California State University, Fresno

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School Overview

California State University, Fresno (A.K.A Fresno State) is a public university located in Fresno, CA. It is a member of the California State University System. National publications have recognized as Fresno State as one of the leading public universities in the Western U.S. Fresno State is situated near Yosemite National Park.

General Information

Admission Office

5150 North Maple Avenue, M/S JA 57

Fresno, CA 93740-8026

(559) 278-2261

Fax: (559) 278-4812

Contact: Vivian Franco

Main Address

5150 North Maple Avenue

Fresno, CA 93740-8027

(559) 278-4240

Total undergrads: 19,245

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,823

Degree-seeking undergrads: 19,245

Graduate enrollment: 2,483


Urban setting

Very large city (over 500,000)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $55

Online application fee: $55

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 70%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 82%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $3,299 $3,687 $4,672 $4,879 +4.43%
Books and Supplies $1,072 $1,228 $1,288 $1,224 -4.97%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $8,162 $8,590 $9,652 $11,890 +23.19%
Other $2,402 $2,752 $2,832 $2,806 -0.92%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $7,410 $9,800 $10,224 $10,632 +3.99%
Other $3,154 $3,358 $3,454 $3,418 -1.04%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $14,935 $16,257 $18,444 $20,799 +12.77%
In-state Off Campus $14,935 $18,073 $19,638 $20,153 +2.62%
In-state with Family $4,371 $4,915 $5,960 $6,103 +2.40%

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 2,063 76%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,852 68% $15,371,659 $8,300
• Federal grants 1,360 50% $6,315,462 $4,644
• Pell grants 1,355 50% $5,399,456 $3,985
• Other federal grants 1,133 41% $916,006 $808
Local and state government scholarships or grants 1,464 54% $3,220,292 $2,200
Institutional scholarships or grants 1,469 54% $5,835,905 $3,973
Student loan financial aid 698 26% $2,862,711 $4,101
• Federal student loans 694 25% $2,598,939 $3,745
• Other student loans 27 1% $263,772 $9,769

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 3236 885 26
Agriculture 42 3
Agricultural Business and Management 42
Animal Sciences 3
Area, Cultural, Ethnic, Gender, and Group Studies 43
Black/african-american Studies 6
Hispanic-american, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-american/chicano Studies 26
Women’s Studies 11
Biology, Biological and Biomedical Sciences 84 17
Biology, Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other 2
Biology and Biological Sciences 82 17
Business, Management, Administration and Marketing Services 619 110
Business Administration and Management 600 91
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 19 19
Communication and Journalism Studies 118 2
Speech Communication 118 2
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 12 19
Computer Science 12 19
Education 103 310 26
Agricultural Teacher Education 35
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services 43
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 68
General Education 248
Educational Leadership, Management and Administration 26
Special Education Teacher Education 19
Engineering 125 23
Computer Engineering 8
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 28
Engineering 56 23
Mechanical Engineering 33
Engineering Technology 62
Construction Engineering Technology/technician 46
Surveying Technology/surveying 16
English Language and Literature/letters 130 27
English Language and Literature 68 20
Rhetoric and Composition 62 7
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 54 21
French Language and Literature 3
Linguistics 10 14
Spanish Language and Literature 41 7
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences 247 146
Communication Sciences and Disorders 66 37
Physical Therapy/therapist 19
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 181 45
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/counselor 45
History 85 10
History 85 10
Human Services 127 88
Public Administration 7 29
Social Work 120 59
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 288
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 288
Mathematics and Statistics 45 9
Mathematics 45 9
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 11 1
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 11 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 162 25
Health and Physical Education/fitness 138 25
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 24
Physical Sciences 49 8
Chemistry 31 3
Geology/earth Science 9 3
Physical Sciences 8
Physics 1 2
Psychology 226 24
Psychology 226 13
School Psychology 11
Social Sciences 386 25
Anthropology 21
Criminology 236 15
Economics 15
Geography 20
Political Science and Government 43 10
Sociology 51
Visual and Performing Arts 185 17
Art/art Studies 131 11
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts 20
Music 34 6
Work and Family Studies 33
Family and Consumer Sciences/human Sciences 33
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Agricultural Business B
Agriculture – General B
Agronomy/Crop Science B
Animal Health B
Animal Sciences B
Dairy Science B
Food Science B
Horticulture Science B
Pest Management B
Plant Sciences B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

African-American Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Commercial/Advertising Art B
Dance B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Interior Design B
Music – General B
Music Theory/Composition B
Theater Design/Stagecraft B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Anatomy B
Bacteriology B
Biology B
Cellular Biology/Histology B
Ecology B
Molecular Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
Human Resources Management B
International Business B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B
Real Estate B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B
Public Relations B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B
Information Sciences/Systems B

Construction Trades

Building/Property Maintenance B


Education – General B
Education of Deaf/Hearing Impaired B
Physical Education B


Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

Engineering Technologies

Civil Engineering/Technology B
Construction/Building Technologies B
Electrical Engineering Technologies B
Surveying Technology B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Child Development B
Foods/Nutrition Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
Linguistics B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical/Medical Social Work B
Communication Disorders B
Environmental Health B
Health System Administration B
Nursing (RN) B
Occupational Health/Industrial Hygiene B
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Natural Sciences B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences A,B
Health/Physical Fitness A
Parks/Leisure Facilities Management A,B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Public Administration B
Social Work B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Criminology B
Economics B
Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

California State University-Fresno Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(559) 278-4240
Type of School:4-year, Public
Address:5241 N Maple Ave, Fresno, CA 93740
Setting:Rural: Distant
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:24,405
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):49%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:24 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:17,509 (72% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$6,313
Out-of-state Tuition:$17,473
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:86%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$10,006

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

California State University-Fresno Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at California State University-Fresno.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences52
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies3
Biological and Biomedical Sciences32
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services11
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs11
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services11
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields31
English Language and Literature/Letters122
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics32
Health Professions and Related Programs1752
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities1
Mathematics and Statistics11
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies21
Natural Resources and Conservation1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies21
Philosophy and Religious Studies1
Physical Sciences44
Public Administration and Social Service Professions22
Social Sciences62
Visual and Performing Arts42
Grand total363403

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at California State University-Fresno.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Grand total1

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at California State University-Fresno and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,792

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid3,04986%
Grant or scholarship aid2,94383%$10,006
Student loan aid96327%$4,741

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid15,98174%$9,058
Federal student loans6,77932%$5,907

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for California State University-Fresno. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled California State University-Fresno students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants18,7357,91010,825
Percent admitted100%48%57%
Percent admitted who enrolled18%17%18%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

California State University-Fresno Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment24,405
Undergraduate enrollment21,530
Graduate enrollment2,875

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

California State University-Fresno Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels (Northern California Consortium, DNP)
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public health
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
    • Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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