Student Life

Student Life Agreement

Pacific Union College is a Christian liberal arts college sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Students seeking an education in Pacific Union College's environment have a responsibility to help preserve the essential qualities which make the college distinctive.

The college desires for its students to become experienced at making personal decisions based on Seventh-day Adventist principles of Christian living. By choosing to enroll at PUC, you are expressing a willingness to make decisions which are guided by the following principles:

  1. To seek truth and to consider the Bible as life's ultimate guidebook.
  2. To participate actively in a lifestyle which includes personal devotions, group worship, and service to others.
  3. To deal honestly in all aspects of life.
  4. To maintain high standards of taste and decency in conduct, expression, and citizenship.
  5. To respect the property, personal dignity, time, and right to privacy of others.
  6. To treat others with graciousness, demonstrating tolerance for diversity.
  7. To maintain a lifestyle of moral purity.
  8. To value and pursue a healthful lifestyle, including good nutrition, regular exercise, and adequate rest. (The use of alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs or the misuse of prescription drugs is not acceptable.)
  9. To dress modestly, appropriately, and in good taste.
  10. To develop an appreciation for great art, music, and literature.
  11. To help others fulfill their student life agreement.
  12. To faithfully abide by PUC's policies, understanding that failure to do so may result in withdrawal from PUC.

As a student, you understand that Pacific Union College is a unique, Christian institution. You wish to attend PUC of your own free will, and you choose to live by its principles both on and off campus.

Our faculty, staff, and students form a supportive group interested in your spiritual growth, academic success, and overall well-being. Many avenues exist at PUC to maintain a healthy and well-balanced life along with opportunities to cultivate good social and personal relationships. We are committed to the development of the whole person. We summarize our mission and purpose in the following statements.

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.

Institutional Student Learning Outcomes

Note: The Academic Program and General Education outcomes, together with these Institutional Student Learning Outcomes, comprise a Christian liberal arts education at Pacific Union College.

"Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding" (Proverbs 3:13)

PUC facilitates this journey to WISDOM by promoting and modeling:


PUC graduates will make mature, independent choices integrating the needs of body, mind, and spirit.


PUC graduates will live lives based on the highest ethical standards.

Service and Stewardship

PUC graduates will practice the Biblical imperatives to serve humanity, resist injustice, and care for the created world.


PUC graduates will display intercultural competence and understanding as informed members of a dynamic global church and world community.

Our Adventist Heritage

PUC graduates will understand and value the major tenets of Seventh-day Adventist Christian thought, including the blessing and significance of the Sabbath.

Maintaining Lifelong Learning

PUC graduates will continue to practice the intellectual skills, curiosity and creativity necessary to live lives of useful human service, both personally and professionally.

Strategic Plan

Strategic Goal 1: Academics
Create and support a more vibrant learning community.

Strategic Goal 2: Spiritual Life
Support students in meaningful individual journeys of faith by engaging them in vibrant spiritual communities and providing them with opportunities to serve others.

Strategic Goal 3: Marketing and Enrollment
Increase competitive positioning and student enrollment by establishing a brand that is exceptional among Christian schools in providing outstanding academics within an exemplary spiritual context.

Strategic Goal 4: Advancement
Increase philanthropic support to Pacific Union College by engaging a greater number of alumni and friends in helping to fulfill the mission of the College.

Strategic Goal 5: Student Life
Ensure student learning and development spiritually, academically, physically, and socially in a creative, caring, Christ-like community.

Strategic Goal 6: Finances
Achieve and sustain financial strength and stability sufficient to support the range and quality of programs and facilities required to serve the needs of the College's stakeholders.