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Fresno Pacific University: Narrative Description


1717 South Chestnut Ave.
Fresno, CA 93702-4709
Tel: (559)453-2000
Admissions: (559)453-2231
Fax: (559)453-2007
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, comprehensive, coed, affiliated with Mennonite Brethren Church. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1944. Setting: 42-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $3.8 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5589 per student. Total enrollment: 2,255. Faculty: (77 full-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 556 applied, 64% were admitted. Full-time: 1,067 students, 68% women, 32% men. Part-time: 350 students, 65% women, 35% men. Students come from 18 states and territories, 36 other countries, 3% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 24% Hispanic, 5% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 31% 25 or older, 53% live on campus, 19% transferred in. Retention: 86% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; protective services/public administration. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at California State University, Fresno; Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary; San Joaquin College of Law. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.10 high school GPA. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous until 7/31.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. Comprehensive fee: $24,328 includes full-time tuition ($18,500), mandatory fees ($228), and college room and board ($5600). College room only: $2700. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $660 per unit. Part-time mandatory fees: $72 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 20 open to all. Most popular organizations: International Club, Kid's Klub, Amigos Unidos, Slavic Club, Women's Soccer Club. Major annual events: Homecoming, M.C.C. Sale. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, 24-hour monitored closed-circuit security cameras. 595 college housing spaces available; 514 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Hiebert Library with 181,020 books, 315,000 microform titles, 14,400 serials, 10,530 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $694,934. 72 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See California State University Fresno.

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