Students who want a quicker start to their careers now have a three-year option at Fresno Pacific University.

Bachelor’s degrees in several areas of business, along with English, biology, mathematics and chemistry are now available in three years in addition to the traditional four-year program, thanks to graduation pathways that include all classes within three academic years, with summer sessions. “These are not new degrees,” said Krista Brooks, director of undergraduate admission at FPU. “They cover all the same material in all the same classes as four-year programs, just with a set schedule that helps students accomplish their degree in less time.”

Not only will students on the three-year option save one year of tuition, they will jump into their careers one year early and start earning income. Federal and state financial aid programs, such as Cal Grants and Pell Grants, may be applied, as well as other institutional aid such as academic scholarships. In all, 98% of FPU students receive financial aid, and about two-thirds come from families earning less than $40,000 a year. All new first-time fulltime freshmen receive a scholarship.

FPU is widely known for the support and personal attention given to students, about half of whom are the first in their families to graduate from a four-year college or university. All students share resources such as small class sizes, professors with connections in their field who get to know students inside and outside the classroom and the Career Development and Experiential Learning Center. In addition, everyone on the three-year option has a dedicated advisor to help plan schedules and discuss course options.

“Finishing your bachelor’s degree in three years will jumpstart you into a highly sought-after career,” Brooks said. “In addition, with our 3+1 STEM Teaching program, students wishing to teach can start their credential program one year earlier than normal, saving time and money.”

Programs available (list may be updated periodically)


More information at

Check here for community college students with an Associated Degree for Transfer (ADT)

Contact the FPU Office of Undergraduate Admission at or 559-453-2039.


Wayne Steffen
Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations