Fresno Colleges and Schools

While the colleges in Fresno are surrounded by farmland, students can experience urban fun and cultural attractions in Fresno's Tower District, famous for its Rogue Festival, classic car show and restaurants. Summers are hot; winters are mild and a little rainy. Most residents get around Fresno by car, although the wide streets are convenient for bicycling and walking. Students may enjoy a cost of living in Fresno that is far below the California average, although housing costs are higher than the national average.

Through the Dual Enrollment Program at Fresno City College, high school students can earn college and high school credits at the same time.

Fun Facts about Trade and Technical Schools in Fresno

There are two community colleges in Fresno. Established in 1910, Fresno City College was California's first community college. In addition to education programs, students can enjoy clubs, performing arts events and competitive sports teams. Clovis Community College is a smaller school. It also has several student organizations, and soccer, swimming and diving, and cross country teams.

The Fresno campus of UEI College offers career vocational and trade programs in business, criminal justice, HVAC and medical/dental assisting.

Fresno colleges that offer cosmetology programs include the Milan Institute, Lyle's College of Beauty, and Paul Mitchell the School.

Fun Facts about Fresno Colleges and Universities

Of the two main universities in Fresno, one is public and the other is private.

California State University, Fresno offers a comprehensive array of undergraduate degree programs, including eight related to agriculture, reflecting Fresno's primary industry. Every spring "Fresno State" hosts Vintage Days, where 50,000 guests can enjoy three days of food, concerts, a beer garden and other attractions.

Fresno Pacific University is a Christian college. U.S. News & World Report ranked FPU in the top tier in its category and named it a "best value" college. Students can participate in various clubs, intramural sports, student government, a campus newspaper and a cheer team.

Graduate Schools in Fresno

Both universities in Fresno offer graduate-level programs.

Fresno State University offers more than 40 graduate degree programs including doctorates in educational leadership, physical therapy, and nursing practice.

Fresno Pacific University offers advanced degree programs in the areas of business, education, mediation, restorative justice, nursing, and athletic training and administration. It also has a biblical seminary.

Learn more about higher education in California on our California colleges page.


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Education Institutes in Fresno
Total Number of Educational Institutes
Total Enrollment in all institutes
Number of Public Educational Institutes
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
Graduation Rate
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
On Campus and Online Programs in Fresno
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
Number of Institutes Offering both

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,
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