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51 is the Valley’s only accredited Christian university, connecting your untapped potential with unlimited opportunity for professional, personal, and ethical growth. Come and chase big ideas. Explore deep faith. And find out what’s possible for your future!

100+ Areas of Study

Liberal arts taught within a supportive Christian environment.

3,000 Students

Undergraduate, graduate, seminary, and degree completion.

5 Campuses + Online

An inclusive community serving the Central Valley and the world.

Our Campuses and Students

In addition to our main campus in Southeast 51, FPU regional campuses are located throughout the Valley in North 51, Visalia, Bakersfield, and Merced—and we serve students globally online. We welcome traditional undergraduate, graduate, and seminary students, and adult learners seeking degree completion.

Our Mission

51 develops students for leadership and service through excellence in Christian higher education. Come ready to learn. Leave equipped to have a transformative impact throughout the Central Valley and in global communities.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Our commitment to welcoming diversity among our student body, faculty, and staff comes out of our Christian values, rooted in Anabaptist, evangelical, and ecumenical tradition. No matter who you are, we’re dedicated to making sure you’ll have a seat at our table when you come here—and that your voice will be heard.

Our President

Dr. André Stephens has 30 years of experience in Christian higher education in California, most recently as vice president for student development at Biola University. As president of FPU, he works tirelessly to provide students with meaningful learning experiences that foster Christian character and make inspirational futures possible.

FPU History

Since class opened in 1944, FPU has encouraged first-generation students to achieve more, while building the region’s highest four-year graduation rate. We make education accessible by providing financial aid to 98 percent of traditional undergraduates—and a four-year graduation guarantee to those who qualify.

Our Faculty

Preparing students to achieve more than they thought possible starts with faculty. More than 80 percent hold doctorates and all combine challenging scholarship with real-world application. Individual attention and contact beyond the classroom support lifelong learning through faculty-student relationships.

Accreditation Information

51 has a general accreditation and program-specific accreditations approved by the WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) Senior College and University Commission.

Disclosures & Policies

Student information such as persistence and graduation rates, learning outcomes, and gainful employment is available here, as well as details on our policies regarding drugs and alcohol, harassment, and more.