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Fresno State is an award-winning national university student’s call home. In 2019, reports from Washington Monthly Magazine, U.S. News and World Report, and Money Magazine placed our University alongside the University of California campuses, Ivy League institutions and Stanford.

For the fifth straight year, Fresno State placed among the top three best public universities for graduation-rate performance in U.S. News and World Report’s 2021 Best College rankings. Fresno State scored third-highest among public national universities and was No. 4 overall in the national universities category.

Fresno State is also among the nations’ top 25 universities, ranked No. 24 in the nation by Washington Monthly magazine for its focus on social mobility, research, and service to the community. This was the fourth straight year the University placed in the top 25, alongside Ivy League and top-ranked institutions like Stanford and MIT. 

In MONEY magazine’s 50 Best Public Colleges rankings for 2019, Fresno State ranked No. 35. Additionally, Fresno ranks in the National Top 10 for “nice” weather days by the Washington Post.

We have also received the 2020 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, for the seventh year, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. This national honor recognizes our commitment to diversity and inclusion at Fresno State. So remember, Fresno State offers affordable, nationally ranked education in a pleasant environment.

In the words of our University President Joseph I. Castro, “This national recognition is more evidence of Fresno State’s positive academic and athletic trajectory. We are living our new Strategic Plan’s mission to boldly educate and empower our students for success…Our faculty and staff use their extraordinary gifts to develop the next generation of leaders for the Central Valley and beyond.” 

Graduation-rate Performance Ranks No. 3 Nationally

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