A Legacy of Possibilities Gives Hope for a Confident Future
Fresno Pacific University “Engages the Cultures and Serve the Cities” of the Valley
As Fresno Pacific University celebrates 75 years, generations of graduates, students, faculty, administrators, staff, board members and supporters can be proud of what we have accomplished and welcome the accomplishments to come. As we live our calling to “Engage the Cultures and Serve the Cities,” our history serves as a legacy of possibilities that invigorates our faith and our resolve. We look to the future confident that our graduates will explore new pathways with courage, knowledge and hope.
Christ was our foundation when the doors of Pacific Bible Institute opened in 1944 to 28 students, and has remained so as we became first a junior college, then a four-year college and today a university and seminary serving more than 4,200 students with bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees and certificates at five campuses in Merced, North Fresno, Southeast Fresno (which includes Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary), Visalia and Bakersfield. In addition, our online degree programs and continuing education offerings serve thousands more students and professionals well beyond state and national borders.
Still the only accredited Christian university founded in the Central Valley, FPU welcomes students of all faith backgrounds, or none, to explore their untapped potential for professional, personal and ethical growth through academic programs and co-curricular activities that stress solid preparation and a strong ethical foundation. The vast majority of our students are from California, particularly the Central Valley, and most remain here to work, live and serve. Fresno Pacific also offers direct outreach through the Center for Community Transformation, the Center for Peacemaking and in other ways.
Our vision of Christian higher education is embodied in the Fresno
Pacific Idea, which calls us to be a Christian university, a community of learners and prophetic in service to church and community—a charge for us to fill minds with knowledge and hearts with faith so our graduates embody justice, reconciliation, service and humility. FPU is affiliated with the Mennonite Brethren Church, and all employees express a personal Christian commitment and support the Christian mission of the university.
Through all that has happened and in all that will, we remain confident that: “with God all things are possible.”