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PUC, A Beach Town?

By: Dana Negro

When you think of the Napa Valley, surrounded by beautiful vineyards and majestic forest beds, you don’t immediately think of the beach but you might be surprised. 

As someone born and raised in a beach town, the thought of spending my college years away from easy access to sand and waves was enough to give me pause. But what I came to find is PUC is in the PERFECT location—whether you love to hike the forest, ski the slopes, or yes, catch a wave—you’re just a short road trip away. And because I’m kind, I’ll spare you the googling and tell you five of the best beaches near PUC. You’re welcome!

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Dillon Beach (1 hour and 25 minutes from PUC)

Would you like to know the absolute best thing about Dillon Beach? It’s a dog beach! That’s right, there are puppies everywhere. Pack up your car with some blankets and friends, swing by Giugni’s for some sandwiches, and head off for an afternoon of relaxing and puppy-petting. Pro-tip: Official beach parking is $10 so unless you want to park in town and take a nice walk, you’ll need to bring some cash. Have everyone in the car chip in! 

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Goat Rock Beach (1 hour and 30 minutes from PUC)

Goat Rock is probably the beach most frequented by PUC students. Every year the Student Association, as well as multiple student clubs, have both church and vespers services here. Pro-tip: The area is a harbor seal birthing place between March and July so during those months we wouldn’t necessarily recommend going for a swim, BUT it’s a great spot to view incredible sea life and maybe catch a cute seal pup on camera. 

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Fort Point Beach (1 hour and 51 minutes from PUC)

Surfs up! While Fort Point isn’t the closest beach in the San Francisco area, it’s worth the extra drive simply for its beautiful location. Fort Point Beach lives right under the famous Golden Gate Bridge which guarantees a great view and great photo opportunities! Head towards the city, grab a board, and hang ten. Pro-tip: If you’re not from around here, it’s important to note: you’ll want to bring a jacket and if you’re surfing, a wetsuit! 

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Capitola Beach (2 hours and 49 minutes from PUC)

Located in the heart of the quintessential beach in Santa Cruz County, Capitola is by far not only my favorite beach but also my favorite place on earth. Take a break from the ocean by wandering in and out of the cute little village shops, grab a slice from the famous Pizza My Heart’s original location, or treat yourself to some local ice cream. You really can’t go wrong. And if you’re looking for that perfect photo opportunity, you don’t have to look far, with a row of brightly colored buildings locals refer to as “The Venetians” right on the water’s edge, you really can’t take a bad shot. Pro-tip: Wait till sunset for even more stunning photos.

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Glass Beach (2 hours and 50 minutes from PUC)

Do love collecting sea glass? Spending time looking for that bright cobalt blue color? Or maybe just looking at and taking photos of it? Glass Beach is pretty famous for its coastline covered in colorful glass pieces smoothed from years in the sea. The glass makes up about half the shore and mixed with the dark-colored sand, is a pretty remarkable sight. Pro-tip: It’s actually illegal to remove any cultural or natural features from a state beach so be sure to take lots of photos and selfies! 

Well, there you have it, folks! Five fantastic beaches for when you really need some ocean therapy and time away from campus. For more information about life in Northern California, visit our NorCal page on the PUC website! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your PUC Summer Checklist, Part II

Summer is in full swing, and we hope you’re having a blast, whatever you’re doing! Besides all the fun, there’s also plenty to do if you’re an accepted student and are planning on being here in September. (If you aren’t accepted and don’t know what you still need to take care of, check out our “Your PUC Summer Checklist, Part I” blog post and get in touch with your admissions counselor for more details.) 

If you’ve taken care of the important things like paying your enrollment fee and worked with your advisor to register for classes, here are five things you can do to be as prepared as possible for New Student Orientation, which starts on Wednesday, September 18! 

Get your PUC ID card

Your PUC ID card is one of the most important things you can have! Not only does it allow you to buy books at the PUC Bookstore and check-in and out of events giving you credit, but it’s also how you eat! Set up a visit and get your ID card ahead of time

Talk with the Teaching & Learning Center

Starting college can be challenging, but at Pacific Union College, we have great resources in place to help students succeed, because student success is our priority. The Teaching & Learning Center was created for that very reason and offers free group tutoring and a writing lab. The TLC staff will also work with students who have disabilities to offer extra individualized support and accommodations. You can reach out to them by calling (707) 965-7688 or emailing tlc@puc.edu

Register your vehicle with Public Safety

All PUC vehicles are required to have a parking permit displayed at all times. You can pre-register your vehicle using your Lantern account, using information from your driver’s license, state vehicle registration, and vehicle insurance. Visit the Public Safety website at puc.edu/publicsafety for more information and to get started.

