Student & Spiritual Life

Participation Expectations

Pacific Union College has a rich heritage of Christian values we hope to share with all students who have chosen to attend PUC. As a Christian liberal arts college, PUC is committed to assisting students develop a comprehensive view of life from a Christian perspective. Regular participation in community worship settings and service activities will help achieve this goal.

Religious and Community Service Activity Request

Request to do community service and other activities for attendance credits.

Quarterly Expectation 

  • Freshmen – 30 credits
  • Sophomore – 20 credits
  • Junior – 15 credits
  • Senior – 10 credits

(Based on current class standing)

Attendance at religious services is recorded when a student has swiped in and out of a program, signed an attendance card/sheet or checked in with a worship leader via the Abode app.

Religious Service Attendance Options

We encourage each of you to get involved in a small worship group, witnessing activity, or a community service opportunity as this participation will accumulate attendance credit for the quarter.

Vespers: Weekly student worship in the Sanctuary on Friday evenings. As Seventh-day Adventist Christians, the Sabbath is opened with fellowship, praise, and an inspirational message.

Fusion Groups: Designed to assist first-year students in the transition to college life. Students meet in groups to identify and clarify values and beliefs which form an essential foundation for success in relationships, academics, and spiritual life.  

Service Opportunities: PUC offers many opportunities for students to become involved in out-reach as well as in-reach, or students may create their own service opportunities by submitting the Religious and Community Service Activity Request form to Student & Spiritual Life.

Regular Programs Attendance Credit
Fusion Groups (Freshmen only) 1-2
Residence Hall Worship 1-2
Vespers 3
Week of Prayer (except Thursday morning) 2
Community 2*
Other Program Options Attendence Credit
Club Bible Studies/Pre-vespers Varies depending on content, length, programming, etc.
Departmental worships Varies depending on content, length, programming, etc.
Homeless Ministries Varies depending on content, length, programming, etc.
Film Series Varies depending on content, length, programming, etc.
Residence Hall Programming Varies depending on content, length, programming, etc.

Bible Studies

Varies depending on content, length, programming, etc.

*available only after the expectation of 10 Community credits has been met for GRNL 100.

Schedule Conflicts

Students are to adjust work schedules to meet the participation expectation. Should a schedule conflict exist, a Proration Request may be submitted online. Students requesting proration on the basis of work conflicts must submit a letter from their employer indicating the student's weekly work hours. Contact Student Services at 707-965-7362 for more information.

Exemption from the Expectation

Students who are registered for six or fewer credits, married students, parents with children, BSN program, online programs, student teaching or holder of a baccalaureate degree. Please contact Student & Spiritual Life at 707-965-7362 if you are any of the above.