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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Institutional control: Private

Religious affiliation: Mennonite Brethren

Mascot: Sunbird

1,100 traditional undergraduate students

100+ areas of study

15 NCAA Division II sports teams

13:1 student-faculty ratio

5th-largest city in California



• Psychology

• Kinesiology

• Liberal Studies (Education)

• Pre-health Sciences

• Criminal Justice



• Accelerated Doctor of Pharmacy Degree

• Liberal Studies (Education)

• Software Engineering

• STEM Learning Communities

• University Scholars Program



#1 Most Affordable Christian Colleges & Universities—West

#1 Best College for Education in  California

#1 “Best Bang for Your Buck” among schools in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities
            Washington Monthly

When you arrive at 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 necessary 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. 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. More than 80% of our professors are experts in their fields and hold a PhD, meaning you’ll learn from the very best no matter what you choose to study.

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

Whether your parents didn’t finish college or if you’re the first in your family to attend, you won’t be alone at FPU—40% of our students identify as first generation. From our STEM Learning Communities to our academic success and disability support centers, you don’t have to navigate college on your own.

Put yourself to the test not only in the classroom but also on the field, court, or track or in the 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 have awarded more than $29 million annually to our students, 98% of whom receive some form of financial aid. Our financial aid resources include scholarships, grants, and loans. And with our Four-Year Graduation Guarantee, you’ll get a head start toward achieving your personal goals. If you’re not able to graduate in four years, your necessary additional courses are on us!

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

“I have thrived as a student thanks to the resources and support that I have been given by FPU. I have been given the opportunity that my parents were never given.”

— Esteban Rios, Biology: Human Health BS and Philosophy BA