A university and a school district are coming together to pave the way for more high school students to attend college.

Fresno Pacific University and Chaffey Joint Union High School District in Ontario, CA, have signed a partnership agreement to provide a smooth pathway for district students to be admitted to the university. The agreement was approved unanimously by the district board October 4, 2022.

“All CJUHSD graduates who meet the mutually agreed upon admission requirements, will be able to enroll and attend this progressive and inclusive university,” said Christopher Hollister, Ed.D., district assistant superintendent of student services. “One of the amazing highlights of this agreement is the commitment of FPU to provide a minimum of $7,000 per academic year in combined scholarships and grants to all our students. We are very excited to provide this opportunity for our students to attend this university.”

This is the first such agreement FPU has made with a public school district, but university leaders pledge it won’t be the last. “We see this as part of our future and look forward to signing many more of these,” said André Stephens, Ph.D., president. “Such actions such speak directly to our desire to provide as many qualified students as possible with the professional, personal and spiritual benefits of a Fresno Pacific education.”    

Both FPU and CJUSD made commitments to help students as they progress from a district high school to Fresno Pacific. These include information on FPU requirements and enhanced student support with the application and enrollment processes.


Chaffey Joint Union High School District is the second-largest high school district in California, with about 24,000 students in eight comprehensive high schools, a continuation high school, an online high school, a community day school, an adult school and alternative programs. Located in San Bernardino County, it serves Ontario, Montclair, Rancho Cucamonga and portions of Fontana, Upland, Chino and Mount Baldy. (More at Chaffey Joint Union High School District (cjuhsd.net)

About FPU

Fresno Pacific University is the only accredited Christian university founded in the Central Valley, offering undergraduate, graduate and seminary programs to more than 3,000 traditional and adult students on five campuses and online. The university also reaches about 8,000 students through professional development studies. FPU is a Hispanic Serving Institution, with a Hispanic student population of 56 percent. Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, FPU ranks in the top tier among western universities—master’s category by U.S. News & World Report. Both U.S. News and Washington Monthly include FPU on their “Best Value” and “Best Bang for the Buck” lists, U.S. News places it at number 3 in its category for student social mobility and Money has ranked it at number 11 among 50 Best Colleges for Transfer Students. (More at Fresno Pacific University)

PHOTO: FPU and CJUHSD officials sign an enrollment agreement to help district graduates attend the university. FPU President André Stephens, Ph.D., is at the right in the front row. Jon Endicott, vice president for enrollment and management student services, is in the center of the back row.


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