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. Although Hope is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), it was placed on "Warning status" in July of 2012 because of "serious areas of noncompliance with [WASC's] Standards of Accreditation." A followup visit by WASC is scheduled for spring 2014.[2]


Hope International University was founded in 1928 as Pacific Bible Seminary, and in 1963 was renamed Pacific Christian College following the move to Long Beach, California. In 1997 they 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,[3] 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.

In 2012, Hope's regional accreditor Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) placed it on "Warning status," finding that the school has "serious areas of noncompliance with the Standards of Accreditation." WASC will visit the university again to review its progress and give the university an opportunity to respond to WASC's concerns in 2014.[2]


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.[4]

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.

As a private Christian university, Hope is committed to the integration of faith, service and learning. This dedication is reflected in the university’s mission statement, core values and statement of belief, the guiding lights for every activity, class and relationship on campus.[5]

Hope International University

Core values[edit]

As a Christian University, HIU is committed:

  • To remain Christ-centered, biblically based and focused on serving the Church while maintaining the values of the Restoration Movement.
  • To create a Christian environment in which students are strengthened in their faith.
  • To equip servant leaders in their chosen professions to change the world for Christ in contextually appropriate ways.
  • To provide academic programs, and both organizational and physical infrastructure that are excellent in every way.
  • To conduct research in order to act as a change agent in communicating the relevance of the Gospel.
  • To be responsible stewards of the resources entrusted to us.[5]


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).[6]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About Hope". hiu.edu. Retrieved January 20, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Public Statement Regarding Hope International University". Western Association of Schools and Colleges. 2012. Retrieved 2011-04-14. 
  3. ^ "Western Association of Schools and Colleges Member Directory". wascsenior.org. Retrieved January 20, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Hope International University", HIUs 'Googie' Architect of the Past, Eldon Davis, Passed Away, April 28, 2011
  5. ^ a b "Hope International University", MISSION, VISION AND VALUES
  6. ^ "Hope International University", Athletics Quick Facts

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