#15 Best Public Universities in California

California State University Chico

Chico, California

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California State University Chico overview
Location Chico, California
Online csuchico.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Small City
California State University Chico overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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California State University-Chico, located in Chico, California, presents a unique blend of historical and educational heritage. Founded in 1887, it is the second oldest campus in the 23-campus California State University system and is situated about 90 miles north of Sacramento. The campus is distinguished by its consistent use of red brick in Romanesque Revival style architecture, providing a visually cohesive and aesthetically pleasing environment. CSU Chico offers a spectrum of undergraduate and graduate programs, with notable strengths in business, engineering, and nursing. The university practices moderate selectivity in admissions. On-campus living is facilitated through a variety of residence halls, aiming to cater to student housing needs conveniently close to academic and administrative services. While the university has a range of athletic programs, it does not emphasize athletics as a defining characteristic.

In the most recent statistical year 21,417 prospective students applied, and 20,347 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 2,020 enrolled in the school.  12,306 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,877 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $5,742 plus fees of $2,230. CSU is ranked 659 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












CSU is rated within the lower 46% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Very Easy
California State University Chico overview
SAT 970/1170
ACT 18/24
GPA 3.37

Applications Accepted

California State University Chico overview
Applications Due Dec 15, 2023
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $70

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Annual Cost to Attend

California Resident Tuition

In State Costs for California State University Chico
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,210
Other Fees$2,230
Room and Board $15,212
Budget for Other Expenses$2,334
Total One Year Cost$26,728

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for California State University Chico
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,210
Other Fees$2,230
Room and Board $15,212
Budget for Other Expenses$2,334
Total One Year Cost$38,608

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$52,400 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

59% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by California State University Chico students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 17%
Social Sciences 9%
Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 8%
Visual and Performing Arts 8%
Health Professions 8%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=110538 IPEDS survey data for California State University Chico.

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