California State University Chico

California State University Chico

California State University, Chico, also known as the Chico State or Cal State, Chico, is the second-oldest campus in the California State University System. The university opened on September 3, 1889 with a class of 90 students.

The university offers over 400 undergraduate and graduate academic programs to students. There are more than 60 undergraduate majors in the liberal arts and professional and technical areas. Students are also offered the option of choosing from a variety of minors, certificates, teaching credentials and graduate programs.

In the last decade, Cal State, Chico has consistently ranked among the Best Public Master's Level University in the West. In addition, the athletic department boasts of basketball, soccer, golf, cross-country, and track and field teams for both men and women. The men's baseball and swimming and diving teams, and the women's rugby team have won national championships for the university.

Disclaimer: Information on this page was not provided or commissioned by the featured school. Information has not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the featured school.

Contacting Cal State Chico

California State University-Chico
First and Normal Sts
Chico , CA 95929-0150
General Phone: (530) 898-6116

Cal State Chico Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts852American studies, Asian studies, Latin American studies, minority and gender studies, linguistics, German language, French language, Spanish language, English, ...
Business and Management533business management, business administration, accounting
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy291parks and recreation studies, health and physical education, exercise science, dietitian
Therapy and Counseling252psychology, communication disorders
Computer Science and Engineering170information technology, computer science, computer graphics, computer engineering
Engineering Technician133construction engineering tech
Family and Social Work120public administration, social work
Science117biology, biochemistry, microbiology, chemistry, geology, geological and earth sciences, physics
Engineering114civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, various engineering courses
Education and Teaching105education, instructional media design, early childhood education, foreign language teaching, math teaching
Design101design and visual communication
Media93communication studies, journalism
Nursing and Emergency Medicine86registered nursing
Security and Law Enforcement76criminal justice and safety
Agricultural Science and Management75agriculture, agricultural management
Art Studies69art studies
Music48music, various music studies
Medical Support and Technology40health service and sciences
Drama and Performing Arts19drama, stagecraft
Religion and Philosophy16philosophy, religion
Conservation and Resource Management13environmental studies
Fine Arts5fine arts
Architecture and Planning1urban planning

Number of programs and degrees for Cal State Chico in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree3,00566
Master's degree35331

Cal State Chico Student Body

In 2007-2008, Cal State Chico had a total enrollment of 17,034 students (15,828 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 48%
Women 52%
Full-Time 98%
Part-Time 2%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 91%
Graduate 9%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 65%
Black 2%
Hispanic 12%
Asian 6%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 11%
(Foreign Students) 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 26%
20-21 28%
22-24 26%
25-29 10%
30-34 3%
35-39 2%
40-49 2%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)2%

Cal State Chico Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 80 %
Part-Time 49 %

Cal State Chico Room and Board (2007)

Cal State Chico offers campus housing for 1,943 of its 15,828 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Chico, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 15 meals per week.

Cal State Chico Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal440550
SAT Math460570
ACT Verbal1824
ACT Math1825
ACT Composite1924

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordnot required
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT87%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT30%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Cal State Chico Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 4,008
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 14,178
Room and board $ 9,300
Room charge $ 5,976
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,712
Books and supplies $ 1,656
Other expenses $ 2,900

Financial Aid:
Cal State Chico participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 114600)

Cal State Chico Faculty

Cal State Chico has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track7671
Non-tenured and not on tenure track4522

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year13$118,3404$110,925
Associate professorcalendar year3$90,9444$93,102
Lecturercalendar year1*0*
No academic rankcalendar year0*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year17$114,1679$103,655

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year149$94,75872$91,940
Associate professoracademic year68$73,39149$72,048
Assistant professoracademic year69$61,02669$59,246
Lectureracademic year42$58,41320$58,768
No academic rankacademic year0*1*
All faculty totalacademic year328$78,578211$73,580

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Cal State Chico Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball California Collegiate Athletic Association
Baseball California Collegiate Athletic Association
Track California Collegiate Athletic Association

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports204363

Cal State Chico Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agricultural Business and Management, General
Agriculture, General

Architecture And Planning
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Graphics
Computer Science
Information Technology

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Design and Visual Communications, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other

Education And Teaching
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Foreign Language Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education

Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering, Other
Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Technician
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Asian Studies/Civilization
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International Relations and Affairs
Latin American Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Support And Technology
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General

Music, General
Music, Other

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
Health and Physical Education, General
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General
Microbiology, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Communication Disorders, General
Psychology, General

You are visiting:

Find a school near you

Cal State Chico Highlights

(Details are provided further down on this page.)

What Sets Cal State Chico Apart:

Number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 3%$pretty_college $award_cats{$char}
Number of students
(vs. all colleges)
Top 4%$pretty_college $award_cats{$char}
Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 5%Cal State Chico Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
% of degrees in design
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 7%Cal State Chico % of degrees in design
Salaries of full-time faculty
(vs. all colleges)
Top 10%Cal State Chico Salaries of full-time faculty
% of degrees in liberal arts
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 12%Cal State Chico % of degrees in liberal arts
% of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
(vs. all colleges)
Top 12%Cal State Chico % of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
% of degrees in art studies
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 14%Cal State Chico % of degrees in art studies
Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 16%Cal State Chico Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
% of degrees in music
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 19%Cal State Chico % of degrees in music
% of degrees in computer science and engineering
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 19%Cal State Chico % of degrees in computer science and engineering

checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Offers athletic scholarships
checked NCAA athletic conference member

Career and College Resources on CityTownInfo

Real-World Career Reports

Career Stories from workers: daily activities, job tips, best/worst job aspects, training, etc.
Daily Career & Education News from our staff. We're an approved Google News provider!

Career References and Original Articles

Resource Center. A starting point for all CityTownInfo career and college resources.
Career Overviews of hundreds of careers: descriptions, salaries, forecasts, schools, more.
Best Careers Not Requiring Degrees: Good pay, job growth, low need for degrees.
Helpful Articles, many in "how-to" format; e.g., "How to Become a Chef".
Infographics covering employment and educational trends.

College Directories and Lists

These lists link to thousands of detailed school profiles.

Colleges by State. Nearly every college and trade school in the country.
Colleges Listed Alphabetically. About 7,000 colleges & trade schools, including online schools.
Colleges by Major City. Browse cities with multiple college options.
Online Colleges. Colleges with online degree programs.
Graduate Schools by State. Colleges offering graduate degree programs.
Graduate Schools by Major City. Find cities with multiple graduate school options.
Back to Top