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University Communications: Fast Facts about Fresno State


The University

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.


Fresno State is one of the 23 campuses of the California State University, one of the largest systems of higher education in the world.


The university is accredited by the California Board of Education and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. It has 26 nationally accredited departmental programs, among the highest number within the CSU system.

Enrollment (2011-12)

The university enrolled more than 21,500 students, and approximately 4,400 students completed work for bachelor's, master’s and doctoral degrees by Commencement 2011. (Information provided by the Office of Institutional Research, Assessment and Planning.)

Faculty and Staff

1,100 full- and part-time; 96 percent of the tenured faculty hold doctoral or other terminal degrees in their areas of study.


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.

Academic Schools and Divisions

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

Academic Calendar

Fall semester: late August through December. Spring semester: mid-January through mid-May. The university also offers shorter sessions in summer.


See www.csufresno.edu/catoffice/current/fees.html for fee information.


For the most up-to-date news about Fresno State, go to www.FresnoStateNews.com.

Demographic Data

*Special Notice: Fees are subject to change without notice.