California State University-Fresno Reviews
When first coming to Fresno to attend CSU Fresno, it was a bit disappointing. Coming from a big city such as Los Angeles, CA, you immediately notice the differences between the two. Fresno is a smaller city compared to Los Angeles, and life is much slower paced. One thing that is of little importance but stood out to me the most about the city of the limited options of malls, or areas to shop. It was not until living in Fresno for a few months that I began to appreciate the Fresno Area. Since Fresno is a lot more slow paced, there is less distractions in the city, which allows you to easily focus on your studies. Another plus, compared to a big city like Los Angeles, is that there was less traffic. California State University, Fresno is the main school in Fresno. Chances are every store or dine-in will have a sign relating to the school's mascot, the Bulldogs. There is a strong sense of Bulldog pride in the Fresno area. The sports at Fresno State all compete in the D1 league. This makes the games that much more exciting and the stadiums in which they compete are nice as well. The campus is nice and neat; with a big water fountain that is the center piece of the school. The facilities at Fresno State, such as the school gym, the swimming pool, and health center are very well maintained. I completed my degree in Kinesiology and learned a lot in the program. The professors were very knowledgeable on the subject and some even were recognized on a national level on the subject of kinesiology/coaching. Other professors ran sport facilities that involved training Olympic athletes and high profile upcoming athletes. I can't say I have met an unfriendly professor in my program as all I encountered were more than willing to assist me in any way. The curriculum was tough but the knowledge gained made it all worth it. I would definitely recommend this school, and the kinesiology program to those interested.
I primarily focused on Applied Behavior Analysis because I was wanting to work in the special education field. Fresno State provided an excellent undergraduate curriculum to introduce Applied Behavior Analysis. Fresno State was able to launch my career and I am happy with my choice. My other classmates that focused on psychology seem to be satisfied with their education. Overall, the town is a bit dull, but it is constantly growing with a nice community.
As graduation is approaching, reflection of these past years feel necessary to tie together my undergraduate experience before I head onward to pharmacy school. Although I was a transfer student, CSU-Fresno has been nothing less of welcoming. There are two factors that make this school shine - the campus and the faculty. The campus is quite spacious and boasts a state-of-the-art library that has been ranked in the top 50 in the nation. They supply computer programs that are designated for certain majors at a minimal to no cost for students. In my case, Microsoft office and End note were two programs that I used on a daily basis to write formal laboratory reports and scientific citations. If the library was too congested with students, there were also many benches available around the university. On a sunny day, which is quite common in Fresno, many students are seen sitting at these benches, underneath a shady tree, enjoying company or taking a quick break between classes. Many times I gravitate towards having my lunch outside, surrounding myself with amazing artworks from students at the Conley Arts building or under an shady tree near the free speech area. Besides the breathtaking campus, the faculty should also be applauded. Since my time at CSU-Fresno, the majority of my professors have pushed me out of my comfort zone and to go above and beyond the letter grade, whether it was in writing, public speaking, or science. The professors had a passion for teaching that really affected me to have a positive outlook towards learning. For example, instead of sitting in a lecture room during a writing class, the professor allowed the us to sit outside in the shady area on the grass to write poetry about nature on a beautiful day, even though it wasn't called for on the syllabus. Also, when the science professor allows the student to take on an independent project that sparked an interest with them instead of following a standard experiment. Although the curriculum was challenging, the faculty were able to infuse knowledge and fun into each class. Overall, CSU-Fresno had given me a great environment to nurture my love for science and is a vital reason in my continuation of higher education.
Even though Fresno State is not the safest campus in California, I had a great experience being a student here. Students are provided with great educational and professional opportunities that has helped me prepare for my Master's degree program in School Psychology. I feel confident that I will be successful because of my experience at Fresno State.
California State University, Fresno is a large school, so at first a student might feel lost. However, once one enters into a chosen program, the professors are friendly and knowledgeable and there is a sense of community. The Family Science department prepared me well for my work with children, and I would highly recommend that program.
Fresno State is a good school to attend if you are within the Central Valley. What you get out of the school really depends on how much you put into it. I highly suggest getting involved with campus life and organizations, or it will not be a very fun time. The business school is very good and has a lot of opportunities to study abroad or join clubs.
Fresno State is a great school and very affordable compared to other universities. As long as you put in as much as you expect to receive, it can be a very rewarding experience. I highly suggest getting involved in campus organizations to make the college experience much more memorable.
Obtaining my degree at CSU, Fresno was a rollercoaster. I originally enrolled as an Animal Science major on the career path to be a Veterinarian. After my first day in my first upper division major course of Biology, my professor designated our first class as Career Symposium, to expose us to the variety of fields a Biology degree could be used for. This single class session set me on the path that has led me to entering graduate school this fall. CSU, Fresno is one of the most affordable state colleges and also sits in a town with very affordable living cost. It is a great college to study Sciences and Agriculture and is set in a perfect location with a short commute to LA, the Bay Area, and the Sierra Nevada mountains. Highly recommended place to get a quality and affordable education.
Fresno State is a great school. Students attending this school get a lot of bang for their buck. Tuition is relatively inexpensive, and cost of living in Fresno is extremely low. Faculty is very knowledgeable, and is reviewed regularly. The campus has been upgraded a lot over the years, with additions to the student union, library, and many of the classrooms. The sports teams here aren't amazing, but the fans are great, so the atmosphere at football or basketball games is always fun. I would recommend this school to anyone looking for a good education, but unwilling to take out the huge amount of loans required to go to a UC or private school.
Fresno State's liberal studies program prepared me for the graduate program I am currently pursuing. The courses I took were relevant and helped me pass my CSET exams. With this training, I now feel ready and confident to take on my own classroom as a teacher.