STEM Learning Community


The STEM Learning Community prepares students for successful entry into careers related to math, science and technology. This four year college path includes many benefits.


Incoming freshmen students will receive a full scholarship to a week-long summer camp to prepare for the STEM Learning Community.

The entire family may participate in college orientation which includes financial aid assistance and registration, and information on internship opportunities, work expectations and career pathways.

As a STEM community member, you will:

  • Receive one-on-one mentoring all four years.
  • Work with professors and upperclassmen to create a plan to reach your goals.
  • Study with like-minded students throughout college in the STEM Learning Community.
  • Prepare for medical school, graduate school and a career in math or science.
  • Have opportunities to conduct research and attend national conferences, and possibly even present your research at conferences.
  • Receive internship and employment opportunities.

Who Qualifies?

The STEM Learning Community is specifically for Hispanic students or those who demonstrate financial need, as well as those who are the first in their family to go to college (first generation).

Students must have a minimum 3.1 high school GPA and a minimum score of 500 on the math portion of the SAT, or a 19 on the math portion of the ACT.

Did You Know?

Hispanics and first-generation college students are seven times more likely to graduate from private universities like FPU than from state institutions.

FPU has the highest four-year graduation rate in the Central Valley, and we guarantee you will complete your degree in four years.

How to Apply

To apply for the STEM Learning Community, you will need to follow these 3 steps:

  1. Complete an application for admission to Fresno Pacific University.
  2. Complete an application for the STEM Learning Community. Applications must be received by July 1, or until space is filled, whichever comes first.
  3. Submit a letter of recommendation from a math or science teacher from your junior or senior year of high school (or college, if applicable). This is in addition to the letter of recommendation required for your admissions application.

Contact Us

If you have additional questions, please contact us for more information.

  • Karen Cianci - STEM LC Director/Dean of School of Natural Sciences
    AIH 205
    1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Box #2304
    Fresno, CA 93702