Fresno Pacific University

Fresno, CA

Fresno Pacific University

Fresno, CA

Performing Arts Profile

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At Fresno Pacific University, you’ll join others who are united by a passion for knowledge, fellowship, and faith. Hereyou’ll gain the confidence and determination to succeed in your career and in your life. Our campus is located in the heart of California’s Central Valley, within a short drive of mountains, beaches, and national parks. Whether you’re living in our campus dorms or commuting, you’ll never be more than a couple steps away from the excitement. 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 like our Drama Ministry Team. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to grow in your faith through various ministry and worship options. The University offers 100+ areas of study with 39 majors and 40 minors, and we provide numerous study abroad opportunities and internships. More than 80% of our professors are experts in their fields and hold a PhD, meaning you’ll learn from the best no matter what you study. Our small class sizes allow professors to get to know you and invest in your life—challenging, mentoring, and pushing you to be your best.

Put yourself to the test not only in the classroom but also on the stage, where you can take part in two annual mainstages and musicals, staged readings, and choral, orchestra, and band concerts throughout the year. Our music, drama and visual art programs cover the spectrum from classical to contemporary. Ensembles and activities are open to students from all majors and levels of experience. Our programs regularly present concerts, performances, and art exhibits featuring our students as well as guest artists.

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 performance scholarships, grants, and loans that go all the way up to full tuition. And with our 4-Year Graduation Guarantee, you’ll get a head start toward achieving your personal goals.

Set up an appointment with a representative at or check out our virtual tour at and picture yourself as a Sunbird.



Ranked among the top colleges in the nation | Wall Street Journal, 2022


Consistently ranked among the "Best National Universities" | U.S. News & World Report, 2022


Ranked #70 among the "Best Catholic Colleges in America" |, 2023


Ranked among the nation's best for undergraduate Nursing, Engineering, and Computer Science | U.S. News & World Report, 2022

FPU Fast Facts

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

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

Distinctive programs
• STEM learning communities
• University Scholars Program
• Intercultural Learning Center
• Career Development & Experiential Learning Center
• The Warkentine Culture and Arts Center

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “FPU showed me a different side of learning. It allowed me to really study my passions!”

    • Trevor Thomas
  • “FPU gives students a lot of autonomy to be themselves and be open to the world around them. Everyone is so helpful and has such a willingness to serve.”

    • Frank Velasco
  • “FPU has given me countless opportunities for pursuing my passions as well as the support I need to succeed.”

    • Meg Clark