Fresno Pacific University

Fresno, CA

Fresno Pacific University, founded in 1944, is a church-affiliated, liberal arts university. Its 42-acre campus is located in Fresno, California.

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Fresno Pacific University

Fresno, CA

“At my previous school, I felt like I wasn’t challenged enough. Coming to FPU was so different academically. I feel challenged to think critically and do the best that I can do.”

— Heiddy Arellano
Criminology BA, Sociology BA


Institutional control: Private
Religious affiliation: Mennonite Brethren
Mascot: Sunbird
1,100 traditional undergraduate students
50-acre campus
40 majors and 38 minors
15 NCAA Division II sports teams
13:1 student-faculty ratio
5th-largest city in California

• Psychology
• Kinesiology
• Liberal Studies (Education)
• Pre-health Sciences
• Criminology

• Accelerated Doctor of Pharmacy
• Software Engineering
• STEM Learning Communities
• University Scholars Program 

#1 Christian school among “Best Colleges for Transfer Students”
— Money magazine

#1 Most Affordable Christian Colleges & Universities—West
— ChristianUniversitiesOnline.org

#1 Best College for Education in California
— Niche.com

When you transfer to Fresno Pacific University, you’ll join others who are united by a passion for knowledge, fellowship, and faith. Through a challenging liberal arts education, driven by values rooted in the Christian faith, you’ll gain the confidence and determination to succeed in your career and in your life. 

Our campus is located in Fresno, in the heart of California’s Central Valley and within a short drive of mountains, beaches, and national parks. Discover Fresno’s thriving arts, food, and music scene as you enjoy more than 300 days of pure sunshine a year. Attend a weekend retreat, join a club, grab a frappe at Charlotte’s Coffee Corner, or start a game of Frisbee on the campus green—you’ll always find someone ready to join you.

Spiritual life is woven into the fabric of our community—it’s part of our classes, residence halls, and extracurriculars. Grow in your faith by attending chapel services, joining a ministry team, or studying the Bible with your friends. Whether you prefer a traditional worship service or a talk series focused on current issues, you’ll find it at FPU.

We have more than 100 areas of study with 40 majors and 38 minors, and we provide numerous study abroad opportunities and internships where you’ll gain invaluable hands-on experiences in the field you’re called to. Create, study, and experience the arts through a variety of academic and extracurricular opportunities, which include choirs, theater productions, and music ensembles. With close to 40% of our incoming class being transfers, we offer numerous services to help you achieve your goals, including transcript evaluations and course advising.

Our small class sizes and student-faculty ratio of 13:1 allow professors to get to know you and truly invest in your life by challenging, mentoring, and pushing you to be your very best. Talk about a new research idea over lunch or meet up during office hours.

Put yourself to the test not only in the classroom but also on the field, court, track, or pool as an FPU Sunbird athlete. We compete in the NCAA Division II Pacific West Conference and have 15 teams, over 52 national titles, and 309 student-athletes—111 of whom have achieved academic honors.

We want to ensure you stay focused on your education while we focus on making sure you can afford it. We’ve awarded more than $29 million annually to our students, 98% of whom receive some form of financial aid. Our financial aid resources include transfer scholarships, grants, and loans.

Additionally, we offer a two-year graduation guarantee for select programs—ask an FPU transfer specialist for details.

Come to our campus and experience the unique blend of people and place firsthand—you’ll feel it the moment you arrive. Find everything you need to know to schedule a personal visit or sign up for one of our many visit events throughout the year at fpu.edu/visit