Start buying supplies for your new dorm room

One of the most exciting things about getting ready for college is buying supplies and thinking about decorating your dorm room. Where do you even start? That’s where our “Your Ultimate PUC Packing List” blog post comes in! Don’t forget to check in with your future roommate too so you don’t end up having two of everything. 

Reserve your books at the bookstore

Did you know you can buy or rent your textbooks from the PUC Bookstore? You can even pre-order them so all you’ll need to do is stop in and pick them up when you get to campus for Orientation. Get started now at puc.bncollege.com.  

We can’t wait to have you here in just a few weeks! If you haven’t already, don’t forget to register for New Student Orientation so everything is ready for you when you get here and officially join the Pioneers family.

 

Important New Student Deadlines

Are you planning on being at PUC this fall? Here are some important dates and deadlines you will want to make note of!

  • Pay enrollment fee — ASAP
  • Register for classes with your academic advisor — ASAP
  • Check Your PUC Email — Weekly
  • Complete the housing reservation application — ASAP
  • Provide admissions with your final Transcript
  • Submit your health information form — August 1
  • Complete the immunization form — August 15
  • Finalize your financial arrangements — August 26
  • Authorize parent or third party to receive notifications of billing statements (not required)
  • Register for New Student Orientation (NSO) — August 30
  • Register your parents/family members for Parent/Family Orientation — August 30
  • Select a dining plan—September 1
  • Download the New Student Orientation app—September 16
  • Register your vehicle—September 16
  • Complete alcohol education/sexual assault prevention online courses—August 30
  • Waive of accept health insurance—October 4
  • Submit documentation for disability support and accommodations (if needed)— ASAP
  • Attend New Student Orientation—September 18 (REQUIRED)

If you have any questions related to New Student Orientation or arrival, you can contact the office of student life at studentlife@puc.edu or (707) 965-73626, and the team will be able to answer your questions or point you in the right direction. We are so excited to help you begin your journey as a Pioneer and to welcome you in September!

Your Ultimate PUC Packing List

One of the most exciting things about getting ready for college is buying supplies and thinking about decorating your dorm room. Where do you even start? That’s where this blog post comes in! All rooms in PUC’s residence halls are equipped with basic furniture items; two chairs, two desks, two beds, two dressers, two closets, and a sink. But there’s plenty more you’ll need to bring along with you to make your room feel like home. Here’s a helpful list of things you probably want to bring with you for your move up to PUC in September. 

And if you haven’t already, please take a moment to fill out PUC’s housing reservation form.

Must haves:

  • Air-tight food storage containers
  • Bath towels and other personal toiletries
  • Bedding
  • Bowl, plate, and cup (x 2)
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Computer 
  • Extra blankets
  • Fan
  • Flip flops
  • Hangers
  • Headphones
  • Laundry basket and supplies
  • Medications and inhaler, if needed
  • Power strip
  • Reading pillow
  • Shower mat
  • Silverware
  • Slippers
  • Small trash can and trash bags
  • Throw pillows
  • Small vacuum (not supplied by residence hall)

Additional suggested items:

  • Adhesive hooks and strips (that come off cleanly)
  • Air fresheners/spray
  • Area rug
  • Bed risers
  • Blender
  • Bulletin board and/or dry erase board
  • Can opener 
  • Cell phone and cell phone charger (Please be aware Verizon is Angwin’s cell service provider.)
  • Chip clips
  • Clothes hanging rack 
  • Coffeemaker 
  • Cord organizer 
  • Desk lamp, with extra bulbs
  • Extra phone chargers/battery pack
  • Hot pot
  • Iron and ironing board 
  • Lint brush
  • Magnets, push pins, and/or whiteboard markers
  • Microwave
  • Mini fridge (must be four cubic feet or less)
  • Mini tool kit (including a screwdriver, hammer, wrench, and sewing kit)
  • Oven mitt
  • Photos from home
  • Plants
  • Plastic wrap
  • Portable laptop lap desk
  • Portable speakers 
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Shoe rack
  • Sponges
  • Sports equipment
  • String light strands
  • Surge protector 
  • Tinfoil 
  • Travel mug
  • Under-bed storage bins
  • USB flash drive
  • Wall decor
  • Washi tape

