The University of the Pacific (also referred to as Pacific or UOP) is a private university in Stockton, California that is the only private school with fewer than 10,000 students to offer degrees from eight different professional schools. Pacific is the oldest chartered university in California.
In addition to its liberal arts college, and its schools of education, engineering, business, international studies and music, it has three professional graduate schools: the School of Dentistry in San Francisco, theSchool of Law in Sacramento, and the school of Pharmacy and Health Sciences located in Stockton.
Pacific was until 2010 ranked among the top 100 national universities in the United States according to U.S. News & World Report, with its school of law similarly ranked among law schools. It has extensive collections pertaining to jazz musician and alumnus Dave Brubeck, who in 1953 released the live albumJazz at the College of the Pacific. It is also home to the papers of environmental pioneer John Muir.