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Fresno Pacific University


Fresno Pacific University is a private, Christian postsecondary institution residing in Fresno, California. It is the only accredited Christian institution of higher learning in the Central Valley. It’s 50-acre campus is the fifth biggest in the state of California. Fresno Pacific University also maintains four regional campuses throughout the state: North Fresno Regional Campus, Merced Regional Campus, Visalia Regional Campus, and Bakersfield Regional Campus. The university strives to challenge students to succeed academically, think in a critical manner, and live fulfilling and meaningful lives. It expresses values centered on Christ. Its values include service to others, sense of Christian community, academic and professional excellence, student-focused programs, and innovative and responsive education. Fresno Pacific University offers high-quality academic programs and spiritual development through more than 50 academic programs, offered at the bachelor’s master’s, certificate, credentialing, and adult degree completion levels.

The Pacific District Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches established Fresno Pacific University in 1944 as the name Pacific Bible Institute. It adopted a junior college curriculum in 1956 and became Pacific College in 1960. In 1963, a four-year liberal arts program in biblical studies was established and the college gained full accreditation as a four-year institution in 1965. The first master’s degree program was added in 1975. It became Fresno Pacific College in 1976. The college experienced major growth and expansion throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and it officially became Fresno Pacific University in 1997. The university was home to three schools: Fresno Pacific College, Fresno Pacific Graduate School, and Fresno Pacific School of Professional Studies. In 2005, the university was reorganized into four schools of education: the School of Business, the School of Natural Sciences, the School of Education, and the School of Humanities, Religion and Social Sciences. The university also established regional campuses around the state to expand its educational offerings. Today, the university is home to nearly 4,000 students and it offers programs through five schools of education: School of Education, School of Business, School of Natural Sciences, School of Humanities, Religion, and Social Sciences, and Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary. The U.S. News and World Report ranks Fresno Pacific University number 44 in its Best Colleges is Regional Universities West publication.

Fresno Pacific University Accreditation Details

The Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges regionally accredits Fresno Pacific University to award undergraduate and graduate degrees. The Center for Professional Development also authorizes the university to offer coursework. The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools accredits Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary programs. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education accredits the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in nursing. The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing accredits the credentials and certificates awarded by the School of Education.

Fresno Pacific University Application Requirements


• Submit application for admission either online or by downloading the document and mailing it directly to the university.
• Pay the $40 application fee. Waivers are available for applicants who attend specific events.
• Request and submit a letter of recommendation.
• Submit official SAT or ACT scores.
• Submit official transcripts from all previously attended secondary and postsecondary institutions.
• Complete the FAFSA forms for financial aid.


• Submit graduate application.
• Submit official transcripts from all previously attended postsecondary schools.
• Complete additional requirements for specific programs.

Tuition and Financial Aid



The estimated cost of attendance for Fresno Pacific University includes tuition and fees and room and board for traditional undergraduate students. Actual cost of attendance varies by student and situation.

• Enrollment in 12 to 18 units per year (full-time): $28,780
• Student body fee: $340
• Total tuition and fees for undergraduate students not living on campus: $29,120
• Room and board: $7690
• Total tuition including room and board: $36,810
• Other costs include: summer session/unit $300, private music instruction/unit $400, and technology fee per semester $50.

Financial Aid

Fresno Pacific University participates in various financial aid programs, including scholarships, grants, loans, and work study.


• President’s Scholarship: $13,000
• Dean’s Scholarship: $11,000
• Faculty Scholarship: $8,500
• Founder’s Scholarship: $5,000
• Scholar Transfer Scholarship: $10,000
• Achievement Transfer Scholarship: $7,500
• Academic Transfer Scholarship: $5,000
• Athletic Performance Scholarship: $500 to full tuition
• Music Performance Scholarship: $300 to $3,000
• Drama Performance Scholarship: $1,300 to $2,000
• Church Match Scholarship: $500 to $1,000
• International Scholarship: up to $6,000

Federal and State Grants

• Pell Grant: $100 to $5,550
• FSEOG: $100 to $1,500
• Cal Grant A: $9,708
• Cal Grant B: $1,551

Federal Loans and Work-study

• Federal Direct: $3,500 to $7,500
• PLUS Loan: up to remaining tuition cost
• Perkins Loan: up to $4,000
• Work-study: depends on employment



The cost of attendance for graduate programs is charged per unit of study

• 700-level courses: $560 per unit
• MBA program: $830 per unit
• Teacher Education program: $545 per unit
• MSN and LEAD programs: $600 per unit
• Other fees include a graduate technology fee of $40 per semester

Financial Aid

Graduate students are encouraged to seek financial assistance via grants, scholarships, and loans.

Student Experience

Fresno Pacific University offers 37 undergraduate majors in more than 99 study areas. It offers a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Religious Studies degree with concentrations in biblical literature, biblical studies, religious studies, and theology and ethics. It also offers programs in biology, criminal justice, environmental science, and software engineering. For those seeking to move on to professional programs, Fresno Pacific University also offers pre-health sciences and pre-law programs. In addition to high quality academic programs, Fresno is dedicated to providing students with excellent student life experiences. The Student Life Department at FPU provides an array of opportunities to enrich the lives of students and provide them with a well-rounded college experience full of fun and life-long friends. It is home to a wide range of student organizations, including campus clubs, leadership opportunities, and student government. The clubs include the Accounting Society of FPU, Art Club, Classics Club, DREAMers, FPU Dance Club, Pre Health Association, and Sunbird Conservatives. The leadership opportunities include Commuter Council, Intramural Board, Peer Mentors, and Resident Assistants. For resident students, there are women’s ministry and men’s ministry groups that offer a variety of programs for fellowship in Christ. For students who commute to Fresno Pacific University, there are also many events, such as commuter BBQs, trips, and local events.