Fresno Pacific Elevates Students

"In this spring’s edition of Pacific magazine, we celebrate the theme “Elevated,” highlighting the transformative impact Fresno Pacific University has had on individuals’ lives. This month’s commencement at Selland Arena in downtown Fresno celebrated the culmination of another group of students’ educational journeys. This ceremony is a highlight for me, knowing that our students have engaged with faculty and staff in meaningful and distinctly Christian ways that not only prepare them for their chosen vocation, but have made them better people.

Our alumni are indeed rising to the challenges in their communities…
André Stephens, Ph.D.
President of FPU

At Fresno Pacific, our educational philosophy, rooted in the Fresno Pacific Idea, emphasizes a journey of profound learning and spiritual growth through engagement with Christ and the world. We are dedicated to equipping students to elevate themselves and everyone whose lives they touch.

While we primarily serve students from the Central Valley of California, a region marked by unique challenges including lower college-going rates and reduced family incomes, we take pride in serving a diverse student body. With many of our students being first-generation and our status as a proud Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), we embrace our role as an institution committed to supporting and elevating the underserved populations in higher education.

Despite these challenges, Fresno Pacific continues to excel nationally, as recognized by The Wall Street Journal’s recent ranking placing us among the top colleges in the nation. Our commitment to social and economic mobility, evidenced by our high graduation rates and impactful education, underscores our mission to empower/elevate every student to fulfill their God-given potential.

Thank you for your continued support and prayers. I remain hopeful as our community seeks to live into the core Anabaptist values: Jesus at the center of our faith; Community at the center of our lives; Reconciliation at the center of our work."