There’s Still Time to Be Here for Fall 2018!

New Student Orientation for this fall is just two weeks away, but if you’re a student considering being here but haven’t yet applied or registered for classes, it’s still doable! Orientation begins on Wednesday, September 19, and here’s a quick list of what you can get done to be here in just a few days.

Need to apply?

PUC’s application is always free and takes about 10 minutes to fill out. Apply now!

Why should you apply to PUC? Consider these reasons:

  • PUC is a fully accredited Seventh-day Adventist Christian liberal arts college, located in the beautiful Napa Valley in Northern California, 70 miles north of San Francisco. Our graduates are working throughout Silicon Valley and in other exciting industries in the Bay Area, including Stanford, Buzzfeed, Lucasfilm, Airbnb, and more.
  • PUC offers more than 70 different degrees and programs to choose from—whatever your passion, we’ve got a program for you! Our five largest programs are nursing, biology, business, visual arts, and psychology and social work. Some of PUC’s more unique programs include biotechnology, health communication, and global development studies.
  • Last year alone, PUC awarded over $30 million in financial aid to over 1,250 students, with the average financial aid package being around $22,483.

Don’t wait—apply now!

Need to register?

If you’re already accepted to PUC, but still need to get registered for classes, here’s what you can do:

  • Pay your $200 enrollment fee at puc.edu/reserve. This is required before registering for classes.
  • Fill out your housing form, also available at puc.edu/reserve, to let us know your housing plans.
  • Talk with your admissions counselor about what you’re planning on studying, and they will work with you to get you registered.

If worrying about affording college is holding you back, we encourage you to use our net price calculator to receive a preliminary estimate of your aid eligibility, including grants, loans, and PUC scholarships. It takes less than 10 minutes to complete and can give you an idea of how much PUC will cost.

Need help?

If you have questions about what needs to be done, don’t hesitate to talk with one of our admissions counselors for help. They can walk you through things step-by-step and help you stay on track. Call (800) 862-7080, option 2 or email enroll@puc.edu to get connected with a counselor now.

Get ready for the best year yet!

We’ll See You in a Few Weeks!

With New Student Orientation just around the corner, we hope your packing and planning is well underway. Get ready for your best year yet!

Don’t Forget!

Sept. 19-23 New Student Orientation
Sept. 24 Instruction begins
Sept. 24-28 Week of Welcome
Sept. 27 Last day to enter or delete courses

For more information, visit the PUC calendar.

Looking for a Job?

Working on-campus can be a great way to put money towards your school bill, and give you some extra cash for weekend fun. If you’re wondering about how you can find work at PUC, look no further—read our “How to Get a Student Job at PUC” blog post for some helpful tips.

Get Your Textbooks

Did you know you can buy or rent your textbooks from the PUC Bookstore? You can even have them available for pick-up ahead of time! Go to puc.bncollege.com to learn more.

Pro tip: Take a look at our “Great Places to Study on PUC’s Campus” blog post for a look at some of the study space options at PUC, and find your ideal place.  

Helpful Advice

We know college can seem daunting, especially coming in as a freshman, which is why we’ve put together a helpful blog post to help make the transition from high school to college as smooth as possible. Check out “10 Tips for Your First Quarter at PUC” now!

Join the Class of 2022 Facebook Group

If you haven’t already, join the Class of 2022 Facebook group. Be a step ahead of the game and know a classmate or two before school even starts.

Questions?

Call (800) 862-7080, option 2 or email enroll@puc.edu to get in touch with an enrollment counselor now.

We’ll see you September 19!

New Student Orientation Starts September 19!

We hope you’re enjoying your summer so far! We’re getting ready for your arrival in just a few weeks, and we hope you’re just as excited as we are for the new school year.

Join the Class of 2022 Facebook Group

If you haven’t already, join the Class of 2022 Facebook group and start meeting your future classmates!

Start Packing

It can be overwhelming to try to think about all the things you will need to have in your dorm room throughout the year, so that’s why we’ve put together this “Your College Packing List” blog post you can refer to as you start getting ready to move in just a few weeks.

If you need some inspiration for how you can help make your dorm room the best on your hallway, check out the “Dorm Decorating on a Budget” and “Tips for an Organized Dorm Room” blog posts for some ideas to help get you started!

Don’t Forget!

Sept. 19-23 New Student Orientation
Sept. 24 Instruction begins
Sept. 24-28 Week of Welcome
Sept. 27 Last day to enter or delete courses

For more information, visit the PUC calendar.

Questions?

