College Rankings name FPU A leader In Student Value, Social Mobility

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Continued success across major college rankings for 2023-2024 highlights FPU’s value.
The Wall Street Journal, Washington Monthly, U.S. News & World Report and Money all ranked FPU highly, particularly among best-values and schools that help graduates succeed, both primary goals of the university. “We are pleased the rankings recognize that Fresno Pacific University delivers the transformational benefits of a Christian university education to our students across all program levels,” said Brad Camilleri, vice president of enrollment management. “Whether traditional undergraduates right out of high school, working adults finishing their bachelor’s degree or professionals increasing their impact with a master’s degree, our students improve their own lives and those of their families and communities.”


The Wall Street Journal places FPU at number 78 in the United States on its list of 400 colleges and universities. WSJ puts student outcomes ahead of institutional wealth and reputation, instead highlighting “the value a school provides to its students,” according to its website. The Journal breaks its overall score into four subcategories:

  • Social Mobility—FPU number 4
    Colleges that accept a high proportion of students from lower-income families, maintain high graduation rates and minimize attendance costs.
  • Student Experience—FPU number 42
    According to surveys of students and graduates.
  • Salary Impact—FPU number 128
    Schools are listed by their affect on graduates’ salaries related to the actual cost of attending.
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Washington Monthly ranks FPU number 48 nationally in its Master’s University category and number 18 in its Western category as a Best Bang for the Buck school. WM ranks 600 colleges and universities according to their contribution to the public good in social mobility, research and community and national service. The Best Bang for the Buck list ranks schools that “help non- wealthy students obtain marketable degrees at affordable prices,” according to its website.


U.S. News & World Report places FPU number 41 overall in the Master’s Universities—West category. Among these schools FPU is fourth in social mobility and number 12 among best values. FPU has frequently been in the top five in social mobility since U.S. News created the category.


Money gave FPU 4.5 stars out of a possible five. Money rates 736 of more than 2,400 four- year public and private nonprofit colleges in the country by quality, affordability and student outcomes in three general categories:

  • Quality of education—including graduation rates and instructor access
  • Affordability—including net price of a degree and ability to repay debt
  • Outcomes—including earnings 10 years after college entry