Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2017 - 2018 
    Jun 14, 2024  
Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2017 - 2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Services

Academic Program Advising

Traditional Undergraduate

Freshman mentors carry the primary responsibility for academic advising during the fall of the freshman year. Sophomores, juniors and seniors will be assigned to a major mentor in the appropriate school, who will assist the student in program planning within their major. The major mentor will also play a more general counseling role and will assist the student in career planning.

Freshman Mentors and the Collegium Program

The student-faculty relationship is at the center of the undergraduate experience and one of the most important keys to student success in college. At Fresno Pacific University, every new freshman automatically becomes a member of a small group of approximately 20 other freshmen we call a "collegium." Every collegium has a faculty mentor who, with the assistance of an upper class Peer Mentor (PM), guides collegium members through their first year and beyond.

The mentor and peer mentor:

  • Help the members of their collegium pick classes for the freshman year.
  • Lead the members of their collegium through new student orientation and the freshman experience course.
  • Organize various activities for the collegium, including dinners, service projects and study groups.

The freshman mentor and PM are personally involved in helping each member of their collegium with their transition to college and getting them off to a strong start at being a successful college student. This effective program not only helps students meet the academic demands of university life; it also leads to many long-lasting friendships.

Degree Completion

Academic advisors will provide academic counseling to students for the duration of their program. The advising occurs by way of telephone, individual appointment or email until the student's degree is posted. This academic counseling ensures that the student completes only coursework that contributes to degree completion.

Academic Services

Academic Support Center

The Academic Support Center (ASC) is a place where undergraduate students can develop their abilities to meet the challenges of academic life. Our professionally certified tutors are trained to work with each student's unique needs and talents to help them grow academically. The ASC provides a variety of services free of charge to undergraduate students, including writing feedback across the curriculum, general education tutoring, academic coaching, exam proctoring and a relaxed study space with computers that print and access online resources. For information about our services, please visit our webpage at fresno.edu/asc


  • Students may work with a tutor on a paper from any subject area as many times as needed in all stages of the writing process.
  • The emphasis of writing tutoring is on revision, which addresses large-scale issues such as the development of a clear controlling idea, and the fluency, organization and development of ideas. Tutors can address issues related to grammar, punctuation and spelling, but do so with the goal of teaching writers to correct their own work.
  • Tutoring sessions for writing are generally 30-45 minutes and are available by drop-in and by appointment.

General Education Subjects

  • The ASC provides tutoring support for general education courses in response to student needs. Contact the ASC for a schedule of current tutoring support subjects.
  • General education subject tutoring allows students to process course content in a manner that is sensitive to each student's learning style and through the use of alternative learning methods.
  • Tutoring sessions are generally 30-45 minutes and are available by appointment and by drop-in, according to the times posted at the beginning of each semester.

Academic Coaching

Academic coaching provides a one-to-one, ongoing relationship through which guidance, accountability, feedback and encouragement are offered to help students achieve higher levels of academic performance. Academic coaching sessions often address learning preferences, time management, effective note-taking, test-taking strategies and active reading. Please call or stop in for appointment times.

Services for Students with Disabilities

Fresno Pacific University values the diversity of students with disabilities and is committed to providing equal access and opportunity for all students. Students with documented disabilities can expect to have their privacy protected while being assured of reasonable and appropriate accommodations for all educational experiences. The Academic Support Center serves as the liaison between faculty and students in the coordination of academic accommodations and services.

We encourage students with disabilities to contact the director of academic support services to discuss academic and other needs before the beginning of their first semester or as soon as they are diagnosed with a disability. Once documentation is on file, arrangements for reasonable accommodations can be made.

In order to register for services, students may find the necessary forms online at fresno.edu/disability-services/forms. Recent and accurate verification of a disability is required from an appropriate diagnostician such as a doctor or psychologist.

Students who choose not to self-identify when they enter FPU do not forfeit their right to request and receive services later. However, the university is not obligated to provide accommodations and services for students with disabilities until the student registers with the director of academic support services.

The student is responsible for all costs associated with assessment and documentation. FPU does not have services to provide diagnosis or evaluate disabilities. Please contact the director for suggestions for assessment services.

