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Pacific alumni salaries rank No. 2 in California compared to alumni of similar schools: White House College Scorecard

Oct 11, 2016

University of the Pacific alumni earn the second highest salaries in California when compared to their peers from other similar-size or larger institutions of higher education, according to the latest White House College Scorecard data.

With alumni earning a median annual salary of $68,200 ten years after attending, Pacific ranks No. 2 among schools in California with 2,000 or more undergraduates, after Stanford.

Overall Pacific ranks No. 7 among California's 348 colleges and universities in terms of alumni salaries.

The interactive Scorecard is available online: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/.

Pacific consistently ranks as an institution that provides students with a high return on investment. The latest U.S. News & World Report rankings, released in September, rated Pacific the No. 5 best value among California public and private universities in the "national university" category. And the Brookings Institution and The Economist last year both ranked Pacific the No. 3 best value college in California.

"The scorecard confirms that Pacific provides its students an excellent return on investment, preparing them for success in their lives and careers," said President Pamela A. Eibeck. "It also underscores the importance of Pacific as an engine for social mobility in California."

The College Scorecard shows that Pacific alumni are among the most socioeconomically diverse in California: 40 percent come from families with an annual income less than $40,000 and received an income-based federal Pell Grant to help pay for college.

Keeping college affordable by ensuring students can graduate in four years or fewer is a priority for Pacific.  The university offers a four-year guarantee, paying for coursework beyond four years for undergraduates who agree to declare a major on time, meet regularly with academic advisors, enroll in necessary courses, and meet other conditions.

Pacific also offers accelerated programs that can reduce the overall cost of an education and allow students to enter the workforce sooner.  For example, students can go directly into certain professional programs, including pharmacy, dentistry and law, enabling them to earn a PharmD or DDS degree in five years or a JD in six, while accelerated programs in business, engineering and education make it possible to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years. In addition, Pacific's Humanities Scholars program enables students to design their own majors and graduate with a BA in three years.

Other findings from the Scorecard:

  • 89 percent of Pacific students have begun paying down the principal on their student loans within three years of graduating, well above the national average of 68 percent.
  • The most popular programs at Pacific are business, management, marketing, engineering, biological and biomedical sciences, social sciences and education.

The U.S. Department of Education launched the College Scorecard in 2013. Part of President Obama's efforts to hold colleges accountable for cost, value and quality, the Scorecard highlights key indicators from institutions across the country to help students choose a school that is well suited to meet their educational needs and career goals.

2016 College Scorecard: Alumni Salaries
California institutions with 2,000 or more undergraduates Median salary 
1. Stanford University $86,000
2. University of the Pacific $68,200
3. University of Southern California $67,700
4. Santa Clara University $67,600
5. Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo $61,800
6. UC Berkeley $60,800
7. University of San Francisco $60,300
8. UCLA $59,600
9. Pepperdine University $59,200
10. UC San Diego $59,000


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