published on December 1, 2016 - 2:05 AM
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Fresno Pacific University (FPU) ranks 7th among Christian universities in the state, according to a recent Top 10 Christian Colleges and Universities list compiled by leading Christian higher education resource Christian Universities Online.


At Fresno Pacific University, the ranking takes into account five main pieces of data: faculty-to-student ratio, percentage of full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid, selectivity, overall retention rate and overall graduation rate.

FPU performed well on all fronts, with 13-to-1 student-to-faculty ratios, 99 percent of beginning undergrads receiving financial aid, a selective 63 percent admittance rate, a retention rate of 80 percent and an overall graduation rate of 54 percent.

In the top spot on the list is Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, which had the highest graduation rate compared to other Christian universities of 75 percent.

Christian Universities Online is known for its Top 50 ranking of Christian universities in the nation. Site Editor Anna-Rebekah Orr said the site wanted to focus exclusively on California because it is a destination state for many students and there are many Christian universities in California.

“This ranking will be helpful as it highlights intentionally Christian schools in California that are known for personal attention to their students, selectivity, readily available financial aid, and overall student satisfaction,” Orr said in a statement.

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