California State University Chico

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School Overview

California State University, Chico was the second campus created by the California State University system. The University is located about due north of Sacramento in the city of Chico, California. California State University Chico goes by several names including Cal State, Chico State or just Chico.

General Information

Admission Office

400 West First Street

Chico, CA 95929-0722

(530) 898-4428

(800) 542-4426

Fax: (530) 898-6456

Contact: Allan Bee

Director of Admissions
Main Address

400 West First Street

Chico, CA 95929-0722

(530) 898-4636

Total undergrads: 15,804

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,765

Degree-seeking undergrads: 15,804

Graduate enrollment: 1,328


Rural setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $55

Online application fee: $55

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 87%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 79%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $3,690 $4,008 $5,336 $5,620 +5.32%
Books and Supplies $1,386 $1,656 $1,656 $1,656 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $9,022 $9,300 $9,996 $11,138 +11.42%
Other $2,654 $2,900 $3,172 $3,228 +1.77%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $8,876 $9,300 $9,996 $11,138 +11.42%
Other $2,800 $2,900 $3,172 $3,228 +1.77%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $16,752 $17,864 $20,160 $21,642 +7.35%
In-state Off Campus $16,752 $17,864 $20,160 $21,642 +7.35%
In-state with Family $5,076 $5,664 $6,992 $7,276 +4.06%

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 1,386 51%
Grant or scholarship aid 961 35% $6,678,767 $6,950
• Federal grants 799 29% $3,305,626 $4,137
• Pell grants 607 22% $2,268,390 $3,737
• Other federal grants 744 27% $1,037,236 $1,394
State and local government grant or scholarships 471 17% $978,741 $2,078
Institutional scholarships or grants 677 25% $2,394,400 $3,537
Student loan financial aid 928 34% $4,023,827 $4,336
• Federal student loans 920 34% $3,539,765 $3,848
• Other student loans 53 2% $484,062 $9,133

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 3281 338
Agriculture, General 39
Agricultural Business and Management, General 39
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 28
American/united States Studies/civilization 2
Asian Studies/civilization 4
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other 6
Latin American Studies 16
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 85 2
Biochemistry 7
Biology/biological Sciences, General 67 2
Microbiology, General 11
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 526 45
Business Administration and Management, General 511 45
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 15
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 86 7
Journalism 86
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 7
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 97 30
Computer Graphics 24
Computer Science 22 30
Information Technology 51
Education 72 66
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 55
Education, General 56
Educational/instructional Technology 17 3
Foreign Language Teacher Education 6
Mathematics Teacher Education 1
Engineering 135 21
Civil Engineering, General 63
Computer Engineering, General 9 21
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 12
Engineering, Other 16
Mechanical Engineering 35
Engineering Technology, General 166
Construction Engineering Technology/technician 151
Engineering/industrial Management 15
English Language and Literature/letters 180 7
English Language and Literature, General 88 7
Rhetoric and Composition 92
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 55
French Language and Literature 8
German Language and Literature 7
Linguistics 8
Spanish Language and Literature 32
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences, General 197 25
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General 39 14
Dietetics/dietitian 47 6
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 111 5
History 80 2
History, General 80 2
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 98
Criminal Justice/safety Studies 98
Human Services, General 65 46
Public Administration 16 6
Social Work 49 40
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 205
Humanities/humanistic Studies 5
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 200
Mathematics and Statistics 31
Mathematics, General 31
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, General 28 9
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 28 9
Natural Resources and Conservation 6 1
Environmental Science 6 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 263 16
Health and Physical Education/fitness, General 54 14
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 79
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 130 2
Physical Sciences 23 1
Chemistry, General 4
Geological and Earth Sciences/geosciences, Other 2 1
Geology/earth Science, General 8
Physics, General 9
Psychology 210 33
Psychology, General 210 33
Social Sciences 321 20
Anthropology 28 8
Economics, General 40
Geography 21 1
International Relations and Affairs 33
Political Science and Government, General 86 4
Social Sciences, General 76 7
Sociology 37
Visual and Performing Arts 285 7
Art/art Studies, General 74
Design and Visual Communications, General 108
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts, General 14
Dramatic/theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other 6
Fine/studio Arts, General 6 2
Music, General 15 5
Music, Other 62
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Agricultural Business B
Agronomy/Crop Science B
Animal Sciences B
Range Science/Management B