For more information and downloadable forms, see our webpage at fresno.edu/disability-services.

The C.L.A.S.S.: College Language and Academic Success Strategies

The C.L.A.S.S. is open to all students who want to improve academically. The curriculum includes note-taking development, reading strategies, study and test-taking strategies and introduction to academic culture. The C.L.A.S.S. is a 1-unit course offered prior to the fall term. For more information, contact the director of academic support services, or see our webpage at fresno.edu/asc/class.

Intensive English Language Program

The Intensive English Language Program (IELP) is designed for international students and recent immigrants seeking to improve their English abilities. Most students are preparing for college-level coursework while others are studying for personal or professional advancement. The IELP is included within the School of Humanities, Religion and Social Sciences. See the Admissions  section for IELP application procedures.

The Student Life Division

Fresno Pacific University offers traditional undergraduate students a high quality of campus life that prepares graduates for professional success and service to the community and the wider world. The Student Life Division has personal and professional resources to meet students' physical, social, spiritual and intellectual developmental needs. The staff are people of faith, committed to service. They are caring professionals who are ready to serve so that all students can achieve their educational goals.

FPU recognizes the value of a holistic and personal approach to education. Since learning takes place inside and outside the classroom, the Student Life Division, through activities and programs, attempts to create a learning environment that inspires students to develop insights, skills and experiences that contribute to growth and development, while empowering students to make positive life choices. Details relative to the programs introduced below may be obtained by visiting the student life website: fresno.edu/studentlife or from the Student Life Office. Students' ability to participate in university activities is contingent upon each student fulfilling his/her obligation to learn and comply with the behavioral standards and expectations as specified in the Student Handbook.

The Student Life Division provides the following services, all of which are detailed in the student handbook.

  • New Student Orientation
  • Commuter Student Services
  • Student Activities and Intramurals
  • Leadership Development
  • Career Services
  • Counseling Services
  • Student Health Services

Residence Life and Housing

To view all residence life and housing policies please visit the Residence Life section of the Student Handbook found at: http://handbook.fresno.edu. FPU provides single and married/family, non- traditional TUG and Grad housing.

Housing Policy

The university believes that living on campus provides an educational benefit to students. The experience of living and participating in a campus residence enriches spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical life. It is by nature experiential and participatory. One is challenged to learn and live with others who are different from one's self. It is an opportunity to translate faith into learning and living.

In light of the above beliefs, all students enrolled in the traditional undergraduate program are required to live in campus housing unless they qualify for at least one of the following exemptions: 1) living at home with their parent(s) or parental age relative; 2) 21 years of age or older before the first day of class or within the "grace period" of the first two weeks of each semester; 3) married or getting married before the start of the semester; 4) are a parent and primary care giver for their child; 5) carrying fewer than nine units; or are 6) accepted to live in an authorized residential ministry program (per FPU Student Handbook).

In addition, any student receiving FPU institutional aid equal to 80% or more of the current cost of tuition will be required to live on campus. Faculty/staff tuition waivers from FPU's employee benefit program will not be counted against this 80%. Exemptions 1, 2 & 6 listed above are not applicable to the 80% policy.

Students 21 and under must demonstrate compliance with the housing policy, every year before the first day of class, by completing and submitting a Housing Policy Form to Student Life.  Students who fail to do so will be charged the applicable room and board rate (applied to their student account) until they come into compliance with the housing policy by either moving on campus, qualifying for an exemption or successfully petitioning to live off campus. 

Students can submit a request for an extraordinary exemption to the Assistant Dean of Student Developement & Residence Life.  The housing petitions committee will review the request.  Approvals for extraordinary exemptions are uncommon.  Requests must be turned in to the Studnet Life office at least four weeks before the first day of class for the upcoming semester.  (Financial difficulty does not qualify a student for an out of the ordinary exemption.)

