Fresno Pacific University

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School Overview

Fresno Pacific University is a Christian school in Fresno, California. However, the university didn’t start out as Fresno Pacific University. It was founded as Pacific Bible Institute, and later its name was changed. Fresno Pacific University is affiliated with the Mennonite Brethren Church. The university was founded in the 1940’s, didn’t start awarding bachelor’s degrees until the 1960s and master’s degrees until the 1970s.

General Information

Admission Office

1717 South Chestnut Avenue

Fresno, CA 93702-4709

(559) 453-2039

(800) 660-6089

Fax: (559) 453-2007

Contact: Rina Campbell

Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Main Address

1717 South Chestnut Avenue

Fresno, CA 93702-4709

(559) 453-2000

Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,583


Suburban setting

Large city (250,000 – 499,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $40

Online application fee: $40
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 74%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $21,796 $23,202 $23,898 $23,898 0.00%
Books and Supplies $1,386 $1,566 $1,638 $1,638 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $4,730 $5,640 $6,180 $6,180 0.00%
Other $2,934 $2,970 $3,042 $3,042 0.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $1,700 $1,800 $1,900 $2,000 +5.26%
Other $1,000 $1,100 $1,200 $1,300 +8.33%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $30,846 $33,378 $34,758 $34,758 0.00%
In-state Off Campus $25,882 $27,668 $28,636 $28,836 +0.70%
In-state with Family $23,182 $24,768 $25,536 $25,536 0.00%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $12,285
In-state Student Fees $0
Out-of-state Tuition $12,285
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $0

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 143 99%
Grant or scholarship aid 143 99% $2,332,301 $16,310
• Federal grants 59 41% $284,986 $4,830
• Pell grants 59 41% $221,142 $3,748
• Other federal grants 49 34% $63,844 $1,303
State and local government grant or scholarships 71 49% $622,024 $8,761
Institutional scholarships or grants 143 99% $1,425,291 $9,967
Student loan financial aid 91 63% $529,357 $5,817
• Federal student loans 91 63% $441,127 $4,848
• Other student loans 7 5% $88,230 $12,604

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 511 160 5
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 3
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other 3
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 10
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other 7
Biology/biological Sciences, General 3
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 149 20
Accounting 13
Business Administration and Management, General 58
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 7
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other 20
Human Resources Management/personnel Administration, General 2
International Business/trade/commerce 1
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing Research
Marketing/marketing Management, General 6
Non-profit/public/organizational Management
Organizational Behavior Studies 62
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 8
Communication and Media Studies, Other
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 8
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Science
Education 117 111 5
Bilingual and Multilingual Education 4
Biology Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Computer Teacher Education 2
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services 31
Curriculum and Instruction 26
Education/teaching Of Individuals With orthopedic and Other Physical Health Impairments
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 25
Educational/instructional Technology 3
Elementary Education and Teaching 110
English/language Arts Teacher Education
Health Occupations Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education 1 4
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education 4
Science Teacher Education/general Science Teacher Education
Social Science Teacher Education 5
Spanish Language Teacher Education 1
Special Education and Teaching, General 9
Special Education and Teaching, Other 5
Teaching English As A Second or Foreign Language/esl Language Instructor 3
English Language and Literature/letters 10
English Language and Literature, General 10
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 5
Ancient/classical Greek Language and Literature 3
Latin Language and Literature 1
Spanish Language and Literature 1
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences, General 8 18
Athletic Training/trainer 8 18
Physical Therapy/therapist
History 10
History, General 10
Human Services, General 15
Social Work 15
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Humanities/humanistic Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies
Mathematics and Statistics 5
Applied Mathematics, General 2
Mathematics, General 3
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, General 1 10
Intercultural/multicultural and Diversity Studies
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 5
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution 1 5
Natural Resources and Conservation 3
Environmental Science 2
Environmental Studies 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 5
Health and Physical Education/fitness, General
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 5
Sport and Fitness Administration/management
Physical Sciences 1
Chemistry, General 1
Physics, General
Psychology 26
Psychology, General 26
Psychology, Other
Social Sciences 22
Criminology 14
Development Economics and International Development
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General 5
Social Sciences, Other
Sociology 3
Theology and Religious Vocations 22
Bible/biblical Studies 22
Theology and Religious Vocations, Other
Visual and Performing Arts 10
Art/art Studies, General 2
Film/cinema/video Studies
Fine/studio Arts, General 3
Graphic Design 1
Music, General 4
Visual and Performing Arts, Other
Work and Family Studies 81 1
Child Development 81 1
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music Theory/Composition B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B
Human Resources Management B
International Business B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B
Nonprofit Management B
Organizational Behavior Studies B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B


Biology Teacher Education B
Business Teacher Education B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Social Science Teacher Education B

English Language & Literature

Creative Writing B

Foreign Language & Literature

Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Premedicine B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences A,B


Applied Mathematics B
Mathematics – General B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B
Environmental Studies B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Health/Physical Fitness B
Sport/Fitness Administration B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Criminalistics/Criminal Science B

Social Sciences

Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Theological Studies & Religious Vocations

Bible Studies B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Fresno Pacific University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (559) 453-2000
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address: 1717 S Chestnut Ave, Fresno, CA 93702-4709
Setting: City: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 4,300
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 65%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 11 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 2,562 (60% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Associates, Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $32,950
Out-of-state Tuition: $32,950
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $24,740

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Fresno Pacific University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Fresno Pacific University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 4
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 1104
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 3
Education 51518
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 3
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 84
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 14
Legal Professions and Studies 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 131
Library Science 1
Mathematics and Statistics 32
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 232
Natural Resources and Conservation 2
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 32
Philosophy and Religious Studies 13
Physical Sciences 1
Psychology 111
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Social Sciences 3
Theology and Religious Vocations 348
Visual and Performing Arts 9
Grand total 1418943

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Fresno Pacific University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $32,950
Out-of-state $32,950
Books and supplies $1,971

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $15,000
Out-of-state $15,000

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 232 100%
Grant or scholarship aid 231 100% $24,740
Student loan aid 147 63% $8,142

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 2,357 81% $13,314
Federal student loans 2,050 71% $9,358

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Fresno Pacific University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Fresno Pacific University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 964 305 659
Percent admitted 100% 72% 63%
Percent admitted who enrolled 18% 21% 17%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Fresno Pacific University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 4,300
Undergraduate enrollment 2,947
Graduate enrollment 1,353

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Fresno Pacific University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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