Overlooking the renowned Napa Valley, Pacific Union College rests on Howell Mountain in the small community of Angwin. The campus is located on what used to be Rancho La Jota, an old Mexican land grant.
PUC is surrounded by places of historic significance in the development of the American West: Sonoma, the northernmost Spanish mission in the State and the scene of the Bear Flag Revolution; Fort Ross, the southernmost Russian outpost on the continent; Sutter's Fort and the California gold digging outposts; and the routes of early explorers, traders, and emigrant groups.
Less than 70 miles from the Pacific Coast, Howell Mountain is a remarkable intersection of coastal and interior life zones. Because of this, it is acknowledged as an unusually rich area for the study of plant and animal life.
About 100 miles from the campus, at Albion in Mendocino County, the College owns fourteen coastal acres where it operates the Albion Retreat and Learning Center. This rustic region, where the Albion River empties into the Pacific Ocean, presents unusual opportunities for whale- and bird-watching workshops, art and continuing education classes, and group retreats.
The San Francisco and Oakland International Airports are within a two-hour drive from the College. Bus service from St. Helena to Napa, Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco, and other cities brings the cultural opportunities of large urban communities within reach of the student body.
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