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Pacific ranked top-10 among California colleges

Ethnic diversity, engineering highlighted on prestigious annual U.S. News and World Report rankings
Sep 12, 2017

University of the Pacific has emerged as one of the top-10 universities in California in the latest U.S. News & World Report national rankings released today.

Pacific surged to 9th among those institutions in the state included in the magazine's "Best National Universities" category and 6th among private institutions. Pacific was tied with University of San Francisco.

Pacific also did very well in the "Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs" and "Best Ethnic Diversity" categories.

"We see these rankings as proof positive that we continue to provide our students the kind of superb education they need to succeed in their lives and in their careers," said Pamela A. Eibeck, Pacific's president since July 2009. "These rankings are not easy to achieve and come from the very hard work of many people on our three campuses."

The ranking's "Best National Universities" category is reserved for colleges and universities that offer a wide range of undergraduate majors and master's and doctoral degrees and includes such universities as Princeton, Harvard, Yale, MIT, Stanford and UC Berkeley. This year the category included 311 schools - 190 public, 114 private and seven for-profits. Overall, Pacific ranked No. 110 in the nation, tying with University of San Francisco, Howard University, University of Alabama and University of Utah. The magazine began with assessing more than 1,600 of the country's four-year colleges and universities before placing them in categories and gathering data on up to 15 indicators of academic quality for each institution.

Among the other highlights in the ranking is the 11-point jump by the School of Engineering and Computer Science to No. 44 on the ranking of the best engineering programs offering bachelor's and master's degrees. At Pacific, students can complete both a B.S. and M.S. in just five years. And all engineering students are placed in a seven-month paid domestic or international internship as part of the curriculum, resulting in a 98 percent employment rate for new graduates.

Pacific again this year tied for the fifth highest ethnic diversity score among the schools in the "National University" category, earning a "diversity index" of 0.71 on a scale of zero to 1.0, with 1.0 being the greatest diversity.

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