University of the Pacific Graduate Program Reviews

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(3.86 out of 5.0)
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  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC and NASM
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 6,128 (3,483 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 12 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 26% part-time, 74% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $46,206
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4.8 out of 5.0
Degree: Physical Therapy
Graduation Year: 2018

I am in my second semester of the physical therapy doctorate program at University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA and have a mostly positive impression of the program overall. In terms of the structure and length of UOP's DPT program, they offer a very unique degree program being one of the only accelerated DPT programs in the country. The program takes 25 months to complete with a short clinical experience during the first semester, a four week experience during the first summer, and 7 months of clinical experiences following completion of the didactic portion after 18 months. Though UOP is a private school and the tuition is higher than average, prospective students thinking about their debt situation should consider that they will have at least an additional year of lost income if they attend a traditional program that is usually 36+ months altogether. Apart from program structure and financials, the vast majority of the instructors here are top notch with decades of experience in many cases and a very engaging teaching style. I docked one star from the quality of instruction because not every class/instructor has been stellar in my opinion and I have found myself quite bored and wondering why we are required to take some classes. Overall though, you really get the sense that your professors care about your professional development and they will go above and beyond to help you succeed, especially if you are struggling. A lot of schools talk about developing a sense of family or community among students and faculty and while I think this is often an exaggeration, I can honestly say that I already consider most of my instructors to be good friends and can rely on them to offer meaningful advice about my future and career. I think anyone looking to earn a DPT in Northern California especially should consider UOP for the quality of their instructors and their network of clinical partners alone, but the accelerated schedule was a huge draw for me. I have talked to some clinics/employers that question how a DPT program could produce a therapist ready to treat in such a small time frame, but UOP also has a great reputation/ranking nationwide among PT schools so those worrying about how their degree will be viewed by future employers should really have nothing to worry about. If you manage to get an interview here I would really encourage you to go even if its very low on your list of schools. The second year students and faculty really won me over with a low pressure, casual interview and an honest presentation of what to expect if you go here.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Dentistry
Graduation Year: 2018

Pacific School of Dentistry is the only 3 year Dental curriculum in the nation. I am very happy that I chose Pacific because we pride ourselves on clinical skills. The dental clinical work that we are taught is extremely exact and detail oriented. Our pre clinical work includes us working on mannequins in the simulation lab. The simulation lab has prepared me extremely well to work on real patients in the clinic. After 1 year of didactics and simulation lab, 2nd year students diagnose and treat students in the clinic. Treating and diagnosing patients has been extremely rewarding. I enjoy spending time on my patients and improving their oral health. The faculty and staff at Pacific really inspire my learning; they offer tremendous support and expand my horizons. Pacific has pushed me to grow into a better person and will certainly mold me into a competent and caring oral health care clinician.
3.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Counseling Psychology
Graduation Year: 2018

University of Pacific is a private school located in the heart of Stockton. UOP class ratio is small, which allows you to build a rapport with the teacher. The doctorate program, counseling program is a great program for students who have fulltime job.
3.8 out of 5.0
Degree: Exercise Science
Graduation Year: 2017

The Health, Exercise, Sports Sciences program at UOP is a great way to get started in a career in athletic training, athletic administration, sports management, or exercise physiology. Students choose if they want to pursue a thesis or take comprehensive exams after their first semester in the graduate program. The professors are all awesome and generally available to help. Class sizes are usually 12 or less, so you get a lot of discussion and hands-on experience in each course.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2006

University of the Pacific was a wonderful college to go to. I enjoyed the faculty and academic support they provided. Professors doors were always open. Student body was great. Lots of clubs and activities to participate in.
3.6 out of 5.0
Degree: Pharmacy
Graduation Year: 2008

University of the Pacific was a beautiful campus. It isn't too small and it isn't too big so students are able to see each other and get to know each other better. There are plenty of things to do around campus and to become involved with. I loved living in the dorms.
4.8 out of 5.0
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2007

I feel that my education was a good one. I learned to think and write well. It did help my job prospects in general, though I do not know that I would generally recommend 16s specifically to anyone.
2.2 out of 5.0
Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2009

It's a small close knit school. The school tries to balance education and social activities. The school has clinics students can join for more practical experience. Overall decent school, but it is a private school, so very expensive.
4.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Curriculum & Instruction
Graduation Year: 2016

My program has paired with a charter school (aspire charter) and has enabled us to be fully embedded into the classroom, while also giving us a rigorous but beneficial education.
3.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2015

Pros: Very student oriented. Gives independence to student researchers. Professors are very responsive and helps students achieve their goals. Respected professors in their fields. Cons: Outdated facilities. Small school. Small selection of classes.
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