The University of the Pacific looks like a typical college campus — or at least the way Hollywood thinks a typical college campus should look. At least 21 movies have been made on the campus and in Stockton since the 1940s, thanks to Pacific’s classic good looks and California location. But don’t be fooled by the Hollywood glitz — the school’s academic credentials are very real.

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Pacific is a private, non-profit school with approximately 6,200 students. It boasts relatively small classes; the average class has just 24 students. Business is a popular major at this school. The Eberhardt School of Business offers undergraduate degrees in accounting and administration, and its MBA program includes a joint degree in law.

Pacific’s music school was the first music conservatory in the West; it’s also home to the Brubeck Institute, with a well-regarded jazz program and research archive. (It’s named for alum Dave Brubeck.)

Graduates from Pacific tend to have strong outcomes. Some 82% earn more than high school graduates — a higher-than-usual percentage — and they post median early-career earnings of about $80,000.