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Colleges / California State University, Fresno

About CSU Fresno

California State University, Fresno is a public, state school in an urban setting in Fresno, California. CSU Fresno was founded in 1911 and now enrolls around 24,139 students a year, including 21,462 undergrads. CSU Fresno provides housing for students. Most students live in off campus housing.

There are many ways for students to get involved at CSU Fresno! Love music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of CSU Fresno's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? CSU Fresno students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Thinking of pledging? CSU Fresno has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? CSU Fresno has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at CSU Fresno on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at CSU Fresno on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to CSU Fresno for Fall 2022 is November 30.

2021 CSU Fresno Facts At-A-Glance
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Overall Acceptance Rate 58%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 97%
In-State Tuition $5,742
Out-of-State $17,622
Percent of Need Met 66%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $12,544

Is CSU Fresno a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Let's take a look at all of these areas to get a clearer idea of what CSU Fresno offers and if it could be a good fit for you.

2020 Acceptance Rate for California State University, Fresno

It is slightly difficult to get into CSU Fresno. The acceptance rate at CSU Fresno is 58%. Out of 18,122 applications received in 2021, 10,500 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at CSU Fresno

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

About 82% of students who start at CSU Fresno return for their second year of college. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for CSU Fresno Grads

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

Tuition and Financial Aid at CSU Fresno

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. CSU Fresno meets 66% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $12,544 a year.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $20,217 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at CSU Fresno. Based on this information, how does CSU Fresno sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is CSU Fresno a good school for you?

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Where is CSU Fresno?

CSU Fresno is located in the urban setting of Fresno, California.

If you want to see CSU Fresno for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Highway 168 to Fresno, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Fresno Air Terminal.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what CSU Fresno and Fresno are like without leaving home.

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College Info

5241 North Maple Avenue Fresno, CA 93740-8027

Campus Setting: Urban

CSU Fresno Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Nov 30

Transfer Applications are Due

Nov 30

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to CSU Fresno is Nov 30.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to CSU Fresno is Nov 30.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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CSU Fresno ACT Scores


ACT Range

16 - 22

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950 - 1130


Math SAT Range

470 - 560


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470 - 570

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CSU Fresno Tuition & Fees

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Wondering what life at CSU Fresno is like? There are approximately 24,139 students enrolled at CSU Fresno, including 21,462 undergraduate students and 2,677 graduate students. 88% percent of students attend school full-time, 99% percent are from CA and 1% percent of students are from other states.


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