California State University, Fresno began as a normal school for teachers in 1911. The first commencement, held in 1912, conferred degrees to 31 women and just two men. As time progressed, so too did the school, merging with other institutions, beginning a school newspaper and football team, and adopting the “Bulldogs” mascot in the 1920s. By 1935, the school changed its name once more, establishing the title Fresno State College. The university continued to expand, constructing more facilities, including a library, and creating a graduate program to award Master’s degrees. In 1961, Fresno State joined the California State University system, and adopted the current name in 1972. The University continues growing, and most recently celebrated its 100th birthday. Today, more than 22,000 students attend Fresno State enrolling in undergraduate and graduate programs, including Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate degrees.
California State University, Fresno is accredited by the California State Board of Education and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Additionally, California State University, Fresno retains membership in the Western Association of Graduate Schools, the Council of Graduate Schools in the United States, and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Numerous programs also retain individual accreditation, memberships, and approvals.
Fresno State maintains a “Top 10” list celebrating the successes of the university.
- Commitment to our community - Fresno State provides substantial merit-based awards to California high school students
- World-class agriculture - Students participate in the operation of a winery, in addition to farming one thousand acres.
- Entertainment and leisure - Facilities include the 16,000-seat Save Mart Center hosting athletic events and concerts.
- Bulldog pride! - Fresno State competes nationally in the NCAA.
- Emphasis on academics - Programs range from a preschool to doctoral degrees.
- Centrally located in California - The campus offers easy access to the Sierra Nevada, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks.
- Excellence in academic research - The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, housed at Fresno State, supports leading research.
- Environmental Sustainability - The university continues to pursue environmentally friendly facilities and promote green energy uses.
- Distinguished alumni - Fresno State cites approximately 50 notable alumni, honored for their contributions in space exploration, entertainment, and government and corporate leadership.
- Richness in culture, creativity, and diversity - Fresno State supports and environment rich in diversity with over 120 languages spoken on campus.
Fresno State houses eight schools and colleges, giving students a vast array of degree options. Undergraduate students can enroll in majors ranging from the sciences, including Natural Science and Kinesiology, to the arts, like Graphic Design and Music. There are 45 Master’s degree programs to choose from, in addition to Doctorate programs in Educational Leadership, Physical Therapy, and Nursing Practice. Students may also complete certificates of advanced studies.
The Division of Continuing and Global Education at Fresno State incorporates diverse learning environments, including credit and non-credit coursework delivered via workshops, on weekends, and online. Online programs include:
- Master of Arts in Reading
- Geographic Information Systems Certificate of Advanced Study
- Certificate in Community College Faculty Preparation
- Professional development units for the advancement of Teacher Education
- Test Preparation, including GMAT, GRE, LSAT, and SAT
- Self-Paced Online Tutorial Writing
The Master of Arts in Reading prepares teachers for careers that focus on reading instruction. Coursework is delivered via video presentations, wikis, blogs, and assignments that target effective reading and writing instruction methods. The Geographic Information Systems program allows students to pursue a stand-alone certificate or apply credit courses to a Professional Science Masters in Water Resource Management degree. Likewise, professional development courses offer the convenience of learning online while enhancing the skill sets of professional educators. In addition, various departments also offer individual online courses for added flexibility.
Students may be eligible for aid through grants, scholarships, work-study and loans at Fresno State. The university awards more than one thousand scholarships. A number of grants are also available, including the Federal Pell Grant, FSEOG Grant, Bureau of Indian Affairs Grant, the TEACH Grant, State University Grants, Cal State Grants, Educational Opportunity Grant, Graduate Business Grant, along with graduate and teaching assistantships. Students can access loans, including Federal Direct Subsidized / Unsubsidized Loans, the Federal Perkins Loan, Nursing Student Loan, Direct Parent Plus Loan, Direct Grad Plus Loan, and alternative resources. Fresno State supports veterans via the Veterans’ Educational Benefits program and the California Veterans Fee Waiver Program.
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission
Sector Of Institution:4-year, Public
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctor's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:5,950
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