Career Services Center

The Career Services Center (CSC) offers services to baccalaureate students, degree completion students, graduate students and alumni. These services include:

  • Individual career counseling.
  • Career assessments for the undeclared and undecided.
  • Computerized career guidance programs, with over 1,100 careers.
  • Workshops: Résumé, interviewing and job search.
  • Résumé critique.
  • Graduate school programs, applying to graduate school and seminary information.
  • Part-time and full-time jobs and internship listings.
  • Summer jobs, ministry work and volunteer information.


Every student is highly encouraged to meed individually with a CSC career counselor at least once per year. All students will benefit from the services offered. The Career Services Center is located in Steinert Campus Center. To learn more about the center's servoces, visit the website at http://fresno.edu/careerservices.

International Programs and Services

The International Programs and Services Office (IPSO) recruits and admits international students to FPU. It also provides services for all international language, undergraduate and graduate students.

The International Programs and Services Office offers information to students about semester-long global education programs, both domestic and international, and coordinates short-term summer opportunities. Some approved programs are listed below.

Office of Spiritual Formation

As cooperative partners in the education of students, the Office of Spiritual Formation (OSF) strives to foster an environment that challenges and encourages the entire FPU community to engage with God, each other and the world for the purpose of transformation in all areas of life.

The university pastor, department staff and teams of student leaders provide ministry leadership and programming to help strengthen the spiritual formation of individuals and the university community as a whole. Opportunities are available in worship, prayer, evangelism, discipleship, social action and short-term missions. More information about OSF can be found at: fresno.edu/spiritualformation

Global Education Programs

Fresno Pacific University provides undergraduate students with global opportunities where they may move across familiar cultural boundaries into new and challenging environments. Students are encouraged to participate in these on- and off-campus educational experiences, some of which are available at additional cost.

The domestic and international study options can be used to fulfill Focus Series and major and minor degree requirements. Fresno Pacific University has its own semester and short-term global education programs, and belongs to a number of consortia that provide opportunities for semester study abroad to students.

See the Global Education Coordinator or the International Programs and Services Director for complete information and application requirements. Additional programs can be considered and approved through a petition process. Approval is not guaranteed.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will become more prepared for work and service in an increasingly globalized world.
  2. Students will develop a greater understanding and appreciation for other cultures and peoples.
  3. Students will develop a first-hand awareness of the reality of life in other contexts.
  4. Students will gain language competency skills and/or skills in communicating across cultures.

International Global Education Programs

International global education programs are offered both from Fresno Pacific and with partner programs. Faculty-led FPU programs all include GE Focus Series requirements; semester study programs provide internship and language study components. Whether students participate in global education to fulfill the Focus Series or simply to enrich their university education, the opportunities are valuable. Be aware: some international study opportunities may be postponed or canceled due to conflict in the country of choice.

Faculty-Led Short-Term Study Tours

Fresno Pacific University faculty organize and lead short-term study tours, usually in the summer, to a variety of countries worldwide. Some tours conducted in the recent past have included trips to Israel, Guatemala, Israel-Palestine, Greece, Italy, Columbia, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam. These programs can be taken for credit towards the Focus Series requirement. See the International Programs and Services Office director or Global Education coordinator for details.

Faculty-Led Semester Study Programs

FPU - Students International Semester Program in Costa Rica

In a program organized by FPU faculty, students take Focus Series classes, live with a host family and work at a ministry site internship, earning 15 units of general education and major/minor credit while wrestling with questions of faith, justice and poverty in our world. The semester program is open to any FPU student, does not require Spanish to participate and operates in both the fall and spring semesters.

FPU Semester Program in India

FPU faculty lead students through central and northern India to explore the religious, cultural, and historical dimensions of this incredible country. Time is spent both studying about the country and learning through an internship. 7 - 15 units of courses focus on learning about India and how to live and work cross-culturally from a Christ-centered perspective. The semester program is open to any FPU student and does not require any language pre-requisite.

FPU Semester Program in Vietnam

FPU faculty lead students through the length and breadth of the spectacular sights, sounds, and smells of Vietnam, along with neighboring Laos and Cambodia. Students study Vietnamese and do an internship in an international business or NGO. Students wrestle with questions of war, history, business, economics, and ethics related to an increasingly globalized world. In the process they will explore some of the most incredible natural and human-made creations, including Ha Long Bay in Vietnam and Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Students will gain 12 -15 units of credit and also learn about the war in Vietnam that helped shape both American and Vietnamese lives for a generation.

