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Pacific College Overview

Pacific College is a private for-profit institution located in Costa Mesa, California. The city atmosphere of Costa Mesa makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

What Is Pacific College Known For?

125 Undergraduate Awards
38% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Pacific College may have an easier time interacting with their teachers since the student to faculty ratio at the school is 9 to 1.
  • The master's degree is the highest award offered at Pacific College.
  • In 2017-2018, 18% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Pacific College with a bachelor's degree make about $45,500 a year. That's 12% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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Pacific College Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Pacific College.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#3 Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Nursing & Nursing Assistants Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Most Popular Nursing & Nursing Assistants Associate Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Health/Medical Admin Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Pacific College has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Schools College Factual
#1 Best Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training Schools College Factual
#18 Best Health & Medical Administrative Services Schools College Factual
#18 Best Registered Nursing Schools College Factual
#20 Best Nursing Schools College Factual
#33 Best Health Professions Schools College Factual

Where Is Pacific College?


Contact details for Pacific College are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 3160 Red Hill Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Phone: 714-662-4402

How Do I Get Into Pacific College?

You can apply to Pacific College online at:

Admission Requirements for Pacific College

Submission Required?
High School GPA neither required nor recommended
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program neither required nor recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores neither required nor recommended
TOEFL considered but not required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Pacific College?

38% Acceptance Rate
60% Of Accepted Are Women
Pacific College has a fairly low acceptance rate of 38%, which makes it more selective than most schools. Take time to make sure you submit all the requested materials and you prepare the application in full. You don't want to get denied right off the bat due to an incomplete application!

Approximately 40% of accepted students are men and 60% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 50%, and the acceptance rate for women is 33%.

Can I Afford Pacific College?

89% Take Out Loans
6.4% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Pacific College, approximately 89% of students took out student loans averaging $11,979 a year. That adds up to $47,916 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Pacific College is 6.4%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Pacific College Undergraduate Student Diversity

240 Full-Time Undergraduates
83% Women
85% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are also 9 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 240 full-time undergraduates at Pacific College, 18% are male and 83% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Pacific College students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 20
Black or African American 29
Hispanic or Latino 131
White 36
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 24

Online Learning at Pacific College

37 Took All Classes Online
232 Took At Least One Class Online
-6.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 3 bachelor’s degree and 1 master’s degree programs available online at Pacific College. In 2019-2020, 232 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Pacific College has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 133rd most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Growth Rankings of Pacific College

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Pacific College was -6.3%. This is the #1,952 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Pacific College regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Pacific College majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Health Professions 18%

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Pacific College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s TOTAL
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 101 4 0 105
Nursing 0 0 12 12
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 8 8
Business Administration & Management 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 101 4 20 125


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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