Fuller’s leadership team carefully considered locations throughout Los Angeles. Pomona was selected because it is an urban location with significant diversity, it’s close to several top colleges, it’s within 11 miles of an international airport, it’s less than 30 miles from Pasadena, and it offers students, faculty, and staff a significantly lower cost of living.
Due to an increasing interest in online courses, Fuller has seen a decline in enrollment at regional campuses. As a result, we are phasing out degree programs in Irvine, Menlo Park, Seattle, Colorado Springs, and Phoenix. After the teach-out is completed in September 2019, Fuller will have a regional campus in Houston, a regional campus in Phoenix that offers the MS in Marital and Family Therapy program, and a location in Colorado Springs where we offer courses for the MA in Global Leadership and the Doctor of Missiology programs.
The cost of living in Pasadena is an increasing challenge for many of Fuller’s faculty, staff, and students. As we build a new campus in Pomona, we will have an opportunity to reimagine and reinvent Fuller for the 21st century, unencumbered by a campus that was designed for a previous era in theological higher education and in a location so costly that it limits our ability to reach many potential students.In addition to this, selling the campus in Pasadena resets the financial foundation of the seminary by eliminating all debt, increasing Fuller’s endowment, and generating seed funding for a new campus that is both high-tech and designed to foster student-to-student, student-to-faculty, and faculty-to-faculty collaboration.
Fuller is not closing. Fuller is selling its campus in Pasadena to strengthen the financial foundation of the mission and to establish a new main campus that is designed for the future. We anticipate impacting more students and learners in the future than any time in Fuller’s past as a result of recent decisions to increase access to our academic scholarship through 100% online degrees, FULLER studio resources, and learning and formation offerings on the upcoming Fuller Leadership Platform.
Pasadena will always have a special connection to Fuller as the historic site of the seminary’s original campus. We intend to explore with local leaders how we might have a meaningful connection to the Pasadena community after the relocation and will work closely with Pasadena city officials to seek the best interests of the city in the sale of the campus.
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