FPU Affiliated Semester Study Programs

LCC International University

Fresno Pacific University participates with LCC International University, an international, Christian liberal arts college based in central European country of Lithuania, with English as the primary language of instruction. This program provides participants a semester to study in the Central European and Baltic societies that emerged from the former Soviet Union and to live with students from those cultures.

Australia Studies Centre—CCCU

The Australia Studies Centre (ASC) seeks to prepare students to live the Christian life in a world that is religiously and culturally pluralistic, whether in Australia, North America or other parts of the world. Students are encouraged to think through their role as kingdom builders in a Western world that is increasingly secular both intellectually and culturally. Students are further challenged to grapple with the meaning of being salt and light in the culture-shaping arena of the professional performing artist. ASC is designed to integrate the firsthand observation and study of Australian culture, history, religion and politics together with experiential service learning and formal instruction in the arts. The program includes a one- seminar course designed especially for ASC students and three or four electives chosen from Wesley Institute's list of courses.

China Studies Program—CCCU

The China Studies Program enables students to engage this large and intriguing country from the inside. While living and experiencing Chinese civilization firsthand, students participate in seminar courses on the historical, cultural, religious, geographical and economic realities of this strategic and populous nation. In addition to the study of standard Chinese, students are given opportunities for one-on-one interaction such as assisting Chinese students learning English or working in an orphanage. The program introduces students to the diversity of China, including Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an and Xiamen. This interdisciplinary, cross- cultural program enables students to deal with this increasingly important part of the world in an informed, Christ- centered way. Students earn 16 semester units.

Latin American Studies Program—CCCU

Students of CCCU colleges have the opportunity to live and learn in Latin America through the Latin American Studies Program, based in San Jose, Costa Rica. The program introduces students to a wide range of experiences through the study of the language, literature, culture, politics, history, economics, ecology and religion of the region. Living with a Costa Rican family, students experience and become a part of the day-to-day lives of typical Latin Americans. Students also take part in a service opportunity and travel for three weeks to nearby Central American nations. Students participate in one of four concentrations: Latin American studies (offered both fall and spring terms) advanced language and literature (limited to Spanish majors and offered both fall and spring terms), international business and management (offered only in fall terms) and tropical sciences (offered only during spring terms). Students in all concentrations earn 16 semester units.

Middle East Studies Program—CCCU

This program, based in Cairo, Egypt, allows students to explore and interact with the complex and strategic world of the modern Middle East. The interdisciplinary seminars give students the opportunity to explore the diverse religious, social, cultural and political traditions of Middle Eastern people. In addition to seminars, students study the Arabic language and work as volunteers with various organizations in Cairo. Through travel to Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Syria and Turkey, students are exposed to the diversity and dynamism of the region. The Middle East Studies Program encourages and equips students to relate to the Muslim world in an informed, constructive and Christ-centered manner at a time of tension and change. Students earn 16 semester units.

Oxford Summer Program—CCCU

This program allows students to spend a summer term studying at the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Oxford, England. The program includes multidisciplinary study of the Renaissance and Reformation through examination of philosophy, art, literature, science, music, politics and religion of early modern Europe in a choice of lectures, seminars and field trips. Students earn 6-9 semester units.

The Scholar's Semester in Oxford—CCCU

Don an academic gown and prepare for a challenging and stimulating term. As visiting students of Oxford University and members of Wycliffe Hall, students live, study and learn in one of the more than 45 colleges and halls that comprise the University of Oxford. Although the program is designed for students interested in the fields of biblical studies and theology, new opportunities for study in liberal arts and social sciences are developing. Applicants are generally very high achieving students.

Uganda Studies Program—CCCU

The Uganda Studies Program (USP) seeks to prepare students to live the Christian life in a world that is religiously and culturally pluralistic, whether in Africa, North America or other parts of the world. The USP seeks to introduce students to the dynamic world of the Global South, focused in the vibrant East African nation of Uganda. Christianity here is joyful and growing rapidly, even as it engages Islam and secularization. USP students will move through this society first in the classes and dormitories of Uganda Christian University and then as humble learners observing places and people of interest around the country.

