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Rank: 51

California State University-Fresno

California State University, Fresno, commonly referred to as Fresno State, is part of the 23-campus California State University system. It has about 25,000 students, including 22,200 undergrads, in its eight schools and colleges. The 388-acre campus and its 1,000-acre farm are located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains in central California's San Joaquin Valley, one of the world's most productive agricultural regions. Students put their geographical advantage to good use; they operate the acclaimed Fresno State Winery. Fresno State considers itself one of the country's most diverse institutions of higher education -- in fact, the school's motto is "Discovery. Diversity. Distinction." Its undergraduate population is nearly half Hispanic, and a significant portion of Bulldogs are first-generation college students. While only 56% of students graduate within six years, that's still nearly 37% higher than schools with comparable student bodies. One of Fresno State's time-honored traditions is Vintage Days, a celebration where students and guests gather for games, beer, concerts, pony rides, wing-eating contests, and more. Year-round entertainment can be found at Bulldog Bowl, which has 12 bowling lanes that offer "the cleanest and cheapest game in town."
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$21,300
% of students who get any grants
75%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$6,300
Average price for low-income students
$3,480
admissions
Acceptance rate
59%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1010/19
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
21,877
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
89%
% of need met
79%
% of students who get merit* grants
2%
Average merit grant
$2,901
student success
Graduation rate
56%
Average time to a degree
5 years
Average student debt
$14,370
Average salary within 3 years
$49,800
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
26%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Nov 30

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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