California State University Chico

Chico, CA

California State University Chico, founded in 1887, is a public, comprehensive university. It is the second oldest California State University. Its 130-acre campus is located in the Sierra foothills, 90 miles from Sacramento.

Website: www.csuchico.edu/

Public
Co-ed
16,420
Undergraduate
Students
(52.8%) 8,677 Women
(47.2%) 7,743 Men
1,653
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
65% of 23,964 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
 

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.41
SAT Math
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
ACT Composite
21 average
18-24 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
In-state: $29,304
Out-of-state: $40,464
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $12,516
Out-of-state: $23,676
Room and Board
$12,536
Average Percent of Need Met
77%
Average Freshman Award
$17,631
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
Not reported
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
503
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 8% of classes
10-19 students: 17% of classes
20-29 students: 25% of classes
30-39 students: 22% of classes
40-49 students: 14% of classes
50-99 students: 10% of classes
Over 100 students: 4% of classes
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Campus Life

Chico Population
87,714
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students in College Housing
2% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division II
Mascot
Wildcat
Sororities
1% of women participate
Fraternities
1% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.5% American Indian/Alaskan Native
5.6% Asian
2.7% Black/African-American
34.7% Hispanic/Latino
5.4% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
42.4% White
8.5% Unknown
International Students
3.2%
First-Year Students Returning
85.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
27.4%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
62%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Moderately Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3  
Science 2  
Foreign Language 2  
Social Studies 2  
History    
Academic Electives 1  

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required December 31
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
400 West First Street
City, State, Zip
Chico, CA 95929-0722
Phone
(530) 898-4428
Fax
(530) 898-6456
E-mail
info@csuchico.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
 
Application Fee
$55
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
March 1
Accept Offer of Admission
By May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
 
Letters of Recommendation
 
Other
GPA from 10th/11th grade college preparatory courses required for freshmen
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
65% of 23,964 applicants were admitted
Women
68% of 13,996 applicants were admitted
Men
62% of 9,968 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
3,973 (25%) of 15,639 admitted students enrolled
Women
2,262 (24%) of 9,501 admitted students enrolled
Men
1,732 (28%) of 6,138 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.41
3.75 and Above
14%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
25%
3.00 - 3.24
24%
2.50 - 2.99
17%
2.00 - 2.49
2%

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
3%
Score of 600 - 700
18%
Score of 500 - 600
57%
Score of 400 - 500
20%
Score of 300 - 400
3%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
2%
Score of 600 - 700
25%
Score of 500 - 600
52%
Score of 400 - 500
21%
Score of 300 - 400
1%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
21 average
18-24 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
4%
Score of 24 - 29
26%
Score of 18 - 23
52%
Score of 12 - 17
18%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 35%
Top quarter: 76%
Top half: 100%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
In-state: $29,304
Out-of-state: $40,464
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $12,516
Out-of-state: $23,676
Room and Board
$12,536
Books and Supplies
$1,719
Other Expenses
$2,533
Payment Plans
Installment plan, deferred payment

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 3
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning April 3
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 001146
Free

Profile of 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
2,356 (100.0%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
1,877 (79.7%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,819 (96.9%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
277 (15.2%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
77%
Average Award
$17,631
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,384 (76.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $10,803
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,200 (66.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,540
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 387 (21.3%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
151 (6.4%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $1,611

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
12,269 (78.8%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
10,577 (86.2%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
10,326 (97.6%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
1,606 (15.6%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
74%
Average Award
$16,022
Need-Based Gift
Received by 8,312 (80.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $10,134
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 6,803 (65.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,937
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 1,331 (12.9%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
444 (2.9%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $1,429

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
62%
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
Not reported
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
College/university loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Agriculture, Area/Ethnic Studies, Biological Sciences, Business, Communication, Computer Science, Education, Engineering/Technologies, English, Foreign Languages, Health Fields, Humanities, International Studies, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Applied Art and Design, Art/Fine Arts, Cinema/Film/Broadcasting, Creative Writing, Dance, Debating, Journalism/Publications, Music, Performing Arts, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Community Service, Hobbies/Interests, Leadership, Memberships
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Adult Students, Children of Faculty/Staff, Ethnic Background, First-Generation College Students, Handicapped Students, International Students, Local/State Students, Married Students, Members of Minorities, Out-of-State Students
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Agricultural Business and Management, General
  • Animal Sciences, General
  • Anthropology
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer Science
  • Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
  • Design and Visual Communications, General
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Economics, General
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering, Other
  • Engineering-Related Fields, Other
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other
  • French Language and Literature
  • Geography
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • German Language and Literature
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General
  • History, General
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Microbiology, General
  • Music, General
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Administration
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Most Popular Disciplines
Business/marketing, Health professions and related sciences, Social sciences
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Not reported

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
503
Part-Time Faculty
484
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
43%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 8% of classes
10-19 students: 17% of classes
20-29 students: 25% of classes
30-39 students: 22% of classes
40-49 students: 14% of classes
50-99 students: 10% of classes
Over 100 students: 4% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 5% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 24% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 44% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 14% of discussion sections/labs
40-49 students: 4% of discussion sections/labs
50-59 students: 6% of discussion sections/labs
Over 100 students: 4% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
923,340
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
1328
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Social Work, Professional Science Master's, Master of Science, Master of Public Administration, Master of Science in Nursing

Master's Programs of Study

  • Agricultural Education
  • Agricultural Sciences--General
  • Anthropology
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Communication Disorders
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • English
  • History
  • Museum Studies
  • Nutrition
  • Political Science
  • Special Education

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


Chico Population
87,714
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Campus Size
119 acres

Weather

Temperature
35.2 average low in January, 90.4 average high in September
Rain
58 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
1 mile(s) from campus in Chico
Nearest Train Station
1 mile(s) from campus in Chico

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Women only housing, coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
2% of all students
Housing Requirements
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
 
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division II
Mascot
Wildcat
School Colors
Cardinal and white

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x x
Basketball x x x x
Cross-Country Running x x x x
Golf x x x x
Soccer x x x x
Softball x x    
Track And Field x x x x
Volleyball x x    
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Golf x x
Soccer x x
Softball x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball x x
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x x
Basketball x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Golf x x
Soccer x x
Softball    
Track And Field x x
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, cross-country running, golf, soccer, softball, track and field, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, national fraternities, national sororities, chico snow club, chico state nursing club, pre-medical association, health professionals association, exercise physiology majors club
Sororities
1% of women participate
Fraternities
1% of men participate
ROTC
 

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
16,420
Women
8,677 (52.8%)
Men
7,743 (47.2%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
15,237
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.5% American Indian/Alaskan Native
5.6% Asian
2.7% Black/African-American
34.7% Hispanic/Latino
5.4% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
42.4% White
8.5% Unknown
International Students.
3.2%
Average Age
23
All Graduate Students
1,653

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
85.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
27.4%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
57.1%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
59.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
62%
Average Starting Salary
62%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

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