The USP is designed to integrate the study of culture, history, religion, politics and humanities into a blended classroom and experiential survey of Ugandan life. It comprises an experiential course designed especially for USP students, two of three flexible core classroom courses and up to two electives chosen from Uganda Christian University's Honours College.

Brethren Colleges Abroad Program

Students may enroll for coursework in universities in Austria, Belgium, China, Ecuador, England, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Palestine, New Zealand and Spain through the Brethren Colleges Abroad Program. Students wishing to study in Ecuador, Mexico, Spain and Germany must meet the language requirements prior to admission.

Jerusalem University College

Fresno Pacific University maintains a relationship with Jerusalem University College. Students are exposed to the geography, history, culture and language of Israel.

Other International Program

Additional international programs are available for courses in a wide variety of majors. Please see the International Programs and Services Office for more information.

Domestic Global Education Programs

American Studies Program—CCCU

Founded in 1976, the American Studies Program (ASP) has served hundreds of students from member institutions as a "Washington, D.C. campus." ASP uses Washington as a stimulating educational laboratory where collegians gain hands-on experience with an internship in their chosen field. Internships are tailored to fit each student's talents and aspirations and are available in a wide range of areas. They also explore pressing national and international issues in public policy seminars that are issue oriented, interdisciplinary and led by ASP faculty and Washington professionals. ASP bridges classroom and marketplace, combining biblical reflection, policy analysis and real-world experience. Students are exposed to on-the-job learning that helps them build for their future and gain perspective on the calling of God for their lives. They are challenged in a rigorous course of study to discover for themselves the meaning of Christ's lordship in putting their beliefs into practice. The aim of the program is to help CCCU schools prepare their students to live faithfully in contemporary society as followers of Christ. Students earn 16 semester units. Contact the political science faculty for additional information.

Contemporary Music Center—CCCU

The Contemporary Music Center (CMC) provides students the opportunity to live and work in community while seeking to understand how God would have them integrate music, faith and business. Both interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary in nature, the CMC offers two tracks: the artist track and the executive track. The artist track is tailored to students considering careers as vocalists, musicians, songwriters, recording artists, performers, producers and recording engineers. The executive track is designed for business, arts management, marketing, communications and other majors interested in possible careers as artist managers, agents, record company executives, music publishers, concert promoters and entertainment industry entrepreneurs. Students in each track receive instruction, experience and a uniquely Christian perspective on creativity and the marketplace, while working together to create and market a recording of original music. Both tracks include coursework, labs, directed study and a practicum. Students earn 16 semester units.

Los Angeles Film Studies Center—CCCU

The Los Angeles Film Studies Center is designed to train students of council institutions to serve in various aspects of the film industry with both professional skill and Christian integrity. Students live, learn and work in the Los Angeles area near major studios. The curriculum consists of two required seminars focusing on the role of film in culture and the relationship of faith to work in this very influential industry. In addition, students choose two elective courses from a variety of offerings in film studies. Internships in various segments of the film industry provide students with hands-on experience. The combination of the internship and seminars allow students to explore the film industry within a Christian context and from a liberal arts perspective. Students earn 16 semester units.

Washington Journalism Center—CCCU

The Washington Journalism Center is an advanced, experiential semester on Capitol Hill that will cultivate professional news skills and encourage students to think through the implications of being a Christian working in the news media in a city that is home to the powerful and the powerless. Students will receive a total of 16 hours of credit.

Ten credits come through the following classes: Foundations for Media Involvement; Advanced Reporting; and Washington, News and Public Discourse. The remaining 6 credits will be earned in a news-writing internship.

