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California State University 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

Vidushi Vidushi
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Cal State Fresno invites international admissions for Fall and Spring sessions. The university is a part of the 23 campuses of California State University, USA's largest four-year public university system. At present, its student population is about 25,000. With an acceptance rate of 59%, admissions at California State University of Fresno are a competitive deal and require thorough preparations.

CSU Fresno saw an overall enrollment of 24,139 students in Fall 2019. The majority of the enrolled (88.7%) were undergraduate students, while the graduate student population totaled a mere 8.6%. Fresno State enrolled about 627 international students last year. Out of this, about 28% were Indian students.

The University offers 138 undergraduate programs and 45 master’s programs. Other than these, CSU Fresno also provides one Educational specialist degree and 4 doctoral programs. Cal State Fresno has eight academic schools and colleges offering about 80 Minors and 10 Advanced study certificate programs. This kind of variety makes Fresno State a very popular option for students seeking good higher education in the US.

Most popular majors at California State University, Fresno include Business, Marketing, Health Professions, Law, Psychology, Liberal Arts and General Studies. Most popular majors opted by international students include Business, Engineering and Mathematics, and Agricultural sciences. The six-year graduation rate at CSU Fresno is 56.3%


Application PortalCal State Apply (online portal)
Application Fee70 USD (non-refundable)
Payment ModeCredit card, Check, Bank Draft, Money order, Paypal
Average GPA3.18
Acceptance Rate59%
Tuition (Annual)16,089- 20,007 USD for International Students
Financial AidScholarships, On-campus jobs, grants and loans

California State University, Fresno Admission Deadlines

The applicants are advised to apply before given deadlines to be considered for admission:

TermAdmission Period
FallOctober 1– June 1
SpringAugust 1– November 1
FallOctober 1– April 1(Early Application)
October 1– June 1(Late application & Document submission)
SpringAugust 1– November 1(Early Application)
August 1– November 15 (Late application & Document submission)

*Deadlines of Graduate courses may vary depending on the Major chosen.

California State University, Fresno International Admissions

International Student Requirements

The admission process for international applicants is the same as that for US applicants. However, international applicants have to meet a few additional requirements. Also, they have to carefully review their visa process.

  • Proficiency test certificate for the English language
  • Certified copies or Original transcripts along with literal translations in English
    • University or High school
    • Copy of Graduation certificate
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Three Recommendation letters ( OR as many as specified by the department)
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 2.7 in the last two years of their previous program.
  • Financial Documents
  • Health Insurance Documents
  • Copy of passport
  • Various standardized exam scores as per program requirement
    • SAT/ACT
    • GRE/GMAT
    • ELP
  • Proof of English proficiency for non-native English speakers.

English Proficiency Test Score for International Students

International applicants can submit the TOEFL and/or IELTS scores to demonstrate English proficiency. The minimum required scores by the university are given below. However, applicants must note that several departments may have different score requirements.

TestMinimum Requirement (UG)Minimum Requirement (PG)
IELTS- Academic6.0 or Minimum 5.5 in each section6.5
Pearson's test of English (PTE)4553
Fresno State's American English InstituteAdvanced level550 Institutional TOEFL
SAT I- Reading and writing550Not specified
ACTEnglish 22Not specified

Visa Process for International Students

All International applicants require a US student visa to study at Cal State Fresno. These students will be issued their visa documents (Form I-20 or Form DS-2019) from the university.

  • Applicants will need to provide the following documents to receive the Form I-20:
    • Copy of passport
    • Proof of financial support
    • Bank statement
    • Sponsor Letter, if applicable
  • Complete the I-20 and pay the SEVIS I-901 fee.
  • Applicants then need to apply for the F-1 or J-1 visa. Submit the form and pay the application fee.
  • Schedule and attend the visa interview

California State University, Fresno Undergraduate Admissions

Different schools of California State University have different terms of intakes and different requirements of admission. Fresno campus only offers admission in Fall and Spring terms, for the regular degree programs. Admission procedures and requirements for Doctoral degrees may vary from the summarised data. The details about the admission for different undergraduate programs are concluded below.

Where to apply: Application is done through the undergraduate online portal

Admission fee: 70 USD

Admission Requirement: Applicants must provide the following documents at the time of admission:

  • High school diploma/transcript
    • 3 years of mathematics (including geometry, algebra and intermediate algebra)
    • 2 years of laboratory science (Physics and Biology)
    • 1 year of Visual and performing arts
  • SAT/ACT scores
  • English proficiency test score for international applicants

Cal State Fresno Graduate Admissions

Florida International University offers more than 120 graduate courses to all the applicants. While the specific requirements may vary for each program, the general admission requirements for most master’s programs remain the same.

Application Portal: Applicants can apply through the Cal State Apply portal

Application Fee: 70 USD

CourseApplication DeadlineAcademic RequirementsMinimum English Language Proficiency
MBASpring: Nov 1
Fall: June 1
Bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the last 60 units;
GMAT score; Work experience certificate; Statement of Interest 
TOEFL: PBT-550; cBT-213; iBT:80
IELTS: 6.5
MS in Computer ScienceSpring: Nov 1
Fall: June 1
Bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the last 60 units;
MATH, with a minimum GPA of 3.0; GRE score
TOEFL: PBT-550; cBT-213; iBT:80
IELTS: 6.5
MA in PsychologySpring: Nov 1
Fall: June 1
A four year Bachelor degree in Psychology with a minimum GPA of 3.0;
GRE; Essays; Letters of recommendation; Interview
TOEFL: PBT-550; cBT-213; iBT:80
IELTS: 6.5
MS in Computer EngineeringSpring: Nov 1
Fall: June 1
4 year Bachelor degree in Computer engineering with a minimum GPA of 3.0 for the last 60 semester units;
2 Letters of recommendation; GRE score of 150
TOEFL: PBT-550; cBT-213; iBT:80
IELTS: 6.5
MS in MathematicsSpring: Nov 1
Fall: April 15
4 year Bachelor degree, preferably in Mathematics; GPA of 3.0;
GRE Mathematics subject test with minimum 500 scores; 2 letters of recommendation
TOEFL: PBT-550; cBT-213; iBT:80
IELTS: 6.5

The admission policy at California State University is considered to be selective. Applicants are reviewed on the basis of their GPA. An average GPA of 3.18 is recommended. Applicants with a GPA higher than 3.61 are exempted from producing SAT and ACT scores. It is recommended to have a higher GPA for improving the chances of admissions.

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