In 1941 the Pacific District Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches formed a "Permanent School Committee" to consider the establishment of a post-secondary school. In 1944 Pacific Bible Institute opened in a large residence on Van Ness Avenue in Fresno with twenty-eight students. Soon outgrowing its original campus, the school moved in 1946 to a former YWCA building in downtown Fresno.
We offer over 30 degree options and more than 100 areas of study for high school graduates and transfer students. With more than 45 distinctive graduate programs, our alumni are in high-demand locally and beyond for their professionalism, depth and breadth of knowledge in their field and leadership.
The Career Development Center at FPU is your Premier Resource.
Our purpose is to equip you to discover your calling and empower you to use your strengths and fulfill God’s plan for you. Our services are available to all Students and Alumni.
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The Student Life Office offers the FPU community a variety of services to care for our students:
Life on FPU's campus is exciting—filling your college years with fun, enthusiasm, life-long friends and a "home" away from home. The welcoming atmosphere, sense of belonging and variety of activities and opportunities enrich students' spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical lives. And it's not just about fun and games either. Research has shown that students who live on campus enjoy greater academic success and are more likely to achieve in other areas such as leadership.
Information Technology Services (ITS) exists to maintain and enhance IT infrastructure and services in support of Fresno Pacific University and its mission.
Fresno Pacific University offers four housing styles for students: modules, suites, apartments, and houses.
Module Style Housing
Modules are living areas made up of spacious traditional style rooms which offer a small community-feel.
Suites Style Housing
Suites are living areas made up of five rooms. Each suite is equipped with wireless internet, satellite T.V., a community living room, two community-style bathrooms, a full recreational kitchen, and has access to nearby laundry facilities.
Apartments & Houses
Being located amidst a residential neighborhood has allowed the university to purchase many neighboring houses and apartments for upperclassmen housing. The houses and apartments are occupied by 3-8 students.
The Fresno Pacific Sunbirds compete in the Pacific West Conference of the NCAA Division II. The university sponsors 16 intercollegiate sports, eight each for men and women:
Ask almost any college graduate and they will tell you that “college is what you make of it.” At Fresno Pacific University, we are proud of our student involvement. With more than 100 paid and volunteer student leadership positions and countless more opportunities to create or join an existing club, there is an opportunity for every student.
Fresno Pacific University's programs are approved by the WASC Senior College and University Commission.