Fresno Pacific University Reviews

  • 22 Reviews
  • Fresno (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $34,188
75% of 22 students said this degree improved their career prospects
95% of 22 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Lauryn Muzny
  • Reviewed: 5/20/2019
  • Degree: Business Administration
"Fresno Pacific University was a backup option for me since the local college had a long wait list and I was ready to get in and finish my degree. There were many positive things that Fresno Pacific University has to offer. The main one being small class sizes and direct easy access to professors. This personal experience was great when it came to learning. A few negatives include a large religious emphasis and more expensive classes."
Nancy L
  • Reviewed: 3/19/2018
  • Degree: School Psychology
"Fresno Pacific University has been the perfect fit for me. Fresno pacific offers classes during the evenings, making it easier for me to maintain my full-time job. By keeping my full-time job, it has caused me great relief knowing I have the financial support to pay my bills which was something I was looking for when applying for a graduate program. Fresno Pacific has been nothing but accommodating to me all the way from the financial services to the classroom setting. Also, if you are a devoted Christian, then Fresno Pacific is the right place for you. Started and ending class with prayer has been such a wonderful experience. I love Fresno Pacific and would definitely recommend this school!"
Taylor Caspers
  • Reviewed: 3/29/2017
  • Degree: Psychology
"Fresno Pacific University's psychology program was very thorough in that they focused a great detail on practicum training, exposure to symposiums, and tests which were challenging but fair. They require a minimum of 240 units in order to graduate, and the financial help can vary for incoming freshman and transfers based on their GPA ranging from $2,500-full tuition. After graduating from FPU, I was fortunate enough to get accepted to Alliant International University for their PhD Clinical Psychology program (San Francisco campus). I am loving the curriculum here and next year I will be able to intern with sites in the Bay Area. Alliant emphasizes the importance in being a culturally competent therapist and the empathy required to treat people from all different backgrounds."
Deja Alewine
  • Reviewed: 3/9/2017
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"The education I have received from Fresno Pacific University can be described as influential. Being that it is a historically religious school, I found that many of my professors in my specific programs, Psychology and Criminal Justice, were able to integrate faith within the curriculum properly without it being overwhelming for non-religious individuals. To that point, the professors are approachable and accommodating as well. The campus community is quite inclusive and there is an atmosphere of Christ that is felt throughout. There are many opportunities to get involved on campus through the leadership programs. There are even opportunities to create programs if one feels that a certain demographic or interest is underrepresented at the institution. Whether you live on campus or commute, as I did, there are opportunities for you at Fresno Pacific. There are opportunities to address the shortcomings of the institution as well which is something some schools especially private schools do not always allow. There are opportunities to study abroad, as well as embark on missions trips which can be paid for using financial or institutional aid. Fresno Pacific has been named one of the most affordable christian colleges offering a plethora of financial as well as institutional aid. They offer a Four Year Graduation Guarantee and do all they can to honor that agreement. In addition, they offer accommodations for individuals with disabilities and have an office specifically designed to ensure students remain academically successful. Overall, this institution blessed me tremendously and I am glad to say I am an Alumni of Fresno Pacific University."
Caressa Archie
  • Reviewed: 3/4/2017
  • Degree: Business
"I graduated from Fresno Pacific University with a bachelor degree in Business Administration, with a Marketing emphasis. I enjoyed my time at FPU. It challenged me spiritually, physically, academically, and socially. I also played for the women's team so I learned a lot about time management between academics, athletics, and social time. The teachers, students, and staff are all generally very welcoming. It is a smaller campus so you get that close-knit family feeling, so if a big campus is a priority for you, FPU may not be the school for you. Academically, the courses are very rigorous- which I think is a good thing because it prepares us for life after college that is not simple."
Kathleen Anderson
  • Reviewed: 1/31/2017
  • Degree: Pre-Medicine
"FPU was a great place to receive my undergraduate education. The quality of instructors was top notch. I felt comfortable going to them if I needed help and I never felt that I was inconveniencing them. The diversity of people on campus is also something that I value and will appreciate for my entire life. Since Fresno Pacific was a private, religious school, I had the chance to practice my faith. I grew strongly in my spiritual journey and was greatly encourage by those around me. If I could go back to college and relive those four years, I would do it back at Fresno Pacific in a heartbeat."
Stephanie Esqueda
  • Reviewed: 12/20/2015
  • Degree: Counseling
"The faculty is great. Very knowledgeable and bring real personal experiences to the class lessons. Classes are small which allows for a lot of personal attention and support from instructors. As a cohort we are all very supportive and encouraging of one another. So far this has been a phenomenal program."
Jaime Watson
  • Reviewed: 9/29/2014
  • Degree: School Psychology
"The school psychology program at Fresno Pacific is wonderful and I am so happy I decided to go. The schedule of classes is what drew me in because it is set up for people who need to work or have other things going on. The work load is easily manageable and I do not ever feel overwhelmed."
