Fresno Pacific University

Fresno Pacific University

Fresno Pacific University, popularly referred to as FPU, was established in 1944 as the Pacific Bible Institute. It became the Pacific College in 1964, the Fresno Pacific College in 1976, and was christened Fresno Pacific University in 1997. Founded by the Pacific District Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, FPU sits on a 40-acre campus in Fresno, California. Apart from the main campus, classes are also offered in the Bakersfield Center, the North Fresno Center, and the Visalia Center.

Fresno Pacific University offers a large number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as online degrees and courses. Specific courses on the English language and professional development are also available. FPU has under it the following academic divisions:

  • The School of Business
  • The School of Education
  • The School of Humanities, Religion & Social Sciences
  • The School of Natural Sciences

Students of Fresno Pacific University participate in sports including swimming, tennis, basketball, baseball, volleyball, cross country, soccer, track and field, and water polo. The teams are nicknamed the Sunbirds, and they are members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

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Contacting Fresno Pacific

Fresno Pacific University
1717 S Chestnut Ave
Fresno , CA 93702-4709
General Phone: (559) 453-2000

Fresno Pacific Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching234multilingual education, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, instructional media design, special ed, education of physically impaired, special education, school counseling, elementary school teaching, ...
Business and Management180business management, non-profit management, business administration, accounting, human resources, organizational behavior, international business, MIS, marketing, ...
Family and Social Work52child development, social work
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy30health and physical education, sports and fitness management, exercise science, athletic trainer
Liberal Arts26minority and gender studies, Spanish language, Latin language, English, liberal arts and sciences, humanities, peace and conflict resolution, diversity studies, interdisciplinary studies, ...
Religion and Philosophy22philosophy, bible studies, theology and religious vocations
Therapy and Counseling18psychology, psychology courses, physical therapy
Science13biology, biological and biomedical sciences, chemistry, physics
Media6communication studies, media studies
Mathematics3applied mathematics
Computer Science and Engineering0computer science
Drama and Performing Arts0various performing arts
Conservation and Resource Management0environmental studies, environmental science
Art Studies0art studies
Photography and Commercial Art0film studies

Number of programs and degrees for Fresno Pacific in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree44854
Master's degree14018
Postbaccalaureate certificate01
Associate's degree01

Fresno Pacific Student Body

In 2007-2008, Fresno Pacific had a total enrollment of 2,391 students (2,141 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 63%
Women 37%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 69%
Graduate 31%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 47%
Black 3%
Hispanic 24%
Asian 3%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 20%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 11%
20-21 13%
22-24 13%
25-29 13%
30-34 10%
35-39 8%
40-49 13%
50-64 9%
65+ 0%

Fresno Pacific Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 75 %
Part-Time 43 %

Fresno Pacific Room and Board (2007)

Fresno Pacific offers campus housing for 547 of its 2,141 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Fresno, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Fresno Pacific Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal440570
SAT Math440580
ACT Verbal1723
ACT Math1723
ACT Composite1823

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT84%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT30%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Fresno Pacific Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 23,202
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 23,202
Room and board $ 5,640
Books and supplies $ 1,566
Other expenses $ 2,970

Financial Aid:
Fresno Pacific participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 125300)

Fresno Pacific Faculty

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
No academic rankcalendar year12$70,9028$66,028
All faculty totalcalendar year12$70,9028$66,028

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
No academic rankacademic year54$53,44435$50,114
All faculty totalacademic year54$53,44435$50,114

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Fresno Pacific Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Golden State Athletic Conference
Baseball Golden State Athletic Conference
Track Golden State Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports233558

Fresno Pacific Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management
Organizational Behavior Studies

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Visual and Performing Arts, Other

Education And Teaching
Bilingual and Multilingual Education
Biology Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Computer Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Education/Teaching Individuals - Orthopedic/Oth Phys Impairments
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Science Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Special Education and Teaching, Other
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

Family And Social Work
Child Development
Social Work

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies
Latin Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature

Applied Mathematics

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Communication and Media Studies, Other

Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education, General
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Photography And Commercial Art
Film/Cinema Studies

Religion And Philosophy
Bible/Biblical Studies
Theology and Religious Vocations, Other

Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General
Psychology, Other

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What Sets Fresno Pacific Apart:

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% students on athletic fin. aid
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Top 20%Fresno Pacific Dorm rooms per full-time student

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