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Fresno City College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Research the degree, certificate, and training programs offered at Fresno City College. Learn about its academics, and get admission and financial aid info to decide if this is the right school for you.

About Fresno City College

Founded in 1910 as California's first community college, Fresno City College (FCC) has grown to educate more than 20,000 students a year. The college is located in the central valley city of Fresno, California. In addition to academic and training programs, the college offers students athletics, performing arts, and other student clubs and organizations. FCC is part of the State Center Community College District and is connected to additional campuses in Reedley, Clovis, Madera, and Oakhurst.


FCC's academic divisions include applied technology, business, performing and communication arts, health sciences, humanities, math, science and engineering, and social sciences. Within these divisions are departments, which offer over 100 different associate's degree programs. One of the college's most popular Associate of Science degrees is registered nursing, and students must enter a lottery system to be admitted to the program. Many students take advantage of the college's transfer center resources and the transfer admission guarantee agreement with California universities to continue to earn their bachelor's degrees.

FCC maintains a state and nationally recognized career and technology center for students seeking vocational education. The college offers over 60 certificate programs in applied technology, business, arts, health sciences, and social sciences. The college also has a not-for-credit training institute that provides specific career training in areas such as pharmacy technology, grant writing, and computer software applications.

Fresno City College has a distance learning division that includes online courses and video-conference courses. Other student facilities and resources include the library, a reading and writing center, a tutoring center, computer labs, skills workshops, and a child development center. FCC also offers an honors program and student success programs.


FCC follows an open admissions policy. Students who are interested can fill out the online application. Once it has been processed - around two days - students can set up their FCC email and WebAdvisor accounts. Students who are taking associate's degree courses must take math and English placement tests unless they are exempt through AP credit or high school classes. New students are required to finish an online student orientation. Students have the option of seeing an academic counselor - either online or in-person by appointment or during drop-in hours. Students have up until the beginning of the semester to register - mid-August for fall semester and early January for spring semester.

In 201, 67% of the students at FCC were attending part-time and 53% were female. Almost the entire student population were California residents and 65% were 24 and under. FCC is ethnically diverse; in 2011, the students identified themselves as 45% Hispanic, 24% White, 17% Asian, and 7% Black or African American.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The tuition for the 2012-2013 school-year is $46 per unit for California residents and $235 per unit for non-residents. Each semester has additional fees, such as a $17 health fee, $17 parking permit, $50 instructional materials fee, and an estimated $500 for books and supplies. The average cost of housing and personal expenses for 2011-2012 was around $9,800 and $4,100.

Fresno City College offers students financial assistance by providing a textbook rental service through the bookstore and conducting financial aid workshops. There is also a Fresno City College Scholarship Program with awards ranging from $100-$1,500, and the application deadline is March 2 of each year. Students can also apply for state and federal aid through FAFSA. The average amount of grant aid for new students in 2011 was $4,770.

School Type Public, 2-year*
Degrees Offered Less than one-year certificate*
Less than two-year certificate*
Associate's degree*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semester**
School Setting Large city*
Student Body Over 20,000*
Student Housing None*
Schools and Programs Seven academic divisions, over 100 associate's degree programs, over 60 certificate programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 24 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
<1 Year Certificate: Fire Science (49)*
1 to <2 Year Certificate: Accounting Technology/ Technician and Bookkeeping (5)
Associate's: Liberal Arts and Sciences (440)*
Graduation Rates 14% graduation rate, 11% transfer-out rate (students who began studies in 2008)*
Admission Rate Open admissions**
First-Time Students Entering Class Size 2,468 part-time, 1,532 full-time (2011)***
First-Year Retention Rates In 2011: 65% full-time, 42% part-time*
Application Due Date Before first day of class (mid-August and early-January)**
Decision Notification Date Usually within two days of submitting application**
Tuition (2012-2013) California residents: $46 per unit, non-residents: $235 per unit**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2011: federal grant aid (68%), state/local grant aid (80%), institutional grant aid (14%), loans (6%)***
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 81% of full-time beginning students*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Fresno City College, ***NCES IPEDS Data Center.

School Contact Info

  • Address: 1101 E. University Avenue, Fresno, CA 93741
  • Phone: (559) 442-4600
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