Academic Accelerator Program (AAP)

Ready to empower your international studies? The AAP is a balanced first-year program for international students with good English-language skills. It supplements immersive classes taught in English with just the right amount of support.

As a student in the Academic Accelerator, you’ll receive:

  • The right amount of support for your academic and English-speaking needs
  • A full year’s worth of college credits
  • Access to courses exclusively for international students
  • English-language help with words you need to know for your classes
  • A mix of classes with international and U.S. students

Program Details

First-Year Program Length Program
Credits Earned
Toward Degrees
Progression Requirements Progression
2 semesters (9 months) Planned – some courses include domestic students  24+ 2.0 GPA and approval from Accelerator team Year 2 of degree

Entry Requirements

To apply for the Academic Accelerator Program at Pacific, you should have at least the following qualifications:*
 GPA Requirement  Minimum TOEFL®  Minimum IELTS™ Minimum Pearson Versant™
Only one of the scores below required
2.5 68 – no subscore below 14 5.5 – no subscore below 5.0 50 – no subscore below 42

Don’t meet these requirements? The Extended Accelerator Program might be a better fit for you.

Applications with scores below the published minimums are not automatically denied and will still receive consideration from the college.

*Note that colleges may set higher minimums for consideration of admission to certain programs. Please refer to the college’s requirements for additional information.

Sample Coursework*

 Semester 1  Semester 2
Live, Learn, Grow
English for Academic Purposes
Individual & Interpersonal Behavior
Mathematics & Formal Logic
Visual and Performing Arts
Live, Learn, Grow
Pacific Seminar I
Global Studies or U.S. Studies
Natural Sciences
Learning Track Elective
Total credits: 24+
Note: Based on your choice of major, your Learning Track course will be in one of three areas:
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Information Sciences
  • Business, Finance and Economics


*Students will be given Pacific’s math placement test to enroll in the appropriate math course as part of their general education requirements. This test will only be offered on campus after students arrive. Students will be given only one chance to repeat the test during the first week of class if they are not satisfied with their placement.

If a student does not obtain the minimum math placement test score required for first year students, the student’s program may be extended as necessary, and the student will either have to take a remedial math course or follow a self-study plan to improve their math skills and meet the fundamental requirements. This option may result in the extension of the student’s original study plan.

Build your career before it even begins

Included in the Undergraduate Accelerator, the Career Accelerator is a two-year program focused on professional development so you can stand out when you apply for jobs. Learn valuable skills, gain real-world experience, and customize your experience to fit your goals.

You’re Ready for the Challenge

And we’ll help. We simplify the Academic Accelerator Program application process for you. So you can focus on becoming the best international student you can be.