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!

PUC Accepting Applications for Fall 2017

Hey new seniors – this blog is for you! Our online application is now open to the Class of 2017 for Fall 2017 at puc.edu/apply – and it’s free! Once you apply, you will need to submit your transcripts (showing your freshman through your junior year) and one letter of reference. The admissions office at PUC will begin reviewing applications for acceptance mid-summer.

There are many reasons why you should start working on your application to PUC right now but I’ll spare you and only give you three. Your future self will thank you for getting this taken care of sooner rather than later! Below are just three practical reasons why you should start working on your application to PUC right now. Your future self will thank you for getting this taken care of sooner rather than later!

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Get Your Personal PUC Website
As soon as you apply, you will be given your personal PUC website, which is accessible at any point to help you along the way. This site allows you to track the arrival of your transcripts, reference letter, test scores, and other documents as well as the ability to chat live with an enrollment representative (business hours only). In addition to photos and videos, you will also find helpful and fun information about what PUC can offer you, including scholarships, study abroad opportunities, academic support resources, and so much more. It’s a great place to help you start learning about PUC.

FAFSA

Be Ready for Finances in October
If you haven’t already heard, this year the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will now open October 1 instead of January 1. There are two big advantages to doing your FAFSA this early:

  1. You will be able to use your (or your parent’s) 2015 tax information, which is already done.
  2. Since you will be able to submit your FAFSA information sooner to the schools you are considering, you will have more time to explore your financial aid options at each and decide which is your best option.

The student financial services office at PUC uses your FAFSA, along with your transcripts and other information, to put together your financial aid estimate, which shows approximately how much per month it would cost for you to attend PUC. Having a completed application on file and submitting your FAFSA early on will help give you and your family the financial information you need to make decisions about college.

Start Working with Your PUC Enrollment Counselor
When you apply to PUC, you will also be assigned an enrollment counselor who will work with you throughout the admissions process. The sooner you start working with them, the better! They can help you with questions about the academic program you’re interested in, your application and what other documents you need to submit, and they will also help you register for your first quarter of classes.

So don’t wait! Apply to PUC today.

Reserve Your Spot in a Residence Hall & Register for Classes

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One of the best things about attending Pacific Union College is living in one of our seven residence halls; there are four for women, and three for men. About 72 percent of students live on campus, which fosters a close-knit community atmosphere. Students live together, study together, socialize and worship together, giving our campus a unique sense of unity. College is a special time where you have your closest friends living around you. Browse through a photo gallery to see what residential life is like at PUC and picture yourself here.

Last month, class registration for Fall 2016 started, and if you’re an accepted student, you can register for classes after paying your enrollment fee. This lets us know you’re committed to attending PUC and it reserves your spot in classes, once you register for them. It also reserves your room in the residence halls, provided you have completed your housing form

Once this fee is paid, you’re eligible to register for classes. For new freshmen, you can begin talking with your PUC enrollment counselor to plan your perfect class schedule—maybe without an 8 a.m. class! Your counselor will do their best to get you the classes you want, but keep in mind some things just might not be possible.

Transfer students, you will work 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 percent sure about what to register for. 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.

If you have any questions about registration, or the status of your application, contact the Enrollment Services office at 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 this fall!

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You’re Accepted to PUC – Now What?

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Christmas break is the perfect time to work on your college applications and everything you need to do to be ready for college next year. If you’re an accepted student to PUC, you can look at your personal site for a checklist to keep you on track. The checklist is located on the right-hand side of the home screen. For parents or students still working on their PUC application, you can use our helpful High School Senior Checklist

For accepted students, here are the four most important things you can do for PUC right now:

  1. Pay your enrollment fee & fill out a housing form. All students 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. Paying the fee before May 1 means $100 of it will be put towards your Fall 2016 tuition bill!
  2. Apply for PUC scholarships. Our scholarship deadline isn’t until March 2, so there’s plenty of time to write those essays! See a list of what we offer incoming freshmen at puc.edu/scholarships.
  3. Fill out a PUC Financial Aid Application. All students are required to submit a PUC Financial Aid Application, which can be found at puc.edu/reserve. This information, along with your FAFSA, is used by the Student Finance office to put together a financial estimate where you can see how much per month it would cost you to attend PUC. It’s very helpful! If you have any finance-related questions, the Student Finance office can be reached at studentfinance@puc.edu or at 800.862.7080 option 1.
  4. Register for classes. Registration for Fall 2016 doesn’t start until April, but if you let your Enrollment Counselor know what you’re planning on studying, they can put together a sample class schedule for you so you can see what classes you might end up taking next fall.

