More than 1,000 freshmen started the year at University of the Pacific for the 2010-2011 school year. That is nearly 150 more students than last year, making it Pacific’s largest freshman class ever.
The incoming freshman class is also one of the most academically gifted in Pacific’s history, with an average 3.49 high school GPA. Among the first-year students, the most popular academic programs are biology, engineering, business and pre-pharmacy. Many of the new students come from communities in the surrounding area. The incoming freshman class includes 324 students from San Joaquin, Sacramento, Stanislaus or Calaveras counties. That number has grown by more than 100 students in the past two years.
Fifty-eight percent of freshmen are women; 42 percent men. Thirty eight percent are Caucasian; 33 percent Asian; 14 percent Hispanic; 3 percent African-American; 2 percent multiethnic; 1 percent Native American; 5 percent unknown, 4 percent are international students.
This year also marks the largest projected class of transfer students in almost two decades —nearly 300. Total enrollment for 2010-11 is projected to be 6,676, including 5,093 students at the Stockton campus; 1,050 students at the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento; and 533 students at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco. Of these, there are 2,145 students in professional programs: 640 at pharmacy; 485 in dentistry; and 1020 in law.