Chico State

Established 1887

Welcome to Chico State!

In 1887, the California Legislature approved the creation of the Northern Branch of the State Normal School. After much debate, Chico was chosen as the site of the new teachers college. The Chico Normal School opened its doors to 90 students in 1889. As the college grew, its name changed to reflect that growth. In 1972, we became California State University, Chico. The University, commonly called "Chico State," now offers more than 100 undergraduate majors and options.
CSU, Chico Campus Video Tour

About The University

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Admission Requirements

Years RequiredSubject

4 yearsEnglish

3 yearsMathematics
(algebra, geometry, algebra 2; sometimes referred to as intermediate algebra)

2 yearsSocial science
(including one year of US history or one semester of US history and one semester of US government)

2 yearsScience with a laboratory
(one life science and one physical science)

2 yearsForeign language
(the same language)

1 year Visual and performing arts
(one single yearlong course or two semester-long courses within the same discipline)

1 year College preparatory elective

Complete above courses with a C or better. We do not accept summer work after graduation to meet admission requirements. A course must be identified by your high school as meeting a University of California A-G subject requirement to be considered college preparatory. We do not accept “P” as an eligible grade listed on your application and will ask for further clarification if used.

For more information about admission criteria, validation, or appropriate courses refer to the CSU Admissions Handbook (pdf) or the UC A-G list for your high school.

Regardless of GPA, all students must take an SAT Reasoning or ACT exam by no later than December of their senior year and submit any test scores to Chico.

We use the SAT Reasoning, Critical Reading and Math scores for admission decisions.

We use the ACT Composite score for admission decisions.

Students planning to attend CSU, Chico (or any CSU) are required to take the English Placement Test (EPT) and/or the Entry Level Math (ELM) test(s) unless they are exempt. This is not an admissions test and will not be used to determine eligibility; however this test is required for enrollment purposes.

New freshmen who are deemed not ready for college-level English and/or math after taking the EPT/ELM will need to start the remediation process no later than the summer before their first term. If it is determined that you need remediation in either area, you must take extra steps to address this requirement through the Early Start Program. Students will be notified throughout the process of application, admission, and registration about this requirement.

Types of Financial Aid

A financial aid package may consist of a combination of different types of aid. There are four basic types of financial aid:

Grants are funds that do not have to be repaid. Grants are based on need, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Scholarships are also awards that do not have to be repaid. Some scholarships may have a need component; however, scholarships generally are merit-based and reward students for academic excellence, leadership, performance in the arts or athletics, and/or community service.

Loans are funds that must be repaid, usually after graduation or upon leaving school. Federal student loans have lower interest rates than most commercial loans. Your first loan requires a master promissory note and entrance counseling before disbursement. You must complete an exit interview before you leave the University.

Work-Study provides part-time, on-campus job opportunities to financially eligible students.


Academic Programs: Index to Degrees, Majors and Undergraduate Major Academic Plans (MAP)

California State University, Chico offers over 300 undergraduate and graduate academic programs. These include 66 undergraduate majors in the liberal arts and in professional and technical areas. Many of our majors are divided into areas of specialization either as options. In addition students may choose from a wide variety of minors, teaching credentials, certificates, and graduate programs. Pre-professional advising is available in several areas for students who plan to continue on to professional schools.

The student-faculty ratio at California State University--Chico is 24:1, and the school has 28.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at California State University--Chico include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies; Social Sciences; and Visual and Performing Arts. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 86.5 percent.

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Welcome to Chico State: Advice for incoming first-year students

Student Life

Fraternities and Sororities Clubs

Alpha Gamma Rho

Alpha Sigma Phi

Kappa Sigma

Alpha Delta Pi

Alpha Gamma Delta

Alpha Phi



Basketball/Men & Women

Cross Country/Men & Women

Golf/Men & Women

Soccer/Men & Women

Track & Field/Men & Women



Harry Potter Club

Newman Catholic Center

Investors Club

Disc Golf Club

Theatre Club

Housing/Dining Services

Living On Campus

Advantages of living in residence halls include:

  • Leadership opportunities
  • Supportive study environment with study lounges and Internet access
  • Live-in student and professional staff to assist residents
  • Convenience
  • All-you-care-to-eat meal plans
  • On-site laundry facilities

Dining Services

Sutter Residential Dining Center
Our commitment, Dining Hours, Food Stations, Sutter Cafe, and Sutter Hall.

Main Stage
Serving breakfast, brunch, highlighted dish for the day. Check out the menu and open hours.

Hot Spot
Grill area with homemade burgers and tacos, french fry bar, and weekly specials. Check out the menu and open hours.

Homemade pizzas for lunch and dinner, menu and hours.

Fresh and Guilt
Salads, deli bar, homemade pastries, desserts. Menu and open hours.

Sutter Cafe
Late night hours, menu and hours.

Retail Dining Locations
Hungry? Track down the locations of additional snacks and drinks on campus.

Our Team
Who we are and how to contact us

Sutter Dining Reservation Guidline

Is This School For Me?

After careful consideration, I have come to the conclusion that this school is certainly one that will come to my last decision to which college I will attend in the fall of 2016. For one thing they have the major that I am looking into going towards which is Mechanical Engineering. This would make it easier for me when it comes to making my last decision because there are not many college that offer this major and if they do they are not ones that I applied to. I am also happy with the distance it is from where I live right now. It is not too far away to where I can come down and visit every couple of weeks. Though people may think I am going for the parties, I will actually try my best to stay focused on my career pathway and succeed in doing so.