School supplies:

  • Backpack
  • Binders
  • Calculator
  • Day planner
  • File folder
  • Folder with pockets
  • Highlighter pens (multiple colors)
  • Index cards
  • Notebooks
  • Paper clips and binder clips
  • Pencil case 
  • Pencils and pens (multiple colors)
  • Printer and printer paper
  • Scissors 
  • Stapler, staples, and staple remover 
  • Sticky notes
  • Tape
  • Three-hole punch
  • Whiteout

If you’re planning on getting a job on-campus, you will need to bring the following:

  • Birth certificate
  • Driver’s license 
  • Passport
  • Social Security Number (SSN) card

Note: In general, just a passport is sufficient. If you don’t have a passport, then you will need either your driver’s license + your birth certificate or your driver’s license + your SSN card. You must bring original documents, not photocopies or screenshots of them. You will not be able to start working until your ID has been verified. Visit puc.edu/studentemployment for more information; see the Form I-9 PDF.  

Typically, housing and roommate assignments go out at the end of July or early August. It’s definitely a good idea to coordinate with your roommate so your room doesn’t end up with duplicates of the same items, but there’s still plenty you can get on your own!

Despite even the best planning, however, you may find out you’ve forgotten something invaluable, but don’t worry! Here is a list of stores nearby where you can find everything you need:

  • College Market (Angwin)
  • PUC Bookstore (Angwin)
  • Ace Hardware (Angwin)
  • Safeway (St. Helena)
  • Smiths Pharmacy (St. Helena)
  • Walmart (Napa)
  • Target (Napa)
  • World Market (Napa)
  • Office Depot (Napa)
  • Bed, Bath & Beyond (Santa Rosa)

For your banking needs, Silverado Credit Union has a branch in Angwin, with an ATM. Please remmeber to bring your debit and/or credit card with you. Down the hill, in St. Helena, the following banks have branches:

  • Bank of America
  • Bank of the West
  • First Republic Bank
  • Silverado Credit Union
  • Umpqua Bank
  • Wells Fargo

We’re getting excited to have you on campus in just a few months, and we hope you’re getting excited too!

5 Reasons to Visit PUC This Summer

The best way to discover if PUC is a good fit for you is to visit! We would love to have you on our beautiful campus, soaking up the sunshine and imagining yourself as part of the Pioneers family. Here are a few reasons why PUC should be on your list of colleges to visit sometime this summer.

Schedule your visit to PUC now!

Learn Your Way Around Campus

Before school starts in the fall, why not get to know your way around PUC? Take advantage of the summer and schedule a tour, personalized just for you. Besides getting an idea of where all the buildings are located, you can also see highlights such as our newly renovated library, comfy student lounges, high-tech lab facilities, the Dining Commons, and more.

While you wait to visit, you can also check out PUC’s virtual tour to get ahead. Available 24/7, it’s a great way to take a look around PUC at your own pace. Make an evening of it with your family!  

Experience Academic Excellence

One of the advantages of attending a smaller liberal arts college like PUC is students form real relationships with their professors. With an average class size of 19, professors will actually know you and work with you one-on-one on a daily basis. During your visit to our campus, you can meet with a professor in the department you will study in to learn the ins and outs of your program from an expert, and get a tour of the department where you could spend four years in.

Have Financial Aid Questions Answered

The Student Financial Services office at PUC is here to help your family explore all the financial options available to help make college affordable. Meet with your family’s PUC financial aid counselor during your visit to determine your financial aid package and learn what scholarships, grants, and loans you may be eligible for.

Get Things Done on Your Checklist

While you’re here for your visit, you can also get things done on your checklist, whether you still need to finish your application, or you’re an accepted student. Talk with your admissions counselor to see what you still need to take care of ahead of time to make the most out of your visit. If you’ve been accepted, you can even stop by the Finance office to pick up your PUC student ID card!

