University of the Pacific, located at 3601 Pacific Avenue in Stockton, California, is the first co-educational and chartered institution for higher education in the state of California. It provides the students the unique combination of small-university friendliness and programs found at much larger universities.
The University of the Pacific was established in Santa Clara, California, by the Methodist ministers and laymen, in 1851. In the same year, the California Supreme Court chartered the university as the California Wesleyan College.
In 1852, the college was named the University of the Pacific and enrolled its first class.
The university moved from Santa Clara to San Jose in 1871, and later to Stockton in 1923.
Gradually, the institution added new colleges, including the School of Pharmacy in 1955, the Graduate School in 1956, the School of Engineering in 1957, the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in 1962, and the School of Law in 1966.
In addition, the University of the Pacific offers undergraduate, graduate, masters, and doctoral degrees through the Conservatory of Music, the Gladys L. Benerd School of Education, the esteemed California Business School, the School of Computer Science, the School of International Studies, and the Center for Professional and Continuing Education.
The facilities within the university campus are a state-of-the-art library, the University Center, the biological sciences center, a multipurpose gymnasium, a baseball stadium, and the health sciences learning center, and health clinics.
The University of the Pacific has received its highest-ever ranking in the prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranking of the nation’s top universities, and for fifth consecutive year the magazine has also named the university as one of 50 “Great Schools at Great Prices."