A Pulitzer Prize-winning faculty, two "named" schools resulting from multi-million-dollar
gifts, and 13 endowed chairs are earning California State University, Fresno a reputation
as one of the West Coast's premier universities. With an enrollment of more than
21,000, Fresno State is Central California's leading university, boasting a rich
ethnic and cultural mix of students and faculty. We offer 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. We also offer a joint
doctorate with the University of California and have received a $4 million gift
to develop an independent doctorate.
Fresno State is the first university in the nation licensed to produce, bottle and
sell wine commercially. Its Downing Planetarium is visited by thousands annually,
and the Smittcamp Family Honors College admits 50 of California's top high school
graduates annually with full scholarships. A new Science Building, Student Recreation
Center and Library are among the several building projects totaling $150 million
that are recently completed or in progress.
The campus, which features 4,000 trees and is an officially designated arboretum,
sits against a backdrop of the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountain range and within
two hours of three national parks - Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon. As we look
forward to our Centennial in 2011, Fresno State is embarking on the largest fund-raising
effort in our history, a "comprehensive campaign" that will support the overall
academic excellence of our university. The campaign will raise new funds to support
faculty, assist students and encourage excellence in teaching and learning.