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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
    A-
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    B-
California State University - Chico is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
California Collegiate Athletic Assoc
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
65%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
880-1100
ACT Range
19-24
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$13,645/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $9,378/ year
  • $30-48k
    $10,723/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,054/ year
  • $76-110k
    $19,178/ year
  • $110k+
    $21,873/ year
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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
48%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.152 responses
67%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.152 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
15,246Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
12%
Pell Grant
46%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 107 responses
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  • Friendly
    47%
  • Laid-back
    33%
  • Fun-loving
    17%
  • Alcoholic
    2%
  • Rude
    2%
  • Diverse
    0%
  • Nerdy
    0%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
54%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.178 responses
Poll
71%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.201 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 108 responses
Report
  • Work hard, play hard
    34%
  • Educational, creative, and social
    31%
  • Diverse, resourceful, and helpful
    14%
  • Easy-going
    13%
  • Amazing
    6%
  • Home away from home
    1%
  • No one Cares
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$45,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
69%
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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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.
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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!
I fell in love with Chico State the second I stepped foot on campus. They provide an extremely accepting atmosphere on top of constantly keeping students in the loop on events that happen throughout the school year! Chico State offers a variety of helpful resources such as tutoring, aides, great places to study on campus, etc. I also love Chico State for being so involved in Chico's community as a whole. It has the most BEAUTIFUL campus with many trees and gorgeous greenery as well as original buildings.