We’ll be sending you regular updates over the next few weeks, so check your email regularly and be sure to come back here next week, or you can talk with your enrollment counselor if you have questions about anything. Call (800) 862-7080, option 2 or email enroll@puc.edu to get in touch with a counselor.

Next week, we’ll share information about how to buy your books and how to find a student job at PUC, so don’t forget to check back in!

Get Ready for Your Best Year Yet!

We’re getting ready for your arrival in just a few weeks in September, and we hope you’re just as excited as we are for the new school year.

We’ll be sending you important updates throughout the summer, so make sure you’re checking your email, or you can talk with your enrollment counselor if you have questions about anything. Call (800) 862-7080, option 2 or email enroll@puc.edu to get in touch with a counselor now!

Mark Your Calendar

Sept. 19-23 New Student Orientation
Sept. 24 Instruction begins
Sept. 24-28 Week of Welcome
Sept. 27 Last day to enter or delete courses

For more information, visit the PUC calendar.

What To Work On Now

As an accepted student, there are several important things you should be working on over the summer. For full details about these steps, visit puc.edu/alreadyaccepted.

  1. Pay your enrollment fee & fill out a housing form.
  2. Make financial arrangements.
  3. Register for classes.  
  4. Submit your health forms.
  5. Attend New Student Orientation!

Stay Connected With PUC

Follow PUC on all of our social media outlets to stay updated throughout the summer and for important information to help get you ready for the new school year!

Facebook: facebook.com/pacificunioncollege
Instagram: @PUCNow
Twitter: @PUCNow

Join the Class of 2022 Facebook Group

For all the latest news, make sure you join the Class of 2022 Facebook group and start talking with your future classmates now!

Keep Watching Your Email & Checking the Blog

We’ll be sending you regular updates over the next few weeks, so check your email regularly and be sure to come back here next week, where we’ll share information about the residence halls and what you should plan to bring with you.  

Choosing a Major in College

By Janae Bowman

Picking a college major can be a bit stressful. As an enrollment counselor, the number one question I get asked is, “Am I stuck with this major?” Don’t worry! Picking a major doesn’t lock you into an exact career for the rest of your life, but it does mean you will spend a lot of time with the subject you choose. So here are a few of my tips before you make a decision.

What is a major?

First off, what is a major? A major is a bundle of classes put together by a college in order to receive a degree. This bundle of classes will typically have a subject of your choice paired with some general education requirements.

Is picking a major important?

It can be important to pick a major sooner rather than later if you are interested in earning a professional degree after college. Some professional programs, like medical school, can have a list of prerequisites or certain courses you must complete before you even apply. (If you’re interested, take a look at the curriculum guidesheets for each major to see what classes are required and if there are any prerequisites for continuing on to a professional program.)

When to declare a major?

Most people think you must have your major picked out before starting school. When you are filling out college applications, most ask what your expected major is. It is okay if you don’t know what major you want to pick before you start. According to the U.S Department of Education, about one in ten students change majors more than once. During your first year of college, take time and figure out the field you want to be in. Usually, by your sophomore year in college, you will want to officially declare a major.

Most important tips for picking a major:

  1. Pick something you are interested in. You will be spending a lot of time in that field. So if you dislike what you are studying, you will be miserable and won’t be very motivated to finish.
  2. Evaluate your skills. What are you good at? It’s probably not the best idea to major in something you know you are weak in. If you’ve barely passed science classes during high school, majoring in a science is probably not the best decision. Go into a major being confident you will do well with most of the topics.
  3. Consider growth industries and do your research. Think about the skills you will have and how much those skills will be in demand by the time you are in the field.
  4. Look at what types of income you can receive from different jobs in your field. It’s hard to predict exactly what you will earn but it can give you a realistic idea of what your future may look like.
  5. Talk to people who are in the fields you are interested in. Ask them how they got there and tips they might have for students going into the field. It may open your mind and help you in making that major decision. They may even be open to you allowing you to shadow them and get a real glimpse into what the field is like.

Overall, don’t worry if you have no idea what to do when it comes to picking a major. You will be able to evaluate your interest in college, it just may take some time. Sometimes if you don’t pick a major, a major will pick you!

If you’re in need of some ideas for what your options are when it comes to deciding what to study at PUC, don’t hesitate to contact our team of enrollment counselors. They can talk with you about what’s available at PUC and what sounds like could be a good fit for you. Call (800) 862-7080, option 2 or email enroll@puc.edu to get connected with a counselor now.

Get Ready for Fall 2018!

