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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B-
Cal State Chico is an above-average public university located in Chico, California. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 15,446 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Cal State Chico acceptance rate is 68%. Popular majors include Business, Psychology, and Liberal Arts and Humanities. Graduating 66% of students, Cal State Chico alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $38,200.
About California State University - Chico...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
California Collegiate Athletic Association
Address
First and Normal Sts
Chico, CA 95929
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California State University - Chico Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
68%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
990-1170
ACT Range
19-25
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$14,185/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$8,615/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
77%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
25:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
85%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.143 responses
47%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.167 responses
68%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.167 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
15,446Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,264
Undergrads Over 25
11%
Pell Grant
44%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 122 responses
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  • Friendly
    46%
  • Laid-back
    30%
  • Fun-loving
    17%
  • Alcoholic
    2%
  • Outgoing
    2%
  • Rude
    2%
  • Diverse
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
53%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.193 responses
Poll
70%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.216 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 123 responses
Report
  • Educational, creative, and social
    33%
  • Work hard, play hard
    33%
  • Diverse, resourceful, and helpful
    14%
  • Easy-going
    12%
  • Amazing
    5%
  • Home away from home
    2%
  • Fast-paced
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$48,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
66%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
83%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.99 responses
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California State University - Chico Reviews

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Chico state is located in a beautiful area, where the university is a huge part of the community. It has a small town feel, many on campus opportunities to network with others, professors (in natural sciences) are amazing! Great teachers and passionate about their work. The town is small and not very diverse, but still had a great experience overall
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I love Chico, California and I love Chico State! I truly believe I found who I really am while spending my college career in Chico. The people here are very friendly, driven, helpful, supportive, and so were my Civil Engineering professors! I would recommend Chico state to ANYBODY who hasn't quite made a decision on which college to attend.
My experiences at Chico State has been great! I love everything they had, especially downtown Chico where it is right next to the campus. Chico is where everything is so close that it makes you want to go explore like trails, creeks, lakes, anything you can think about that is adventurous, and Chico also has programs for it, too! From the two years that I have been at Chico State, I would like to see changes in safety at most. This is a very important situation because I got two of my bike stolen in Chico State's campus. It was devastating because the bikes are my transportation to campus, not just that, but for others too. I would like to see a change in safety of bikes by having security cameras, securities, and better bike racks to lock bike.