Five Reasons You Should Apply to PUC

Fall season is prime time for high school seniors. The average student applies to nine colleges, and if you haven’t already started looking at potential schools, now’s the time – and why not start with PUC! Here are five reasons why you should consider applying.

1. Outstanding Academics

We offer over 70 different majors to choose from, with our top five programs being Nursing, Biology, Business, Communication, and Visual Arts, which makes us a true liberal arts college. We are the only Adventist college or university recognized as a National Liberal Arts College by U.S. News & World Report. Visit for information about each of our majors.


2. Our Location

Imagine living in a world famous vacation destination spot that’s sunny an average of 262 days a year! PUC is located atop Howell Mountain in the heart of the Napa Valley. Everywhere you look, you’ll find breathtaking views and lots of interesting things to do.

  • Explore PUC’s unique hiking and biking trails
  • Head to nearby St. Helena or Calistoga for lunch and window shopping
  • Spend the day in San Francisco visiting Fisherman’s Wharf, taking a trolley ride, or watching a game from one of the many championship sports teams

Not sure where to start? Let our blog team’s favorite places in the Bay Area guide you!

3. Relationships with Professors

One of the advantages of attending a small liberal arts college like PUC is having the opportunity to form real relationships with your professors. With a 13:1 student-teacher ratio, you will never be just another face in a crowded classroom. The majority of professors list their email address and their home number on their syllabi if students need to contact them. Professors also have regular office hours where they’re available for students to stop by and talk with, and many frequently invite students into their homes for pre-vespers each quarter.


4. We’re Active

We don’t mean to brag, but our intramurals program was ranked #1 in the nation by last year. Getting involved on an intramurals team is a great way to make friends, as close to 50% of students on-campus participate in the program. Read our  “Fire It Up!” blog post to learn how you can join a team or start your own.

5. You Can Afford It

Sticker prices can be intimidating, but it’s important to keep in mind nobody pays them.

  • Each year, PUC awards $36 million in financial aid to our students
  • Most PUC scholarships renew for four years
  • 100% of our students receive financial aid
  • The average out-of-pocket payment for students is about $6,656

We’re doing our part to make Christian higher education affordable. Learn more at

Our application is available at and it’s always free. There are multiple ways you can reach our office and talk with an Enrollment Counselor if you have questions. Call 800.862.7080 option 2, email, or chat with us on our website (weekdays only).

Still not convinced? Check out our follow up post “Five More Reasons to Apply to Pacific Union College.”

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