Visit PUC This Winter!

Choosing what college to attend is a very important decision and one you shouldn’t make without doing a lot of research. What better way to research the colleges you’re considering than by visiting them? We would be thrilled to have you and your family come visit PUC! Take a campus tour given by one of our student ambassadors, sit in on a class, chat with a professor, eat in our cafeteria, walk around the charming nearby towns of St. Helena or Calistoga, AND if you plan in advance, join us for any of the following upcoming and exciting events.

Pioneers Athletics Games

PUC has six varsity sports teams: cross country, basketball, and volleyball for women; and cross country, basketball, and soccer for men. Throughout the year, we invite you to our gymnasium, nicknamed the “Covered Wagon,” or our soccer field to join the Pioneers Posse and cheer on our teams. Here’s a short list of a few upcoming games; for the full schedule, visit pioneersathletics.com.

  • December 15, 2018 – Pioneers Athletics vs. UC Merced, women’s at 6:30 p.m. & men’s at 8:30 p.m.
  • January 12, 2019 – Pioneers Athletics vs. CSU Maritime, women’s at 6:30 p.m. & men’s at 8:30 p.m.
  • January 17, 2019 – Pioneers Athletics vs. Embry-Riddle (AZ), women’s at 5:30 p.m. & men’s at 7:30 p.m.

Rasmussen Art Gallery Openings

If you’re interested in seeing some incredible works of art, you won’t want to miss the Rasmussen Art Gallery. Several times a quarter, a new exhibit opens at the college’s on-campus art gallery, which often features students, faculty, and other local artists. The opening reception is a chance to meet the artists, mingle with other guests, and enjoy some tasty snacks while appreciating the talent on display. If you can’t make it to one of the opening receptions, check with your tour guide to be sure to stop by and spend some time browsing during regular open hours.

  • January 12, 2019 – Opening Reception: Diana Majumdar, Halcyon, Encaustic, 7 p.m.
  • February 16, 2019 Opening Reception: Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition, 7 p.m.

For more information, visit the Rasmussen Art Gallery Facebook page.

Paulin Hall Music Concerts

PUC’s department of music has many concerts throughout the year; all of which are free to the public. The college has several ensembles that frequently perform, and there are usually multiple student recitals each quarter. For the Christmas holiday, there are several concerts we hope you can join us for!

  • December 6, 2018 – PUC String Ensemble Concert, 7 p.m.
  • December 7, 2018 – PUC Music Department Christmas Concert, 8 p.m.
  • December 8, 2018 – PUC Music Department Christmas Concert, 4 p.m.

Contact the department of music for more information; call (707) 965-6201 or email music@puc.edu.

Special Guest Lectures / Colloquies

Each year PUC is honored to host a myriad of interesting and knowledgeable guest lecturers. From our annual Civil Rights Lecture, our bi-annual Heubach lecture, and our bi-weekly colloquy speakers, there’s always something interesting in the lineup.

  • January 17, 2019 – Colloquy: Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance, 10 a.m.
  • February 21, 2019 – Colloquy: Dr. Scott Nelson, 10 a.m.
  • February 28, 2019 – Heubach Lectureship Series: Dr. Jan Paulsen, 7 p.m.
  • March 7, 2019 – Colloquy: Career Day, 10 a.m. (followed by the annual Career Fair)
  • March 9, 2019 – Annual Lecture of the Percy & John Christian Civil Rights Conference Center, 4 p.m.

For more information about these events, check out the college’s calendar at puc.edu/calendar.

Join Us For February College Days!

Several times a year, we host special visitation events called College Days. College Days is a jam-packed event where you will experience PUC with other visiting students. In addition to campus visit standards like touring the campus, talking with a professor in your major of interest, and eating in our Dining Commons, it’s a great opportunity to get a glimpse into what it’s really like to be a student at PUC as you stay in one of the residence halls and attend social and academic events.

We hope you can make plans to join us for College Days on February 10-12, 2019. Register now!

For more information about College days and other ways to visit, check out puc.edu/visitors.

We can spend hours explaining what we think makes life at PUC so unique but there’s no better way than by experiencing it firsthand, so schedule your visit today! Before you arrive, be sure to apply and send in your admissions documents for a quick acceptance! It will make your visit even more special as you officially become a member of the Pioneers family.

You’re Invited to Visit Pacific Union College

The fall is a great time for you to start visiting college campuses to see what kind of school is the right fit for you. If you’ve never been to Pacific Union College, we invite you to come experience our beautiful campus in person. Whether you come on your own for an individual visit or attend one of our special College Days events with hundreds of other high school students, you’re guaranteed to have a great time. Visiting will give you a good idea of what it’s like to be a student here!

