Cal State Chico is an above-average public university located in Chico, California. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 15,246 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Cal State Chico acceptance rate is 65%. Popular majors include Business Administration and Management, Psychology, and Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies. Graduating 69% of students, Cal State Chico alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $34,800.
California State University - Chico Rankings
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Evening Degree Programs
- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.143 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.156 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.156 responses
Most Popular Majors
Business Administration and Management684 Graduates
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies175 Graduates
Liberal Arts and Humanities155 Graduates
Criminal Justice and Safety Studies150 Graduates
Kinesiology and Exercise Science147 Graduates
Health Service Preparatory Studies125 Graduates
Design and Visual Communications108 Graduates
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Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.182 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.205 responses
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Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
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- 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
I've just started at CSU Chico; I'm going to be a sophomore! I can't believe my first year of college is over! I'm so thankful that I chose to attend CSU Chico. The campus is completely gorgeous with tall elegant trees, bright flowers, and the babbling Big Chico Creek cutting through. All the classes I've taken so far have been extremely interesting and well taught. The only complaints I have would be with the administration. It seems like they don't really listen to the students very well. This is specifically targeted towards the recent decision of the president of the school decided to enact tuition fee increases despite overwhelming negative student sentiment. It would be nice if the admin actually listened to us.
I really enjoy CSU Chico and everything they have to offer. They have a great selection of bachelor degrees to choose from sustainability to game design. It is a gorgeous location and truly makes you feel one with the community. They are always trying to improve their sustainability and the small town makes it easy to walk or bike to school from an apartment complex. The campus housing is a bit expensive for the quality of living they provide, but the academics are very tremendous as the school only hires professors that have life experience within the specific courses that the students are taking. I am a Game Design major and I find it wonderful to go to my classes and know that my professors have their own gaming studios and are working on the same assignments that we are, but they have to produce an actual game from it. There are quite a few parties in the downtown area but if you are able to balance school and life then you will do tremendously well at CSU Chico!
Chico state is electrifying! It’s an affordable school, beautiful area, nice college town insane party scene and an all around great school. In my opinion, Chico state is an underrated school, we have a great party scene, strong greek life, and respectable academics. If i could change one thing, i would change the lack of a football team. Overall, i love music experience at chico and would not want to experience my college years anywhere else.