Overview

Applicants
23,964
Acceptance Rate
65%
Average HS GPA
3.41

GPA Breakdown

20%
Over 3.75
22%
3.50 - 3.74
24%
3.25 - 3.49
20%
3.00 - 3.24
12%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

Need to boost your grades? We can help.

Learn More

SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
500 - 600
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
500 - 590
ACT Composite Scores
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
18 - 24

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Regular — November 30


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


Get a personalized plan for a competitive application from an admissions expert.

Learn More

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
23:1
Total Faculty
987
with Terminal Degree
577

522
Women
465
Men
136
Minority
100
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
27%
Graduate in 5 years
57%
Graduate in 6 years
66%

Majors

  • AGRICULTURE, AGRICULTURE OPERATIONS, AND RELATED SCIENCES.

  • Agricultural Business and Management, General.
  • Agriculture, General.
  • Animal Sciences, General.

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Ecology.
  • Microbiology, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Business Administration and Management, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Journalism.
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Graphics.
  • Computer Science.
  • Information Technology.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Agricultural Teacher Education.
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching.
  • Education, General.
  • Mathematics Teacher Education.

  • ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES AND ENGINEERING-RELATED FIELDS.

  • Construction Engineering Technology/Technician.
  • Engineering/Industrial Management.
  • Engineering-Related Fields, Other.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering, General.
  • Engineering, Other.
  • Mechanical Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.
  • Rhetoric and Composition.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Communication Sciences and Disorders, General.
  • Dietetics/Dietitian.
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.

  • HISTORY.

  • History.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies.
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Natural Sciences.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General.
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science.
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Public Administration.
  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Economics, General.
  • Geography.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Social Sciences, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Design and Visual Communications, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Music, General.
  • Musical Theatre.


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Carolyn Shoemaker, Astronomer
Discovered a comet

Sandra Lerner, Entrepreneur
Founder of Urban Decay Cosmetics

Chris Wondolowski
Major league soccer and United States national team player

Raymond Carver
Famous American author

Mark Ulriksen
New Yorker cover, illustrator

Mike Thompson
U.S. Congressman from California

Matt Olmstead
TV Writer/Producer - Chicago Med, Chicago PD, Chicago Fire

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
27%
Graduate in 5 years
57%
Graduate in 6 years
66%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 2

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$10,733

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,941

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,534

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$17,732

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$7,044
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$18,204
Required Fees
$1,572
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,719

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,169

On-Campus Room and Board
$12,824
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
16,420
Foreign Countries Represented
38

Demographics

5.40%
Asian
2.66%
African-American
33.57%
Hispanic
41.03%
Caucasian
8.22%
Unknown
3.20%
International

53% female
47% male
1% are out of state
93% are full time
7% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
2%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
60%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Accessibility Resource Center

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Holly Hunt

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

verified documentation from the appropriate licensed practitioner

Documentation Required for ADHD

verified documentation from the appropriate licensed practitioner

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
174
Number of Honor Societies
15

Number of Social Sororities
7
Number of Religious Organizations
10

1% join a fraternity
1% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

2% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Wildcats)
6 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Wildcats)
7 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups

Sustainability

California State University—Chico was commended by The Daily Green website for having one of the greenest college cafeterias in the country, and it has landed in the top thirty-five on the Sierra Club’s Cool School list. CSU Chico has also received national honors for sustainability and environmental programs from The New York Times and the National Wildlife Federation and made top green college rankings from Kiwi magazine and Grist, an environmental news website. The university is committed to seeking LEED certification on all building projects and was a Charter Participant of the AASHE's STARS Program, an innovative self-reporting framework for universities to report and track sustainable development. CSU Chico has also committed to achieving climate neutrality by 2030. The Alliance to Save Energy’s Green Campus program introduced energy-saving software to campus computer labs, earning CSU Chico a $50,000 grant from Pacific Gas and Electric. Green Campus has also helped establish a Sustainability House on campus and Greeks Going Green, an organization to promote environmentally sound practices in sorority and fraternity houses, among many other projects. CSU Chico also hosts an annual “This Way to Sustainability” conference, with keynote speakers and workshops focusing on topics like green agriculture, curricula, energy, and ethics, and “Greenie” awards for community leaders and organizations. The campus already offers more than 200 sustainability-related courses, a new interdisciplinary minor in sustainability, and more than fifteen sustainability-focused student groups.

98/99
AASHE STARS® rating
GOLD
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
16%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2019.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Apple, HP

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Jeff Logsden
Public Contact Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions
400 West First S
Chico, CA 95929-0720

Phone
1-800-542-4426

Email
INFO@csuchico.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Bell Memorial Union
Meriam Library
Trinity Commons
Humanities Gallery/University Gallery
Wildcat Recreation Center
Nettleton Stadium; on-campus housing facilities; athletic facilities; Wildcat Recreation Center; New Humanity and Fine Arts building Taylor II, which includes a new ceramic and glass blowing labs, as well as, a new Recording Arts Studio, which is top of the line in its technology.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Bidwell Mansion
Downtown Chico
Sierra Nevada Taproom and Restaurant
The Chico Museum
Gateway Science Museum
The Chico Area Recreation and Park District (CARD) offers free or inexpensive recreational programs for about 40,000 participants annually. About 340 adult softball teams play in CARD leagues. Chico has more than 50 tennis courts, over a dozen racquetball courts, a bowling alley, a roller-skating rink, four golf courses, and six gymnasiums. Bicycle magazine named Chico "America's Best Bike Town" in 1997. Snow skiing is two hours away. Three recreational lakes are within a few hours' distance. Bidwell Park has barbecue pits, swimming pools, softball diamonds, a children's playground, and horseback and jogging trails. Bidwell Nature Center and Chico Creek Nature Center offer educational experiences for children and adults.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
n/a
n/a
1-800-542-4426

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
N/A

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Contact Email Address for Visit
lynabbiati@yahoo.com

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The closest international airport is located 90 miles south of Chico, in Sacramento. There are two shuttle services provided by two companies we recommend, as well as taxi services. Chico is served by the Greyhound bus line and Amtrak trains. United Express provides air service. Chico Municipal Airport is within 10 minutes of downtown. A municipal bus line, CATS, provides bus service throughout the community, and Butte County Transit provides service throughout Butte County. The Chico Clipper provides transportation for seniors and persons with disabilities.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Chico is 90 miles north of Sacramento, and is 174 miles northeast of San Francisco. http://www.csuchico.edu/directions/

Local Accommodations
This link provides visitors with all the lodging accommodations in the Chico area: http://web.chicochamber.com/Hotels-Motels


Articles & Advice