California State University, Fresno

California State University, Fresno is the premier regional university serving Central California’s diverse, growing population. A Pulitzer Prize-winning faculty member, four “named” schools resulting from multimillion dollar gifts, and 13 endowed chairs are earning Fresno State a reputation as one of the West Coast’s best universities. Service to our region is an important part of our mission. The prestigious Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching awarded Fresno State its Community Engagement Classification, acknowledging the university’s extensive partnership with Central California. With an enrollment of more than 22,000 students, Fresno State offers 59 undergraduate degree programs and 44 master degree programs in the liberal arts and sciences as well as in a variety of professional disciplines emphasizing agriculture, business, engineering and technology, health and human services, and education. A doctorate in educational leadership also is available.

Under a dense canopy of 4,000 trees, the Fresno State campus sits against a backdrop of the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountain range and within two hours of three national parks – Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon. A new Student Recreation Center and a new Library join in the blend of traditional and modern buildings on the 383-acre main campus, which also includes a 1,011-acre University Farm. The Downing Planetarium is visited by thousands annually, and the Smittcamp Family Honors College admits 50 of California’s top high school graduates each year with full scholarships. Fresno State student-athletes are top competitors in Division I sports.

Student demographics

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ESL program and/or support services

The American English Institute (AEI), located on the beautiful campus of California State University, Fresno, has offered a non-credit intensive English program for international students since 1972. The AEI program is operated through the California State University, Fresno Foundation and administered through California State University, Fresno’s Division of Continuing and Global Education. The AEI is a member of the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP).

AEI courses are designed to prepare students for academic study at a U.S. college or university. In addition, the courses prepare students for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), which is required for admission to most colleges and universities in the United States. The courses also help students improve their communication skills for everyday life in an English-speaking country.

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Student Housing options

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Admission requirements

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International Student visas issued

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For Online programs, no student visas are required or issued because students live outside the United States. Acceptance into an Online degree program or Online certificate program does not constitute acceptance to an on-campus, resident Fresno State program.

Cost of attendance and financial assistance

For Online programs, see individual online degree and certificate websites for student fee information above, varies by program.

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