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California State University, Fresno
Established 1911
Type Public
Endowment US$104.6 million (2008)[1]
President Dr. John Welty
Faculty 1,353
Undergraduates 22,613
Postgraduates 3,368
Location Fresno, California California, United States United States
Campus Urban, 327 acres (1.3 km²) and 1,083 acre (4 km²) University Farm
Colors Cardinal and Blue          
Mascot Bulldog
Athletics 16 varsity teams
NCAA Division I
Fresno State Bulldogs
Affiliations California State University system; Western Athletic Conference (NCAA Division 1)
Website Fresno State
FSU banner.png

California State University, Fresno, commonly referred to as Fresno State, is one of the campuses of California State University system, 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 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.

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.



The Old Administration Building was Fresno State's first permanent building and is now part of Fresno City College.

Fresno State was founded as the Fresno State Normal School in 1911 with Charles Lourie McLane as its first president.[2] The original campus was what is now Fresno City College (FCC); the first permanent structure on that campus, the Old Administration Building, is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[3] In 1921, Fresno State Normal School became Fresno State Teachers College, and in 1934 it was renamed Fresno State College and adapted it's official fight song Fight! Varsity.[2] Fresno Junior College, now FCC, moved onto the campus with Fresno State in 1921 and the two institutions shared the campus until 1948, when the FCC moved to another location.[3] The first graduate degrees, in English and Education, were granted in 1949. In 1954, the 70-member Fresno State College Orchestra became the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra.[2]

In 1956, Fresno State moved its campus to its present location in the northeast part of the city, and FCC bought the old campus and moved back in.[3] Fresno State College became a charter institution of the California State University System in 1961. In 1972 the name was officially changed to California State University, Fresno.[2]


The Frank W. Thomas Administration building is one of the first buildings on the new campus site in 1954.[4]

The greater campus extends from Bulldog Stadium on the west boundary to the Save Mart Center and the under-construction Campus Pointe and Highway 168 on the east side. Vineyards and orchards designate the northern boundary of the campus, while Shaw Avenue designates the southern edge.

The 327 acre (1.6 km²) main campus features more than 46 traditional and modern buildings. An additional 34 structures are on the 1,083 acre (4 km²) University Farm, which is considered one of the most modern and best equipped agricultural facilities in the West. Fresno State was officially designated as an arboretum in 1978 and now boasts more than 4,000 trees on campus.

A section of the Tree Walk, part of Fresno State's arboretum designation.

A variety of projects were recently completed, including a solar panel-covered parking lot and a new library building, which serves as the new campus centerpiece. In February 2006, the Student Recreation Center opened. Construction costs were paid for and operating funds are derived from 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.

In addition to the main Fresno campus, Fresno State offers upper-level classes at the College of the Sequoias, West Hills College, and Antelope Valley College via distance learning.


Henry Madden Library

The renovated Henry Madden Library.

The Henry Madden Library is the main resource for recorded knowledge and information supporting the teaching, research, and service functions of Fresno State. Because of its size and depth, it is an important community and regional resource and a key part of institution's role as a regional university.

The library recently underwent a $105 million renovation that was completed February 2009. The library held its grand opening on February 20, 2009 and is now home to a variety of book collections. The library houses 900,000 books in its 370,000 sq feet. The library is home to the largest installation of compact shelving on any single floor in the United States. The shelves amount to over 20 miles in length. [5] It is currently the third largest library in the CSU system (in terms of square footage), and among the top ten largest in the CSU system based on the number of volumes. It also is the largest academic building on the Fresno State campus.[6] The five-story building features smart learning spaces, group study rooms, wireless access, compact shelving, a media production lab and a café.[7][8] The Table Mountain Tribe, which runs the Table Mountain Casino north of Fresno, donated $10 million to this project. The library features Native American elements in its architecture. The expanded and remodeled library is among the largest libraries in the 23-campus California State University system and is among the largest academic libraries between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

The Henry Madden Library features a number of special collections such as the Arne Nixon Center, a research center for the study of children's and young adult literature, and the Central Valley Political Archive.[9]

Michael Gorman, the former dean of the Library, was the President of the American Library Association in 2005-2006.


Music Building

Smittcamp Family Honors College - President's Scholars program providing top California high school graduates a fully paid President's Scholarship, room and board, as well as other amenities for the duration of their studies. The Honors College is named after longtime campus friends and philanthropists Earl and Muriel Smittcamp.

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

Demographics of student body
African American 5.4%
Asian American 14.2%
White American 37.2%
Hispanic American 31.2%
Native American 0.8%
International 1.8%
Ethnicity unreported/unknown 9.4%

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 2009 "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).

There are Air Force ROTC and Army ROTC detachments on campus. Air Force ROTC Detachment 35 was recognized as the best mid-sized detachment in the country in 2008 when it received the prestigious "Right of Line" Award.

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 32 nationally accredited departments and programs, among the highest number within the CSU system. The Lyles College of Engineering is ABET accredited.


Agriculture Building


Since 1992, Fresno State has been competing in the Western Athletic Conference. The school's 18 varsity sports teams are known as the Bulldogs, and the school's colors are cardinal red and blue. The Bulldogs have earned two NCAA team national championships: one baseball title in 2008 and one softball title in 1998.[10]


The campus on a sunny day

Two branches of the military are represented on campus at CSU Fresno, Air Force and Army. The Air Force ROTC Detachment on campus, Detachment 35, is one of the oldest in the nation. Founded in 1949, only two years after the signing of the National Defense Act of 1947 which made the Air Force a separate armed force, Detachment 35 has become one of the premier commissioning sources for ROTC in the country. In July 2008, Detachment 35 was awarded the "High Flight" award, naming it the top mid-sized detachment in the entire southwest region of the United States. Just a few months later, on Oct 29th 2008, Detachment 35 was named best mid-sized detachment in the nation, and awarded the prestigious "Right of Line" award. This award is the highest honor for a detachment, and is a true sign of the leadership and quality of instruction within the organization. In addition to top honors in military performance, Detachment 35 has won "Warrior Challenge", an intense athletic competition between 3 other competing midsize dets, 5 years in a row. Information about Detachment 35 can be found at their website.[1]

Notable people


The campus on a foggy morning

External links

Coordinates: 36°48′48″N 119°45′00″W / 36.81333°N 119.75°W / 36.81333; -119.75


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