Sponsored by the Mennonite Brethren Church, this roughly 3,000-student university in Fresno, California, tends to draw students who are the first in their family to attend college.

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There are a little over 1,200 graduate students, and undergraduates can take advantage of the school's guarantees. Specifically, it guarantees that full-time students who complete 32 credits per semester and maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher will graduate within four years, and that students who transfer from one of California's community colleges can complete their bachelor's degree in two years.

FPU boasts over 100 areas of study, but the most popular undergraduate majors are business administration, pre-health sciences, kinesiology, liberal studies and psychology. FPU is an affordable option. According to the school, financial aid covers 74% of students' tuition and room and board.

On campus, FPU students also flock to sports: The Sunbirds have more than 15 Division II teams that have won a total of 15 national titles.