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Mathematics Professor Lloyd Best 2015 Educator of the Year

The first Colloquy Speaker Series of spring quarter introduced Lloyd Best, M.A., associate professor of mathematics, as the Pacific Union College 2015 Educator of the Year.

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34th Annual Career Day Emphasizes Service

Pacific Union College hosted its 34th annual Career Day on Thursday, March 5, welcoming professionals from a variety of fields such as business administration, psychology, social work, and education.

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Reinvented Honors Program Continues Tradition of Excellence

The Honors Program at Pacific Union College provides an alternative to traditional General Education requirements, enrolling students in classes that depart from a traditional lecture format to encourage a lifetime of critical thought, aesthetic appreciation, and spiritual prosperity.


Outstanding academics is a point of pride at Pacific Union College and a key part of our reputation for educating successful students. It connects many aspects of life at PUC, bringing an atmosphere of excellence to the campus and resulting in practical payoffs like acceptance letters and high scores.

Academic Excellence at PUC:

  • Qualified, talented professors dedicated to giving each student a quality personalized education
  • The only Adventist college or university recognized as a National Liberal Arts College by U.S. News & World Report. Previously was ranked in the top tier of its western regional category for 17 consecutive years
  • Students score above the national average in most Major Field Achievement Tests
  • Pre-medical and pre-dental programs known for their quality and resulting in very high acceptance rates to medical and dental schools, especially Loma Linda University
  • Student-teacher ratio of 13:1
  • Emphasis on active learning, with increasing numbers of students involved in internships, independent projects, field trips, scholarly research, and discussion-based classes
  • Access to art, performance, and cultural experiences offered in the Bay Area and Napa Valley
  • Opportunities to study abroad through the Honors Program and Adventist Colleges Abroad
  • 34 majors with 36 emphases and one master's degree, featuring the spectrum from tried-and-true programs like the pre-medical sciences to innovative programs like the more recent film and television major, emergency services program, aviation and drama

Featured Resources

Learn more about the different majors we offer by downloading Majors Cards.

The General Catalog features information on departments, majors, and general education requirements.

The PUC Bookstore offers a used books network online, supplies, new books, and buy-back lists.

The Records Office covers all info for class registration, transcripts, and graduation requirements.