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Chances of getting into California State University Chico

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
90%
Admission Difficulty for California State University Chico
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Easy 
Applicant Competition Very Low 
How hard is it to get into CSU and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at CSU is 90%.  It ranks #94 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. California State University Chico is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 18,034 out of 19,999 applicants were admitted.

The school has easy admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 64 percent (SAT 970/1170 ACT 18/24). California State University Chico typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.41. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 13% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The CSU application fee is $70 and applications are due by Nov 30.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. California State University Chico is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

CSU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
970-1170
Applicants Submitting SAT 
89%
SAT Scores for California State University Chico
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 490
SAT Math 25th 480
SAT Composite 25th 970
SAT Scores for California State University Chico
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 590
SAT Math 75th 580
SAT Composite 75th 1170
Average SAT Score 1070

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to California State University Chico?

California State University Chico typically prefers applicants to be in the top 66 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 970 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 870. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1070 out of 1600. CSU ranks #43 in California for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 89 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

California State University Chico admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1170 and Above Good >94%
1070 to 1170 Avg + 90%-94%
970 to 1070 Avg - 83%-90%
870 to 970 Reach 71%-83%
Less than 870 Low <71%
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CSU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
18-24 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
36%
ACT Scores for California State University Chico
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 16
ACT Math 25th 17
ACT Composite 25th 18
ACT Scores for California State University Chico
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 24
ACT Math 75th 24
ACT Composite 75th 24
Average ACT Score 21

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into CSU?

Admission data indicates that CSU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 18 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 62 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 15 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 21 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 24 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #43 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 36 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to California State University Chico.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

California State University Chico admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
24 and Above Good >94%
21 to 24 Avg + 90%-94%
18 to 21 Avg - 83%-90%
15 to 18 Reach 71%-83%
Less than 15 Low <71%
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CSU GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.41
Typical High School Grades 
B+

What GPA do you need to get into California State University Chico?

Applicants require above average high school grades to get into CSU. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at California State University Chico was 3.41 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #57 in California for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.41 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as CSU accepts 90% of all applicants.

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GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

76% of California State University Chico freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted California State University Chico students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 35%
Top 25% of class 76%
Top 50% of class 100%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

California State University Chico admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 12,103 7,896 19,999
Accepted 11,052 6,982 18,034
Acceptance Rate 91% 88% 90%
Enrolled 1,319 997 2,316
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 12% 14% 13%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Nov 30, 2022
Days left to Apply
67

Applicants have 67 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Nov 30, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to California State University Chico is $70.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to California State University Chico and what student information is used for admission decisions?

California State University Chico Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at California State University Chico
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

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

FAQs

Does California State University Chico prefer SAT or ACT?

89% of students submit their SAT scores to CSU. 36% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into California State University Chico?

90% of those who apply are granted admission to CSU. Admission competition is and the college has easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for California State University Chico?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 970 and 1170. 89% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for California State University Chico?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 18 and 24. 36% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.