California State University, Fresno


California State University, Fresno was founded as Fresno State Normal School in 1911, became a teacher’s college in 1921, and has offered advanced degrees since 1949. The university’s popular nickname is “Fresno State.” Our mascot is the Bulldog.


California State University, Fresno powers the New California through learning, scholarship, and engagement.  The University faculty, staff, and administrators work together to:

  • Make student success our first priority;
  • Embrace a culture of diversity, internationalization, and inclusion;
  • Advance our established distinction in liberal arts and sciences, professional programs, and community engagement;
  • Produce transformative scholarly research and creative works that target regional issues with global significance;
  • Exemplify the ethical stewardship of capital and human resources; and,
  • Develop institutional, community, and intellectual leaders.
Why choose California State University, Fresno?

California State University, Fresno’s national and international award winning Theatre Arts Department offers extensive preparation in all aspects of theatre and dance. The broad curriculum, combined with an annual production schedule of more than 10 plays and several dance concerts, provides the opportunity for intensive training.
To ensure a rich and varied experience for students, the department makes extensive use of guest artists as master teachers in workshops and courses, as well as provides exposure to accomplished performers, directors, and designers.

Fresno State Academics

California State University, Fresno is fully accredited by the California State Board of Education and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Fresno State thrives on its commitment to help students live their dreams and fulfill their ambitions. Since 1911, more than 200,000 people have graduated from our schools and colleges. Our high-caliber academic programs are bolstered by award-winning faculty, hands-on experiences, real-world practices and an expanded library that now is the largest in the
23-campus CSU system.

Fresno State has 8 academic colleges, offers 62 bachelor’s, 44 master’s, 2 doctorates, 50 credentials, 46 certificate programs and 34 nationally accredited programs with abundant undergraduate and graduate research projects.

Estimated Cost of Attendance for the 2014-2015 Academic year (subject to change)
Expenses With Parents Dorms Other
Total $15,202 $20,928 $22,016
Fees/Tuition $6,298 $6,298 $6,298
Books/Supplies $1,762 $1,762 $1,762
Room/Board $4,598 $10,604 $11,268
Transportation $1,180 $900 $1,324
Personal $1,364 $1,364 $1,364
How to apply

Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning January 1st. Watch a video about filing your FAFSA.

  • ONLINE: We recommend applying online at  You (and parent) can apply for a PIN (personal identification number) through so you are ready to begin the application process in January.
  • PAPER: If you opt to file a paper application, take your application to the post office and ask for “proof of mailing” (approx. cost: 90¢).  Do not send the application by registered or certified mail as this may cause a delay on delivery and/or processing.
  • CAL GRANT : Check with your current school to submit a Cal Grant GPA Verification Form. A FAFSA and GPA Verification must be submitted to Fresno State by March 2nd.
  • Establish an email address with Fresno State.  This address will be used by the Financial Aid Office to email correspondence to you.
  • You should also update your mailing address as needed.  You can verify or change your mailing address after logging into the Fresno State portal at
Completing your FAFSA
  • Complete the FAFSA as accurately as possible.
  • Submit all signatures (including parent if required). Signatures are required to verify information entered on your FAFSA. Any delay in submitting signatures could result in a processing delay of your FAFSA.
  • List Fresno State (Title IV Code # 001147) as a school you plan to attend. Answer all questions about your housing plans (Question number 86-97).
Addmission Requirements

All requirements below must be completed by the end of the spring 2015 semester to be considered for admission for the fall 2015 semester. Fresno State does not accept lower division transfer students at this time.

  • Completion of 60 or more transferable units (90 quarter units).
  • Completion of a minimum of 30 semester units (45 quarter units) of General Education (G.E.) with a 2.0 G.P.A. or better.
  • Completion of the four Foundation classes (area A1, A2, A3 & B4) with a grade of C or better.
  • A cumulative transfer G.P.A. of 2.0 or better is required from Local Area applicants; 2.7 or better is recommended for applicants outside the service area. Non- California residents are required to have a minimum of a 2.4 G.P.A.
  • Must be in “good standing” at the last college or university attended. Good standing means you are eligible to re-enroll at your last college or university.

*Engineering majors do not need to complete critical thinking (area A3) or lifelong understanding & self development (area E) prior to transferring.
*Liberal studies and engineering majors follow a different G.E. pattern,


California State University, Fresno will become nationally recognized for education that transforms students and improves the quality of life in the region and beyond; for leadership that drives economic, infrastructure, and human development; and for institutional responsiveness that fosters creativity, generates opportunity for all, and thrives on change.  Drawing from the rich human diversity of experiences, values, world views, and cultures that make up the fabric of the Central Valley, we will power the New California through the 21st century.

Faculty and Staff

2,200 full- and part-time; 96 percent of the tenured faculty hold doctoral or other terminal degrees in their areas of study.

Academic Schools and Divisions

  • Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology
  • College of Arts and Humanities
  • Craig School of Business
  • Kremen School of Education and Human Development
  • Lyles College of Engineering
  • College of Health and Human Services
  • College of Science and Math
  • College of Social Sciences
  • Division of Graduate Studies
  • Continuing and Global Education


Fresno State’s 388-acre main campus and its 1,011-acre University Farm are located at the northeast edge of Fresno, California, at the foot of the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range. The surrounding San Joaquin Valley is one of the richest agricultural areas in the world, and Fresno is the fifth largest city in California. The university is within an hour’s drive of many mountain and lake resorts and within a three- or four-hour drive of both Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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