A Website Created Just For You!

As a high school senior, there’s a lot to keep track of when applying to colleges. In an attempt to make things easier for you, if you request information or apply to PUC, you will be given a personal PUC site that has a wealth of information on it, based upon what you tell us you’re interested in.

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This site comes equiped with everything you could possibly need to help you become a PUC student. Along with information about your major, photos and videos of campus, you can learn about PUC’s study abroad opportunities, scholarships, varsity and intramurals sports, and so much more! You can also find links to follow PUC’s social media accounts or live chat with someone from our Enrollment Services office (business hours only) if you need help with anything, as well as access an application checklist to help you stay on track with the documents you need to submit.

The more information you provide us in your application or inquiry, the more you’ll learn whether PUC is the right fit for you. If you would like your own personal PUC site, fill out an inquiry form at explore.puc.edu or you can apply at apply.puc.edu – our application is always free!

We look forward to getting to know you!

Come See PUC on the Road!

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Fall travel season is already in full swing for PUC’s Enrollment Services office! Our counselors will be at over 100 college fairs across the country between now and Thanksgiving, and we would love a chance to meet and share about PUC with you! We’re looking forward to answering your questions about our academic programs, scholarships, financial aid, spiritual life on campus, social events, and so much more. We recommend reading our post “How to be a College Fair Pro” for a few tips on how to make the most out of your college fair experience.

We’ve already been at several fairs this month, but here’s a list of all the places we’re planning to be the next few weeks. (Please note, to view the images below at a higher resolution, please click the images.)

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For more information, you can contact the Enrollment Services office at 800.862.7080 option 2 or email enroll@puc.eduWe hope to see you on the road!

Editor’s Note: Fair times, fair location, and our involvement is subject to change without notice.

Your PUC Adventure is Just Around the Corner!

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In just a few days, you will be here on campus for New Student Orientation, meeting your fellow classmates, talking with your advisor, and getting situated in your new dorm room. We’re here to make that transition as seamless as possible!

If you haven’t already done so, be sure to take care of these things when you arrive:

Get financially cleared & turn in your health forms
Stop by the Student Finance office to make sure all your required financial documents have been turned in and you’re financially cleared to start school. Better yet, contact them ahead of time at studentfinance@puc.edu or 707.965.7200 to potentially save yourself a trip.

You are required to provide PUC with your medical history and insurance information. Get this taken care of by submitting the Health Information Form. If you need to make an appointment with the Health Services office for a physical, contact them at healthservices@puc.edu or at 707.965.6339.

You can use your WebAdvisor account to see what documents PUC has on file for you (“My Documents”) and view your class schedule (“My Class Schedule”). Take a look at our “The Basics of Your WebAdvisor Account” post for a short tutorial on how to use your account. PLEASE NOTE: If you fail to provide PUC with the necessary financial information by 4:30 PM on the second day of school, you will be dropped from your classes.

Talk with your advisor
Thursday afternoon during Orientation, you will meet with your advisor and go over your fall schedule as well as start planning for winter and spring. Every quarter your advisor will need to approve your schedule, which is a great safety net for making sure you stay on track to complete your degree!

Taking care of these things will make your life this week much easier and will allow you to focus on creating memories during Orientation that will last a lifetime. Check out the online Start Guide for a list of more things you can work on before and after getting to campus.

Other helpful information
Here are a few links we thought you may find helpful to help get you ready to be here!

A complete Orientation schedule
A map of campus
PUC’s mobile app (currently available for iPhones and iPads only)

We’re so excited to see all of you soon!

Alumni Profile: Ashley Kim

Students at PUC are exposed to incredible opportunities which allow them to help make the world a better place. Ashley Kim is one of those students. As a communication major at PUC, Ashley met and took classes from journalism professor Susan Dix Lyons, from whom she learned about Clinica Verde and made a decision that has not only changed her life, but others around the world.

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PUC alum Ashley Kim.

Currently, Ashley works as the Executive Assistant for Clinica Verde, a non-profit organization which focuses on preventive healthcare through a whole-health approach to care, beginning with nutrition education and sustainable farming by providing an organic crop production and agriculture learning space for the local community. In 2007, Clinica Verde opened a health clinic in rural Nicaragua and since then, they have provided over 55,500 medical consults, with their focus on providing care for the Nicaraguan mothers and children living in poverty. Their HIGHER Program takes interested students on medical trips to Nicaragua four different times during a year and are currently working with the PUC Missions Department to set up potential trips.

What was your major at PUC, and how did it prepare you for current job?

I was a double major at PUC, intercultural communications and Spanish. Both majors prepared me well for my position at Clinica Verde. Through my communication major, I learned the importance of communicating effectively and on a timely basis, which is so important when being in contact with multiple businesses or individuals via email, phone, or social media. Specifically in the intercultural aspect, I learned how people with different cultural backgrounds communicate in various ways. This has been especially helpful because working stateside yet having our clinic in Nicaragua, I have come in contact with individuals who carry different cultural communication styles and I was able to better navigate myself through conversation because of my knowledge of what may be culturally appropriate or not.  What I’m most excited for however, is going to Nicaragua and visiting the clinic in the near future and using my Spanish along the way.

