University of the Pacific (Pacific or UOP) is a private Methodist-affiliated university with its main campus in Stockton, California, and graduate campuses in San Francisco and Sacramento. It is California’s first university, the first independent coeducational campus in California, and the first conservatory of music and first medical school on the West Coast.
Pacific was first chartered on July 10, 1851, in Santa Clara, California, under the name California Wesleyan College. The school moved to San Jose in 1871 and then to Stockton in 1923. Pacific is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). In addition to its liberal arts college and graduate school, Pacific has schools of business, dentistry, education, engineering, international studies, law, music, pharmacy, and health sciences.
It is home to the papers of environmental pioneer John Muir in Pacific’s Holt-Atherton Special Collections and Archives. The University also has a John Muir Center that hosts a Muir Symposium to encourage the use of John Muir’s Papers. At Pacific’s William Knox Holt Memorial Library, there is a museum style presentational space for Muir’s Papers. The Muir Experience has on display physical and digital exhibits to inspire user interaction with Muir’s work