University of the Pacific (Pacific or UOP) is a private Methodist-affiliated university with campuses in Sacramento, San Francisco, and Stockton, California. It is California's oldest chartered institution, the first autonomous California coeducational campus, and both the West Coast's first music conservatory and the first medical school.
UOP was first chartered under the name of California Wesleyan College on July 10, 1851, in Santa Clara, California. In 1871, the school moved to San Jose and then in 1923, 97 years ago, to Stockton. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredits Pacific. Pacific has business schools, dentistry, education, engineering, international studies, law, music, pharmacy, and health sciences as well as its liberal arts college and graduate school.
It has large collections of jazz musician and alumnus Dave Brubeck, who recorded the live album Jazz at Pacific College in 1953. It is also home to the environmental activist John Muir's papers.
The Stockton Campus, featuring a tower, rose gardens, architectural columns, brick-faced buildings, and numerous trees was used in Hollywood films due to its esthetic resemblance to the universities of the East Coast Ivy League: High Time, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, The Sure Thing, Dead Man on Campus, and Dreamscape, among others. Also shot at Pacific was part of Disney's 1973 film The World's Greatest Athlete.
There are three main residential halls at the Stockton Campus: Grace Covell Hall, Southwest Hall, and Quad Buildings. The Quads are made up of several separate smaller halls of residence close to each other. Grace Covell is the largest on-campus residence hall with more than 350 students, while Southwest and the Quads have fewer students. Juniors and seniors can find accommodation in University Townhouses on the campus' northwest side, McCaffrey Center Apartments located in the campus center or in three apartment buildings: Monagan Hall, Chan Family Hall, and Calaveras Hall, named after the river that flows through the campus, the Calaveras River. There are also fraternity and sorority houses located on campus.
The university opened the Don and Karen DeRosa University Center (DUC) in 2008 to centralize all student-centered programs on campus at a cost of $38 million. The DUC houses the main dining hall, student café, bar, bookshop and conference centers to replace McCaffrey Center facilities. In 2008, the university also built a new $20 million Biological Sciences Center that provides advanced classroom and laboratory facilities for natural science and health sciences students.
In 2010 the university opened the John T. Chambers Innovation Center, home of the University's School of Engineering and Computer Science, LEED Gold certified. Calaveras Hall, a new residence hall in the style of an apartment, opened in 2018. The university is in the process of renovating the Memorial Library of William Knox Holt in 2019. The campus is home to a non-denominational church called Morris Chapel.