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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    A
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B-
  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 19,369 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Cal State Fresno acceptance rate is 58%. Popular majors include Business, Criminology, and Liberal Arts and Humanities. Graduating 54% of students, Cal State Fresno alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $32,400.
5241 N Maple Ave
Fresno, CA 93740
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Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Mountain West Conference

California State University - Fresno Rankings

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CSU Fresno Admissions

Acceptance Rate
58%
Application Deadline
December 4
SAT Range
920-1120
ACT Range
16-22
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$6,771/ 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
$10,233/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
90%

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.165 responses
53%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.165 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    25%
  • On Campus
    74%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
19,369Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
2,756
Undergrads Over 25
12%
Pell Grant
66%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 106 responses
  • Open to diversity
    37%
  • Dedicated
    28%
  • Motivated
    23%
  • Mellow
    6%
  • Bright
    3%
  • Self-centered
    3%
  • Outgoing
    1%

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.199 responses
Poll
71%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.248 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 121 responses
  • Diverse
    58%
  • Amazing
    9%
  • Relaxing
    9%
  • Challenging
    8%
  • Depending on the class you get, mostly challenging
    5%
  • Quiet
    5%
  • Surprisingly easy
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$44,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
54%
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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As a year 3 pre-nursing student, I have had a great experience! There are so many resources that aim to help and involve students on and off campus. My favorite being USU Productions! I also love and attend SI sessions for some of my harder classes. The SI leaders are almost always super helpful and friendly! If I had to change one thing, it would be how hard it is to get into some classes that students need to stay on track. Most pre-nursing students have to wait a semester or two for a class they need to open up, and I found myself in that position many times. Other than that, most of the teachers that I have had have been so helpful and understanding. I would, and do, highly recommend this school to anyone wanting the real "college experience"!
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Fresno State offers so many activities, clubs, and opportunities to network, expand your knowledge, or do research. If you really find out what your college can offer you like conferences, lectures, or events you can really expand your mind! I learned so much, met so many amazing people, all you need to do is speak up in class, talk to your professors, and find out what you can do to help yourself. good luck!

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major: food science and nutrition- dietetics
bio major first then switched, it's okay to switch but research first everything
2011-2020
The professors in the Psychology department are so great! I started off as a Child and Family Sciences major and ended up switching over to Psychology. I was so nervous about it, but the professors made me feel okay and I also realized that this was definitely the right major for me. There are also so many beneficial services for the students. Everyone I have come across who works at this school is very dedicated to the students no matter what their path looks like. I was very hesitant about transferring over to Fresno State from Fresno City, but it is such a great place to be and I am so grateful I am able to attend the school.