University description (as per official university website)
California State University, Fresno was founded as Fresno State Normal School in 1911, became a teacher's college in 1921, and has offered advanced degrees since 1949. The university's popular nickname is "Fresno State." Our mascot is the Bulldog.
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 enrolled more than 21,500 students, and approximately 4,400 students completed work for bachelor's, masterís and doctoral degrees by Commencement 2009. (Information provided by the Office of Institutional Research, Assessment and Planning.)
1,100 full- and part-time; 96 percent of the tenured faculty hold doctoral or other terminal degrees in their areas of study.
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 sixth 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.
Financial aid, in its simplest definition, is financial assistance intended to aid students in reaching their educational goals. This assistance may come in a variety of forms such as grants, scholarships, work-study and loan programs.
The Financial Aid Website is intended to provide you with a general overview of financial aid programs and give you guidance in the application process and the establishment and maintenance of eligibility. This process may appear somewhat overwhelming and confusing at times, but our Financial Aid staff is here to help you.
We are charged with assisting current and prospective students in the process of applying for and receiving financial assistance available from federal, state and institutional sources for their attendance at Fresno State.
Our office acts as a clearinghouse for loans, grants, Work-Study and institutional scholarship programs. In the last academic year our office awarded in excess of $65 million dollars in financial assistance.