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  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 15,254 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Cal State Chico acceptance rate is 65%. 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.
First and Normal Sts
Chico, CA 95929
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Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
California Collegiate Athletic Association

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.

Cal State Chico Admissions

Acceptance Rate
65%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
1000-1190
ACT Range
18-24
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$14,156/ 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
$9,216/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
76%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
24:1
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.170 responses
67%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.170 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
4
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
4
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    27%
  • On Campus
    70%
  • Online
    3%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
15,254Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,229
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
    47%
  • Laid-back
    30%
  • Fun-loving
    17%
  • Alcoholic
    2%
  • Outgoing
    2%
  • Rude
    2%

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.196 responses
Poll
70%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.219 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 126 responses
Report
  • Educational, creative, and social
    34%
  • Work hard, play hard
    32%
  • Diverse, resourceful, and helpful
    13%
  • Easy-going
    13%
  • 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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Chico State is a beautiful campus and has a very therapeutic environment, which helps a lot when you're stressed out over exams! All of the professors that I have had have been so kind and amazing. They've been willing to help students really understand materials that are being taught. In the future, I would like for there to be more professors of color at Chico State, representation matters.
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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
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.