California State University, Fresno was established in 1911 as Fresno State Normal School. Charles Lourie McLane was appointed as the institution’s first president. It was renamed as Fresno State College in 1949 and moved to its permanent site in 1956. The university was given its present name in 1972. Currently, the university holds the accreditation of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Its engineering programs are approved by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, while its business programs are approved by the AACSB.
Located in Fresno, California, the university’s campus is spread across 388 acres along with the university farm covering 1,011 acres. The campus has a hi-tech infrastructure and provides students with a number of facilities. The academic facilities given by the campus include a huge library, hi-tech computer labs, spacious classrooms, a bookstore, and several study areas. The students also have numerous options for dining, with many cafeterias and restaurants dotting the campus like Starbucks, Taco Bell Express, Subway, etc. Besides academic and dining amenities, the campus offers comfortable accommodation and facilities for various sports like swimming, racquetball, weight-lifting, table tennis, athletics, etc.
The university comprises eight schools and colleges that offer a range of doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate programs in various areas of education such as agriculture, anthropology, arts, design, business, sciences, communication, computer science, engineering, environment, journalism, etc. The university has over 25341 students and more than 2,500 staff members. The university offers a plethora of career services to its students like career counseling, interview preparation, and resume development. It makes every effort to present its students with excellent job and internship opportunities and encourage them to achieve their goals.
The university has over 2,00,000 alumni including many notable people. Lee P. Brown has served as the mayor of Houston and as New York and Atlanta police commissioner. Cruz Bustamante used to serve as lieutenant governor of California. David Carr is a well-known football player who used to play in the National Football League (NFL). Trent Dilfer was a quarterback who won the 2001 Super Bowl and works at ESPN as an NFL analyst. Kenny Guinn served as Nevada’s two-term governor. Rick Husband is a successful astronaut who served as the mission commander in Space Shuttle Columbia STS107. Ashley Swearengin was Fresno’s mayor and is currently the CEO and president of the Central Valley Community Foundation. The university is associated with several other distinguished personalities.