California State University, Fresno

California State University, Fresno


name = California State University, Fresno
mot¿to = "Lucem Accipe Ut Reddas"
(Latin, "Receive the light that you may give it forth.")
established = 1911
type = Public
president = Dr. John Welty
city = Fresno
state = California
country = USA
undergrad = 18,000
postgrad = 3,000
faculty = 2,109
campus = Urban, 327 acres (1.3 km²) and 1,083 acre (4 km²) University Farm
nickname = Bulldogs
mascot = Time Out
colors = Cardinal and Blue color box|#9a122ccolor box|blue
affiliations = California State University system; Western Athletic Conference (NCAA Division 1)
footnotes =
website = [ Fresno State]

California State University, Fresno, commonly referred to as Fresno State and even plainly State, is one of the campuses of California State University, located at the northeast edge of Fresno, California, USA.

The campus sits at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in the San Joaquin Valley. Fresno County is the sixth largest metropolitan area 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.

Fresno State operates on a semester schedule. The fall semester runs from late August through December. The spring semester runs from mid-January through mid-May. A summer semester was officially established in 2007 and runs from late-May through early-August.


The greater campus extends from Fraternity Row off of Millbrook and Bulldog Stadium in the west to the Save Mart Center and soon to be constructed Campus Pointe and Highway 168 in the east. Vineyards and orchards designate the northern boundary of the campus, while Shaw Avenue designates the southern.

The 388 acre (1.6 km²) main campus features more than 46 traditional and modern buildings. An additional 34 structures are on the 1,022 acre (4 km²) University Farm, which is considered one of the most modern and best equipped agricultural facilities in the West. Fact|date=February 2007 Fresno State was officially designated as an arboretum in 1978 and now boasts more than 4,000 trees on campus.

In February 2006, the Student Recreation Center opened. The center was fully funded by private donations and continues to be fully funded by a semester student-use fee. The center has four full-size basketball courts, a dance studio, a 1/8 mile (200 m) indoor running track, locker rooms, 2 racquetball courts, aerobic equipment, and weight-lifting machines. The Student Recreation Center is adjacent to the Save Mart Center arena.

A variety of projects are under construction, including a solar panel-covered parking lot and a new library building which will serve as the new campus centerpiece. The north wing of the building was demolished in the fall of 2006, and when completed in 2008 the new Table Mountain Rancheria Henry Madden Library, or just Henry Madden Library will be the largest in the 23-campus California State University system.

In addition, to serve the growing population in Central California, Fresno State offers upper-level classes at the College of the Sequoias, West Hills College, and Antelope Valley College via distance learning.


Smittcamp Honors College - Scholarship program providing top California high school graduates a fully paid scholarship, room and board, as well as other amenities for the duration of their studies. Named after longtime campus friend and philanthropist Earl Smittcamp.

Hispanic-serving institution (HSI) - Designed as a program to increase the number of college students and graduates from underserved and rural Hispanic families.

The Craig School of Business is considered one of the top business schools in the western US. According to the Princeton Review, Craig School (MBA) is a top-45 business school nationwide, based on annual rankings. Listed in that publication's 2006 "Best 282 Business Schools." The Sid Craig School of Business at California State University Fresno is accredited by the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Air Force AFROTC and Army ROTC detachments on campus.

Graduation - Annual Commencement ceremony now takes place at the Save Mart Center arena (since 2004). Previous graduations were conducted at Bulldog Stadium.


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


*College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology
*College of Arts and Humanities
*Craig School of Business
*Kremen School of Education and Human Development
*College of Engineering
*College of Health and Human Services
*College of Science and Mathematics
*College of Social Sciences


Since 1992, Fresno State has been competing in the Western Athletic Conference. The school's 16 varsity sports teams are known as the Bulldogs, and the school's colors are cardinal and blue. The Bulldogs have earned two NCAA national championships, including one baseball title in 2008 and one softball title in 1998. [cite web|url=|title=How many NCAA Division I championships has your school won?]

Notable people


External links

* [ Fresno State Web site]
* [ Official Fresno State athletics site]
* [ Official Fresno State news service -- daily updates]
* [ Top Ten Things That Make Fresno State Unique]
* [ Local Paper of Record]

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