Susan Dix Lyons was your professor at PUC how did that relationship lead to a job?

Susan Dix Lyons was my Newswriting and Reporting professor at PUC. Upon taking her class and seeing how invested she was in her students, I knew instantly I wanted to continue working with Susan in whatever way I could. A year after taking her class, I sent Susan an email with hopes to intern for her and Clinica Verde but I was very anxious because I didn’t have much experience at the time. Thankfully, Susan immediately responded with an excited and warm response that she would love to work with me and even mentioned a journalism piece I wrote during her class. Although I’m now graduated and working for Susan, I continue to learn from her on a daily basis. Just like when she was my professor at PUC, Susan guides me and helps me grow professionally and intellectually.

What has been PUC’s involvement with Clinica Verde over the years?

PUC students have been great supporters of Clinica Verde for the past few years! Several teams in Professor Michelle Rai’s Fundraising class launched successful fundraising campaigns to support the cause and PUC alums Daniel DeCaires and Suwanna Vantananan continue to serve the organization. PUC Senior Jayson Paw was also an intern for Clinica Verde last spring. In addition, PUC’s Off-Road Triathlon was developed in partnership with Clinica Verde and serves as a benefit to support the work the clinic does serving mothers and children living in poverty.

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PUC alum Daniel DeCaires assists with a checkup at the clinic.

Tell us about the GivingGrid Campaign and its goals.

The GivingGrid campaign is one of our current fundraisers. Our goal is to raise $8,100 for our Prenatal Nutrition Program which supports expectant mothers, and provides them education about the care and nourishment of their babies during and after pregnancy. While $8,100 seem like a small amount, it will go a long way in Nicaragua. The program will work with pregnant women from rural communities to teach fetal development and maternal and child nutrition through presentations, activities, and use of our bio-intensive garden. We just completed our pilot of the program and our hoping to continue this work to transform the lives of the mothers and children we serve. The GivingGrid campaign is an interactive way our supporters can join our cause. Supporters simply click a square with the amount they wish to give and add a picture! Also, supporters who give $100 or more will receive an etched brick on the Clinica Verde grounds in Nicaragua.

If you could go back in time and tell your freshman self one thing, what would it be?

If I could go back and tell my freshman self one thing, it would be to never be afraid of reaching out to our PUC professors. One of the greatest advantages of attending PUC is our professors truly care about their students’ success and want to help in whatever way possible. People may be surprised with how many opportunities I received by simply sending an email to a professor. I now have lasting, close friendships with many of my professors and know I can still reach out to them for help and they’ll always respond warmly.

Editor’s Note: Visit www.clinicaverde.org if you’re interested in learning more about Clinica Verde or how to get involved in the HIGHER program.

If you feel compelled to donate to the GivingGrid Campaign, you can donate at www.givinggrid.com/clinicaverde.

Make the Most Out of Your PUC Dorm Experience

Moving into a residence hall for the first time is an adventure. If you’ve never lived in a dorm, it can be a little overwhelming at first. We have guides and informative handouts that help you get ready for the transition, but sometimes it helps to talk to someone who’s actually gone through it. So as a grizzled veteran of residence hall life, I’ve written down a few of the tips that made my time at PUC even better.

Dorm room or oasis? You decide.

Dorm room or oasis? You decide. (Winning Hall)

Drop the Bass (gently)
I don’t particularly care for Mariah Carey’s music. But thanks to the guys who lived above me during my freshman year, I can sing “I Want to Know What Love Is” from memory if the situation calls for it. I think we can be honest in saying there’s going to be a little ambient noise in a building inhabited by a couple hundred people. But I think we can also agree to be considerate. So keep an eye on your speaker output, and just say no to air horns.

Inferno? Infer-Nope.
Like many other culinary enthusiasts, I too enjoy the smell of sizzling veggie meat in the morning. But the smell of sizzling residence hall is significantly less pleasant. For that reason, leave the griddles and toasters at home. The official school policy prohibits any item with an open heating element, but microwaves are still fair game. Each residence hall also has a kitchen with all the appliances you’ll need to cook like a grownup.

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Feel free to decorate to your heart’s content. (McReynolds Hall)

Don’t Turn Your Roommate Into A Gloom-mate
There’s an art to gracefully sharing a living space with another human being. For example, consider taking out the trash before the banana you threw away a week ago starts to develop a nervous system and basic reasoning skills. That’s common sense (I hope), but there are a lot of less obvious opportunities for habits to cause tension, such as sleep schedules or decorative preferences. It pays to check in with your roommate every now and then to see what’s working and what might be worth changing. And seriously, get that banana to a dumpster.

Get With the Program
Every residence hall has its own rhythm. This includes hall worships, Dorm Olympics, and various other social activities. It can also include when everyone starts to quiet down at night, or when everyone tries to do laundry. Study the ecosystem of whichever residence hall you live in so that you can get the most out of your time. Laundry, for instance, will take you three times longer if you try to do it on Sunday nights along with everyone else in the building. Your RA will be able to tip you off for the small details like that, as well as the bigger events so you can be better involved socially and spiritually during your time at PUC.

