Hope International University

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Hope International University
Established 1928 (1928)
Type Private
Religious affiliation Christian
President Dr. John Derry
Location Fullerton, California, United States
Campus Urban
Former names Pacific Christian College, Pacific Bible Seminary
Colors Blue, Grey, and White
Athletics NAIA
Sports Basketball
Nickname HIU, Hope
Mascot Royals
Affiliations GSAC
Website www.hiu.edu

Hope International University is a Private Christian University in Fullerton, California. The campus is located just south of California State University, Fullerton. Hope International University has an enrollment of approximately 1,700 students representing 35 states and 40 countries.[1] While Hope is non-denominational, it has strong ties to the Restoration Movement and the Christian churches and churches of Christ. Hope is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).


Hope International University was founded in 1928 as Pacific Bible Seminary, and in 1962 was renamed Pacific Christian College following the move to Long Beach, California. In 1997 the school achieved university status and took the corporate name of Hope International University. In the fall 2011, Hope transitioned from consisting of two colleges: Pacific Christian College (traditional, residential undergraduate) and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies (for working adults, on-line/distance education Bachelors Degrees, Master's Degrees).


Currently, Hope International University consists of five colleges, which include both graduate and undergraduate programs: Pacific Christian College of Ministry & Biblical Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Psychology and Counseling, College of Education, and College of Business and Management.

The University teaches students leadership and ethics focused education in service-based professions through undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business, education, ministry, music, psychology, human development and other social sciences.[citation needed] In addition, certificate and degree completion programs for working adults are offered. A significant number choose programs delivered via the Internet, as the University has over 300 online courses available in various disciplines.


Hope has been regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges since 1969,[2] and in 2006 it received additional accreditation from the Association for Biblical Higher Education. Additional accreditations and certifications include the California Commission for Teacher Credentialing (CCTC), the Commission of Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), and the Board of Behavioral Sciences in California. Hope is also authorized by the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB) and is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.


The majority of the buildings on the Hope International University campus originally were a shopping center, movie theater (the Titan Theater), and dormitories built by the California State University Foundation in the late 1960s. These are some of the finest remaining examples of pure Googie-style architecture in southern California.[3]

History at a Glance
Pacific Bible Seminary Established 1928
Pacific Christian College Renamed 1962
Hope International University Renamed 1997

Mission statement[edit]

Hope International University's mission is to empower students through Christian higher education to serve the Church and impact the world for Christ.

Hope International University


Hope International teams, nicknamed athletically as the Royals, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC). Men's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, tennis and volleyball; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball.

HIU men's volleyball competes in the national division of the Mid-America Men's Volleyball Intercollegiate Conference (MAMVIC).[4]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About Hope". hiu.edu. Retrieved January 20, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Western Association of Schools and Colleges Member Directory". wascsenior.org. Retrieved January 20, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Hope International University", HIUs 'Googie' Architect of the Past, Eldon Davis, Passed Away, April 28, 2011
  4. ^ "Hope International University", Athletics Quick Facts

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