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California State University – Fresno

5241 N Maple Ave, Fresno, CA

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California State University - Fresno ("Fresno State") is a public university situated in Fresno, California, a 3-4 hour drive south of San Francisco. Fresno is located at the base of the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains in a successful agricultural area of California known as the San Joaquin Valley. Fresno State is one of 23 campuses in the California State University system. Fresno State offers a wide range of degree programs at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels.

There are more than 1,000 faculty members at Fresno State. Distinguished alumni include acclaimed writers, set designers, producers, top business leaders, including the founders of Patagonia, Inc., and Jenny Craig, Inc., a U.S. Ambassador, NASA astronaut, and an Olympic Gold Medal winner, among others.

Fresno State's Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology has world-class agriculture programs, including the first commercially bonded winery on a U.S. university campus. The agricultural school also runs pioneering water development and irrigation programs, and is home to a student-staffed farm that raises annual crops and livestock.

Fresno State runs the Summer Arts program that attracts students from around California to learn from world-renowned performers and artists who give public performances during the summer. The program includes a festival in visual, performing and literary arts. There are two-week residency courses at all degree levels in creative writing, dance, music, film, video, theatre/performance, visual arts, design, arts education and new technology.

History

California State University - Fresno was founded in 1911 as "Fresno State Normal School. In 1921, it became a teacher's college. In 1949, it began offering advanced degrees.

Academics

The academic calendar for Fresno State follows the semester system with fall, spring and summer semesters. The summer semester is comprised of a few shorter sessions.

Colleges and Schools

The academic schools, colleges and divisions at California State University - Fresno include:

  • Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology
  • College of Arts and Humanities
  • Craig School of Business
  • Kremen School of Education and Human Development
  • Lyles College of Engineering
  • College of Health and Human Services
  • College of Science and Mathematics
  • College of Social Sciences
  • Graduate Studies
  • Continuing and Global Education

Student Life

There are numerous student clubs and organizations available on the Fresno State campus for student involvement. Choices range from academic, professional and honorary interests, to cultural, recreational, religious or special interest. There is an active Greek Life on the Fresno State campus, with many active fraternities and sororities.

On campus housing is available through several residential halls, and there are many options for dining on campus.

Student activities and entertainment are plentiful at Fresno State, with a 16,000-seat concert venue (the Save Mart Center) that is also home to many Bulldog athletics. This concert venue has headline performers like Madonna and the Rolling Stones, as well as hosting rodeos and other events.

Fresno State also has a large student recreation center that hosts many programs.

Traditions

The school colors for California State University-Fresno are red, blue and white.

The school mascot is the bulldog, and the athletic teams are nicknamed the Fresno State "Bulldogs."

The Fresno State football team wears an additional color and symbol on the back of their helmets - a green and red "V." This "V" is a representation of the San Joaquin Valley agricultural community. Many "Bulldog" players come from the San Joaquin Valley community, which is a major supporter of the football program at Fresno State.

Fresno State Fight Song

Fight! Varsity. On your toes, dig in and hit that line!

We're all pulling hard for you, so fight and give the best there is in you.

Fight! Varsity. On your toes, dig in and hit that line!

We'll fight on to victory. We're always true to Fresno State!

Athletics

The Fresno State "Bulldogs" compete in several intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Equestrian
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Fresno State's "booster" group or cheering squad is called the "Red Wave," which is one of the largest in the country. The university's "Bulldog Foundation" is one of the nation's top volunteer fundraising teams.

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its main 388-acre campus in Fresno, California State University - Fresno has a 1,000-plus-acre University Farm campus, on the northeastern side of Fresno.

Community Life

The city of Fresno is in Central California, located equidistance between San Francisco and Los Angeles, roughly a three to four hours' drive from each. The campus community is committed to community service as part of the Fresno State experience. The Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning Program is dedicated to promoting the value of community service to Fresno State's students, faculty and staff.

The Smittcamp Family Honors College at Fresno State offers scholarships to California's highest achieving high school students. These scholarships cover the costs of education, living expenses and encourage participation in community service.

Fresno State runs several environmentally friendly initiatives that aim to develop "green living" habits throughout the community. The Water and Energy Technology Center on campus fosters businesses that come up with good "green" efficiency ideas. The school partners with the community to improve recycling, energy conservation, alternative fuels, better use of public transportation, and more.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admissions information below may give an overview of the students California State University – Fresno accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

California State University – Fresno has a total student population of about 24,000. The student body is made up of 89% undergraduate students and 15% graduate students.

$6,800

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $6,800. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $55 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition range estimates:
    • State Residents: $5,500-$6,600
    • Out-of-State: $17,000-$19,960

Financial Aid Details

The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid83%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships82%$9,568
Receiving Student Loans26%$4,807
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Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and alumni, California State University – Fresno may provide services to students including:

  • Online classes
  • Remedial courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Work study style employment
  • Assisting students to find work
  • Day care

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of California State University – Fresno is around 49%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years14%
Graduating in 5 Years22%
Graduating in 6 Years13%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Dietetics Program
  • Music Program
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program
  • Master's Degree in Nursing (MSN) Program
  • Graduate Level Public Health (Outside School of Public Health) Program
  • Speech-Language Pathology Program
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program
  • Theatre Program

Intercollegiate Athletics

California State University – Fresno is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division I-A classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Mountain West Conference)
  • Basketball (Mountain West Conference)
  • Track and Field (Mountain West Conference)
  • Football (Mountain West Conference)
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Equestrian
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Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

Get more information about the programs offered by California State University – Fresno by clicking the request information to the right.

(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Agriculture Operations

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Education

Engineering

Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions

History

Interdisciplinary Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences

Psychology

Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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ACCEPTANCE RATE
52.19%

FINANCIAL AID RATE
83%

STUDENT:TEACHER RATIO
25:1

DEGREES OFFERED ONLINE
4

FINANCIAL AID AWARD AVG.
$8,560