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There are a variety of resources to help new students become acclimated to life at Pacific. Students have access to several resources to assist with academic success, including:

All COP students are paired with a specific faculty advisor for a personalized mentoring experience through which faculty guide students to explore their intellectual interests, learn the requirements for degree completion and discuss life after graduation.
Students first meet with their faculty advisor during summer orientation, before their first semester at Pacific, and meet at least once a semester, but usually more frequently throughout the rest of their time at COP.  Faculty advisors are usually from the student’s chosen major, and are the first point of contact to answer major-specific questions and to assist students with exploring their post-graduate and career interests.  

Faculty advisors assist students with:

  • Connecting their academic, life and career goals
  • Selecting classes and understanding degree requirements
  • Developing a realistic educational plan and monitoring academic progress in DegreeWorks
  • Incorporating out-of-class opportunities that support their career goals
  • Connecting with campus resources 

Need help finding your faculty advisor?
Log in to InsidePacific and select Academic > Student & Financial Aid > Student Record > View Student Information and Select Term

Academic coaches support students in their academic, personal and career goals. They work towards helping students maximize their educational experience by providing check-ins and ongoing one-on-one coaching with students to support academic success. They serve as an advocate and support for students and may provide assistance with time management, study skills, motivation, adjusting to college, goal-setting, connection to other services on campus, and more.

Coaches are assigned based on student major as follows:

Priscila Palacios
Email: ppalacios@pacific.edu
Office: WPC 235
Phone: 209.932.3373
Majors: Art, Media, Performance, and Design; Communication; Economics; English; Exploratory (COP & Natural Sciences); Health Studies; History/Social Sciences; Modern Languages; Philosophy; Physics; Political Science; Psychology; Sociology

To make an appointment with Priscila, use her Bookings page.

Moraima Arias
Email: marias1@pacific.edu
Office: WPC 237
Phone: 209.932.3374
Majors: Majors: Biology/Pre-Dent; Chemistry

To make an appointment with Moraima, use her Bookings page.

Mary-Lou Tyler
Email: mtyler@pacific.edu
Office: George Wilson Hall, first floor, 103B
Phone: 209.946.2650
Majors: Dental Hygiene, Geological and Environmental Sciences; Health, Exercise and Sports Sciences; Mathematics; School of International Studies

To make an appointment with Mary-Lou use her Bookings page.

Eighmee Ferrill, the College's Academic Information Specialist, is responsible for working with faculty advisors to complete degree evaluations and maintain the academic files for each student in the College of the Pacific.

Eighmee is also involved in new student orientation, and she soon knows every student by name. She works closely with the Associate Dean when academic issues arise for a student, and she refers students to resource services as needed.

Contact Eighmee:
Office: WPC 113
209.946.2142
eferrill@pacific.edu

Students are informed of important policies in their first semester seminars.

The Academic Affairs Office of the College provides friendly and accessible information about the rules and regulations students are expected to follow in the course of completing their degree requirements.

Faculty advisers as well as College deans assist first-year students in finding the help they need by providing information and referrals to support services on campus, such as tutoring, counseling and/or study skills courses.

More Resources

The General Academic Tutoring Center's tutors are sophomores, juniors, seniors, or graduate students who have succeeded academically with a B+ or better in the class they are tutoring or have been recommended by their professors. They are here to help you succeed in college by providing on-going tutoring support. 

Care Managers are dedicated to assisting Pacific students in meeting their academic goals and overcoming educational and personal challenges. As part of the Office of the Dean of Students', Care Managers are responsible for assisting students with academic, social, emotional, personal, and professional development. 

The Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) coordinates support for students with disabilities so they may participate fully in college life and derive the greatest benefit from their educational experiences. 

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at the University of the Pacific provides a broad range of therapeutic services including group therapy, individual, couples sessions, informal consultations, and online assisted therapy for students experiencing emotional distress, anxiety, depression, adjustment concerns, and/or more serious mental health issues.