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Thinking of Transferring? Apply to PUC Today!

We’re glad you’re interested in transferring to Pacific Union College! PUC is a vibrant and Christ-centered community where you will discover and prepare for your calling. No matter your interests, there is assuredly a place for you on our beautiful campus. We accept transfer students at any point in their program, so don’t worry about completing a certain number of credits before transferring. We would be thrilled to have you join our Pioneer family!

Apply to PUC now!

Why should you consider transferring to PUC?

PUC has over 70 degrees & programs

With so many options to choose from, whatever your passion, we have something for you, from aviation to film to environmental studies. PUC’s largest programs are nursing, business administration, biology, exercise science, and visual arts. Our graduates are primed for success and are working in many exciting areas, including Stanford University, Google, Buzzfeed, Apple, Lucasfilm, Airbnb, Loma Linda University, LinkedIn, and more.

Browse the Academics category on the blog to read more about PUC’s programs!

PUC offers the academic support you need to succeed

There are several invaluable academic resources at your disposal when you’re a PUC student. If you’re struggling with something, it’s important to remember you aren’t alone. There are people in place who are available to answer your questions or provide you with information — you only need to ask for help. The Teaching & Learning Center (TLC) offers free group tutoring Sunday through Thursday for more than 25 different courses, ranging from business to languages to science. There’s even a writing lab available to students who would like input and direction on writing papers, which is awesome! PUC also has a disabilities support coordinator who can work with students who need certain accommodations. Our Career & Counseling Center has a career counselor who loves talking with students about career options as well as helping with resume preparation, interview skills, and more.

You will also find your professors to be an invaluable resource as you progress on your academic journey. With a 12:1 student-teacher ratio, your professors will know you. The one-on-one attention you receive in and out of the classroom will help make you a much more successful student. You will also be assigned an advisor in the area you’re studying. For example, if you’re planning to study business, your advisor will be a professor in the department of business (helpful, right?). Your advisor knows the ins and outs of their department’s programs and will be a great source for any questions you have about what classes you should take, what major you should consider for your career path, and more. 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.

Learn more about academic support services at PUC!

PUC is small enough to get involved yet large enough to have opportunities

One of the advantages of attending a liberal arts college like PUC is it’s large enough to have countless leadership opportunities and special events, yet it’s small enough where you can get involved with as much as you want. You can serve as a Student Association officer, on the Student Senate, or as a resident assistant in one of the residence halls. You can also start a praise team or join a campus ministry group, or you can make an impact in places like Fiji, Nicaragua, Brazil, and more by going on a short or long term mission trip. Whatever you’re interested in, there’s something for you at PUC.

See photos from PUC’s spring break mission trip to Kenya!

PUC is a spiritual community

Fostering your relationship with God is a priceless reason to choose PUC. You will find yourself studying, living, and serving with Adventist professors and peers who share your faith and values. Not only will you receive a Christian education, but you will also develop relationships that will last for eternity. Every member of the Pioneers family cares about each student’s individual spiritual journey, and campus leaders are committed to meeting students where they are on their walk with Christ. Whether or not you live in one of the college’s residence halls, you will find PUC to have a very close-knit community atmosphere.

Learn more about PUC’s special community of faith and learning!

PUC is possible

Since 1882, Pacific Union College has been charged with an important mission: providing an excellent Seventh-day Adventist education that prepares students for successful careers and service to both God and others. We are committed to working together with you and your family to make a high-quality Adventist college experience possible. Each year, PUC awards over $30 million in financial aid to our students. This year, we are proud to announce a new scholarship, just for transfer students, called the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Scholarship, worth $1,500, in recognition of community college students who wish to earn a baccalaureate degree from a four-year institution. It is awarded to transfer students who are graduating from a California community college with an Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or an Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T).

Check out all the scholarships PUC offers to see what you may qualify for!

Well, what are you waiting for? Apply to PUC now!

Questions about the application process for transfer students? Call (800) 862-7080, option 2 or email admissions@puc.edu to get connected with an admissions counselor to learn more. We’re ready to help you discover your calling and God’s plan for your life, every step of the way.

Transfer Student Spotlight: Katie Williams

Williams at the net (number 13).

By Sarah Tanner

Volleyball player and English major Katie Williams transferred to PUC at the beginning of her junior year. After attending a junior college in Santa Rosa for two years, the student-athlete made the switch to PUC, and after two quarters on campus, she comfortably claims the title of Pioneer. After school shopping for a number of months, Williams’ decision to attend PUC came down to a handful of qualities she simply could not find anywhere else.

“One thing that immediately drew me to the campus is how in-touch it is with nature. My old college had a lot of oak trees, and I knew I wanted to attend somewhere that shared a similar love for nature. Coming up here, something felt familiar, and I think having such a small campus contributed to that feeling of closeness and comfort,” she explains.

Williams also wanted to make sure whatever college she chose included a strong program in her major.

“The department of English at PUC was a huge draw,” she says, “especially since small class sizes meant I would be able to interact more with professors and definitely be able to finish my major on time.”

As a result of her participation in volleyball, Williams began living on campus in August before fall quarter classes commenced. During that time, she gained a sense of the general campus culture and was surprised at how diverse such a small population could be.

When asked what surprised her most about her initial introduction to PUC, Williams notes, “I was shocked at how many people I met from different backgrounds in that first month. There were not very many students on campus when I arrived for volleyball, but the diversity was unlike anything I had experienced in college so far. It was a nice surprise.”

Over the past two quarters, Williams has adjusted to student life, though participating as a student-athlete during the fall often left her with little time to socialize. Nevertheless, she explained the general friendliness of the campus has made the process quite easy, and building connections with others at PUC has been an exciting process.   

Williams continues, “I am so grateful for the people I have met so far. I know I am making lifelong friends, and being able to push myself out of my comfort zone to attend a school with a strong spiritual life has been really good for me. Being away from home can be a little uncomfortable at times, and knowing my professors, advisors, dean, and the desk-workers are all available to talk or just listen is something I really value about being here.”

When asked if there were any pieces of advice she would like to share with others who are considering PUC as their transfer destination, Williams paused a moment before answering.

“The best advice I can give is to be open to changes in your life. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or draw attention to things that matter to you when you first visit. Tour guides are there to help you gain a sense of life on campus; use them as a valuable resource! When you’re looking at the dorms, ask to see what the rooms look like to get a feel for what the living experience will be like. Also, make sure to walk across campus to see if it is something you’ll want to do every day.”

“Do your best to gain a sense of campus life,” Williams smiled, “ It is so important to be comfortable at your college, and that is something I have definitely found at PUC. I can’t imagine going anywhere else.”

Anyone interested in transferring to PUC, hearing about the academic and athletic opportunities on campus, or simply learning more about the transfer process can reach out to Kharolynn Pascual Smith, PUC’s transfer student counselor, via email at kharolynn@puc.edu or call (800) 862-7080, option 2 to talk with her now. To schedule a campus visit, go to puc.edu/visit, call the number above, or email PUC’s visit coordinator at visit@puc.edu