The fall is prime college application time for high school seniors. These days, the average student applies to at least nine colleges, and if you haven’t already started looking at potential schools for next fall, now’s the time–and why not start with PUC! Our online application is free and takes about 10 minutes to complete.

We’ve created a handy high school senior checklist to help you stay on track all year long. On it, you will find a breakdown of what you can be working on each month. Hopefully it will help you get things taken care of!

So, what else can you be working on? Plenty! Here’s just a few things to get you started; download the checklist for a complete inventory on what you need to do to be ready for college next fall.

Visit all the colleges you can

There’s no better way to see if a college is right for you than by visiting! We would love for you to join us on our campus. Take a tour with a student ambassador, meet with a professor in the major of your interest, and pick up some great financial tips.

Take the ACT and SAT—and leave yourself time to retake them

PUC accepts both the ACT and SAT. While they aren’t required for admission (except for admission on academic probation), tour test scores will be used for placement into math and English classes, and also for certain scholarship qualifications.

It’s a good idea to take the test several times, rather than just once, particularly if your score is close to the qualifications for a scholarship. 

Get ready to submit the FAFSA in October

Starting October 1, 2017, you can fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.gov. Submit your FAFSA as soon as possible since some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Remember to include PUC’s school code (001258) to have your results sent to PUC, as well as to list at least one in-state college, otherwise you may be ineligible to apply for Cal Grant.

Visit puc.edu/enrollmentforms to download your copy of PUC’s high school senior checklist today!

If you have any questions about applying to PUC, contact the Enrollment Services office at enroll@puc.edu or (800) 862-7080, option 2. We’re here to help throughout the entire admission process, and we can’t wait to have you on campus next fall!

What is PUC College Days and Why Should You Go?

By Leanna Arredondo

Trying to choose a college can be fun, but also extremely stressful. The truth of the matter is, the memories from college are ones you will remember forever, so making a conscious decision for where you attend is crucial. College Days at PUC makes this not only easier, but a whole lot more exciting. As a recent graduate, and now a PUC enrollment counselor, I am excited to share more about this experience with you!

What Should You Expect?

PUC is located just minutes from one of the most well-known destination spots in the country, Napa Valley. Surrounded by picturesque views, our “campus on the hill” is where it all takes place. Whether you are traveling by plane, car, bus, or train (who knows), PUC does their best to accommodate you. Upon arriving, you will make your way to Winning Hall, our main residence hall, where you will check in with our enrollment team and receive your rooming assignment and schedule for your stay.

Depending on the dates of your specific College Days experience, the activities will differ. However, this April, you will take a tour of the campus, eat dinner with current PUC students, play some fun games, and end the night with an ice cream social! Think you’re finished? Not quite! You can also look forward to attending a couple classes of your choice, a financial aid workshop, spending time in our storybook town of St. Helena, and touring the beautiful city of San Francisco!

What Should You Bring?

If you are anything like me, you feel the need to pack your entire life into a suitcase for whatever trip you’re embarking on. However, lucky for you, I am going to give you a list of essentials:

  • A sleeping bag, travel mattress pad, pillow, and towel.
  • A comfortable pair of shoes is KEY for this trip. We do live on a mountain, so tennies or flats would work perfectly. This is especially important for those of you checking out our hiking trails!
  • Personal toiletries are important; however, we do have the College Market where you can purchase items from, as well.
  • Extra cash isn’t a requirement, but who doesn’t want some chocolate directly from the Ghirardelli Factory in San Francisco? Let’s be honest.
  • Athletic gear for our open gym is optional.

Why Is This Important?

Before attending PUC, I remember how stressed out I was about choosing a college that would not only offer great academics, but a spiritual and welcoming atmosphere, as well. When I found PUC, I was nervous about a few things. I wasn’t Adventist, I really loved the city, and I had never lived so far from my parents. This is why visiting is so crucial. During my visit to PUC, I was able to talk to my enrollment counselor, get my financial aid questions answered, talk with an advisor for my major, meet several current students, worship with the community, visit some of the surrounding cities, and get a feel of what the campus was all about. College Days will change everything folks. Don’t second guess an opportunity to experience what could potentially be your home away from home.

Where Can You Get More Information?

Ready to visit? All you need to do is go to our Visit page on the Admissions website, scroll down to the College Days section, and click on the “Sign Up for April 2017” button. Here, you’ll be able to choose what classes fit your interest, and if you know any of our current PUC students, request to dorm with them during your stay. It is as easy as that! I look forward to meeting you!

Your last chance for a College Days experience this year is coming up April 9-11. Don’t miss out!