Why should you make an effort to visit PUC? There are so many reasons! During your visit, you will:

  • Tour the campus with a student ambassador
  • Meet with a professor in your major of interest
  • Sit in on a college class*
  • Discuss scholarships and financial aid options with a financial counselor
  • Talk with your admissions counselor about next steps
  • Worship with our campus community*
  • Attend social activities with other students*
  • Stay in one of our seven residence halls*
  • Eat a delicious meal in our Dining Commons
  • Experience the nearby town of St. Helena and Pier 39 in San Francisco*

*Available during all College Days events OR weekday visits by request (if possible)

There are two upcoming College Days events held this fall: The first is scheduled for October 14-16, 2018, and there will be another November 4-5, 2018. If you aren’t able to make it to either of those events or if you would like to visit on your own, scheduled individual campus visits are offered Monday through Thursday. Reservations are required; call (800) 862-7080, option 2 to make arrangements with our visit coordinator or email visit@puc.edu. You can also fill out a visit request form on our website at puc.edu/visit.

Pro tip: Check out our “Six Tips for Visiting Colleges” blog post for ideas on how to make the most of visiting a college campus you’re visiting for the first time.

Can’t make it here in person? No problem! Take a walk on campus from the comfort of your living room by taking PUC’s new virtual tour. Available 24/7, it’s a great way to take a look around PUC at your own pace.

Find where you belong at PUC. Sign up for your visit now!

Meet PUC’s Admissions Counselors

As the fall season gets underway, we want to introduce our team of amazing admissions counselors to you. These counselors represent PUC as they travel across the United States and you just might see one of them at your school sometime soon!

Angel Castillo

Angel Castillo is from Bell Gardens, Calif. He graduated in 2018 from PUC with a degree in communication with an emphasis in marketing communications. When he was a student, Angel was involved with a lot of student activities, including the Senate and Lifegroups, and he served as the vice president of the Student Organization of Latinos (SOL) Club and the student world missions coordinator. As an admissions counselor, he travels to Hawaii, Southeastern California, and the Pacific Northwest to recruit for the college. He loves sharing with students about PUC, and his favorite part about attending was the family atmosphere and “how important community is for everyone.”

Mayte Jimenez

Mayte Jimenez comes to PUC from just down the road in Fairfield, Calif. Mayte is a PUC alum and graduated with a B.S.W. in Social Work and an A.S. in Health Science in 2017. During her years as a PUC student, Mayte became heavily involved with the department of social work, the SOL Club, and the Graf Hall Girls, making “friends and memories for a lifetime!” Mayte works with students from Central California, the Atlantic Union, and Mid-America and is excited for PUC’s College Days events when we welcome hundreds of students to campus. Mayte says her favorite spot on campus is the Campus Mall right outside the Campus Center because “being able to study outside and sometimes run into friends as they were passing by to their next class or having them join me as I studied was my favorite thing.”

Nicholas Lapido

Nicholas Lapido was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, where he lived until he was eight-years-old. From then on, he’s never lived anywhere longer than five years so you could say traveling is in his nature! Nick graduated from Southern Adventist University with a degree in Religious Studies & Practical Theology in 2017. As an admissions counselor for PUC, he works with students from Northern California and several Adventist academies around the state. As a former southerner, he is the perfect counselor to also work with students from the Southern Union, which includes North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida. When he’s not on the road, you can most likely find Nick at the caf on pizza days, or enjoying PUC’s back 40 property. He loves everything PUC’s unique location offers, saying, “It has something for everyone. If you’re a nature person, we have the back 40, and you could explore that forever and discover something new each time. If you’re a city person, we have Napa and San Francisco not far from us at all.”

Chris Romero

Chris Romero hails from Southern California; specifically Altadena. He graduated in 2017 from PUC with a degree in Business Administration. Many of the Adventist academies he visits are in Southern California, which allows him to connect back to his roots. He also travels on recruiting trips to the Southwest, Columbia, and Lake unions. His favorite thing about PUC is the community atmosphere, and he also loves hiking with friends to Inspiration Point on PUC’s back 40 property. For all four years of college, Chris worked in the Admissions office, assisting the counselors and helping with College Days, which inspired him to want to be a counselor himself. “I chose to come to PUC because the people are welcoming and the environment is beautiful. I chose to stay and work here because I believe in the product. I believe in the quality Adventist education PUC produces and I love being able to help students figure out what they want to do in life.”

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.