Hope International University

Hugh and Hazel Darling Library at Hope International University

Hope International University (HIU, or Hope) is a private Christian university in Fullerton, California. HIU has an enrollment of more than 2,000 students representing 35 states and 40 countries. Hope’s mission is “to empower students through Christian higher education to serve the Church and impact the world for Christ.” While Hope is non-denominational, it has strong ties to the Restoration Movement and the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ. Hope is committed to the integration of faith, service and learning for a well-rounded educational experience preparing individuals to be servant leaders in their lives and future professions.


Hope International University was founded in 1928 as Pacific Bible Seminary, and in 1962 was renamed Pacific Christian College following its move to Long Beach, California. When the Long Beach campus was no longer adequate to house the growth of the college, it relocated to Fullerton in 1973. In 1997 the college achieved university status and was renamed Hope International University.

In the fall of 2011, Hope transitioned into five colleges that 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.

In May 2016, HIU merged with Nebraska Christian College (NCC) of Papillion, Nebraska, which was established in 1945. The sister schools both have an affiliation with the Christian Church’s Restoration Movement and utilize an integrated campus management system in which they share online learning and classroom technologies, with access to the same library resources and research databases.


Hope International University provides students with a leadership and ethics-focused education in service-based professions through degree programs in Biblical Studies, Business and Management, Child Development, Education, English Literature, Intercultural Studies, Ministry, Music and Worship Arts, Psychology and Counseling, and Social Sciences. Within the colleges are programs for traditional undergraduate students, online students, and graduate students. In addition, there are certificate and degree completion programs for working adults. With a highly favorable 10:1 student to faculty ratio, HIU offers students a uniquely personalized education dedicated to the ultimate success of each graduate. Students are connected with academic coaches who help provide personalized course schedules and other resources to help students meet their academic, professional, and personal goals.


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, baseball, cross country, soccer, tennis and volleyball. HIU men’s volleyball and competitive dance do not have a conference and compete at the NAIA level as unaffiliated teams. Women’s sports include basketball, competitive dance, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball. NCC operates its own athletics program separate from HIU.

Student Life

Hope is a friendly, close-knit community of students, faculty and staff. Every Thursday, the entire campus gathers for Chapel, and on Tuesdays they meet in small groups. Student clubs are a great way for students to build friendships over common interests. Student organizations include: Black Student Union, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Club, Country Club, Dance Team, Disneyland Pass Club, Hip Hop Kickboxing Club, International Justice Mission, International Society for Business as Mission, Korean-English Speaking Club, Mecha Club, Nerd Club, Operation Erga, Orange Hoppers, Psychology Club, Royal Rowdies, Salsa Club, Swing Club, Ultimate Frisbee, and Zumba. In addition, the Office of Campus Ministries provides numerous outreach opportunities to share faith and assist the less fortunate in the greater Los Angeles/Orange County area.


Hope International University’s 11-acre main campus is located in the city of Fullerton, North Orange County, California. The university’s library, student center, gymnasium, bookstore, and on-campus housing are located here, as are the classrooms, faculty offices, and administration. The campus boasts recently renovated state-of-the-art classrooms, and a newly designed Student Center which houses the cafeteria, student lounges, fitness center, student affairs and other amenities.

HIU’s Anaheim Education Center is located in Stadium Towers, on Katella Avenue off the 57 Freeway in the city of Anaheim, adjacent to Angel’s Stadium and the Anaheim Amtrak/Metro Link Station. Classrooms, faculty offices, and administrative offices for online undergraduate and graduate programs are located here. The Hope Counseling Center, providing professional counseling services to the campus and the community, also operates from this location.

HIU partners with the Everett University Center in Everett, Washington, to provide students living and working in the Northwest with convenient educational opportunities. Hope has a full time Regional Director onsite to serve as a liaison for Washington-based students who need assistance with financial aid, class schedules, academic advising, and enrollment.

The Nebraska Christian College (NCC) campus in Papillion, NE, spans 80+ acres of land with 60,000 square feet of classrooms, student center, cafeteria, faculty/staff offices, and dorm suites. There are also two four-plex apartment buildings for married students. The Ministry Equipping Center (MEC) has a 500-seat auditorium as well as classrooms, practice rooms, voice/audio editing suites, a preaching lab, and a coffee bar.


HIU’s Fullerton campus has been named as one of the 50 most beautiful Christian schools in the world. Its original buildings were designed in the popular California-native Googie architecture, a form of modern architecture in the 1930s to 1960s with a lot of character. Googie architecture was known at the time to be futuristic and influenced by car culture and the Space/Atomic Age. The Darling Library (see photo), student center, Titan Theater, classroom buildings, and dormitories built by the California State University Foundation in the late 1960s are some of the few remaining examples of pure Googie-style architecture in southern California. HIU’s main campus may even be the largest collection of Googie modernist architecture remaining in the world. The buildings were designed by Eldon Davis, who, along with partner Louis Armet, founded one of the most renowned architectural firms in Los Angeles history and essentially defined the Googie architecture genre in the post-war period. Additionally, there is a beautiful cobalt blue cross at the north end of the Fullerton campus. The cross has a unique design that aligns itself with the Googie architecture of our buildings and was modeled after a design by acclaimed artist and architectural sculptor Randall E. Secrest.

Online Programs

A significant number of students choose programs delivered via the Internet, as the university has developed a strong track record of delivering online education. HIU online offers a variety of 100% online university programs and online college courses. Choose from an AA degree, BA in Criminal Justice or Liberal Studies, or BS in Business Administration, Christian Ministry, or Human Development. Students are partnered with an Academic Coach who is committed to student success from start to finish. The Academic Coach will assist with designing a schedule tailored to meet academic goals, help with any program related questions and provide resources and tips that will lead to success inside the classroom and beyond. They even let you “test drive” an online course to see what it’s like! See details.

Homeschool Applicants

The same admission requirements for first-time freshmen apply to homeschooled applicants. (Educator/employer reference information for homeschooled applicants may not be a relative of the applicant.) The homeschooled applicant must submit an official high school transcript, including dates coursework was completed and grades received at the time of admission, followed by a final transcript documenting the completion of high school when high school coursework is complete. If the student cannot produce a high school transcript, they may instead document successful completion of the General Education Development (GED) Test and submit SAT and/or ACT scores.


Hope International University was first accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) in 1969. Hope became a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities in 1993. Hope was accredited the Association for Biblical Higher Education in 2006. Additional accreditations and certifications include the California Commission on 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 Student Achievement Council for Washington State and is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

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