A nationally known college ranking recognizes Fresno Pacific University for its quality, value and the success of its students.
Washington Monthly rates FPU number 32 on its “Best Bang for Your Buck-West” ranking. The list measures “the extent to which they charge students who aren’t rich a reasonable price for a quality education that will advance them in their careers,” according to the magazine’s website. Top-ranked schools succeed at enrolling low-income students and helping them graduate and find good jobs.
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“We are proud to be known as an example of quality and affordability,” said Jon Endicott, vice president of enrollment management. “We make it a priority to serve students, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college, and families that both value higher education as an investment, and are justifiably concerned about costs.”
Adding additional meaning to the honor is that FPU is ranked highest among California schools in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities. The university is also ranked 136 among National Universities-Master’s.
Since 2005, the Washington Monthly has released an annual college guide, rating schools in three broad categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s) and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country). The “Best Bang for the Buck” category is an exclusive list of schools that help non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices. Begun in 1969, Washington Monthly is an independent, nonprofit publication.