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Pacific Union College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

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About Pacific Union College

Pacific Union College is a private, Seventh Day Adventist college located in the town of Angwin, CA. The site of the school's present campus was previously a resort, and the resort's structures were converted to academic facilities. The main campus occupies about 150 acres, and the college owns a total of about 1,900 acres, most of which is undeveloped. Pacific Union enrolls more than 1,500 students, nearly all of whom are undergraduates. The college has been ranked in the top tier of the U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges list for more than 15 years.

As a Seventh Day Adventist college, prayer and study groups play a big part in students' activities. From sundown Friday to sundown Saturday, the Sabbath is observed, and a quarterly Week of Prayer features student speakers and presenters from outside the school.


Pacific Union College offers about 30 different majors and more than 35 emphases, many of which lead to Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Associate of Science degrees. The school is organized into 19 different departments, covering a wide variety of areas, including aviation, computer science, modern languages, religion, nursing, business administration, and visual arts. The school also offers a master's degree program in education and degree completion programs in the areas of management and early childhood education. The school has a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1, and its retention rate for full-time, first-year students was higher than 70% in 2011. Pacific Union has an overall graduation rate approaching 50% for students who enrolled in Fall 2005.


Students who wish to apply for admission to Pacific Union College should hold a GED or be high school graduates with a GPA of 2.3 or better in their core academic classes. High school graduates are expected to, at a minimum, have completed 4 years of English and 2 years each of math, science, and history. Additional years of math, science, computer literacy, and foreign language are highly encouraged, as is religious coursework. The school also admits students under special circumstances, such as those who were home schooled or are still in high school and wish to enroll early.

Admission to Pacific Union College is decided on a rolling basis. Individuals can begin the process of applying by filling out the online application and submitting their official high school transcripts, standardized test scores, and at least one reference. In 2011, more than 2,500 students applied for admission to Pacific Union College, and less than half were accepted.

Tuition and Financial Aid

As of the 2012-2013 academic year, tuition for full-time (12-17.5 credit hours) students at Pacific Union College was $8,580 per quarter. This excludes additional costs, like student healthcare and technology fees. Students who live on campus can expect to pay $1,420 per quarter for rent and at least $1,005 per quarter for board. Part-time students paid a per-credit-hour rate of $750.

Grants, loans, and scholarships from federal, state, and local sources are available. Pacific Union College offers a number of merit scholarships to incoming students based on their high school GPAs. In the 2010-2011 academic year, all full-time, beginning undergraduates at Pacific Union College received some type of financial aid, and 99% of all students received institutional aid from Pacific Union College.

School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit**
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's**
Religious Affiliation Seventh Day Adventist**
Academic Calendar Quarter***
School Setting Fringe rural**
Student Body 1,530 (1,529 undergraduate)**
Student Housing 7 residence halls*
Programs 34 majors*
Student-Faculty Ratio 14 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Associate's: Registered nursing (89)
Bachelor's: Business/commerce, general (36)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates Students starting in Fall 2003:
38% in 4 years
62% in 6 years
63% in 8 years**
Admission Rate 47% in 2011**
Entering Class Size 367 in Fall 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates 75% of full-time students, 100% of part-time students (2010-2011)**
Average SAT and ACT Score of Admitted Students In 2010-2011:
Middle 50% composite ACT scores: 18-25
Middle 50% composite SAT scores: 1310-1710**
Application Due Date Rolling admissions*
Decision Notification Date Rolling decisions*
Tuition (2012-2013) $8,580 per quarter for full-time students*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Grant or scholarship aid (99%), federal student loans (76%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 100% of full-time freshmen (2010-2011)**

Sources: *Pacific Union College, **National Center for Education Statistics, ***IPEDS Data Center.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Pacific Union College, 1 Angwin Ave., Angwin, CA 94508
  • Phone: (800) 862-7080
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