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California State University Fresno

1. Overview of the institution (150 words approx.)

California State University, Fresno was founded as Fresno State Normal School in 1911. It became a teacher's college in 1921 and has offered advanced degrees since 1949. The university's popular nickname is "Fresno State."

Fresno State is one of the 23 campuses of the California State University, one of the largest systems of higher education in the world.

The university is accredited by the California Board of Education and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. It has 26 nationally accredited departmental programs, among the highest number within the CSU system.

The university has 2,200 faculty and staff members-including both full- and part-time faculty. 96 percent of the tenured faculty hold doctoral or other terminal degrees in their areas of study.

The Academic Calendar at Fresno State includes two intakes:
Fall semester: Late August through December
Spring semester: Mid-January through mid-May.

The university also offers shorter sessions in summer.

2. Location and facilities

Fresno is within easy driving distance of cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles and several national parks such as Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia.

Fresno has mostly sunny weather except for a three-month period in the winter (Dec-Feb). It does not usually snow in Fresno but it does in nearby Yosemite National Park and adjacent mountain areas.

It is a city with a multiethnic population of over 600,000 located on the western edges of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range.

Fresno State's 388-acre main campus and its 1,011-acre University Farm are located at the northeast edge of Fresno, California, at the foot of the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range.

The surrounding San Joaquin Valley is one of the richest agricultural areas in the world, and 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- or four-hour drive of both Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The campus is like a small city with many facilities on campus (bowling alley, bank, theatre, event center, library, health center, residence halls, post office, et cetera) in a beautiful park-like atmosphere. It is a pleasure to walk across campus or sit on the grass and appreciate the beauty of the trees and flowers.

International students are supported by the International Student Services and Programs office which provides a fast-paced orientation program where new students make friends; become comfortable on the campus; and meet American families, faculty and staff. International students have many opportunities to share their cultures through the Exploring Global Diversity International Coffee Hour series and International Culture Night.

3. Departments/Subject areas

  • Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology
  • College of Arts and Humanities
  • Craig School of Business
  • Kremen School of Education and Human Development
  • Lyles College of Engineering
  • College of Health and Human Services
  • College of Science and Math
  • College of Social Sciences
  • Division of Graduate Studies
  • Continuing and Global Education

4.  Rankings

  • In 2015, Fresno State was ranked 15th in the United States by the Social Mobility Index college rankings.
  • In 2015, Money magazine ranked Fresno State 141st in the country out of over 700 schools it evaluated for its 2015 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 2016 edition of America's Best Colleges, U.S. News & World Report ranks Fresno State tied for 12th in public regional universities in the West (all the western states from Hawaii and Alaska to Texas and Oklahoma), and 52nd 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 24th in the nation.
  • Washington Monthly magazine ranked Fresno State 4th in "America's Top 50 Master's Universities" in 2015
  • In Forbes magazine's "America's Best Colleges List for 2015," Fresno State is ranked 390th out of 650 universities nationwide.

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6.  Careers: Unique student support

The International Student Services and Programs Office leads Fresno State’s efforts in recruiting international students and supporting them throughout their career at Fresno State by providing support with international admissions, transfer credit evaluation, immigration advising, advocacy, and programming support.

From the earliest inquiry about the admission process to enrollment, graduation and beyond, International Student Services and Programs (ISSP) is the key resource for international students at Fresno State.

The office arranges for students to be welcomed at the airport when they first arrive and assists students with home stays and orientation prior to their first semester.

The multicultural staff at ISSP assists with:

  • immigration and personal advising
  • cultural adjustment
  • academic, social, financial, and vocational problem solving
  • personal issues