Central Valley Life

The Central Valley is the heart of California, and one of the largest agricultural centers in the world. Not only is the Central Valley rich with agriculture, but it is filled with diverse cultural celebrations, rich art communities and is only a short drive from a number of outdoor activities and sporting events. Located right in the middle of sunny California, residents have access to a variety of regions including the beautiful California coastline and three national parks. Experience all that the Central Valley has to offer:

Fun and adventure in your own backyard!

Art/ Cultural Events

405056_493988733965543_402773127_nFashion shows, concerts, pub-crawls, filmmaking showcases and celebrity events will flood your social calendar throughout your college years.

Fresno’s homemade film event, Swede Fest, became famous after this version of The Avengers made national news.

Food and Agriculture

farmers-marketAlong with great farmers markets, gourmet food trucks, tri-tip and rib cook-offs, and other foodie festivals, the Central Valley supplies most of the world’s produce. Mouth-watering corn, juicy strawberries, delicious figs, and perfect peaches are readily available during prime seasons. Don’t forget to regularly check for new coffee shops, restaurants and underground pop-up diners to your heart’s content!


UCM-Yosemite1Learn to snowboard, go for an afternoon hike, climb Half Dome, and ride your bike through beautiful trails all on the weekends when you’re in school. Expect adventurous day trip opportunities or stay in town with your new friends to watch the Fresno Grizzlies on a cool summer night.

City Fairs/Other Resources

With over 150 languages spoken in the Central Valley, you will meet interesting people, taste incredible food, and celebrate life!