Washington Monthly calls Fresno Pacific University a “Best Bang for the Buck West” in the magazine’s 2018 College Guide and Rankings.” FPU is also ranked nationally for overall performance and as a best school for adult students.

FPU is 38 out of 213 colleges and universities on the “Best Bang for the Buck West” list, which covers the Western region of the United States. The magazine calls this category “an exclusive list of schools that help non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.”

“We appreciate outside affirmations of our success as confirmation that Fresno Pacific University is providing a high-quality education that is accessible to students and their families rightly concerned about the cost of higher education,” said Jon Endicott, vice president of enrollment management. “We always welcome students who want to use their education to benefit their communities, and Washington Monthly shares that interest.”

On the national level, FPU is ranked 120 out of 695 in master’s universities as well as 80 on the “Best Four-Year Schools for Adult Students” list, which is unique to Washington Monthly. In all, 1,124 colleges and universities were considered for the list and 100 were chosen.

The point of Washington Monthly’s annual rankings is to “rate schools based on what they are doing for the country,” according to the magazine. Placements for national universities, liberal arts colleges, baccalaureate colleges and master’s universities are based on contribution to the public good in three broad categories:

  • Social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students)
  • Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s)
  • Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country) 

U.S. News & World Report placed FPU at 39 “2019 Best Colleges and Universities” ranking, and 41 among best values, both in the Master’s University—West category. Money magazine included Fresno Pacific University in the top third of its national list of Best Colleges in America.

More information on Washington Monthly’s rankings, including methodologies, can be found at  washingtonmonthly.com/2018college-guide. Washington Monthly has released an annual college guide since 2005. Begun in 1969, the magazine is an independent, nonprofit publication.



Wayne Steffen
Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations