Fresno Pacific University

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1717 S. Chestnut Avenue

Fresno, CA 93702

Phone: (559) 453-2000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jul. 31
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#42 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. Regional Universities (West)

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Fresno Pacific University is a private institution that was founded in 1944. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,764, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 42 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Fresno Pacific University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 42. Its tuition and fees are $25,716 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Fresno Pacific University offers undergraduate and graduate programs that stress solid academic preparation and a strong ethical foundation. Each year nearly 2,400 traditional and adult students attend classes on the 42-acre main campus in southeast Fresno or at centers in North Fresno, Visalia and Bakersfield. The university also reaches 14,000 students across the nation and around the world through professional development studies programs. FPU faculty are experts; most hold doctorates and publish regularly in their fields and are dedicated to helping students excel in a variety of professions and graduate schools at major universities. Students come from 31 countries, 31 religious denominations and a variety of ethnic backgrounds. An average class size of 20 or fewer and a student-faculty ratio of 16:1 help faculty and students build relationships that support learning. As a Christian institution, all programs emphasize the importance of values, ethics and character development. FPU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1944
Religious affiliation Mennonite Brethren
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $11,281,067


When applying to Fresno Pacific University, it's important to note the application deadline is July 31. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 31. The application fee at Fresno Pacific University is $40. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 82.1 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 82.1%
Application deadline July 31
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 31

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Fresno Pacific University is 14:1, and the school has 65.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Fresno Pacific University include: Elementary Education and Teaching; Child Development; Organizational Behavior Studies; Business Administration and Management, General; and Criminalistics and Criminal Science. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 76.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 56%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Elementary Education and Teaching 25%
Child Development 18%
Organizational Behavior Studies 13%
Business Administration and Management, General 11%
Criminalistics and Criminal Science 6%

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Student Life

Fresno Pacific University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,764, with a gender distribution of 36.3 percent male students and 63.7 percent female students. At this school, 21 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 79 percent of students live off campus. Fresno Pacific University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 3,768
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Fresno Pacific University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Fresno Pacific University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Fresno Pacific University, 50 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Fresno Pacific University.

Students who have cars on campus 50%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Fresno Pacific University, 86.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $8,002.

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Tuition and fees $25,716 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,288 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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