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California State University - Chico Overview

Located in Chico, California, California State University - Chico is a public institution. The location of Chico State is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

What Is California State University - Chico Known For?

4,417 Undergraduate Awards
$28,440 Avg Cost After Aid
68% Acceptance Rate
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the master's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Chico State.
  • In 2017-2018, 56% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Chico State makes roughly $48,100 a year. This is 18% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.

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California State University - Chico Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Chico State.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#33 Most Popular Online Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#33 Most Popular Online Liberal Arts General Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#74 Best Nursing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Chico State has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#29 Best Value Colleges for Computer Information Systems College Factual
#55 Best Value Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences College Factual
#62 Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies College Factual
#62 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#77 Best Value Colleges for Social Sciences College Factual
#171 Best Nursing Schools Nursing Degree Search

Where Is California State University - Chico?

Location of California State University - Chico

Contact details for Chico State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: First And Normal Sts, Chico, CA 95929-0150
Phone: 530-898-6116
Website: www.csuchico.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/californiastateuniversitychico
Twitter: https://twitter.com/chicostate

How Do I Get Into Chico State?

You can apply to Chico State online at: https://www2.calstate.edu/apply

Admission Requirements for Chico State

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL neither required nor recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into Chico State?

68% Acceptance Rate
61% Of Accepted Are Women
85% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 68%, Chico State does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 39% of accepted students are men and 61% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 64%, and the acceptance rate for women is 71%.

Average Test Scores

About 85% of students accepted to Chico State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 500 and 590. Math scores were between 490 and 580.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for California State University - Chico  ( 500 to 590 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for California State University - Chico  ( 490 to 580 )
200
800
Chico State received ACT scores from 42% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 17 and 24. Math scores were between 18 and 25. Composite scores were between 19 and 25.

ACT English Scores for California State University - Chico  ( 17 to 24 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for California State University - Chico  ( 18 to 25 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for California State University - Chico  ( 19 to 25 )
1
36

Can I Afford California State University - Chico?

$28,440 Net Price
47% Take Out Loans
5.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Chico State is $28,440. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Chico State, approximately 47% of students took out student loans averaging $5,436 a year. That adds up to $21,744 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Chico State is 5.1%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

California State University - Chico Undergraduate Student Diversity

15,254 Full-Time Undergraduates
53% Women
49% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 16,483 undergraduate students at Chico State, with 15,254 being full-time and 1,229 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Chico State

There are also 1,095 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 15,254 full-time undergraduates at Chico State, 47% are male and 53% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Chico State

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of California State University - Chico students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Chico State Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 834
Black or African American 405
Hispanic or Latino 5,339
White 6,350
International Students 487
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,839

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at California State University - Chico. At this time, 17 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 50 countries are represented at Chico State. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Saudi Arabia, India, and China.

Online Learning at California State University - Chico

529 Took All Classes Online
5,332 Took At Least One Class Online
12.6% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 3 bachelor’s degree and 2 master’s degree programs available online at Chico State. In 2017-2018, 5,332 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Chico State has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 63rd most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Chico State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at California State University - Chico was 12.6%. This is the #1,171 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Chico State regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Chico State majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Education 23%
General Social Sciences 9%
Health Professions 1%
Nursing 3%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Chico State ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Chico State.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Sociology #16
Other Health Professions #16
General Social Sciences #22
Social Sciences #80
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #180
Liberal Arts General Studies #180
Nursing #249
Health Professions #403

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

California State University - Chico Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 720 37 757
General Psychology 266 27 293
Health & Physical Education 219 4 223
Criminal Justice & Corrections 195 0 195
Liberal Arts General Studies 189 0 189
Design & Applied Arts 164 0 164
Health Sciences & Services 143 0 143
Sociology 136 0 136
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 124 2 126
Communication & Media Studies 114 2 116
Nursing 110 4 114
Social Work 75 37 112
Teacher Education Grade Specific 111 0 111
Construction Engineering Technology 104 0 104
Computer Information Systems 96 0 96
Animal Science 89 0 89
General Biology 80 8 88
Communication Sciences 65 23 88
Nutrition Science 80 8 88
Mechanical Engineering 87 0 87
General Agriculture 86 0 86
Agricultural Economics & Business 83 0 83
General English Literature 68 13 81
Political Science & Government 73 4 77
General Social Sciences 69 5 74
Civil Engineering 69 0 69
Anthropology 52 7 59
Journalism 58 0 58
Computer Science 52 1 53
Engineering-Related Fields 53 0 53
Music 50 0 50
General Education 0 48 48
History 42 5 47
Fine & Studio Arts 44 3 47
Public Administration 20 20 40
Other Engineering 38 0 38
Romance Languages 37 0 37
Mathematics 32 0 32
Economics 32 0 32
International Relations & National Security 32 0 32
Area Studies 30 0 30
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 29 0 29
Electrical Engineering 28 0 28
Natural Resources Conservation 25 2 27
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 23 0 23
Drama & Theater Arts 20 0 20
Computer Engineering 13 4 17
Ethnic Studies 16 0 16
Geography & Cartography 16 0 16
Natural Sciences 14 0 14
Physics 12 0 12
Germanic Languages 11 0 11
Geological & Earth Sciences 8 2 10
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 8 8
Philosophy 7 0 7
Chemistry 7 0 7
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1 2 3
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 0
Botany/Plant Biology 0 0 0
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 0
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0
Industrial Production Technology 0 0 0
Writing Studies 0 0 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 0
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 0 0
Other Health Professions 0 0 0
Biological & Physical Science 0 0 0
Religious Studies 0 0 0
TOTAL 4,417 276 4,693

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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