California State University-Fresno (Fresno State)

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California State University-Fresno can be found in Fresno, CA, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. The students enrolled at Fresno State number around 25,000 per year, and is one of the biggest colleges in the state.

A SAT or ACT exam may be required before applying to this school. Scores in the range of 940 (25th percentile) to 1130 (75th percentile) on the SAT and between 16 (25th percentile) to 22 (75th percentile) on the ACT is usually submitted among applicants accepted to this school. We were able to estimate the Fresno State average GPA (2.71 - 3.14) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. Fresno State has an acceptance rate of 58 percent with 32 percent of applicants choosing to continue on and enroll. When applying historical data, we have projected that the Fresno State acceptance rate 2021 will be around 54%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Fresno State Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for California State University-Fresno was reported as 57.9% in Fall 2020 with over 18,100 college applications submitted to Fresno State. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • Fresno State ACT Scores: 16 - 22
  • Fresno State Average GPA: 2.71 - 3.14

How Hard Is It to Get into California State University-Fresno?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

When determining how difficult it is for students to get into Fresno State, ACT/SAT test scores and high school average GPA ranges of accepted students of previous years can help estimate the selectivity of a school.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Fresno State has been slowly getting higher over the past years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 53.5%
  • 2017-2018: 59.4%
  • 2018-2019: 57.5%
  • 2019-2020: 57.9%
  • Projected Fresno State Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 53.5%

How Does Fresno State Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for California State University-Fresno is two percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
California State University-Stanislaus89.3%
California State University-Bakersfield80.7%
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo28.4%
San Jose State University63.6%
University of California-Santa Cruz51.3%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Fresno State (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading470 - 570
Math470 - 560
Total Score940 - 1130
ACT®Score Range
English15 - 22
Math16 - 22
Composite Score16 - 22
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