California State University, Fresno, commonly known as Fresno State, is part of the 23-campus California State University system. Its eight schools and colleges have about 24,000 students, including over 22,000 undergrads. 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.

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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." More than half its undergraduate population is Hispanic, and a significant portion of Bulldogs are first-generation college students. Sixty-seven percent of students graduate within six years.

One of Fresno State's time-honored traditions is Vintage Days, a student-planned celebration where students and community members 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 best-value game in town.”