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University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, California 95211

Signature Programs

University of the Pacific offers several signature programs that help create a positive college experience for students.

  • New Student Orientation  (NSO) at Pacific supports and complements the mission of the institution by preparing new students with the necessary support and information to be successful. NSO programming is student-centered and assists students to begin utilizing campus services, take advantage of educational opportunities and support services, meet academic requirements, and become part of the diverse social and cultural fabric of the Pacific Community. New students are also introduced to Pacific's rich history and traditions at orientation. The Office of New Student and Family Programs at Pacific provides high quality, relevant orientation programming that continues to serve as the first crucial step in supporting student success by:
    - Providing opportunities for new students to learn about the many programs, services, and facilities available to them at Pacific.
    - Providing inclusive opportunities for new students, transfer students, and their families to meet each other and form important social connections.
    - Providing opportunities for new students to establish key connections to Pacific faculty and staff members.
    - Providing opportunities for new students and their families to reflect on, and prepare for the complex transition ahead, and to support students and families as they navigate these important personal and social changes.
    - Continuing to systematically review and revise Pacific's orientation programs in response to local and regional conditions and national best practice standards.

    Click here for additional information about New Student Orientation.
  • One Word  "What if somebody asked you to trade in your name for One Word that would represent you as your 'ideal self'? What One Word would you choose and why?" Launched as a new leadership initiative in 2008 here at the University of the Pacific, the Pacific One Word Project has evolved into a signature part of the Pacific experience. Informed by Richard Boyatzis' (2001) Intentional Change Model and Leadership Identity Development Theory (Komives et. al., 2005), the Project was designed to assist students in expanding their levels of self-awareness by asking students to focus on the differences between their real and aspirational identities. Due in large part to the high quality artistic work of the student design team it became apparent that more than just first year students because interested in joining the One Word community. 

    To date, over 2,000 students faculty, staff, and alumni, including President Eibeck, have participated in One Word. The Project has expanded into the local Stockton community through high school and middle school outreach sessions, to other colleges and universities around the country, and even globally to young rural women in Paraguay. From new student orientations through to commencement, One Word lives as a representation of the diversity and culture of the Pacific community. The Project lives as a mosaic art display in our DeRosa University Center spanning 36 feet wide and over eight feet tall, serving as a visual reminder of the community, as well as online at the project website, The website serves as the Project's living art display that grows in members weekly during the academic year.

    One Word's success has transformed the early idea of leadership development into a celebration of people by displaying the diversity of cultures, individuals, and ideas that unite the members of the Pacific community. Within the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), the Pacific One Word Project was recently the topic of a program session at the 2010 NASPA National Conference. Also in 2010, the Project was the recipient of the Region VI Innovative Program Award and featured at the Western Regional NASPA Conference in a program session. One Word was also recognized with a Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Award for exemplary programming in 2011. The Project website contains many members of the Pacific One Word Community, with new members added each week. For more information on the Project or to explore our community, please visit If you are a past or preset member of the Pacific Community and want to participate, please sign up to attend a shoot at the Stockton campus this Spring.
  • SUCCESS TRiO  program funded by a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education to increase the retention and graduation rates of students from first generation college and low-income backgrounds. SUCCESS does not stop with just helping its students complete their undergraduate degrees but encourages students to pursue graduate education. SUCCESS coordinates Pacific's participation in the annual California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education, held at various university/college campuses in northern California. In November 2011, students traveled by charter bus to the University of San Francisco. They attended workshops ranging from how to write a winning statement of purpose to how to finance your graduate school education. Students also visited with recruiters from over 100 of the nation's leading graduate schools.
  • Community Involvement Program  (CIP) was established in 1969 by a group of students, community members, faculty, and staff who wanted to provide educational opportunities to the local community and diversify the University of the Pacific campus. The program serves the educational needs of low-income, first-generation students by providing access to college and support services while students pursue higher education. Since the inception of this scholarship program, there have been over 1,000 CIP alumni. As part of the recruitment efforts, two signature events are held each year as a way of "PARTNERING TO PROVIDE EDUCATIONAL ACCESS". Our High School Counselor Information Session held in the fall and the Delta College Counselor Information Session in the spring on the Pacific campus. They provide an opportunity for local counselors to learn about the CIP application process which in turn, will assist them in advising and providing resources to potential students. An exciting part of these programs is the opportunity for counselors to hear about the experiences of current students in the program on a student panel. Counselors are engaged with administrators and staff from the Offices of Admission, Financial Aid, and the Educational Equity Programs at Pacific. For more information visit Community Involvement Program site.
  • NUFP/SALT Program 

    NASPA has supported an Undergraduate Fellow Program (NUFP) which exposes undergraduate students to the field of student affairs and higher education administration. The mission of this program is to increase the number of historically disenfranchised and underrepresented professionals in student affairs, including but not limited to those of racial and ethnic-minority background; those having a disability; and those identifying as LGBTQ.

    Student Affairs Leaders of Tomorrow (SALT) fellows will have the opportunity to meet other student leaders who share their same interests, discover the career path that is right for them, meet professionals in the field who will provide guidance, mentorship and direction, and have a chance to learn about and meet representatives from the various graduate programs in student affairs in our region.

    University of the Pacific is an active participant in NASPA's Undergraduate Fellow Program and SALT. Our NASPA and SALT Fellows are highly motivated student leaders who partner with a mentor in order to benefit from an internship-like experience with the division of Student Life that exposes the fellow to career opportunities in student affairs. We believe that Student Affairs is a rewarding field that lets new and seasoned professionals learn, engage, and grow while they focus on the success of their students. Click here for more info on NUFP/SALT!