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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    A
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    NG
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    B
Cal State Fresno is an above-average public university located in Fresno, California. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 19,432 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Cal State Fresno acceptance rate is 59%. Popular majors include Business, Criminology, and Liberal Arts and Humanities. Graduating 56% of students, Cal State Fresno alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $32,400.
About California State University - Fresno...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Mountain West Conference
Address
5241 N Maple Ave
Fresno, CA 93740
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California State University - Fresno Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
59%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
910-1110
ACT Range
16-22
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$5,879/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$10,267/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
87%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
23:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
72%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.132 responses
33%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.153 responses
55%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.153 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
19,432Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
2,829
Undergrads Over 25
13%
Pell Grant
63%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 101 responses
Report
  • Open to diversity
    39%
  • Dedicated
    27%
  • Motivated
    20%
  • Mellow
    5%
  • Diverse
    4%
  • Self-centered
    3%
  • Bright
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
54%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.187 responses
Poll
72%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.236 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 109 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    58%
  • Amazing
    10%
  • Relaxing
    9%
  • Challenging
    8%
  • Quiet
    6%
  • Depending on the class you get, mostly challenging
    5%
  • Surprisingly easy
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$44,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
56%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
74%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.86 responses
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I love California State University Fresno for a number of reasons that have unexpectedly made me fall in love with the campus! It is the cheapest CSU in the California which has made going to school very affordable! Living in the Central Valley of California, our school has a lot of diversity and feels like a melting pot of culture. School involvement seems very important for Fresno State, as there are daily events for students of all majors and backgrounds, and plenty of clubs to join. Along with being culturally diverse, we are major diverse as well. We have a great agricultural program for students interested in animals and farming, and a great engineering program ranging from civil engineering, electrical engineering, computer engineering, geomatics engineering, mechanical engineering, and construction management. I am proud to be apart of such an amazing university that has a place for every type of student. Go Dogs!
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I attended CSU-Fresno from 2017-2019, and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work. I have to say that the campus is extremely inviting physically because of the "open campus" concept. Also, the staff (that I encountered) were all very loving, caring, and inviting. There is tons of on-campus activities to keep you busy when you don't have studying or homework to do. Campus culture is as rich and diverse as the students who attend. Go Dogs! Be Bold!
Fresno State is an excellent university. I am currently majoring in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and can from the bottom of my heart say that its science department provides all of the tools needed for students to succeed in their courses including labs as well as consists of respectful, passionate and driven professors and instructors. They clearly love what they do and it reflects inside the classroom, lecture halls and laboratories. I am grateful for the welcoming and homely environment Fresno State offers me on campus! I look to further my education in research at Fresno and owe my success to this university thanks to all options of diverse clubs, success-driven students whom surround me and the wonderful professors willing to put all of their time necessary for student achievement and success.