Architecture & Related Programs

City/Community/Regional Planning B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

American Studies B
Asian Studies B
Latin American Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Design/Visual Communications B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Graphic Design B
Interior Design B
Music – General B
Music – Piano/Organ B,C
Music – Voice/Opera C
Music Theory/Composition B
Music industry and technology B
Musical theater B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B
Botany B
Ecological, evolutionary and organismal biology B
Ecology B
Microbiology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
Human Resources Management B
Management Information Systems B,C
Marketing Management B
Supply chain management systems B

Communications & Journalism

Journalism B
Organizational Communication B
Public Relations B
Publishing C
Radio/Television B

Communications Technologies

Desktop Publishing C

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Graphics B
Computer Science B
Information Technology B


Agricultural Education B
Art Teacher Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
ESL Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education B
English Teacher Education B
French Teacher Education B
German Teacher Education B
Health Teacher Education B
Instructional Media B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Social Science Teacher Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B


Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Mechanical Engineering B
Mechatronics B

Engineering Technologies

Concrete industry management B
Construction/Building Technologies B
Electrical and computer engineering B

English Language & Literature

English Composition C
English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
German B
Linguistics B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Science B
Communication Disorders B
Emergency Medical Technology C
Health Services – General B
Medical Dietetics B
Nursing (RN) B
Predentistry B
Premedicine B
Prepharmacy B
Preveterinary Medicine B
Recreational Therapy B


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Paralegal/Legal Assistance B,C

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Humanities B
Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Applied Mathematics B
Mathematics – General B
Statistics B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Accounting/Computer Science B
Gerontology B
Mathematics/Computer Science B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B
Natural Resources Management/Policy B,C
Wildlife/Wilderness Management C

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B
Health/Physical Fitness B
Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General B
Parks/Leisure Facilities Management B
Sport/Fitness Administration C

Philosophy & Religion

Jewish/Judaic Studies B
Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Atmospheric Sciences B
Chemistry B,C
Geology B
HydrologyWater Resources B,C
Physical Sciences – General B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Public Administration B
Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B
Forensic Technologies C

Social Sciences

Anthropology B,C
Cartography C
Economics B
Environmental economics B
Geography B
International Economics B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

California State University-Chico Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (530) 898-6116
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: First and Normal Sts, Chico, CA 95929-0150
Setting: City: Small
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 17,110
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 66%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 24 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 11,086 (65% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $7,806
Out-of-state Tuition: $19,686
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 76%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $8,955

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

California State University-Chico Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at California State University-Chico.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 41
Architecture and Related Services 1
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 3
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 32
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 11
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 21
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 31
Education 35
Engineering 51
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 4
English Language and Literature/Letters 21
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 4
Health Professions and Related Programs 54
History 11
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 2
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 42
Natural Resources and Conservation 11
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 32
Philosophy and Religious Studies 2
Physical Sciences 41
Psychology 11
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 22
Social Sciences 74
Visual and Performing Arts 83
Grand total 7635

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at California State University-Chico and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $7,806
Out-of-state $19,686
Books and supplies $1,970

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $9,240
Out-of-state $18,744

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 2,037 76%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,788 67% $8,955
Student loan aid 1,239 46% $5,640

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 10,463 63% $8,851
Federal student loans 7,192 44% $5,783

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for California State University-Chico. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled California State University-Chico students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 25,908 11,265 14,643
Percent admitted 100% 67% 77%
Percent admitted who enrolled 10% 10% 10%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

California State University-Chico Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 17,110
Undergraduate enrollment 16,164
Graduate enrollment 946

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

California State University-Chico Accreditation

This institution is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
    • Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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