California State University, Fresno, also known as FSU, was established in 1911 as a teachers college and is still the region’s biggest producer of teachers and administrators, as well as a top research institute and community education partner. With an enrollment of more than 23,000 students, Fresno State offers 59 undergraduate degree programs and 44 master degree programs in the liberal arts and sciences as well as in a variety of professional disciplines emphasizing agriculture, business, engineering and technology, health and human services, and education. Fresno State offers educational opportunities through eight schools and colleges :
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The 388 acres main campus features more than 46 traditional and modern buildings. An additional 34 structures are on the 1,011 acre University Farm, which includes the student-run Equine, Swine, Beef, Dairy, Poultry, and Sheep Units as well as several hundred acres of cattle rangeland. Fresno State was officially designated as an arboretum in 1979 and now has more than 4,000 trees on campus.
Sports are a large part of the Fresno State life. The university’s 18 varsity sports teams are known as the Bulldogs and play in the Mountain West Conference. Fresno State has made several runs at NCAA tournaments in basketball, football, soccer, tennis, baseball, softball, and volleyball. The Bulldogs compete as a NCAA Division I school.
FSU is very involved in it’s surrounding community. The prestigious Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching awarded Fresno State its Community Engagement Classification, acknowledging the university’s extensive partnership with Central California.
FSU takes full advantage of it’s close proximity to the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The campus conducts research in Sierra and rangeland conservation, alpine biology, ecology, anthropology and numerous other disciplines. Their department of Earth and Environmental Science classes have explored the Sierra Nevada, and their environmental sciences students have participated in a wide variety of research projects throughout the region. Fresno State has the only university experimental range to research commercial livestock production and patterns and processes working in the ecosystem of the Sierra Nevada.
Fresno State operates the first commercially bonded winery on any U.S. university campus, where student-produced wines have won hundreds of awards in tasting competitions against some of the world’s best-known-vintages.
Fresno is located in the center of the San Joaquin Valley of Central California, approximately 200 miles (322 km) north of Los Angeles, and 170 miles (274 km) south of the state capital, Sacramento. Fresno is the fifth largest city in California with a population of 509,000.
Students can leave campus and in one hour be skiing or hiking at 7,000 feet in the Sierra National Forest or visiting world-class Kings Canyon or Sequoia national parks. Yosemite National Park is a little over two hours away.
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