California State University – Chico

First and Normal Sts, Chico, CA

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California State University - Chico, located in Chico, California, was established 1887 and began operations in 1889 as the Chico Normal School, an institution dedicated to training and education teachers in Northern California. Over the years the school expanded its focus, offering more programs and growing its facilities, as well as going through a number of name changes that reflected the school's growth. In 1972 the school became known as the California State University - Chico, and currently operated as part of the California State University System, offering over 100 undergraduate programs to students. The main campus is located in Downtown Chico, though additional facilities are located about a mile away on land owned by the school.

Students have over 100 options to choose from when considering a major at Chico State. The school provides an in depth education in one's major, alongside a large number of minors. Students are required to take a number of general education courses to fulfill educational requirements, along with upper division courses related to one's major. In addition the school offers distance learning opportunities for students in need of flexible scheduling. Graduate programs are also available for students wishing to continue their education past a bachelor's degree. Such programs normally require a reasonable GRE score as well as a bachelor's degree for admission.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid
As a public university in the California State University System, Chica State has a number of requirements necessary for admission. These include having completed the core curriculum of a high school education or equivalent and having earned the appropriate ACT/SAT test score to GPA ratio. Admissions gives priority to California residents, and tuition costs are lower for residents. Students wishing to enroll may begin the process online through the CSU FastPass system, which allows students to apply to multiple CSU schools.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, work study programs and scholarships. Students in need of financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the information from which will be used to determine need, eligibility and awards. Residents of California may also be eligible for CalGrants, also determined by a completed FAFSA or through academic excellence. Scholarships may also be awarded both by the school or through external organizations offering awards for a variety of reasons.

The Chico State Wildcats participate in intercollegiate athletics through the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). Intercollegiate athletics allow students the opportunity to pursue personal and team success in an environment of healthy competition. Participating students will be able to travel across the state, as well as to tournaments given seasonal success, allowing for a broadening of one's views while developing skills, such as discipline, teamwork, and good health habits, which are useful for one's academic and professional career. Athletic programs start at varying points throughout the school year. Students interested in trying out should visit the athletic department to obtain the dates and times to begin the process.

Athletic programs offered at Chico State:

  • Baseball (Men Only)
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball (Women Only)
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball (Women Only)

Clubs and Organizations
California State University - Chico has a number of clubs and organizations in place and encourages students to participate in one or more in order to expand their interests or to focus on existing ones. Clubs and organizations focus on a variety of topics related to social causes, academics, extracurricular activities and more. Students will find like minded individuals to socialize with outside of a classroom setting, allowing for the free exchange of ideas and the participation of events to encourage promotion and growth.

Clubs and organizations include:

  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Investors Club
  • Japanese Animation Club
  • Cycling Team
  • Birding Club

Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may provide a better idea of the applicants California State University – Chico accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

The total student enrollment at California State University – Chico is about 17,000, where graduate students make up roughly 16% of the student body.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $13,600. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $55 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition range estimates:
    • State Residents: $5,500-$6,600
    • Out-of-State: $17,000-$19,960

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid76%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships71%$8,216
Receiving Student Loans50%$5,482

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, California State University – Chico may offer student services including:

  • Distance learning
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Student employment
  • Helping students find work after graduation
  • Day care for children

Graduation Rates

California State University – Chico has an overall graduation rate which is around 56%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years17%
Graduating in 5 Years30%
Graduating in 6 Years9%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Art and Design Program
  • Dietetics Program (more info)
  • Music Program (more info)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
  • Speech-Language Pathology Program
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program
  • Theatre Program

Intercollegiate Athletics

California State University – Chico is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division II (without football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (California Collegiate Athletic Assoc)
  • Basketball (California Collegiate Athletic Assoc)
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track and Field, Outdoor
  • Track and Field, X-Country
  • Volleyball

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Agriculture Operations


Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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