Department of Music
California State University, Fresno
California State University, Fresno is the premier regional university serving Central California's diverse and growing population. Founded as Fresno State Normal School in 1911, it became a teacher's college in 1921, and has offered advanced degrees since 1949. Fresno State is one of 23 campuses in the California State University, one of the largest systems of higher education in the world. The university is accredited by the California Board of Education and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. It has 26 nationally accredited departmental programs, among the highest number within the CSU system.
Fresno State's 388-acre main campus and its 1,011-acre University Farm are located at the northeast edge of Fresno, at the foot of the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range. The surrounding San Joaquin Valley is one of the richest agricultural areas in the world, and Fresno is the fifth largest city in California. The university is within an hour's drive of many mountain and lake resorts and within a three to four-hour drive of both Los Angeles and San Francisco.