California State University, Fresno (commonly referred to as Fresno State) is a public comprehensive 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 (93Â 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 total enrollment of 23,060 undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate 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 (4,600Â m2) Student Recreation Center and the third-largest library, in terms of square footage, in the California State University system.
California State University, Fresno - Cal State Fresno features the Craig School of Business, one of the best business schools in the Western U.S..
Fresno State was founded as the Fresno State Normal School in 1911 with Charles Lourie McLane as its first president. The original campus was what is now Fresno City College. In 1921, Fresno State Normal School 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. 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.
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 388 acres (157Â ha) main campus features more than 46 traditional and modern buildings. An additional 34 structures are on the 1,011Â 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. It is considered one of the most modern and best equipped agricultural facilities in the West. Fresno State was officially designated as an arboretum in 1979 and now has more than 4,000 trees on campus.
Fresno State operates the first university-based commercial winery in the United States.
Henry Madden Library
The Henry Madden Library is a 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 $105Â million renovation that was completed February 2009. The library held its grand opening on February 19, 2009 and is now home to a variety of book collections. The library houses 1,000,000 books in its 327,920Â sqÂ ft (30,465Â m2). 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 (32Â km) in length. 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. The five-story building features seating areas for almost 4,000 people, group study rooms, wireless access and a Starbucks.
The Table Mountain Tribe, which runs Table Mountain Casino north of Fresno, donated $10Â million to this project. The library features Native American elements in its architecture. The expanded and remodeled library is the largest academic library in the Central Valley.
Public computers are available that run either the Mac or PC operating systems. Student, faculty and staff have access to over 200 wireless laptops, a media production lab for editing digital video and audio, and an instruction and collaboration center (Studio 2) for teaching information literacy skills. Reference assistance can be accessed by telephone, e-mail, instant messaging, text messaging, and in-person in the Library.
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.
Michael Gorman, the former dean of the Library, was the President of the American Library Association in 2005â"2006. Peter McDonald is the current Dean.
Fresno State was the first of all 23 CSU campuses to offer an individual-campus doctorate. At the graduate level, Fresno State also offers the following nationally ranked programs: part-time MBA, Physical Therapy, Nursing, Speech-Language Pathology, and Social Work.
A joint doctoral program in collaboration with San Jose State University for a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree is administered through Fresno State University.
California State University, Fresno is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The five engineering programs in the Lyles College of Engineering are each accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. The Craig School of Business is AACSB accredited. The university is classified by the U.S. Federal government as an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) and an Hispanic-serving institution (HSI) because the Hispanic undergraduate full-time-equivalent student enrollment is greater than 25%.
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
Smittcamp Family Honors College
The Smittcamp Family Honors College is a program providing top high school graduates a fully paid President's Scholarship, which includes tuition and housing, as well as other amenities for the duration of their studies.
Admission to the Smittcamp Family Honors College is highly competitive and candidates must exceed one or more of the following: have a minimum 3.8 GPA, rank in the top 10% of their high school graduating class, have a combined SAT score of 1800 or an average ACT English and Mathematics score of 27.
Smittcamp Honors Scholars must also complete rigorous academic and community service requirements. International study abroad programs are available. Smittcamp Honors College students receive priority registration for all courses, regular interaction with the university president, and special honors recognition at commencement. The Honors College is named after longtime campus friends and philanthropists Earl and Muriel Smittcamp.
- Fresno State was ranked 15th in the United States by the Social Mobility Index college rankings.
- Money Magazine ranked Fresno State 162nd in the country out of the nearly 1500 schools it evaluated for its 2014 Best Colleges ranking.
- The Daily Beast ranked Fresno State 143rd in the country out of the nearly 2000 schools it evaluated for its 2013 Best Colleges ranking.
- In the 2014 edition of America's Best Colleges, U.S. News & World Report ranks Fresno State 8th in public regional universities in the West (all the western states from Hawaii and Alaska to Texas and Oklahoma), and 36th in all regional universities, both public and private, in the West (all the western states from Hawaii and Alaska to Texas and Oklahoma. U.S. News & World Report ranks Fresno State's graduate program in Rehabilitation Counseling 13th in the entire nation.
- Washington Monthly magazine ranked Fresno State 10th "America's Top 50 Master's Universities" in 2012 In 2013, Washington Monthly Magazine ranked Fresno State 15th in the nation in the "Master's Universities Rankings" with an overall score of 85 out of 100.
- In Forbes Magazine's "America's Best Colleges List for 2013," Fresno State is ranked #366 out of 650 universities nationwide.
- The Princeton Review ranks Fresno State's Sid Craig School of Business MBA Program #45 in the nation. The GMAT score for students in this program averages in the top 30 percentile nationwide.
- In 2014, PayScale.com ranks Fresno State 134th out of 419 public universities for Return on Investment, and 91st out of 434 for Mid-Career Salary Rank. In 2014, PayScale.com states a degree from Fresno State gives a 7.4% annual Return on Investment. In 2013, PayScale.com ranked Fresno State #335 out of 1,511 universities in its Overall College Return on Investment Rankings
The Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development provides services, programs and co-curricular educational activities that give students the opportunity to develop skills and expand their knowledge.
