California State University--Fresno

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5150 N. Maple

Fresno, CA 93740

Phone: (559) 278-4240
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Nov. 30
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#36 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. Regional Universities (West)

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California State University--Fresno is a public institution that was founded in 1911. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 19,719, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 327 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. California State University--Fresno's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 36. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,286 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $9,742 (2013-14).

California State University—Fresno is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada range in the middle of the state. Although the university, commonly known as Fresno State, began as a teachers college, it now offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 60 areas of study. Graduate students can choose from more than 40 master’s degree programs, including those in the Craig School of Business. Outside the classroom, many Fresno State students take in the natural beauty of the campus and surrounding region, including the San Joaquin Valley, as well as Yosemite National Park, which is only about 60 miles away.

Students at Fresno State can also spend a weekend exploring the city life of San Francisco and Los Angeles, which are each about 200 miles from campus. The city of Fresno has much to offer as well, such as theaters, malls, and restaurants. On campus, Fresno State students can join more than 200 organizations and play for the Fresno State Bulldogs varsity sports teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I Western Athletic Conference.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

This is an exciting time to be a student at California State University, Fresno. We are a learning community that values discovery, diversity, and distinction. Engagement with our community and region is one of our top priorities. Our faculty are internationally known and respected in their chosen fields, widely recognized and accomplished in agriculture, business, engineering, education, and health sciences as well as in the arts, sciences and humanities. Our graduates speak highly of the personal and professional relationships they fostered with faculty. Located in the verdant Central Valley, our campus offers many opportunities for students to enjoy collegiate athletic sports, to visit some of the nation's most beautiful national parks such as Yosemite and the Sierras, and to be a part of a city rich in ethnic and cultural diversity.

If you choose Fresno State, you will receive an excellent education that will prepare you for the career of your dreams. Our alums have piloted the Space Shuttle, served on the Cabinet of the President of the United States, and served as ambassadors and diplomats. They have been Governors, Senators, inventors, doctors, teachers, administrators, accountants, nurses, farm industry leaders, physical therapists, and first-round draft picks in the National Football League. They have a record of making a difference, and actively contribute to the well being of others in our region and beyond. We invite you to join our exciting and dynamic Fresno State university community!

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1911
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $123,512,364


When applying to California State University--Fresno, it's important to note the application deadline is November 30. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 15. The application fee at California State University--Fresno is $55. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 58.2 percent.

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Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 58.2%
Application deadline November 30
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at California State University--Fresno is 22:1, and the school has 15.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at California State University--Fresno include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 84.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 22:1
4-year graduation rate 14%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 16%
Health Professions and Related Programs 12%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 8%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 7%
Psychology 6%

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Student Life

California State University--Fresno has a total undergraduate enrollment of 19,719, with a gender distribution of 43.1 percent male students and 56.9 percent female students. At this school, 5.3 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 94.7 percent of students live off campus. California State University--Fresno is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 22,565
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

California State University--Fresno offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. California State University--Fresno also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at California State University--Fresno, 34 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at California State University--Fresno.

Students who have cars on campus 34%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At California State University--Fresno, 72.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $9,968.

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In-state tuition and fees $6,286 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $9,742 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,447 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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