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Fresno, California (CA) Colleges and Universities

There are 19 schools with postsecondary programs located in a 25-mile radius surrounding Fresno, CA. Read about schools in several categories, including student population and lowest costs, to find the one for you.

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The Fresno area is home to both traditional public universities along with private schools and smaller community colleges. To better choose which school is most in line with your educational needs, consider how these local options compare with one another based on a variety of factors. Read on for detailed information these schools based on their location, size, price and graduation rates.

Closest Schools to Fresno, California

Although it's not the largest city in California, the area surrounding Fresno does contain several different types of postsecondary education programs. The following schools have the closest campuses to downtown Fresno:

  • San Joaquin Valley College (2.4 miles)
  • California State University--Fresno (2.5 miles)
  • Fresno City College (2.9 miles)
  • Fresno Pacific University (7.3 miles)
  • California Christian College (8.3 miles)

Largest Schools near Fresno, California

When looking into potential universities, it may be a good idea to pay attention to the size of that particular school's student population. These are the public and private schools with the largest student bodies near Fresno:

  • California State University--Fresno (23,179 students)
  • Fresno City College (22,307 students)
  • Fresno Pacific University (3,458 students)
  • ITT Technical Institute--Clovis (395 students)
  • California Christian College (20 students)

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  • Legal
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
  • Medical and Health Professions
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Schools with Lowest Net Price

In order to understand a school's NCES net price, look at the school's average amount of financial aid and subtract it from the average cost of attending that particular school. These five schools have the lowest net price within the Fresno region, according to 2014-2015 data:

  • Fresno City College ($5,312)
  • California State University--Fresno ($6,846)
  • Fresno Pacific University ($16,167)
  • ITT Technical Institute--Clovis ($23,156)
  • California Christian College (data not available)

Schools with Highest Graduation Rates

A school's graduation rate refers to the overall percentage of the school's full-time undergraduate student population that completes their degree programs within 150% of the average completion time for that degree. Look into these schools to learn about the highest graduation rates (as of 2015) near Fresno:

  • California State University--Fresno (58% graduation rate)
  • Fresno Pacific University (54% graduation rate)
  • ITT Technical Institute (39% graduation rate)
  • Fresno City College (17% graduation rate)
  • California Christian College (data not available)

Given the diverse array of postsecondary programs around Fresno, potential students living in this area may want to pay particular attention to a school's location, size, price and graduation rates in order to make the best choices for their specific educational and career goals.

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