College Hour

College Hour is a unique setting where the university community gathers to explore how the combination of faith and learning provides an opportunity for God to continually reshape lives. Through programs of cultural, spiritual and social enrichment, contemporary concerns, university activities and personal values are examined in light of Christian faith. Programs include lectures, films and concerts, as well as a wide variety of other formats. Worship and convocation are both important elements that help the community address these issues. College Hour meets several times per week. Students can earn 0.5 elective units for attending 14 times a semester. The College Hour policy, schedule and information can be viewed at www.fresno.edu/student-life/spiritual-life/college-hour

Outreach, Service and Missions

Students are encouraged to develop a lifestyle characterized by service to others. Office of Spiritual Formation staff help connect students with ministry and service opportunities in area churches, schools, neighborhoods and community and service agencies. Because leadership is a major component of these ministries, OSF staff provides leadership training for student leaders and service opportunities for all students wishing to serve God and their community. This office also provides opportunities for students to participate in cross- cultural missions in the city, region and around the world.

Student Ministries

Students are encouraged to live lives that are nurtured and driven by a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. OSF staff provides opportunities for students to grow spiritually through a variety of Bible studies, prayer, worship and ministry opportunities. Staff challenge and equip students to live lives of spiritual maturity that are characterized by faithful obedience to God and love for His people.

Alumni Association

Fresno Pacific University alumni are valued members of the FPU community and are Sunbirds 4 Life . As alumni they are automatically members of the Fresno Pacific Alumni Association and receive a free subscription to Pacific magazine (published two times each year), Pacific Standard Time (a bi- annual events calendar) and the monthly Alumni eNews, as well as other information on a variety of FPU events. They can join the FPU Alumni Association group on LinkedIn, stay connected by liking the FPU Alumni Facebook page, and serve as members of the Alumni Council, guest lecturers, intern or career advisors or event volunteers. Alumni are encouraged to share any career, education, family and honor/awards updates with the FPU community via an online form found at: fresno.edu/alumniupdate, and babies of alumni are sent a Future Sunbirds baby t-shirt.

FPU alumni ID cards are available to all FPU alumni and offer discounted event admission, Fitness Center membership (additional fees), Hiebert Library privileges and other discounts. Alumni ID cards are issued through the Student Life Office for a one-time processing fee of $10 each. Additional information is available at fresno.edu/alumni.

FPU alumni have always been instrumental in praying for current students and their generous financial support ensures that FPU's mission continues to impact students, the Central Valley and the world—now and in the future. The Alumni Office is always willing to assist alumni in planning special reunions, group gatherings or other ways to connect with former classmates.

Undergraduate Students of Fresno Pacific University

The Undergraduate Students of Fresno Pacific University is a complex entity for traditional undergraduate students. It offers a variety of services, provides student representation to the university, and gives many opportunities for spiritual, social and political growth. Members of student government serve as members of standing administrative committees within the university governance structure. Student government is comprised of both executive and legislative branches. Appointment of these leadership roles are conducted via student body election and personal interview.

Each year small groups of students organize special interest clubs under the auspices of student government. Among the organizations that have made significant contributions to the undergraduate community are the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, International Student Club, Amigos Unidos, Unified Faith and Students in Free Enterprise. For a complete list, contact the Student Government Office at 453-2040.


Fresno Pacific University is a full, championship-eligible member of the NCAA Division II. FPU sponsors 14 intercollegiate athletic teams including baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's track and field, women's volleyball and men's and women's water polo. The Sunbird athletics teams joined the NCAA Division II's Pacific West Conference.

The mission of FPU athletics is to provide a highly competitive intercollegiate athletic environment which emphasizes the tenets of character, athletic achievement, personal growth in one's Christian faith and evangelical outreach that is based on the five core values of respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship.

FPU athletics has a rich tradition of excellence that has produced 15 team national championships, 52 conference championships and more than 500 All-Americans and national scholar athletes in addition to multiple individual national championships, professional athletes and Olympic Trials qualifiers. For more information, visit fpuathletics.com.

Information Technology Resources

Personal Computing

The university strongly encourages students to have their own computers with the following minimum specifications:


  • PC or Mac
  • Laptop (recommended)
  • Intel i3 processor or better
  • 4GB – 8GB RAM- depending on platform
  • 160GB – 250GB hard drive
  • 10/100 based Ethernet connection
  • Wireless Network Capable (optional for desktop computers)


  • Windows 7 operating system or newer for PCs and Mountain Lion or newer for Macs
  • Microsoft Office 2010 for PCs and Microsoft Office 2011 for Macs (Specially priced student versions are available.)
  • Anti-spyware program (optional, but highly recommended)
  • Up-to-date anti-virus software required for PCs; a free download of Microsoft Security Essentials is available online. Contact the IT Helpdesk for detailed instructions. Other anti-virus programs are allowed as long as they are up-to-date.

