California State University--Chico

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400 W. First Street

Chico, CA 95929-0722

Phone: (530) 898-4636
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Nov. 30
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#42 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. Regional Universities (West)

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California State University--Chico is a public institution that was founded in 1887. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 15,316, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 119 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. California State University--Chico's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 42. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,906 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $20,066 (2013-14).

Students at California State University—Chico can choose from more than 300 fields of study, including master’s degree programs such as business, health, and political science. Outside the classroom, Chico State students can get involved in more than 200 campus clubs, join Greek life, and write for The Orion newspaper. Student athletes can play at the intramural, club, and intercollegiate levels. The Chico State Wildcats varsity teams are members of the NCAA Division II California Collegiate Athletic Association and compete in about a dozen sports.

Students at California State University—Chico have many opportunities to have fun off campus as well. The city of Chico is known as a bicycling community and hosts the Wildflower Century 100-mile bike race each April. Chico is also home to a world music festival, concert series, parks, and museums. Chico State students who want to venture out of town can drive to Table Mountain and Lake Oroville in minutes and to Sacramento and San Francisco in just a few hours. Notable Chico State alumni include Ken Grossman, cofounder and CEO of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

California State University, Chico was founded in 1887, making it the second oldest California State University. A residential campus located in a true college town in Northern California, it has one of the highest freshman graduation rates in the California State University system and a distinguished record of placing its students with Fortune 500 companies upon graduation. Majors for the new millennium include mechatronics, exercise physiology, and business information systems.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1887
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $42,174,342


When applying to California State University--Chico, it's important to note the application deadline is November 30. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due December 31. The application fee at California State University--Chico is $55. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 79.2 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 79.2%
Application deadline November 30
SAT/ACT scores must be received by December 31

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at California State University--Chico is 25:1, and the school has 22.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at California State University--Chico include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies; Social Sciences; Health Professions and Related Programs; and Visual and Performing Arts. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 85 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 25:1
4-year graduation rate 17%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 16%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 9%
Social Sciences 9%
Health Professions and Related Programs 8%
Visual and Performing Arts 8%

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Student Life

California State University--Chico has a total undergraduate enrollment of 15,316, with a gender distribution of 48.1 percent male students and 51.9 percent female students. At this school, 1 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 99 percent of students live off campus. California State University--Chico is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 16,470
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

California State University--Chico offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. California State University--Chico also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at California State University--Chico, 10 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at California State University--Chico.

Students who have cars on campus 10%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At California State University--Chico, 56.7 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $9,374.

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In-state tuition and fees $8,906 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $20,066 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,414 (2013-14)
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Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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