Fresno State Traditions


Fresno State Alma Mater
Let us in song, our voices raise
In Cloistered Courts, to sound thy praise.
Each voice and heart that sings is true
To thee, oh, Cardinal and Blue.
For thee, our hopes and memories;
For thee, our hearts and loyalties.
Thy sons and daughters hail thee great,
Our Alma Mater, Fresno State!

Fresno State Fight Song
Fight! Varsity!
On your toes, dig in and hit that line!
We're all pulling hard for you,
so fight and give the best there is in you.

The Meaning of the "V"
The green "V" that is featured on the back of Fresno State's football helmets recognizes the pride of the student-athletes, coaches and staff in representing the San Joaquin Valley. The mark can also be found on the dog color of the Bulldogs' logo and throughout the Department of Athletics.

The "V" symbolizes Fresno State's connection to the Valley and color green was selected to honor the importance of the agriculture industry to the region. The university is one of the most prominent agriculture schools in the nation and the world's richest agricultural area in export dollars.

This representation of the San Joaquin Valley is displayed in the form of a green "V" on the back of the Bulldogs' helmets. The green in the "V" is a symbol to the agricultural community of the Central Valley, which is the world's richest agricultural area in export dollars.

Fresno State's pride for the San Joaquin Valley is displayed in the form of a green.

History of Fresno State's Nicknames & Colors
Late in their initial 1921 season, student body president Warren Moody and friends were continually greeted outside the main campus building by a white bulldog. The dog adopted the group and they decided to make him the mascot. Arids Walker made the motion to adopt "Bulldogs" as the official nickname in a student body meeting. It was on November 21, 1921, that the Morning Republican first referred to Fresno State as the "Bulldogs".

The colors evolved out of an argument by women from Fresno Normal School and men from Fresno Junior College. The women were seeking blue and white to the men's red and white. A compromise was struck with the school adopting red and blue.

The Red Wave
Loud and proud, Fresno State's loyal and enthusiastic fans have made themselves heard nationwide - by national publications which have chronicled the Bulldogs' fantastic fan following, and by others in the media, who have referred to the noise level generated by the Red Wave as "deafening."  It's that kind of fan support that has helped put Fresno State athletics on the map.

History of the University
Fresno State has evolved from modest beginnings as a teachers college early in the 20th century into an acclaimed, culturally diverse, 21st century university offering educational opportunities through eight schools and colleges. Our students have applied what they've learned at Fresno State throughout California, around the world and into space, benefiting literally millions of people.

From our humble establishment on September 11, 1911, as the Fresno Normal School , we opened our doors to provide the foundation for the future of California State University, Fresno, pledging to be a university accessible to students from all backgrounds with a burning desire to learn and succeed. We pride ourselves on our contributions to the economic, civic and social well-being of our communities, and promise to continue to serve them to the best of our ability.

Fresno State's story is much more than bricks and mortar, programs and research. It's written in the stories of those who have come to campus to learn, enjoy a concert or check out a book. A centennial is the time when those memories come into sharp focus and are shared, stimulating more remembrances of Fresno State's first 100 years.