Greek life is active at Fresno State. 8.3% of men are in fraternities and 5.5% of women are in sororities. The most established fraternities are clustered in The Row, adjacent to Sorority Row. Student Activities & Leadership Development is charged with advising the four Greek Councils at Fresno State: the Interfraternity Council (IFC), the Panhellenic Association (PHA), the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), and the United Sorority & Fraternity Council (USFC). Councils are provided support in the areas of programming, council management, leadership development, membership recruitment, policy interpretation, scholastic achievement, and public relations.
The Kappa chapter of Phrateres, a non-exclusive, non-profit social-service club, was installed here in 1936. Between 1924 and 1967, 23 chapters of Phrateres were installed in universities across North America.
Clubs and organizations
Student clubs and organizations are groups that have been recognized by the university. Clubs and organizations can be based on academic, cultural, recreational, religious or other special interests. These groups are required to apply for recognition to receive support from the university.
Associated Students, Inc. (ASI)
ASI is the recognized student body government at Fresno State. Through ASI, students participate in the governance of the university through fostering awareness of student opinions on campus issues and assisting in the protection of student rights. Twenty students are elected each year. There are three executives who include a President, Vice President and a Vice President of Finance, nine at-large senators and eight college senators. Those elected serve annual terms from June 1 to May 31.
ASI provides funding for student-related projects on campus. Sponsored Activities Funding provides supplemental event funding for recognized student clubs and organizations. The Instructionally Related Activity (IRA) fund provides funding for activities and laboratory experiences that are partially sponsored by an academic program, discipline, or department. Grants provide financial support for graduate and undergraduate student research, projects, and other scholarly endeavors in all academic disciplines.
Student Recreation Center
In February 2006 the Student Recreation Center opened. Construction costs were paid for and operating funds are derived from a semester student-use fee. While an Association entity, the Student Recreation Center is under the direction of the Division of Student Affairs. The Student Recreation Center is adjacent to the Save Mart Center arena.
Any student who has paid the USU student-use fee in the current semester is eligible to use the Recreation Center. Faculty and staff may join at a monthly rate. This facility is not available to the general public.
The center has four full-size basketball courts, a dance studio, a 1/8Â mile (200Â m) indoor running track, locker rooms, 2 racquetball courts, aerobic equipment, and weight-lifting machines. Services include personal training, group fitness classes, towel service and personal lockers.
Intramural sports are very popular among students. Sports typically offered are basketball, softball, soccer, water polo, tennis, flag football, table tennis, kickball, dodgeball and racquetball.
Student housing - University Courtyard
Home to 1,100 students, University Courtyard consists of nine housing communities of both suite and community style living. Fresno State's classrooms, library, computer lab, student activities, athletic facilities, theater, Save Mart Center, Student Recreation Center and health center are all within walking distance of the residence halls.
University Courtyard offers a computer lab and an outdoor swimming pool. The Courtyard has lighted parking, an electronic room and hall lock system, gated bicycle racks and campus escorts. During the fall and spring, all halls have live-in staff available 24Â hours/7Â days a week.
Fresno State is a member of the Mountain West Conference. The university's 18 varsity sports teams are known as the Bulldogs, and the school's colors are cardinal red and blue. 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.
The Bulldogs have earned the following NCAA Division I National Championships:
- NCAA Division I National Champions, baseball, in 2008
- NCAA Division I National Champions, softball, in 1998.
FresnoStateNews is an online source of information about current events affecting Fresno State students, faculty and staff. The site provides an archive of news articles, videos and photos, as well as links to major resources on campus.
The FresnoState Magazine is published twice per year from the Office of University Communications. It is both a print and online publication that features current events at Fresno State, Alumni Association events and alumni achievements.
The Collegian is the campus student-run newspaper. It is published during the fall and spring semesters on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The online edition features video, podcasts and photo galleries.
KFSR Radio is the campus radio station. KFSR's broadcast license is owned by California State University, Fresno. KFSR is a listener-supported, non-profit, public radio station. It broadcasts at 90.7 FM and streams online at www.kfsr.org. It operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and plays jazz, blues and a wide range of specialty shows.
Two branches of the military are represented on campus at Fresno State: Army and Air Force. The Army unit on campus is known as the Bulldog Battalion. The Air Force ROTC Detachment on campus, Detachment 35, is one of the oldest in the nation. Founded in 1948, only one year after the signing of the National Defense Act of 1947 which established the U.S. Air Force as a separate branch of the military, Detachment 35 has won numerous awards. 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, Detachment 35 was named best mid-sized detachment in the nation and awarded the "Right of Line" award, the highest honor for a detachment.
Notable Fresno State alumni
A number of notable Fresno State alumni have served in state and federal positions, become major athletes, or found their mark in business and media, including Joy Covey, the original CFO of Amazon.com.
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