  • Reviewed: 8/6/2014
  • Degree: Psychology
"Judging by how easy it was to get the classes that I needed and not be waitlisted, this was a great school. Almost 90% of the time I could register for classes and not be waitlisted or have any problems with the classes being too full. I have also taken classes at Fresno City College and it was extremely hard to get into any class at all. I was very pleased in regards to class availability. Although it was extremely expensive to attend this college, I feel like it was worth the money due to the fact that I got to attend all of the classes that I needed to graduate. However, Even though i was pleased with the registration process I would not give the advisors/counselors the same review. They did not seem knowledgeable about degree completion programs, they referred me to the wrong people to answer my questions and they were only available 3-4 hours a week, in small chunks. Over the past 4 years that I have attended Fresno Pacific i have had 4 different advisors, each student is suppose to get one and have the same advisor continuously throughout their years at their college in order to lessen confusion and so each advisor knows each student's progress. Over all I rate this as an average college, still definitely needs some work done in some areas."
Ashlee Tucker
  • Reviewed: 7/22/2014
  • Degree: Early Childhood Education
"The class sizes for this graduate program is small so you can learn as a group than in a huge lecture class. The technology provided is amazing, having all our books put on iPads. I don't have to pay a parking pass! The tuition looks large at first but when you learn more about the program being 18 months once a week, and it includes your books and materials it's really worth it."
Sara Smith
  • Reviewed: 7/18/2014
  • Degree: Teaching
"Fresno Pacific was a great university for my Teaching Credential. I got a lot of hands-on experiences that weren't available at other universities. When I started teaching, I felt like I was more prepared that students coming from other universities."
Marisa De Jager
  • Reviewed: 6/25/2014
  • Degree: MBA
"Great School. Fantastic support for International Students."
Jessica Sosa
  • Reviewed: 6/20/2014
  • Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy
"Fresno Pacific's Marriage and Family Therapy program is awesome. It provides many opportunities for me to grow as a person, spiritually, mentally and emotionally. I love my school because they provide opportunities for me to travel the world. The only con would be that the Master's program is 3 years long (which is pretty long compared to other Master's programs), but the quality of education and experience is worth the time."
David Watson
  • Reviewed: 3/21/2014
  • Degree: Business
"Pros: The faculty of Fresno Pacific really care about their students. The instructors were very passionate about the courses they taught and the material could be used in the real world. Cons: The program was in sort of a "transition period" and it just took a little away from the overall good experience I had."
Beth Piper
  • Reviewed: 7/26/2013
  • Degree: Teaching
"The staff at FPU pushed me beyond what I would have done on my own. During my program I had doubts of what I was putting myself thru, but in the long run, they prepared me beyond what I can ever thank them for. I remember saying, "I hate school," many times toward the end. I really felt they didn't care, but they nudged me along, not giving up on me when essentially I had given up on myself. I finished my BA and my Teacher Ed program thru FPU. Because of their careful consideration for those of us who went through their programs, they have created the final portion of our Masters that ties in with the work we did while completing the teacher Ed program. The staff have done nothing but encourage and push me along the way. I can't wait to start my masters in a few weeks and graduate in between my sons who will graduate from high school."
Roman Roman
  • Reviewed: 6/18/2013
  • Degree: Social Sciences
"This program teaches you how to become an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) practitioner. In this field the ADR practitioners are known as either mediators, conflict managers, or risk assessors. This graduate program is very challenging. For example, when I was studying about Gandhi, and Martin Luther Kink Jr. the stack of books were almost as tall as me. However, the program allows us ample time to complete our work. This program has a lack of internships. This is a growing field, so there are limited opportunities to practice. This program has a co-op program with the local Law School here in Fresno, California. Therefore, if a person was looking to get their J.D. this program is a great fit. I would recommend this program to anyone who is fascinated with how conflict works, and wants to learn how to help people transition through conflict in positive ways."
Jessica Arias
  • Reviewed: 5/8/2013
  • Degree: Counseling
"Fresno Pacific has the best professors. They are like a family to me. I am not just a number at Fresno Pacific. They truly care about me and my success."
Adriana Chavero-Chavez
  • Reviewed: 2/25/2013
  • Degree: Counseling
"This MFT graduate program is very demanding academically and in terms of personal growth. There is a heavy workload for every course consisting of reading multiple texts, engaging with the materials, and writing assignments that require getting involved in the community. It also has high standards in terms of grades considering that students must not earn anything below a B in each course to pass. Although the work is demanding, this program has great value. Students are challenged and encouraged to go beyond what other schools would require. One's spiritual growth is a key component for the program and students are also challenged in this area. The staff in this department is very helpful, accessible and engaged with students. Students also benefit from a strong sense of community and support from other students and the staff. The price for this program is comparable to others in the area, yet the quality of education is hard to beat. Financial Aid is available to students and the program also offers scholarships for new students and those with high grade point averages."
Rachel York
  • Reviewed: 1/22/2013
  • Degree: Education
"The Individualized MA (IMAP) at Fresno Pacific is a small program. As a result, students can expect to receive individual attention from faculty. Students will have to be very self-motivated. The program is perfect for someone who needs a flexible class schedule. Financial aid is not consistent, but it is possible to work while going through the program. My experience has been quite positive, and I would heartily recommend the school to other graduate students."
Allison Boriack
  • Reviewed: 1/2/2013
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"Very hard and time consuming, but I wouldn't do it any different. Great community of students and faculty. Everyone is extremely supportive of each other. It is by far the healthiest work environment I've ever encountered. As far as living arrangements and transportation, I commuted so I gave it a neutral rating."