Fresno State Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Fresno State Football Stadium
Fresno State Football Stadium. John Martinez Pavliga / Flickr

At Fresno State, students with decent grades and standardized test scores have a good chance of being admitted. The university has a 59 percent acceptance rate. Prospective students should apply with the CSU system (check out their website for more information). All applicants must submit test scores from the SAT or ACT as well as high school transcripts.

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Admissions Data (2017)

Fresno State Description

Fresno State, the California State University at Fresno, occupies a 388-acre main campus at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Fresno State's well-respected Craig School of Business is popular among students, and Business Administration has the highest undergraduate enrollment of all majors. High achieving students should look into the Smittcamp Honors College which offers scholarships covering tuition, room and board. In athletics, the Fresno State Bulldogs compete in the NCAA Division I Mountain West Conference. Popular sports include football, basketball, track and field, lacrosse, and soccer. Fresno State is one of the 23 Cal State schools.

Enrollment (2017)

  • Total Enrollment: 25,325 (22,261 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 42 percent male / 58 percent female
  • 87 percent full-time

Costs (2017 - 18)

  • Tuition and Fees: $6,585 (in-state); $18,465 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,854 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $9,704
  • Other Expenses: $2,288
  • Total Cost: $20,431 (in-state); $32,311 (out-of-state)

Fresno State Financial Aid (2016 - 17)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 87 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 82 percent
    • Loans: 25 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $10,267
    • Loans: $4,816

Academic Programs

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 81 percent
  • Transfer Out Rate: 2 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 15 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 56 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Basketball, Tennis, Golf, Track and Field, Cross Country, Basketball
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Track and Field, Equestrian, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball, Soccer, Cross Country, Lacrosse

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Data Source: National Center for Education Statistics