California State University, Fresno

Is it the Right School for me?

The Town

Fresno State is located in Fresno California. This town is the county seat of Fresno County. As of 2013, the population of Fresno is about 509,000, making it the third largest inland city in California. Fresno is at the center of the San Joaquin Valley and is the largest city in the Central Valley. The average temperature is about 64 degrees. The word "Fresno" in Spanish, means ash tree and on the city flag there is an ash leaf. Tourists attractions include the Chaffee Zoo, Island Water Park, and the Forestiere Underground Gardens.

Application Process

  1. By September, the applicant must be prepared to apply and start to register for the SAT and the ACT.
  2. By October 1, the applicant must begin to apply at
  3. November 30 will be the last day to submit CSU Mentor applications.

Admission Requirnments

  • For university admission, the minimum GPA required is a 2.5.
  • SAT Math- 410-520, SAT Critical Reading 390-500, SAT Writing 390-500.
  • You need to take "A-G" courses.
  • About 60% of students are accepted.

The Cost


With Parents- $15,202

Dorms- $20,928

Other- $22,016





















Campus Life

  • About 5% of students live on Campus

Events and Activities

  • Arboretum Walking Tours
  • Arts and Culture
  • Career Fairs
  • Club Organizations and Greek Life
  • Downing Planetarium
  • NCAA Sporting Events
  • Save Mart Center Events
  • Student Union
  • Vintage Days

The Academics

Some majors to choose from are Criminology, History, and Math. The student/teacher ratio is 22:1. A major I am interested in is history because it allows me to analyze critical times in the history of the world. Another major I am interested in is journalism, as it allows me to express myself.

Silly Stuff

  • The school's mascot is a bulldog and its name is Timeout.
  • The school's motto is "Receive the light that you may give it forth."
  • A few famous graduates include: David Carr, former NFl quarterback, Derek Carr, NFL quarterback for the Oakland Raiders, and Paul George, NBA small forward for the Indiana Pacers.

Contact Information

5241 N.Maple Ave.

Fresno, CA 93740

Phone 559.278.4240

Fax 559.278.4812


Phone- (559)278-2261

Email/Web Address-

Admissions- Graduate



(559) 278-4076


(559) 278-2261

Ordering Transcripts

(559) 278-4743

Veterans Services

(559) 278-7030

The Verdict

I feel that this school could be for me. I love the feeling of the campus and appreciate that it is close to home. The school has many interesting activities which just adds to the positives. A negative is that it does not contain all the majors I want. That will be a hurdle in my decision to go to this college. I cannot look at a college briefly and choose to go there, I need to make sure that the college will help me earn a better future.
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