Academics are Number One at the University of the Pacific, and Pacific is proud of its student-athletes’ performances in the classroom. In addition to having some truly outstanding individual scholar-athletes, Pacific currently boasts a graduation rate of over 96 percent for all recruited student-athletes who exhaust their athletic eligibility. During the spring semester of 2011, Pacific student-athletes posted a combined grade point average of 3.0.
Pacific is annually represented on Big West Academic All-Conference teams, Academic All-America teams, and boasts NCAA Post-Graduate Scholars in several sports. For the 2010-11 academic year, Pacific honored 104 Big West Conference Scholar-Athletes. In order to qualify for the distinction, student-athletes must record a 3.0 grade point average over their two most recently completed semesters. Freshmen are required to attain a 3.2 grade point average over one semester to earn the accolade.
Pacific attributes its success in the classroom to two primary factors. First, Pacific recruits only student-athletes who it believes can succeed at the University and who have a sincere commitment to a higher education. Second, it provides outstanding support services to students.
An integral resource of support is a faculty committed to helping students obtain an education and to graduate, and who often tutor student-athletes one-on-one. Pacific intercollegiate athletics has a comprehensive academic achievement program for its student-athletes, including counseling, tutoring, monitoring services, leadership and life skills training, computer resources, and a set of standards and procedures outlined in the student-athlete handbook. Supervised study periods are provided, and a system of grade checks is in place to identify problem areas and ensure immediate attention. At Pacific, the “four-year” degree is no myth. Faculty and counseling resources help keep student-athletes at Pacific on track to graduate in four years.
Located in the heart of the Pacific Intercollegiate Athletics Center, the Pacific Student-Athlete Resource Center, includes state-of-the-art computer facilities and is used exclusively by student-athletes.
A special opportunity exists for student-athlete participation at Pacific with the Pacific Student-Athlete Council. The council is comprised of elected student-athlete representatives from each Division I team. The council sponsors a variety of activities throughout the year for Pacific student-athletes and youth in the community.
To be a student-athlete at University of the Pacific is truly a unique experience. One can compete athletically at the NCAA Division I level with the best in the nation and, at the same time, have an outstanding educational experience with a dedicated faculty.
University of the Pacific ... the best of both worlds!