Fresno State is the premier university serving Central
California. In its first century, Fresno State has
established a reputation for serving the changing needs
of the diverse San Joaquin Valley and training students
to be successful in careers across a broad spectrum of
demonstrated needs. University-based research
not only benefits Central California, but also
extends Fresno State’s impact throughout the
world. As it enters its second 100 years, Fresno
State is developing new strategies to launch
innovative initiatives that continue students’
hands-on learning and partnerships that serve the
campus and the region.
High Magnitude Economic Impact
Fresno State’s annual impact on the San Joaquin Valley region
and the State of California is enormous:
- Annual spending related to Fresno State ($452 million)
generates a total impact of $484 million on the regional
economy, and nearly $781 million on the statewide economy.
- This impact sustains more than 5,700 jobs in the region and
nearly 7,000 jobs statewide.
- Per year, the impact generates nearly $28.5 million in local and
nearly $52 million in statewide tax revenue.
- Even greater—nearly $2.3 billion of the earnings by alumni from
Fresno State are attributable to their CSU degrees, which creates
an additional $3.7 billion of industry activity throughout the state.
Fresno State improves California’s economy with
research, innovation and entrepreneurship.
- Agriculture is one of the largest and most widespread industries
in California, and Fresno State’s Jordan College of Agricultural
Sciences and Technology is one of the most highly regarded
agricultural education institutions in the nation. Through its
acclaimed enology and viticulture program, Fresno State operates
the first university-based commercial winery in the United States.
- Agricultural research is a long-established focus of CSU faculty
and students. Fresno State is home to the California Agricultural
Research Initiative, which focuses on improving the efficiency,
productivity, profitability, and sustainability of California agriculture.
- Half of the nation’s research and development activity in water technology occurs within a 100-mile radius of Fresno State. The campus
is home to the $60 million International Center for Water Technology,
a joint venture with industry in the San Joaquin Valley, and to a Water
and Energy Technology Center, where innovative ideas are turned into
- CSU is the primary source of teachers in the state, and Fresno State’s
Kremen School of Education and Human Development is nationally
respected for its education and counseling programs. In addition to
its dedication to the preparation of future and current teachers and
administrators, the Kremen School was first in the CSU system to offer
a doctorate in Educational Leadership as a joint program with UC Davis.
Fifteen years later, Fresno State was first of all 23 CSU campuses to offer
an individual-campus doctorate.
- Fresno State is home to the Lyles Center for Innovation and
Entrepreneurship, regarded as the foremost entrepreneurial program in
the Central Valley and one of the leading new-business developers in the
state. The Lyles Center creates strong ties between student enterprises
and businesses and individuals in the community, improving chances of
career success for graduates.
Fresno State improves life in the San Joaquin Valley region
through research, arts and community service.
- Fresno State students, faculty, and staff volunteer about 1 million hours
of community service annually under leadership of the innovative Jan
and Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-
Learning. The local economic impact of that volunteerism is estimated
at $22 million, based on national philanthropic standards. In 2009, the
Richter Center was presented with the President’s Award for Higher
Education Community Service, one of only three universities to receive
this national recognition.
- In addition to the hundreds of thousands of people who attend events
at the 16,500-seat Save Mart Center on campus, thousands more San
Joaquin Valley residents attend cultural events staged by Fresno State’s
College of Arts and Humanities. Plays, lectures, dances, concerts,
exhibitions, and recitals are part of a vibrant campus arts calendar.
One feature is the CSU Summer Arts program of instruction and public
performance, which has been hosted at Fresno State for a dozen
- With an annual attendance of around 750,000 people, Fresno State
Athletics boasts the region’s most attractive intercollegiate sports
program. Bulldog teams are in the national spotlight in many sports,
including NCAA national championships in baseball and softball. Fresno
State student-athletes are regulars on all-academic teams for their
skill in classroom achievement. Fresno State athletes have gone on to
professional sports acclaim and Olympic gold medal glory.
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