California State University - Chico

Chico, CA

Brief Description

Based on a main 119-rural campus in the small college town of Chico in northern California with its own 1,050-acre farm and 3,950-acre ecological reserve, California State University – Chico is a comprehensive residential public institution. Home to more than 16,450 students in a diverse community, Chico State is recognized for having one of the highest freshman graduation rates in the state university system.

First established in 1887 by the California Legislature as the Northern Branch of the State Normal School for training educators, California State University at Chico has the distinction of being the second oldest institution in the statewide system. As Chico State has evolved throughout the years, the university has been accredited by the Western Association of Colleges and Schools (WASC) to offer more than 100 undergraduate major programs.

With an outstanding reputation for academic excellence in the region, Chico State is currently ranked as the 42nd best college and 10th top public school in the West with the 41st best online bachelor's degrees in the entire nation by the U.S. News and World Report. Among the most popular degree programs are business information systems, exercise physiology, mechatronics, social work, speech pathology, nursing, and fine arts.

Along with the plentiful world music festivals, concert series, museums, and parks that the vibrant town of Chico offers, the university is home to more than 200 recognized student clubs. As members of the NCAA Division II California Collegiate Athletic Association, the Chico State Wildcats also compete in over a dozen varsity sports. Among the most notable former Wildcats are actress Amanda Detmer, Olympian Horace Dove-Edwin, CEO Ken Grossman, producer Matt Olmstead, and MLB player Dale Thayer.

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At A Glance

Total undergraduate enrollment: 13907

Total institution enrollment: 15912

School type: 4-year public

School classification: Master's Colleges and Universities I: These institutions typically offer a wide range of baccalaureate programs, and they are committed to graduate education through the master's degree. They award 40 or more master's degrees per year across three or more disciplines.

Campus Location

Main Address

California State University - Chico
First And Normal Sts
Chico, CA 95926


(530) 898-6116


Undergraduate Demographics

Male undergraduate population: 47%

Female undergraduate population: 53%

Undergrad visible minorities: No Data

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered: Bachelor's, Master's

Agricultural Business And Management
Agriculture / Agricultural Sciences Other
American Studies / Civilization
Arts And Design
Asian Studies
Biology General
Botany General
Business Administration And Management
Business General
Chemistry General
City / Urban Community And Regional Planning
Civil Engineering General
Civil Engineering Other
Communication Disorders General
Communications General
Computer And Information Sciences General
Computer Engineering
Drama / Theater Arts General
Economics General
Education General
Educational / Instructional Media Design
Electrical Electronics And Communication
Engineering Other
English Language And Literature General
Environmental Science / Studies
Ethnic And Cultural Studies Other
Exercise Sciences / Physiology And Movement
Fine / Studio Arts
Foods And Nutrition Studies General
Foreign Languages Teacher Education
French Language And Literature
German Language And Literature
Health Professions And Related Sciences
History General
Home Economics General
Humanities / Humanistic Studies
Industrial Manufacturing Technology / Technician
Information Sciences And Systems
International Relations And Affairs
Latin American Studies
Liberal Arts And Sciences / Liberal Studies
Mechanical Engineering
Microbiology / Bacteriology
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Other
Music General
Nursing Other
Parks Recreation And Leisure Studies
Physical Education Teaching And Coaching
Physical Sciences General
Physics General
Political Science And Government General
Pre Elementary Early Childhood Kindergarten
Psychology General
Public Administration
Religion / Religious Studies
Social Sciences General
Social Work
Spanish Language And Literature
Speech And Rhetorical Studies
Technology / Industrial Arts Teacher