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California State University - Fresno Data & Information Overview

If you want to know more about California State University - Fresno, such as what majors does it offer, how diverse it is, how well it ranks, and more, this is your one-stop resource. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is California State University - Fresno Ranked?

2020 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

California State University - Fresno was awarded 67 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies.

Overall Quality

Fresno State is ranked #823 out of 1,727 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2020 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Fresno State held the #918 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 112 colleges in California, Fresno State is ranked at #72.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Fresno State?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at California State University - Fresno is a competitive 59%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Average Test Scores

About 96% of students accepted to Fresno State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 460 and 560. Math scores were between 450 and 550.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for California State University - Fresno  ( 460 to 560 )

SAT Math Scores for California State University - Fresno  ( 450 to 550 )
Fresno State received ACT scores from 38% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 16 and 22.

ACT Composite Scores for California State University - Fresno  ( 16 to 22 )

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California State University - Fresno Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At California State University - Fresno, the student to faculty ratio is 23 to 1. Compared to the national average of 15 to 1, this is somewhat high. This could mean that class sizes may be larger than they are at other colleges or universities or that professors may be required to teach more classes.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at California State University - Fresno is 53%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  53 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at California State University - Fresno

Freshmen Retention Rate

California State University - Fresno has a freshmen retention rate of 81%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  81 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at Fresno State is 16%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  16 out of 100

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Average Overall Diversity at Fresno State

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 22,261 undergraduates at Fresno State with 19,432 being full-time and 2,829 being part-time.

Fresno State Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

Fresno State scored 52.71 out of 100 for overall diversity. This is about average when compared to other colleges and universities in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  52.71 out of 100
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How Much Does California State University - Fresno Cost?

The overall average net price of Fresno State is $5,872. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Fresno State

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$3,477 $4,725 $7,936 $12,925 $15,338

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Fresno State, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Fresno State, approximately 25% of students took out student loans averaging $4,816 a year. That adds up to $19,264 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Fresno State is 5.0%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Fresno State Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Fresno State with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $44,700 in their early years. This is good news for future Fresno State graduates since it is 10% more than the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 per year.


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Location of California State University - Fresno

California State University - Fresno is a public institution located in Fresno, California. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Location of California State University - Fresno

Contact details for Fresno State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 5241 N Maple Ave, Fresno, CA 93740
Phone: 559-278-4240

California State University - Fresno Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 70 majors graduated from California State University - Fresno. Of these students, 4,792 received undergraduate degrees and 928 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 724 $35,400
Criminology 438 $27,700
General Psychology 375 $21,900
Liberal Arts General Studies 370 $21,000
Health & Physical Education 265 $24,100
Health Sciences & Services 217 $32,500
Nursing 137 $81,100
General Biology 130 $26,400
Agricultural Economics & Business 124 $42,000
Communication & Media Studies 121 $29,600

Learn more about the majors offered at California State University - Fresno along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Fresno State

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 6,244 students took at least one online class at California State University - Fresno. This is a decrease from the 7,199 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 6,244 231
2016-2017 7,199 296
2015-2016 6,896 264
2014-2015 6,680 322
2013-2014 5,508 298

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