate programs planned for the campus. A Master of Public Policy program will enroll its first students in fall 2016. A Master of Physician Assistant Studies program is planned for spring 2017, pending accreditation by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant. And a Master of Public Administration program will launch in fall 2017.

Other highlights of University of the Pacific's new freshman class:

  • Nearly one in three come from the greater Stockton region (San Joaquin, Sacramento, Stanislaus and Calaveras counties)
  • 7 percent come from outside the United States
  • 18 percent are Hispanic
  • 3 percent are African-American
  • 41 percent are Asian-American
  • The average high school GPA is 3.43; the average SAT score is 1,144

Note: Enrollment numbers are confirmed in October, when the University compiles final fall enrollment information.

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