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For over 130 years, PUC has prepared students to lead lives of significance and service.
As a fully accredited Seventh-day Adventist Christian liberal arts college, PUC will provide you with all the advantages of a larger university—a strong academic reputation; over 70 degrees and programs; cutting edge research; classes taught by Fulbright scholars; and a diverse student body—but with the benefits of a small college focused on the undergraduate experience and in an atmosphere of Christian community. As an added bonus, you’ll live and learn in the breathtakingly beautiful Napa Valley area of Northern California.

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President's Welcome

President's Welcome Your time here at PUC will be a life-transforming experience. Set on beautiful Howell Mountain, PUC will prepare you not just for that first job, but for your life beyond. Our “Christ-centered” education means Christianity pervades and informs our whole campus. Our “spiritual environment” is not something switched on for Friday night or on special occasions. Jesus Christ shapes our assumptions, our questions, and our world view. This is a place to ponder God’s calling for your life, make lifelong friends, and discover what really matters. Welcome to the college on the mountain. I look forward to meeting you soon at PUC.

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Our Faith

The mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is to call all people to become disciples of Jesus Christ, to proclaim the everlasting gospel embraced by the three angels’ messages (Revelations 14:6-12), and to prepare the world for Christ’ soon return.

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Our Mission Statement

Pacific Union College is a Seventh-day Adventist learning community offering an excellent Christ-centered education that prepares its students for productive lives of useful human service and uncompromising personal integrity.

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Our Larger Community

PUC is part of the Adventist Association of Colleges and Universities (AACU), with 12 other Adventist colleges located across North America.

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Our Advantage

PUC provides advantages of a larger university with the added benefits of a Christian community. Mission trips, a variety of worship options, service-learning opportunities, and spiritual leadership positions strengthen students’ relationship with God.

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PUC Traditions

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Ring the Healdsburg Bell

When the school moved to Angwin in 1909, they made sure to bring a few things with them. Among the precious school heirlooms was the original college bell. One of PUC’s most beloved traditions is the ringing of the Healdsburg Bell. Graduating seniors rush to the bell tower and ring the bell after finishing their last college final. It’s something everyone looks forward to!

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Paint the Rock

In the heart of campus lies Pioneer Pete’s favorite boulder. Keep your eye on it because throughout the year it will change! From President Cushman’s face to an effigy of our beloved palm tree, you never know what you’ll see.

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Corn or Flour?

We aren’t sure exactly how it started, but it’s been a tradition at PUC for many years to throw tortillas in the air during the graduation ceremony. Bring some cheese and make a quesadilla while you wait to hear your graduate’s name called!

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Administration

Administration

This team of experienced leaders are dedicated to the success of the college.

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Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees provides appropriate guidance to the administration team to help ensure the fulfillment of the college’s mission.

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Resources

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ViewPoint

Stay caught up with everything happening at PUC throughout the year by reading PUC’s official magazine.

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PUC in the News

Our most recent media mentions.

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PUC History

PUC's Rich History

Since 1882, PUC has provided an excellent Christ-centered education for students.

Our Story
NorCal Life

NorCal Life

Northern California has a distinct lifestyle: Gourmet food, live music, outdoor activities, museums, fog, flip-flops, and coffee. And it’s all yours.

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Attractions

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Special PUC Lectures

PUC is proud to host several prestigious lectures each year, such as the bi-annual Heubach Lecture; the bi-annual Longo Lecture; and the annual lecture of the Percy and John Christian Civil Rights Conference Center. These lectures bring prominent leaders on campus to share their experiences and expertise from their respective disciplines to the college community.

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PUC’s Forest

PUC has partnered with the Land Trust of Napa County to permanently protect, preserve, and manage over 800 acres of the college’s forestland, ensuring its enjoyment for future generations. Ride your bike, take a hike, or simply take a stroll through over 30 miles of PUC’s back 40 property and appreciate God’s gift to Angwin.

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Pitcairn Islands Study Center

The Pitcairn Islands Study Center houses the world’s largest collection of information about “The Bounty Saga,” the famed 1789 mutiny on H.M.S. Bounty and its aftermath. Founded in 1977, the Center contains over 1,600 books relating to Captain William Bligh, his ship, the Bounty; and to Pitcairn and Norfolk islands, the two Pacific isles on which most of the descendants of the Bounty mutineers now live.

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Rasmussen Art Gallery

If you’re interested in seeing some incredible works of art, you won’t want to miss the Rasmussen Art Gallery. Several times a quarter, a new exhibit opens at the college’s on-campus art gallery, which often features students, faculty, and other local artists. The opening reception is a chance to meet the artists, mingle with other guests, and enjoy some tasty snacks while appreciating the talent on display.

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Maxwell Reading Room

Rich with history, heritage, and childhood memories, the Maxwell Reading Room is the result of a gift from the Maxwell family, including material given by the late Malcolm Maxwell, a beloved former president of PUC. The collection of material celebrates the legacy of Malcolm’s father, Arthur S. Maxwell, and especially his contribution to Adventist children’s literature. The collection gives people an opportunity for nostalgia with first editions of Uncle Arthur’s volumes, as well as original hand-written and typed manuscripts.

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