4-year, Regionally accredited
Affiliation: Christian Churches and Churches of Christ
Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's
Established in 1928 as Pacific Bible Seminary, Hope International University has four locations: the main campus is in Fullerton, California; the Anaheim campus is for online courses and graduate students; and two additional locations are in Nebraska and Washington State. The most popular programs, ranked by number of degrees granted (2015-16), are bachelor's and master's programs in: theology/ministerial studies; psychology/counseling; education: and business. A family studies bachelor degree program is also popular.
Hope International University is non-denominational Christian and its curriculum appears to favor those who want to serve in churches or other service programs. The university’s 1,300 students are racially diverse, 30% are over the age of 24, and almost 30% of their 875 undergraduates and 40% of the 427 graduate students (2015-16 school year) attend part time. Further, an unusually high percentage of both undergrad and graduate students take courses online. We think this is a good sign – the university is forward-thinking when reaching and teaching students, especially those who wish to serve their communities in this Internet Age.
Cost to attend this private university is reasonable even though some might bypass the school because of its high sticker price in the $45,000 range (for first year full-time students). We were pleased to see that generous students aid – 96% of all students receive aid – reduced the sticker price to an average net cost of around $23,000. If you are considering a life of service, and are restricted in attending on a part-time or online basis, Hope International University should be on your list of schools to consider.
"Choosing to attend HIU was the best choice I ever made. Not only have I received an excellent education and preparation for my future career, but the community has made me feel like I am home here. This is the place for any student who wants to grow academically, spiritually, and in countless other ways."