Fresno Pacific University

1717 S Chestnut Ave, Fresno, CA 93702-4709

School Details

Fresno Pacific University, with Christian affiliations, is a private not-for-profit, four-year institution of higher education, located in the city of Fresno, California.


The idea for what would eventually become Fresno Pacific University was formed in 1941 by the Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches. In 1944, the Pacific Bible Institute opened its doors in Fresno, California. In 1956, the institution widened its curriculum to include a more in-depth junior college standard of learning. In 1960 it became Pacific College and in 1965 it was granted accreditation as a four year liberal arts institution. By 2005, Fresno Pacific had expanded to include regional campus centers in Bakersfield, North Fresno, and Visalia. The Merced Center was opened in 2012. In 2010, the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary formally became part of Fresno Pacific University. Fresno Pacific University Biblical Seminary has accreditation via the Association Canadian Theological Schools and has extension campuses in Langley, British Columbia and Winnipeg, Manitoba. Fresno Pacific University is accredited by the Commission for Senior Colleges and universities of the western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

The mission of Fresno Pacific University is “Fresno Pacific University develops students for leadership and service through excellence in Christian higher education.” It is important to note that Fresno Pacific is a Christian school, which means that their basic liberal arts requirements also include foundational Theology and Religion courses. Fresno Pacific describes itself as Anabaptist, evangelical, and ecumenical.

There are many extracurricular activities available to students at Fresno. Clubs and organizations include: 7-11 Club, Multimedia Club, African Union, Salsa Club, Shalom Club, History Club, Longboards United, and Fitness Club. Students can become residential assistants (RAs), mentors assistants (MAs), and part of the SWAT Team, which is the recruitment team for the admissions department. In addition to those opportunities, Fresno Pacific also offers a wide range of support services to its students. These include: Academic Support Center, Career Services, Commuter Services, Counseling Services, Health Services, Disability Services, and Mentoring and Advising.


Fresno Pacific offers undergraduate programs, degree completion programs, graduate programs, and online degrees and courses. Fresno Pacific also offers professional development programs. The schools that make up Fresno Pacific include:

  • School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Humanities, Religion, Social Sciences
  • School of Natural Sciences
  • Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary

Fresno Pacific University Biblical Seminary offers seven academic degrees:

  • Masters of Divinity
  • Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Master of Arts in Christian Ministries
  • Master of Arts in Urban Mission
  • Master of Arts in Old Testament
  • Master of Arts in New Testament
  • Master of Arts in Theology

It is important to note that students may enroll in up to 9 units of courses for credit at Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary without being admitted into a degree or certificate program. Students must meet a Bible knowledge requirement within the first 15 units of their seminary studies.


The online offerings from Fresno Pacific include: Adult Degree completion, credentials (like Teacher Librarian Services), Master’s degrees, and continuing education courses. The online Master of Arts degrees are:

  • MA in Curriculum and Teaching
  • MA in Education Technology
  • MA in Kinesiology: Athletic Training Emphasis
  • MA in Kinesiology: Physical Education Emphasis
  • MA in Kinesiology: Sport Administration Emphasis
  • MA in School LIbrary and Information Technology

The tuition rate for online education is $113 per semester unit in addition to applicable materials fees.


Around 3,350 students attend Fresno Pacific University; around 2,600 of those students are undergraduates. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1 and around 83 percent of undergraduate students attend classes full time. About 28 percent of undergraduates take advantage of at least some distance education, while around 39 percent of graduate students take advantage of at least some distance education. About 73 percent of prospective students are admitted and 29 percent of those students actually enroll in undergraduate programs. The overall graduation rate is 59 percent. The student body is made up of about 39 percent white students, 38 percent Hispanic or Latino, and 47 percent of the undergraduate population is 25 or older.


The estimated tuition is $25,716 per academic year for undergraduate students. About 94 percent of students receive some kind of grant or scholarship aid and 75 percent take out student loans. The average student loan is about $8,516.




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    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Master's degree
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