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California State University - Fresno Overview

Located in Fresno, California, California State University - Fresno is a public institution. The location of Fresno State is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

What Is California State University - Fresno Known For?

4,921 Undergraduate Awards
$22,373 Avg Cost After Aid
59% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at Fresno State is 5%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Fresno State.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 54% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Fresno State bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $44,700 a year. That's about 10% more than their peers at other schools.

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California State University - Fresno Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Fresno State has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#96 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#246 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Fresno State.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#7 Best Value Plant Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Most Popular Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Best General Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#28 Best Value Public Administration & Social Service Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#29 Best Value Computer Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#33 Best Value Civil Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#33 Best Value Electrical Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#35 Best Value Communication Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#57 Best Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#58 Best Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Fresno State has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#41 Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies College Factual
#44 Best Value Colleges for Nursing College Factual
#55 Best Value Colleges for Social Sciences College Factual
#57 Best Teaching Master’s Degree Schools Teaching Degree Search
#87 Best Nursing Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#114 Best Value Colleges for Business Administration & Management College Factual

Where Is California State University - Fresno?

Location of California State University - Fresno

Contact details for Fresno State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 5241 N Maple Ave, Fresno, CA 93740
Phone: 559-278-4240
Website: www.fresnostate.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/fresnostate
Twitter: http://twitter.com/Fresno_State

How Do I Get Into Fresno State?

You can apply to Fresno State online at: https://www2.calstate.edu/apply

Admission Requirements for Fresno State

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL neither required nor recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into Fresno State?

59% Acceptance Rate
62% Of Accepted Are Women
96% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 59%, Fresno State does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 38% of accepted students are men and 62% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 54%, and the acceptance rate for women is 63%.

Average Test Scores

About 96% of students accepted to Fresno State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 460 and 560. Math scores were between 450 and 550.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for California State University - Fresno  ( 460 to 560 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for California State University - Fresno  ( 450 to 550 )
200
800
Fresno State received ACT scores from 38% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 15 and 22. Math scores were between 16 and 23. Composite scores were between 16 and 22.

ACT English Scores for California State University - Fresno  ( 15 to 22 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for California State University - Fresno  ( 16 to 23 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for California State University - Fresno  ( 16 to 22 )
1
36

Can I Afford California State University - Fresno?

$22,373 Net Price
28% Take Out Loans
5.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Fresno State is $22,373. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Fresno State, approximately 28% of students took out student loans averaging $4,841 a year. That adds up to $19,364 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Fresno State is 5.0%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

California State University - Fresno Undergraduate Student Diversity

18,901 Full-Time Undergraduates
60% Women
74% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 21,541 undergraduate students at Fresno State, with 18,901 being full-time and 2,640 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Fresno State

There are also 2,757 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 18,901 full-time undergraduates at Fresno State, 40% are male and 60% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Fresno State

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of California State University - Fresno students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Fresno State Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2,368
Black or African American 504
Hispanic or Latino 10,421
White 3,356
International Students 1,048
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,204

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at California State University - Fresno. At this time, 16 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Online Learning at California State University - Fresno

231 Took All Classes Online
6,244 Took At Least One Class Online
-4.9% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 6,244 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Fresno State has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 112th most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Fresno State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at California State University - Fresno was -4.9%. This is the #2,464 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Fresno State regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Fresno State majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Education 3%
Geological & Earth Sciences 31%
Physical Sciences 38%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 2%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Fresno State ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Fresno State.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Teacher Education Subject Specific #218
Teacher Education Grade Specific #315

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

California State University - Fresno Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 723 0 109 0 832
Liberal Arts General Studies 424 0 0 0 424
Criminology 415 0 4 0 419
General Psychology 368 0 20 0 388
General Education 0 2 235 0 237
Health & Physical Education 204 0 18 0 222
Social Work 130 0 59 0 189
Nursing 129 0 23 35 187
Health Sciences & Services 182 2 0 0 184
Communication Sciences 124 0 42 0 166
General Biology 128 0 13 0 141
Agricultural Economics & Business 135 0 0 0 135
Teacher Education Grade Specific 109 0 23 0 132
Sociology 129 0 0 0 129
Student Counseling 0 0 122 0 122
Journalism 114 0 0 0 114
Communication & Media Studies 103 0 6 0 109
Mechanical Engineering 93 0 0 0 93
Animal Science 89 0 0 0 89
History 77 0 10 0 87
General English Literature 66 0 14 0 80
Civil Engineering 68 0 7 0 75
Fine & Studio Arts 69 0 1 0 70
Computer Science 49 0 18 0 67
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 67 0 0 0 67
Industrial Production Technology 52 0 14 0 66
Plant Sciences 61 0 4 0 65
Teacher Education Subject Specific 43 0 20 0 63
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 60 0 0 0 60
Food Science Technology 59 0 0 0 59
Romance Languages 51 0 1 0 52
Political Science & Government 51 0 0 0 51
Design & Applied Arts 51 0 0 0 51
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 18 30 48
Chemistry 36 0 12 0 48
Music 32 0 10 0 42
Electrical Engineering 37 0 0 0 37
General Engineering 0 0 37 0 37
Philosophy 36 0 0 0 36
Mathematics 27 0 5 0 32
Educational Administration 0 0 0 31 31
Ethnic Studies 31 0 0 0 31
Anthropology 30 0 0 0 30
Drama & Theater Arts 30 0 0 0 30
Construction Engineering Technology 26 0 0 0 26
Computer Engineering 26 0 0 0 26
Geological & Earth Sciences 12 0 14 0 26
Economics 25 0 0 0 25
Agricultural Production 23 0 0 0 23
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 21 0 0 0 21
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 17 0 4 0 21
Allied Health Professions 17 0 0 0 17
Special Education 0 0 16 0 16
General Family & Consumer Sciences 16 0 0 0 16
Writing Studies 0 2 13 0 15
Geography & Cartography 15 0 0 0 15
General Physical Sciences 13 0 0 0 13
Biotechnology 0 0 12 0 12
Engineering-Related Technologies 12 0 0 0 12
Physics 8 0 4 0 12
Public Health 2 0 7 0 9
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 9 0 9
Public Administration 0 0 7 0 7
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 6 0 0 6
Natural Resources Conservation 4 1 0 0 5
General Agriculture 0 0 1 0 1
Area Studies 1 0 0 0 1
Cognitive Science 1 0 0 0 1
Other Agriculture 0 0 0 0 0
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 0 0 0 0
Other Education 0 0 0 0 0
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 0 0 0
Other Health Professions 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 4,921 13 932 96 5,962

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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