CSU Fresno (California State University, Fresno, Fresno State) is a public comprehensive university and part of the 23 campuses California State University system. It is located at the northeast edge of Fresno, California, approximately 58 miles (93 km) from the entrance to Yosemite National Park, and sits at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in the San Joaquin Valley. The city of 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-hour drive of both Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The university has a total enrollment of 23,060 undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students. It offers bachelor’s degrees in 60 areas of study, 45 master’s degrees, 3 doctoral degrees, 12 certificates of advanced study, and 2 different teaching credentials.
The university’s unique facilities include an on-campus planetarium, on-campus raisin and wine grape vineyards, and a commercial winery, where student-made wines have won over 300 awards since 1997. Members of Fresno State’s nationally ranked Top 10 Equestrian Team have the option of housing their horses on campus, next to indoor and outdoor arenas. Fresno State has a 50,000-square-foot (4,600 m2) Student Recreation Center and the third-largest library, in terms of square footage, in the California State University system.
- Money Magazine ranked Fresno State 162nd in the country out of the nearly 1500 schools it evaluated for its 2014 Best Colleges ranking.
- The Daily Beast ranked Fresno State 143rd in the country out of the nearly 2000 schools it evaluated for its 2013 Best Colleges ranking.
- In the 2014 edition of America’s Best Colleges, U.S. News & World Report ranks Fresno State 8th in public regional universities in the West (all the western states from Hawaii and Alaska to Texas and Oklahoma), and 36th in all regional universities, both public and private, in the West (all the western states from Hawaii and Alaska to Texas and Oklahoma. U.S. News & World Report ranks Fresno State’s graduate program in Rehabilitation Counseling 13th in the entire nation.
- Washington Monthly magazine ranked Fresno State 10th “America’s Top 50 Master’s Universities” in 2012. In 2013, Washington Monthly Magazine ranked Fresno State 15th in the nation in the “Master’s Universities Rankings” with an overall score of 85 out of 100.
- In Forbes Magazine’s “America’s Best Colleges List for 2013,” Fresno State is ranked #366 out of 650 universities nationwide.
- The Princeton Review ranks Fresno State’s Sid Craig School of Business MBA Program #45 in the nation. The GMAT score for students in this program averages in the top 30 percentile nationwide.
- In 2014, PayScale.com ranks Fresno State 134th out of 419 public universities for Return on Investment, and 91st out of 434 for Mid-Career Salary Rank. In 2014, PayScale.com states a degree from Fresno State gives a 7.4% annual Return on Investment. In 2013, PayScale.com ranked Fresno State #335 out of 1,511 universities in its Overall College Return on Investment Rankings