Universities in California

CSU Fresno


University Information

Location: Fresno, California
Founded: 1911
Undergraduate Students: 21 500
Campus Type: Urban
Institution Type: Public state university
Website: www.csufresno.edu

About the University

California State University, Fresno (commonly referred to as Fresno State) is a public research university and one of 23 campuses within the 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 Fall 2016 enrollment of 24,405 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.

CSU Fresno is comprised of 8 schools and colleges:

  • 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 Mathematics
  • College of Social Sciences

Excerpt from CSU Fresno’s website.

TOEFL: 80/120

IELTS: 6,5

Health insurance is required of all full-time degree, resident, and international students with F1 and J1 visas.

Students attending CSU East Bay campus are required to enroll in the university’s approved health insurance plan provided through Anthem Blue Cross Insurance

Cost: $610.00 (Fall semester); $840.00 (Spring semester)

Living on-campus:  On-campus housing is available on first-come first-served basis for undergraduate students.  Housing is very popular so if you are interested, apply as soon as you are accepted.  Check the website for more information.

Cost: $4,910 – $8,450* (per year, semester rates available) 
*Students living in residence halls must also purchase a meal plan please visit the website for more information. 

Off Campus Hosing: You may choose to live off campus near the University, for ressources, contact your international student advisor.

Students on exchange have their tuition waived but are required to pay campus fees of $70.00 per semester.

The average budget per month is: $900 – $1,100 

In order to be accepted, students must prove financial resources of $6,250.00 per semester.