Students visit during the annual Dorm Open House. (Andre Hall)

Students visit during the annual Dorm Open House. (Andre Hall)

There’s a whole book to be written about getting the most out of your residence hall, but hopefully this gets you started. If you’re looking for a quick list of things to bring, check out the Residence Hall 101 section from the PUC Start Guide. Being able to live on campus adds incredible depth to the college experience, and as long as you can avoid torching the carpet or single-handedly causing a mold infestation, we can’t wait to help you move in!

Learn About PUC’s International Requirements


There’s a lot to keep track of when applying to a college, and the process can be even more confusing if you’re an international student. We talked with Mr. Craig Philpott, the Director of Admissions, about some of the most frequently asked questions our department receives regarding international admissions to hopefully make the process more clear. 

1. What documents do international students need to submit for acceptance to PUC?

International students will need to submit the following –

  • Official transcripts showing high school graduation and official documents from all colleges attended (if any).
    • All college documents will also need to be submitted to World Education Services (WES) for independent verification/translation and evaluation for transfer credit.
  • One exam score showing the current level of English skill to verify qualification to study in English at the college level.
  • One reference; written by someone who knows the applicant but is not related to them.
  • Regarding finances, international students will need to verify that their family or sponsor has a minimum amount on deposit in an international bank to cover one full year of travel,tuition, and expenses. Currently the required amount is $47,295 USD.

2. What standardized tests do international students need to take?

If available, international students should take the SAT or ACT. If these aren’t available, they will need to verify English language skill level through a recognized English exam like the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. In each case the official scores need to be provided to PUC directly from the exam organization.


3. What are the visa requirements for international students?

The F1 student visa is the required visa. The college will provide the required I-20 document, letter of admission, and other documents required to apply for the F1 visa only after the student has fulfilled all requirements for admission.

4. What scholarships does PUC offer for international students?

International students are eligible for the merit scholarships of PUC as published for all high school students or transfer students. PUC does offer one scholarship specific to international students; learn more at http://www.puc.edu/admissions/finance.

5. Are there any jobs on campus for international students?

Yes, PUC international students may qualify for campus employment after they apply for and receive a US social security number. Information about jobs on campus can be found at http://www.puc.edu/puc-life/student-employment/home.


6. Are international students required to declare a major?

Yes, all international students must declare a major before they are accepted to PUC. Choosing “undecided” as the major does not fulfill the requirements of the US government for issuing student visa documents.

7. What academic support is available to international students at PUC?

International students at PUC are eligible for all regular academic support as offered through the Teaching and Learning Center of the college. PUC does not offer an ESL language learning/immersion program and thus all international students must verify they can accomplish college level work in the English language.

Throughout the application process, we encourage you to contact the Admissions Office with any questions you might have at admissions@puc.edu or 800.862.7080 option 2.


How Class Registration Works at PUC

If you’re an accepted student for this coming fall but aren’t sure how to go about registering for classes, look no further! This blog post is for you.

Pay Your Enrollment Fee
At this point, the most important thing for you to do is pay your $150 enrollment fee. This lets us know you’re committed to attending PUC and it reserves your spot in classes, once you register for them. You can pay the fee online or by calling PUC’s cashier at 707.965.7530. If you decide PUC isn’t the right fit for you, the fee is completely refundable before September 1st.

Register for Classes
Once you pay your enrollment fee, you’re eligible to register for classes. For new freshmen, this means working with your Enrollment Counselor or to get your perfect class schedule, where your first class is only at 10 AM and you never have class on Fridays. It doesn’t hurt to dream! Your Counselor will do their best to get you the classes you want, but keep in mind some things just might not be possible. And we don’t want to alarm you, but the longer you wait to register for classes, the harder it is to get the schedule you want as sections start to fill up.

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Transfer students, you get to jump a little ahead in the process and start working with your advisor for what you should register for, based upon the degree audit completed by the Records office. Don’t hesitate to ask your advisor for their input if you aren’t 100% sure you know what you should take. You can also contact Igdaly Patel, our transfer student counselor, for assistance as well. She can be reached at igdaly@puc.edu or at 707.965.6422.

Talk With Your Advisor at Orientation
You will be assigned an advisor in the area you’re studying. For example, if you’re planning to study Business, your advisor will be a professor in the Business Department (helpful, right?). If you’re planning to double major, it means double the advisor fun – you get two! These professors know the ins and outs of their department’s programs and seek to have you complete your degree in four years while mentoring academic, spiritual and personal growth.

When you arrive to campus for Orientation in September, you will get a chance to meet one-on-one with your advisor and go over your fall schedule and start planning winter and spring.

Meet With Your Advisor Every Quarter
Every quarter your advisor will need to approve your class schedule. It’s a great safety net for making sure you stay on track to complete your degree!

Now that you see how easy and beneficial registering for classes can be, let’s get to it! Call 800.862.7080 option 2 or email enroll@puc.edu to talk with an Enrollment Counselor about a sample class schedule, or if you already have paid your enrollment fee, to register for classes. You will thank yourself later on for getting this taken care of now!