Pacific Union College (PUC) is a private, coeducational liberal arts college located in Napa Valley, California
Pacific Union College campus is located in the upper valley town of Angwin, eight miles north of St. Helena, California within the Howell Mountain wine appellation. It is the only four-year college in Napa County, California.
Pacific Union College was established in Healdsburg, California in 1882. It is the twelfth oldest institution of higher education in the state of California. In 1906, PUC changed its name from Healdsburg College to Pacific Union College. In 1909, the college moved to its present location in Angwin on Howell Mountain, overlooking California’s Napa Valley wine country. The school was ranked America’s Most Beautiful College in 2012 by Newsweek and The Daily Beast in part due to its setting in the Napa Valley.
A residential college, it serves an almost exclusively undergraduate student body the overwhelming majority of which live on campus.
PUC is the only liberal arts college affiliated with the Adventist Church. It was also the first school affiliated with the denomination receive regional accreditation when theNorthwest Association of Secondary and Higher Schools granted it accreditation in 1933.
In 2014, president Heather J. Knight announced a reinterpretation of the college’s statement of academic freedom as it interacted with church teachings and threatened to fire a long-time professor for challenging church teachings.
In the fall of 2011, enrollment at Pacific Union College stood at over 1,500 students. Students choose from a variety of courses offered in over 70 concentrations of study offered by the school’s 20 academic departments. The campus occupies 150 acres (0.61 km2) of the college’s 1,900 acres (7.7 km2) property.