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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?

19,432 Full-Time Undergraduates
$6,452 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 one 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.

California State University - Fresno Rankings

Fresno State landed the #934 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. It is also ranked #77 out of 116 schools in California.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that Fresno State has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for Fresno State

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 204
Best Colleges for Veterans 276
Best Colleges for the Money 378
Best Colleges 934
Best Colleges for Diversity 1,458

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 )
1
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?

$6,452 Net Price
28% Take Out Loans
5.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Fresno State is $6,452. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Fresno State

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$4,067 $5,477 $9,127 $12,631 $15,693

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

19,432 Full-Time Undergraduates
59% Women
72% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 22,261 undergraduate students at Fresno State, with 19,432 being full-time and 2,829 being part-time.

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

There are also 3,064 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 19,432 full-time undergraduates at Fresno State, 41% are male and 59% 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 2,607
Black or African American 569
Hispanic or Latino 10,149
White 3,481
International Students 1,208
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,418

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 Majors

In 2017-2018, California State University - Fresno awarded 9,842 undergraduate degrees and 2,056 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 135 0 0
Agricultural Production 0 23 0 0
Allied Health Professions 0 17 0 0
Animal Science 0 89 0 0
Anthropology 0 30 0 0
Area Studies 0 1 0 0
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 21 0 0
Biotechnology 0 0 12 0
Business Administration & Management 0 723 109 0
Chemistry 0 36 12 0
Civil Engineering 0 68 7 0
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 9 0
Cognitive Science 0 1 0 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 103 6 0
Communication Sciences 0 124 42 0
Computer Engineering 0 26 0 0
Computer Science 0 49 18 0
Construction Engineering Technology 0 26 0 0
Criminology 0 415 4 0
Design & Applied Arts 0 51 0 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 30 0 0
Economics 0 25 0 0
Educational Administration 0 0 0 31
Electrical Engineering 0 37 0 0
Engineering-Related Technologies 0 12 0 0
Ethnic Studies 0 31 0 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 69 1 0
Food Science Technology 0 59 0 0
General Agriculture 0 0 1 0
General Biology 0 128 13 0
General Education 0 0 235 0
General Engineering 0 0 37 0
General English Literature 0 66 14 0
General Family & Consumer Sciences 0 16 0 0
General Physical Sciences 0 13 0 0
General Psychology 0 368 20 0
Geography & Cartography 0 15 0 0
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 12 14 0
Health & Physical Education 0 204 18 0
Health Sciences & Services 0 182 0 0
History 0 77 10 0
Industrial Production Technology 0 52 14 0
Journalism 0 114 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 424 0 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 17 4 0
Mathematics 0 27 5 0
Mechanical Engineering 0 93 0 0
Music 0 32 10 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 4 0 0
Nursing 0 129 23 35
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 67 0 0
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 0 60 0 0
Philosophy 0 36 0 0
Physics 0 8 4 0
Plant Sciences 0 61 4 0
Political Science & Government 0 51 0 0
Public Administration 0 0 7 0
Public Health 0 2 7 0
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 18 30
Romance Languages 0 51 1 0
Social Work 0 130 59 0
Sociology 0 129 0 0
Special Education 0 0 16 0
Student Counseling 0 0 122 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 109 23 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 43 20 0
Writing Studies 0 0 13 0
Total 0 9,842 1,864 192

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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