These specifications will run the basic software a student needs to create papers and do research. If the student has programs that are resource intensive, an upgrade is strongly recommended.

Laptops are ideal for the FPU student. They are mobile, take up less space and can be used to log on to the university's wireless network on campus. Most new laptops will last four to five years. Please note that individual academic programs may require more than what is listed here.

Computer Labs

For students without a computer, open computer laboratories are located in the basement of Kriegbaum Hall and Hiebert Library. Using Windows-based computers, students can access word-processing, spreadsheet, database, languages and other software for their use in class work, research and writing, as well as email and the Internet.

Other labs are available but are often reserved for specific programs, teaching or class use. These are referred to as closed labs. Open access to these labs depend on class schedules.

Network Access

Please read FPU's Acceptable Use of Technology policy before connecting your computer to the FPU network. All computers on FPU's network are subject to this policy. The Internet access is filtered for content and monitored for illegal downloads of copyrighted digital media. The downloading and/or sharing of illegal media files (music, video, etc.) are forbidden. Any users of the university network are expected to abide by all state and federal laws/regulations and the behavioral standards of the FPU community. Violation of this policy could lead the user to disciplinary or legal action. Internet access priority is given to academic and business functions.


Moodle is the university's learning management system and is used to support the teaching of online coursework. Students go to the website learning.fresno.edu or use one of the links available in CampusCruiser.


CampusCruiser is the university's official web portal and should be used to access everything related to university online content including event calendars, schedules, classes, web registration, campus life and much more. Students can access the portal using a web browser and going to my.fpu.edu. Links to this portal may also be found on FPU's homepage

Additionally, each student will be provided an fpu.edu email address that is also accessed through CampusCruiser. The fpu.edu email address is the official means of communication from the university to its students. All students are responsible for checking their university email often so that important information is not missed.


TaskStream is a cloud-based, electronic academic assessment management system. It facilitates performance-based outcomes assessment and helps FPU deliver a student- centered learning experience while achieving university, program and course student learning outcomes. Each student, faculty member and program director has a personal homepage in the TaskStream system. Students and faculty login directly to the TaskStream system from the TaskStream homepage on CampusCruiser. Signature assignments in a variety of courses in all programs are evaluated with a rubric available in TaskStream.. TaskStream training materials and other helpful information can be found on the TaskStream homepage on CampusCruiser, as well as within the TaskStream system once logged in.

Library Resources

Hiebert Library

Hiebert Library provides information resources to support the curriculum and independent research needs of students and faculty at Fresno Pacific University. Library resources are available by visiting the library on the main campus, or by accessing its many online resources from any location. Items in the main library collection may be requested online by regional center students, and will be mailed to their center. The library's discovery service (encore.fresno.edu) provides a complete catalog of all holdings, including the ability to access online resources remotely. More information about resources and services in Hiebert Library is available at fresno.libguides.com and Archives

The Mennonite Library and Archives

The Mennonite Library and Archives (MLA) is an integral part of Hiebert Library. Its library collection documents all aspects of the Anabaptist-Mennonite story. The MLA is the official archives of Fresno Pacific University, the Pacific District Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches and MB Mission. It also holds a wide variety of archival collections donated by individuals.

Degree Completion Student Services

Degree completion is a writing-intensive program. Students will want to make sure the appropriate writing courses have been completed. Two courses are designed to help adult students succeed in college coursework from the beginning: CP 150 - University Success  and CS 105 Computer Literacy. Technology tutoring and workshops are also available for students, because all courses include an online component. Students will also want to check the prerequisite or co- requisite requirements for the program they are interested in taking.


Help with Moodle or CampusCruiser is available from the SOS team at each regional center and remotely from the main campus.

Library Resources

For a full description of library resources, please go to: www.fresno.edu/library