Fresno State University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Fresno State University

California State University, Fresno, is a public university situated on a 388-acre main campus at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The institution has a large selection of undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students to choose from. A robust student/faculty ratio backs students, and professors take a personalized approach to the teaching and learning process. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via the university’s many clubs and organizations.


  • Total Enrollment: 24,995 (22,071 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 41 percent male/59 percent female
  • 88 percent full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $6,587 (in-state); $12,725 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,972
  • Room and Board: $10,587
  • Other Expenses: $2,568
  • Total Cost: $21,714 (in-state); $27,852 (out-of-state)

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 90 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 87 percent
    • Loans: 28 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $9,501
    • Loans: $6,074

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; Psychology; and Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 81 percent
  • Transfer-Out Rate: 2 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 16 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 54 percent

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Tennis, Track and Field, Wrestling
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Equestrian, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo
  • In athletics, the Fresno State Bulldogs play in the NCAA Division I Mountain West Conference.

Overview of Fresno State University Admissions

Cal State Fresno, which accepts just over half of applicants, has a selective admissions process. The admission process is not holistic. Applicants should complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Applicants don’t need to send essays or recommendation letters. Instead, admissions are decided by test scores and GPA. This institution wants to see outstanding grades in the most rigorous classes possible; Advanced Placement, IB, Honors, and dual enrollment classes— the more challenging your high school courses were, the better. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data             

During the 2018-19 admissions phase, California State University, Fresno had an acceptance rate of 58%.  for every 100 students who submitted applications, 58 students gained admission, making Fresno State’s admissions process competitive.

SAT Requirements and Scores

During the 2018-19 admissions phase, 97% of admitted students provided SAT scores.

This admissions data reveals that most of Fresno State’s admitted students fall within the bottom 29% on the SAT. 50% of students admitted to Cal State Fresno scored between 460 and 570 on the evidence-based reading and writing section, while 25% scored below 460 and 25% scored over 570. 50% of admitted students scored between 460 and 550 on the math section, while 25% scored below 460, and 25% scored over 550. Applicants with a cumulative SAT score of 1120 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Cal State Fresno.

ACT Requirements and Scores

During the 2018-19 admissions phase, 34% of admitted students provided ACT scores. This admissions data reveals that most of Cal State Fresno’s admitted students fall within the bottom 27% on the ACT. The median 50% of students admitted to Fresno State received a cumulative ACT score between 16 and 22, while 25% scored over 22, and 25% scored below 16.


In 2019, the mean high school GPA for Cal State Fresno freshmen was 3.18. Successful applicants have primarily high B grades.

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

Suppose past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for California State University, Fresno. In that case, it should be easy for you to gain admissions to the schools below. If California State University, Fresno, is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill, Southern Vermont College, Alabama State University, College of St. Elizabeth, Albertus Magnus College, Texas Southern University, California State University Dominguez Hills

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for California State University, Fresno, you should have an equal chance of gaining admission to these schools.

California State University Northridge, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, California State University Stanislaus, California State University Bakersfield, California State University East Bay, Kean University, California State University Los Angeles

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will Be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than California State University, Fresno. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Liberty University, Washington State University, East Carolina University, Texas State University, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, Georgia State University

Applying to California State University, Fresno

Application Deadline: Rolling

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