If you have any questions while working on these items, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Enrollment office at enroll@puc.edu or through our 800 number at 800.862.7080 option 2. Our six Enrollment Counselors happy to help!

We hope you have a blessed Christmas and a happy New Year!

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Your Future at PUC Can Start Today

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The fall is prime college application time for high school seniors. The average student applies to 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 Pacific Union College! Our online application is free and takes about 10 minutes to complete. Here are three reasons why you should consider applying to PUC now.

1. Our application process is simple.

We try not to make things too complicated for you. If you will be attending college for the first time, all it takes to complete your application is sending in your transcripts and one reference. Visit our Admissions website for more details about our admissions process, including information for transfer and international students.

2. Don’t miss out on scholarships!

In order to apply for several of PUC’s scholarships, you need to be an accepted student for the upcoming fall quarter. Our scholarship deadline is March 2nd, and we don’t want you to miss out on free money. Make sure you’re accepted by then so you can apply.

3. Be at the top of the list for classes and your dorm assignment.

Once you’re an accepted student, there are several important steps you need to take to complete the process of becoming a PUC student, but you can start with paying your $200 enrollment fee. There are several benefits to paying this fee as early as possible, including:

  • Early-bird class selection: Class registration for Fall 2016 starts April 4, but you won’t be able to register for classes with your Enrollment Counselor until the fee is paid.
  • Priority housing: Paying your fee puts you in line to receive your dorm room assignment. The sooner you pay your fee, the higher up on the list you’ll be! (If you haven’t yet, fill out your housing reservation form.)
  • Pay your fee before May 1 and we will put $100 of it towards your Fall 2016 tuition bill.

There’s never been a better time to apply to PUC – start today!

A Student’s Perspective on Transferring to PUC

Choosing a college is a big decision but deciding you need a change and transferring to a different college may be even bigger! While it can be an incredibly daunting thought, you’re not alone. Each quarter PUC has many students transfer in, and our college staff is happy to help students throughout the process.

Below, Abigail Daniliuc, a biology pre-dentistry student who transferred from CSU Sacramento, shares her experience about transitioning to PUC.

What made you decide to transfer to PUC?

I came to PUC because I wanted to be in a Christian environment, experience living in a dorm, and complete my upper division science classes in a smaller classroom setting where professors were accessible not only during their office hours, but also after hours, like on the weekends. I enjoy the close knit family I have created here at PUC that fosters not only my spiritual growth through gatherings like department pre-vespers but academic growth as well. We are likeminded and have the common goal of going to dental school, preferably at Loma Linda. The scenery here at PUC is also relaxing and I love being surrounded by mountains and vineyards.

How was the transfer process for you?

I was lucky enough to have Dr. Wyrick from the department of biology and Mrs. Igdaly Patel in the Enrollment Services office help me during the transfer process. I decided to come to PUC last minute during the holidays and was able to communicate with them both effortlessly. They gave me suggestions in regards to what classes I should take, what clubs to be apart of, and what dorm would be better suited for me to live in. I feel blessed because of how accessible the faculty and staff are here at PUC.

What advice would you give someone considering transferring to PUC?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions because everyone is very kind and will help you with whatever they can. I wish I visited during Transfer Days because I could have experienced PUC firsthand. However, I had a private tour of the campus before I transferred here and that helped me to feel more comfortable once I began.

So far, what’s been your favorite part about being a student at PUC?

It’s my third quarter at PUC and I’m reminded the mornings are my favorite here. I live in McReynold’s Hall and love how quiet it is. I also love walking to class in the morning and seeing the campus from a bird’s eye view. Lastly, I really enjoy my classes, mainly because of the small class sizes and Christ-centered environment. We always pray before we start lectures and before taking tests. It helps to set my intention for the day and keeps me grounded and aware that me transferring to PUC was meant to happen. I hope you can tell I’m very happy to be here!

Editor’s note: We invite you to our campus to experience PUC for yourself. To schedule your visit, register online or call (800) 862-7080, option 2.

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!