Fresno State admissions to rise this fall
State budget allocated more funding for higher education, allowing impacted California universities to admit more students
FRESNO – A few hundred local students may receive an acceptance letter for college this month.
In a statement last week, Fresno State University said it will be able to admit another 600 students this semester thanks to the recently passed 2019-20 state budget. Under Gov. Gavin Newsom’s budget, California State University funding increased by 4.6% to $11.4 million, with $120 million in one-time funds for enrollment growth.
Additional students will be able to begin courses at Fresno State in the spring admissions period, which is open to upper-division transfer applicants. The spring admissions application period opened on Aug. 1 and closes Aug. 31.
Since 2015, Fresno State has been an impacted campus (one of six in the 23-campus California State University system), meaning the university receives more CSU-eligible qualified applicants than its state funding model will support.
Being impacted makes admission to Fresno State increasingly competitive. In other words, meeting the minimum California State University eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission to Fresno State.
“Fresno State is committed to serving the local region and gives priority to local applicants. Non-local applicants must anticipate needing to meet a higher admission standards,” said Dr. Frank Lamas, Fresno State’s vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.
For the fall 2019 semester, more than 25,000 freshmen and transfer applicants vied for 5,400 slots. Fresno State turned away about 8,270 CSU-eligible students, including 2,980 from its four-county local service area – Fresno, Madera, Kings and Tulare counties.
Due to impaction, the GPA requirement for spring 2020 will not be determined until after the priority application deadline. It will be based on the number of applications received, the competitiveness of the pool and the number of enrollment spaces available.
Transfer applicants must first meet the CSU eligibility requirements for admission. Applicants will then be reviewed for conditional admission through Fresno State’s admission selection process. The deadline for upper-division transfer applicants is Aug. 31.
Fresno State is also accepting applications for post-baccalaureate students. Students are encouraged to visit www.fresnostate.edu/gradstudies for more information and deadline dates on specific graduate programs. The deadline for graduate admissions (for select programs) is Nov. 1. Students can apply online at www.calstate.edu/apply starting on Aug. 1.