Five More Reasons to Apply to Pacific Union College

If our “Five Reasons Why You Should Apply to PUC” post last week didn’t already convince you, here are another five reasons you should apply to PUC!

PUC students worship together in the campus mall.

PUC students worship together in the campus mall.

1. A Community of Students

There are close to 1,700 students at PUC, and about 80% live on-campus in one of seven residence halls; four for women and three for men. Besides being home for almost 10 months out of the year, the residence halls provide students with activities like Dorm Olympics, weekly hall worships, and a chance to get to know other students outside the classroom. Check out the Campus Culture page on our website to learn about student life at PUC.

2. Get Your Money’s Worth

In September of 2013, Payscale.com ranked PUC in the top 13% of colleges for return on investment (ROI), making us the highest-ranked Adventist college on their list of College Education ROI rankings. This ranking demonstrates PUC graduates have a greater earnings gap than students without a four-year degree. Read about how an education at PUC can benefit you on the Finance section of our website as well as learn about our scholarship opportunities.

This past summer a group of PUC students went to Fiji for a mission trip.

This past summer a group of PUC students went to Fiji on a mission trip.

3. Make an Impact

Our students strive to make a difference not only globally, but locally as well. Whether you have an afternoon, weekend, week, or even a year to give, there’s a variety of ways students can serve God and help others:

  • Over 1,340 PUC students have served as missionaries around the world
  • Every Friday afternoon, Clearlake Homeless Ministries visits local areas in need
  • REVO, a student-run organization, has raised over $36k since 2008 for various humanitarian organizations
  • This year, PUC students will go to Nicaragua and the Amazon for week-long mission trips

4. Experience Different Cultures

Recently, PUC was ranked the 3rd most diverse liberal arts college in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Students have an opportunity to work, study and live with other students from a variety of backgrounds and learn about many different cultures. There’s several prominent cultural clubs students can join regardless of their ethnicity; including the Black Student Union, Hawaiian Club, and the Students Organization of Latinos. You can view a full list of student-run clubs at PUC on the Campus Clubs page on our website.

Emergency Services students get hands-on training in the field.

Emergency Services students get hands-on training in the field.

5. Learn Outside the Classroom

At PUC, students are given an opportunity to get some hands on learning outside the classroom. Our Communication and Psychology/Social Work departments present their research at respected conventions like the National Communication Association and the Western Psychological Association. The Business Department’s Enactus, which enables students to make progress through entrepreneurial action, work with local businesses and college departments. Students majoring in Film & Television have the opportunity to intern with prestigious places like Sofia and Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope production company, and other internship opportunities are presented to PUC students during the annual Career Day fair.

The next step for you is to fill out our online application, available at puc.edu/apply – it’s always free. We look forward to working with you!

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