Explore the Napa Valley

You may think Napa is stuffy and only for the wealthy, but there’s so much more to Napa than you know. Take time after your PUC visit to stop by St. Helena to grab a sandwich from Giugni’s Deli, a PUC favorite for decades, or stroll through downtown Napa and enjoy the Art Walk. Ask your counselor for recommendations of places to see.

Ready to be here? Schedule your visit to PUC now!

Contact the Admissions office for information about our travel reimbursement policy. Call (800) 862-7080, option 2, or email admissions@puc.edu

A PUC Summer Checklist for Parents

Happy summer! We know the summer months can fill up quickly with work, planned vacations, and other unexpected things, and it can be difficult to keep track of what your student needs to take care of to be ready at PUC this fall.

Below is a helpful checklist you can refer back to over the next few months for what you and your student can be working on to help make their transition to PUC as smooth as possible.

Ready to get started? Let’s do this!

  1. Pay the $200 enrollment fee. This is required before your student registers for classes with an academic advisor. Pay the fee at puc.edu/reserve.
  2. Register for classes. Once the enrollment fee has been paid, your student will be contacted by an academic advisor to start planning out their class schedule and then register for classes.
  3. Submit the housing form. The sooner the enrollment fee is paid, the higher up on the housing list your student will be to receive their dorm assignment! Fill the form out at puc.edu/housingform.
  4. Make financial aid arrangements. Confirm your student is all set for fall quarter with your family’s PUC financial counselor and submit additional paperwork if needed. Call (800) 862-7080, option 1, or email studentfinance@puc.edu to get connected with a counselor.
    1. Submit the FAFSA. This isn’t required but is highly recommended, as FAFSA determines your student’s financial aid eligibility. Use PUC’s school code to have their information sent to us—it’s 001258.
  5. Submit the required health forms. Make an appointment with your student’s primary health provider and fill out the Health Information Form. Immunization records will also need to be submitted. Have questions? Contact Health Services for more information by calling (707) 965-6339 or emailing healthservices@puc.edu.
  6. BONUS: Get ready for move-in day! Help your student get ready to move into their dorm room and start buying the necessary supplies now. Read “Get the Answers to Your Residential Life Questions” on our blog for a packing list and other helpful items.  

For more information about these steps, and to download the forms mentioned above, visit puc.edu/alreadyaccepted. You can also check in with your student’s admissions counselor to see what’s left for them to submit. Call (800) 862-7080, option 2, or email admissions@puc.edu to get connected with a counselor. You can also live chat with an admissions representative through our online chat service, available on our website during standard business hours (Pacific Standard Time).

We can’t wait to see your family at New Student Orientation on September 18!

Your PUC Summer Checklist, Part I

During the long summer months before New Student Orientation in far-off September, there’s still plenty to do if you’re an accepted student. Of course, we also hope you have plenty of fun during your break from school too!

When you’re ready to get things done on your accepted student checklist, here are the most important things you can work on to be ready for PUC this fall:

  1. Pay your enrollment fee & fill out a housing form. Start here! You will need to pay a $200 enrollment fee before registering for classes, as well as submit a housing form. You can do both at puc.edu/reserve.
  2. Apply for PUC scholarships. If you haven’t already, check out what scholarships PUC offers. There’s still plenty of time to write those essays! See a full list of PUC scholarships at puc.edu/scholarships.
  3. Make financial arrangements. Your financial counselor will help build a financial aid package that meets your family’s need and fits your budget. If you haven’t already, submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is used to help determine your aid eligibility. Get started at fafsa.gov.
  4. Register for classes. You will work with an academic advisor to come up with your perfect (or relatively close to perfect!) class schedule. This advisor will be in the department you’re planning to study in, so they’ll know the ins and outs of your program. Feel free to ask lots of questions!
  5. Submit your health forms. Turning in your health forms before you get to campus will only make your future life easier. Find the forms at puc.edu/healthservices.

Note: If you have 10 minutes, you can use PUC’s net price calculator to get a preliminary estimate of how much aid you may qualify for while you wait to talk with your financial counselor. Visit puc.edu/npc to use the calculator now.

If you have any questions while working on these items, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Admissions office by email at admissions@puc.edu or through our 800 number at (800) 862-7080, option 2. Our team of counselors is happy to help guide you through the process of getting ready for school in the fall!