Fresno Pacific University is sponsored by the Pacific District Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches. The school is deeply and intentionally rooted in the Anabaptist movement. As such, it is committed to Anabaptist and evangelical ideals, including the reconciling power of God's Spirit, an emphasis on voluntary discipleship, obedience to Jesus as Lord, the global mission of the church, the church as the community of the new covenant, mutual care and holistic concern for members of Christ's body and the call to address, in pastoral and prophetic fashion, the peace and justice concerns of the world.
FPU Athletics is a member of the Pacific West Conference within the NCAA Division II’s West Region. Along with the Pacific West Conference, the NCAA Division II West Region includes the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) and the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC). For select sports, FPU is also a member of the Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference (PCSC) and the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA). Founded in 1910, the NCAA is the governing body for more than 1,200 schools with more than 400,000 student-athletes.