Fresno Pacific University

Fresno Pacific University


See what's possible when you have everything you ever needed to do everything you always wanted. At Fresno Pacific University, you'll join others who are united by a passion for knowledge. By fellowship and faith. And by a commitment to tackling the big questions that reverberate far beyond the classroom. Discover what inspires you as you dive into your field of study. See God in our diverse campus environment and get closer to Him as you learn. Develop the bonds that will last a lifetime through relationships with classmates and faculty. Express yourself via Sunbird athletics or our vibrant arts community. Find the support you need through our extensive financial aid options. And do it all right here in California's beautiful central valley; rich with culture, food and fun. Fresno Pacific University. Possible happens here.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach Dreamer's Workshop

This annual college informational workshop is for DACA, Dreamer or AB-540 eligible students and their families to receive key information and resources on how to get the most out of their benefits. They interact with counselors and representatives from local colleges and organizations that aim to aid these students in their college-going efforts. Scholarship information and application support is also provided.

Scholarship & Financial Aid The Samaritan Scholarship Program

The Samaritan scholarship is for undocumented, academically prepared, first-time freshman or transfer students who have completed their high school education in California. The Samaritan scholarship program provides leadership development, mentoring, career internship opportunities and cultural events/conferences that scholars can lead and attend. Qualifications: Must be an undocumented student, must have attended and graduated from a high school in California, demonstrated Christian commitment, must have filed and submitted the California Dream Act Application. The Samaritan Scholarship Program Requirements (if awarded): Must be enrolled as a full-time student at FPU, maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA; mid-semester grade reporting required, regular attendance at FPU’s College Hour (14 times/semester), active involvement in campus life (ie: clubs, student government, newspaper, etc.) active participation in leadership with the Office of Spiritual Formation, active involvement in a local church, annual review with program coordinator to review achievements. Learn more about The Samaritan Scholarship Program

Scholarship & Financial Aid King/Hamer Scholarship Program

Fresno Pacific University’s King & Hamer Scholarship is aimed at students from an African American background. This program provides leadership development, mentoring, career counseling and cultural events/conferences that scholars can lead and attend. This is a partner program, meaning that students will need to seek at least $250 from a church, organization, agency or institution for one year. FPU will provide up to $1,500 per year for a maximum of four years, subject to financial aid eligibility.

Summer Bridge & Orientation STEM Summer Bridge Program

The STEM bridge summer program aims to give students a leg-up academically as they prepare to enter their first year of college. Students entering STEM disciplines will meet and bond during a one-day event held on FPU's campus and will remain connected online for 4 weeks in the summer. Students can expect to gain early access to some of the general education courses that, once the semester begins, will allow them to be better prepared for academic success. Additionally, they will walk onto campus the first day of classes with a group of students who they have already established personal and academic relationships with that will hopefully last their entire time while at FPU.

Academic Advising & Support The ALAS Program

The ALAS Program is committed to helping first-generation students successfully graduate from college in just four years. Our free, personal services help you achieve a university degree and become an FPU Sunbird for life. Academic counselors will help you: Design a personalized education plan targeted toward graduating in four years, connect you with student tutors who can answer your questions about classes, teachers and other issues and learn which courses are required to graduate. Career counselors will help you: Assess your skills, abilities, interests and goals to choose a major that is right for you, write a resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV) and cover letter to personalize your presentations, and provide information about opportunities in your field or interest and prepare you to pursue a career or graduate school. The ALAS Program gives you access to computers and printers for classwork and homework at no cost. There is also a friendly staff and information about other matters pertaining to academics and the community. Learn more about The ALAS Program

Student Diversity

  • 1,082
  • 62/38
  • 53%
    First-generation college students
  • 2%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 11%
  • 9%
    Black or African American
  • 25%
  • 1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 47%
  • 1%
    Two or more races
  • 3%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 2%

Student Success

  • 75%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 56%
    Six-year graduation
  • n/a
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • n/a
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 50%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 125
    Full-time faculty
  • n/a
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 13:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Kinesiology, Liberal Studies, Psychology, Pre-Health Sciences, Biology

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Amigos Unidos, Asian Flavor, Colors of India, DREAMers, IMAGES, International Club


Cost of Attendance

  • $28,780
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $340
    Required Fees
  • $7,690
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $200,000
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • n/a
    Average aid package
  • n/a
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 58%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 91%
    Students with financial need
  • 99%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • n/a
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • n/a
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 1,004
    # of applicants
  • n/a
  • n/a
    Average HS GPA
  • n/a
    ACT Composite
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Critical Reading
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Math
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • rolling
    Regular application closing date
  • $40
    Application Fee
  • $40
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date