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Pacific grads out-earn most peers: White House College Scorecard

Sep 17, 2015

University of the Pacific ranks No. 8 among California's 119 public and private nonprofit universities in terms of alumni salaries, new federal data show. And Pacific's student body is among the most socioeconomically diverse.

Pacific alumni earn a median salary of $66,400 ten years after starting classes, more than their peers from USC, UC Berkeley or UCLA, the data show.

The information is reported in The White House College Scorecard, https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/.

The College Scorecard also provides data on cost, graduation rate, debt at graduation, and the percentage of students whose family incomes are below $40,000 a year and receive federal Pell grants, among other information.

"The scorecard confirms that Pacific offers its students an excellent return on investment," said President Pamela A. Eibeck. "It also underscores the importance of Pacific as an engine for social mobility in California. Our standing is a reflection of our dedicated, teaching-focused faculty and the hard work and talent of our exceptional students."

Eibeck has made improving graduation rates a top priority for the university. Pacific recently was awarded a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support students who need extra academic support, financial or personal counseling, career guidance or help with graduate and professional school applications.

Keeping a Pacific education accessible is also a priority. Pacific offers a four-year guarantee, pledging to pick up the cost of coursework beyond four years for undergraduates who agree at the outset to declare a major on time, meet regularly with academic advisors, enroll in necessary courses, and meet certain other conditions.

In addition, the university's accelerated programs allow students to go directly into certain professional programs, including pharmacy and dentistry, without earning a bachelor's degree. This can reduce the overall cost of an education and allow a student to enter the workforce and begin building a career sooner.

Here are the top 20 four-year California colleges (public and private nonprofit) in terms of salaries earned by alumni and other key Scorecard measures:

Top 20 California Public and Private Nonprofit Universities By Alumni Salaries
  Institution Median salary after attending Average annual cost Average debt at graduation Pell Grant Recipients Graduation rate
1. Samuel Merritt University $111,500 N/A $18,750 20% N/A
2. California Maritime Academy $81,100 $16,974 $26,000 38% 58%
3. Stanford University      $80,900 $15,713 $12,224 16% 95%
4. Harvey Mudd College $78,600 $24,311 $25,696 13% 90%
5. California Institute of Technology $74,000 $25,667 $18,349 11% 93%
6. Loma Linda University $72,800 N/A $21,875 29% N/A
7. Santa Clara University $67,700 $34,956 $20,500 14% 85%
8. University of the Pacific $66,400 $30,318 $23,500 40% 57%*
9. University of Southern California $66,100 $28,352 $22,842 23% 91%
10. Golden Gate University $64,200 N/A $28,118 35% N/A
11. Claremont McKenna College $63,600 $22,957 $14,000 12% 92%
12. UC Berkeley $62,700 $13,769 $14,667 32% 91%
13. Pepperdine University $61,400 $24,446 $27,000 21% 81%
14. University of San Francisco $61,000 $31,915 $25,000 26% 68%
15. Cal Poly $60,900 $17,112 $19,500 20% 71%
16. UC San Diego $59,600 $14, 421 $19,266 43% 86%
17. UCLA $59,200 $13,723 $15,900 36% 91%
18. St. Mary's College of California $59,000 $33,876 $25,000 33% 65%
19. UC Davis $57,100 $15,054 $15,000 43% 81%
20. University of San Diego $56,300 $31,593 $22,500 18% 75%
Source:  White House College Scorecard:  https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/

* Graduation rate includes students in accelerated programs who go directly to pharmacy, dentistry or law school without earning a bachelor's degree. Excluding these students, Pacific's graduation rate is 67.1 percent.

Media contact:

Claudia Morain | 209.946.2313 (office) | 209.479.9894 (cell) | cmorain@pacific.edu  

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