Fresno Pacific University leaders remain committed to providing mostly face-to-face instruction in fall 2020 at all campuses.

The university announced this week:

  • Prospective traditional undergraduate students can schedule visits to the main campus beginning June 15. Appointments are required, along with masks and social distancing. Students interested in enrolling in or transferring to FPU may tour the campus and visit with admission counselors and financial services representatives. To make an appointment, please visit our website or call 559-453-2039.
  • The Campus Life Division is working to make a place for all first-year students in residence halls on the main campus. Rooms will be primarily single occupancy, with some larger rooms open for two students. Some Fresno-area students will be asked to commute to campus for the fall semester to ensure we can maintain safe practices.

When students, faculty and staff return to campuses, administrators expect the “new”—what some are calling the “next”—normal to include social distancing and easily available personal protective equipment (PPE). Staff is measuring classrooms and ordering masks, sanitizer and cleaning items. Some blended instruction and alternative class and work schedules are being considered. Some facilities may be used in new ways.

As planning continues, university administrators continue to place the safety of students, faculty and staff first, to consult with other Christian colleges and universities in California and to be guided by the latest information from county, state and national officials. “We know not everyone will be able to be on campus and will make accommodation for individual needs,” FPU President Joseph Jones, Ph.D., said. “Recent trends, however, such as the opening of businesses and public spaces throughout the Central Valley, have made us more optimistic than ever about prospects for bringing together this community to provide the education we know is most effective.”



Wayne Steffen
Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations