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California State University - Fresno


California State University - Fresno (CSU – Fresno), is one of the top-ranked campuses comprising the California State University system. It is located at the northeast edge of Fresno.

The university has a total enrollment of 22,565 students. CSU – Fresno serves undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students.

Fresno State was founded in 1911 as the Fresno State Normal School. What is now Fresno City College was the original campus of the Fresno State Normal School. Fresno State Normal School became Fresno State Teachers College in 1921 and it was renamed to Fresno State College in 1934. The college granted the first graduate degrees, in English and Education, in 1949.

Fresno State moved its campus to its present location in 1956. It became a charter institution of the CSU System in 1961. Its name was officially changed to California State University, Fresno in 1972.

California State University - Fresno offers 95 bachelor's degrees, 51 master's degrees 7 doctoral degrees and 20 different teaching credentials. It has 32 nationally accredited departments and programs, which is among the highest numbers of programs in the California State University System. CSU – Fresno is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

CSU - Fresno is within an hour's drive from many mountain and lake resorts. Its campus sits in the San Joaquin Valley. The Yosemite National Park is located only 58 miles away from the college campus.

This university is one of only a few universities in the whole world that have an on-campus planetarium, which is operated by the physics department. There are many other unique facilities in California State University – Fresno, including an on–campus raisin and wine grape vineyards with a commercial winery. Student –made wines have won over 300 awards since 1997. Members of the university's nationally ranked Top 10 Equestrian Team have the option of housing their horses on campus. CSU – Fresno also incorporates a newly opened Student Recreation Center, and it also boasts one of the biggest libraries in the CSU system.

CSU–Fresno's greater campus extends from Bulldog Stadium to the Save Mart Center (the under - construction Campus Pointe is on this side, too). The northern boundary of the campus is designated by Vineyards and orchards. The 388 acres main campus features more than 46 traditional and modern buildings. With the 1,011 acre University Farm, which is consisted of additional 34 structures, it is considered one of the most modern and best equipped agricultural facilities in the West. CSU–Fresno was officially designated as an arboretum in 1979. It now has now boasts more than 4,000 trees on campus. Fresno's winery is also the first university-based commercial winery in the United States.

California State University – Fresno encourages the students to participate in the universities clubs and organization, while the students are also able to make their own organizations. Student clubs and organizations are the groups that have been recognized by the university after applying for recognition to receive support from the university. The clubs and organizations can be based on academic, cultural, recreational, religious or other special interests.

Greek life is active at the university. However, only 6% of the male students and 5% of the female students are in fraternities and sororities, respectively. The most established fraternities are clustered in The Row. The Student Activities & Leadership Development is in charge of advising the four Greek Councils at Fresno State. The councils provide support in the areas of programming, council management, leadership development and many other fields.

University Courtyard consists of nine housing communities of both suite and community style living. It is home to 1,100 students. The University Courtyard's halls are all within walking distance from the university's classrooms, library, computer lab, athletic facilities and health center. A computer lab and an outdoor swimming pool are offered by University Courtyard.


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