About California State University-Fresno

Founded in 1911, California State University-Fresno. is a Public college. Located in California, which is a city setting in California, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 21,530 full time undergraduate students, and 2,875 full time graduate students.

The California State University-Fresno Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 24:1. There are 731 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at California State University-Fresno include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate53%
Application Deadline
Application Fee55
SAT Range800-1010
ACT Range16-22

Admissions at CSUF are considered Selective, with ,45% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 18 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

100% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 80% were in the top quarter, and 15% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at California State University-Fresno.

California State University-Fresno REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    123 Students rated on-campus housing 3.1 stars. 8 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    109 Students rated off-campus housing 3.6 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    155 Students rated campus food 3.3 stars. 16 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    169 Students rated campus facilities 4 stars. 27 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    169 Students rated class size 3.8 stars. 25 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    168 Students rated school activities 3.8 stars. 27 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    168 Students rated local services 4.1 stars. 39 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    169 Students rated academics 4 stars. 35 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of California State University-Fresno?

76 Students rated California State University-Fresno

Esiquio - 10/03/2023

New chat Default (GPT-3.5) User 250 word review on Fresno state collage ChatGPT Fresno State University, nestled in the heart of California's Central Valley, stands as a vibrant institution with a rich academic legacy. Known for its commitment to diversity and inclusivity, Fresno State provides a dynamic learning environment that fosters both intellectual and personal growth. The university boasts a comprehensive range of academic programs, spanning liberal arts, sciences, agriculture, and professional studies. The faculty comprises accomplished scholars dedicated to nurturing students

Melanie - 07/15/2023

California State University of Fresno is an acceptable school to be apart of. The teachers and faculty do their best to create the best environment they can, and there are very minimal worries students have of drugs or feeling safe on campus. Campus remains a respectable and familiar place that is easy to get around and has many recourses if you choose to look.

Yovanny - 03/24/2023

My review of Fresno State is that it is a great university for both local students and students that come from far to study here. The campus is gorgeous and the library looks amazing. The sports culture here is great so you can make friends very easily. The food is good don't have any complaints about it. This is an amazing school to come attend.

Dawn - 02/26/2023

Fresno State is a great school for the academically inclined. The vast amount of majors offered allows for all students to find what they're interested in and learn all about it. For English majors specifically, there is an immense amount of opportunities to get involved and learn all about the literature of the past. Fresno State is also home to many poet loriets, making it very prestigious.

California State University-Fresno FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at California State University-Fresno?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for California State University-Fresno is 53%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    The advice I would give myself would have been to stay focused on my studies instead of worrying about my social life. I would remind myself that academics leads to my future along with helping me become successful. Remember the one thing my mom always said, " This is your future it is now time to become serious and realize that you are an adult."

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates are great students that have worked hard throughout high school to become part of the student body at Fresno State and they also help me to have the perserverence I need to succeed in my college career.

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  4. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Fresno State University campus is a great place to study and to have a successful education. It provides students with quiet places where we can study. Not only that but also many clubs and organizations where us students can be involved, that gives us the opportunity to also enjoy college and most likely graduate. The tutoring Fresno State is helpful; it helps students with any course they might have difficulties in. Math is my worst subject and with the tutoring Fresno State offers I was able to pass the class.

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  5. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    To tell the truth as of right now, I'm not sure what is really the worst thing about for Fresno State because for the past year in a half I was able to be involved with the school. One thing I can say is the worst part, is actually myself because I don't take advantage of the time they give us to do class assignment, but other than that the school has been great for myself.

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  6. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    its close to home, have friends that already go there and have met many more great friends

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  7. What's unique about your campus?

    The Best thing about Fresno State is it is local and it offers a MFA in creative writing.

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  8. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    The limitations of loan packages, and that I would still have to work while in school.

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  9. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Fresno State, like Fresno, is amazingly dieverse; Fresno State is for anyone that enjoys meeting new people and experiencing new things.

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  10. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    CSU Fresno is best know for its agricultural department. We have a lot of farming and food production on campus.

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  11. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    Trying to get all the right materials for the classes that we need because they usually tends to run out and then we have to wait for next shipping.

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  12. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    A person who does not like to show up to class and do work should not attend Fresno State. Those who fail classes at Fresno State are those students who don't show up to class, do not participate, and do not do their work. Also, a person who is looking for a big party school should not attend Fresno State because this school focuses more on academics and education rather than having fun.

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  13. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    i brag about the football team, my dance team im apart of, and the variety of resturants we have on campus

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  14. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    Fresno State is a great university that helps you succeed and meet new people along the way. The best thing about this school is that the faculty and staff are always willing to help their students. If I were to change one thing about this school it would be to add more classes. Unfortunantely, Fresno State took a hard hit with this economical downfall and has had to endure many budget cuts. Since I commute to school, I have not experienced much of the "college town," although friends tell me its great! The library and student union is open til late and you always find students cramming for their finals, or just hanging out after a stressful week of midterms! Overall, the school is great and I have yet to come across a problem or situation that would discourage me from coming to Fresno State.

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  15. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    Many people believe that Fresno State is "not such a good school", and that students who pick Fresno State over other schools are "settling". This is FALSE. Like every other university, you have a mix of people, and a mix of motivation and achievement levels. However, we have many intelligent students, including those who graduated high school with GPAs above 4.0s. Fresno State students have gone far and become very successful- we have had graduates that went on to become NASA astronauts, educators, judges, CEOs... and so much more!

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  16. What are the academics like at your school?

    Academics are a major deal at Fresno State. As I had mentioned before, the faculty and staff at Fresno State are always willing to help! After the first few weeks of class, the professors start recognizing faces and even start calling you by their names! Although, this is not necessarily true for the GE classes that are held in larger settings. Study groups are also a big thing at state. Students are provided with spacious study room in the library to hold study sessions with large groups. We also have a lot of different clubs on campus that are made up of students who hold the same interest as others. This is a great way to meet new people and learn about potential grad schools and even Med School!

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  17. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    There are many groups people can become a part of! We have a variety of clubs, sororities/fraternities, athletic teams, honor societies, and of course- marching band! At Fresno State, marching band is an experience different from anything someone may have experienced in high school. The band consists of 300 members coming from all types of backgrounds, and all types of mentalities. But regardless of initial beliefs about band, the band becomes one and forms into a wonderful thing to be a part of. When I first became a part of the band, I felt a bit of culture shock. I had a background that was very serious, and the environment was very competitive. Here, everything was different! It didn't matter where you were from, it mattered that you were here now. And the band was fun to be around, and the games were a blast! Unlike high school, which often does not appreciate band to the full extent, here, we are welcomed- and appreciated. The athletic directors and sports players often stop by to say hello, and fans at the game are super excited when the band comes marching in :) The band here also hosts its own competition for the high schools, and participates in Band Day. During Band Day, thousands of students from local high schools perform at a Fresno State Football game with the band, and they have an awesome experience. Other than just the "band aspect" of band, there is a wonderful community aspect. In times of pride and joy, the band celebrates together. In times of tragedy, the band comes closer together. Honestly, I can't imagine how my first three years of Fresno State would have been if I hadn't been a part of the BMB. For the none-band members, we also have various dance groups that perform a few times during the semester, we have choral groups that tour around the state, we have department honor societies, a variety of volunteer opportunities, and even a club that plays different types of board games every Friday night.

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

86% of students attending California State University-Fresno receive some sort of financial aid. 64% were awarded federal grants. While 27% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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