California State University Fresno

California State University Fresno

California State University, Fresno, popularly called Fresno State, was established in 1911 as a public community university. The main campus sits on 388-acres of land, with 34 additional structures on the 1,022-acre-University Farm. Fresno State offers over 25 nationally accredited departmental programs in 8 colleges:

  • College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology
  • College of Arts and Humanities
  • Craig School of Business
  • Kremen School of Education and Human Development
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Health and Human Services
  • College of Science and Mathematics
  • College of Social Sciences

Fresno State's varsity sports teams are known as the Bulldogs, and the university has separate volleyball, baseball, tennis, softball, golf and football teams. The Bulldogs have earned one NCAA national championship in baseball and one in softball.

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California State University-Fresno
5241 N Maple Ave
Fresno , CA 93740
General Phone: (559) 278-4240

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Fresno State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts875African-American studies, Hispanic-American studies, women's studies, linguistics, French language, Spanish language, English, speech and rhetoric, liberal arts and sciences, ...
Business and Management683business management, business administration
Education and Teaching442education, educational administration, special ed, school counseling, early childhood education, agricultural teaching, trade and industrial teaching
Therapy and Counseling339psychology, communication disorders, physical therapy
Family and Social Work281family and consumer science, public administration, social work
Security and Law Enforcement254criminology
Medical Support and Technology207health service and sciences
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy184parks and recreation studies, health and physical education, vocational counseling
Nursing and Emergency Medicine178registered nursing
Media156communication studies
Science150biology, physical sciences, chemistry, geology, physics
Agricultural Science and Management141agriculture, agricultural management
Art Studies126art studies
Engineering119engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering
Engineering Technician72construction engineering tech, surveying tech
Computer Science and Engineering45computer science, computer engineering
Drama and Performing Arts29drama
Religion and Philosophy24philosophy
Animal Science and Care3animal science

Number of programs and degrees for Fresno State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree3,57151
Master's degree80833
Doctor's degree142

Fresno State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Fresno State had a total enrollment of 22,383 students (19,007 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 40%
Women 60%
Full-Time 97%
Part-Time 3%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 85%
Graduate 15%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 37%
Black 5%
Hispanic 31%
Asian 14%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 9%
(Foreign Students) 4%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 5%
18-19 20%
20-21 22%
22-24 26%
25-29 14%
30-34 5%
35-39 3%
40-49 3%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)1%

Fresno State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 81 %
Part-Time 44 %

Fresno State Room and Board (2007)

Fresno State offers campus housing for 1,137 of its 19,007 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Fresno, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Fresno State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal390510
SAT Math410540
ACT Verbal1421
ACT Math1623
ACT Composite1622

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordnot required
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT88%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT27%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Fresno State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 3,677
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 13,857
Room and board $ 8,590
Room charge $ 3,945
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,341
Books and supplies $ 1,228
Other expenses $ 2,752

Financial Aid:
Fresno State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 114700)

Fresno State Faculty

Fresno State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track11881
Non-tenured and not on tenure track7690

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year15$111,8603$116,020
Associate professorcalendar year2*2*
Assistant professorcalendar year3$74,3800*
Lecturercalendar year6$71,4927$74,431
All faculty totalcalendar year26$96,79512$86,928

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year142$95,78363$94,207
Associate professoracademic year81$74,48347$73,428
Assistant professoracademic year102$62,90781$61,975
Instructoracademic year0*1*
Lectureracademic year65$55,10882$53,745
No academic rankacademic year1*0*
All faculty totalacademic year391$76,059274$68,831

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Fresno State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Western Athletic Conference
Basketball Western Athletic Conference
Baseball Western Athletic Conference
Track Western Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports40126166

Fresno State Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agricultural Business and Management, General
Agriculture, General

Animal Science And Care
Animal Sciences, General

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Agricultural Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Special Education and Teaching, General
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education

Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering, General
Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Technician
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
Surveying Technology/Surveying

Family And Social Work
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Public Administration
Social Work

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
Hispanic-American,Puerto Rican & Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Support And Technology
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physical Sciences
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement

Therapy And Counseling
Communication Disorders, General
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General

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