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Colleges / California State University, Chico

California State University, Chico

Chico, CA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate85%
Acceptance Rate85%

About CSU Chico

California State University, Chico Overview

California State University, Chico is a public, state school in the small town setting of Chico, California. CSU Chico was founded in 1887 and currently enrolls around 15,421 students per year year, including 14,406 undergraduate students. CSU Chico ensures on-campus housing for up to 2,308 students. Most students live in off campus housing.

📆 Mark your calendar! December 15, 2023 is the final deadline to submit an application for the Fall 2023 semester. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should find out if they have been admitted by December 1.

Student Activities at CSU Chico

Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of CSU Chico's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? CSU Chico students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in Greek life? CSU Chico has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? CSU Chico has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at CSU Chico on the Student Life page.

2022 CSU Chico Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 85%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.4
In-State Tuition $7,864
Out-of-State $17,400
Percent of Need Met 63%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $11,286

Is CSU Chico a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a look at these factors to get a better idea of what CSU Chico offers and if the school seems like a good fit for you.

CSU Chico Acceptance Rate 2022

It is moderately difficult to get into CSU Chico. CSU Chico admitted 85% of all applicants in 2022. Last year, 19,990 students applied to CSU Chico and 17,056 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at CSU Chico

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. Retention measures how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

About 81% of students who start at CSU Chico return the next year. 65% of CSU Chico undergrads graduate within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outlook CSU Chico Graduates

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from CSU Chico by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads. Within six months of graduating, 52% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent CSU Chico grads have an average starting salary of $55,867 a year. The average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year, though these numbers vary widely by major.

California State University, Chico's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of California State University, Chico's endowment was $90 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. The school spends $7,133 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at CSU Chico

Tuition cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

CSU Chico meets 63% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend CSU Chico full-time are awarded $11,286 a year in financial aid, on average.

Students in the class of 2022 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $5,696 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at CSU Chico.

Based on this information, does CSU Chico seem like a good fit? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is CSU Chico a good school for you?

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Where is CSU Chico?

CSU Chico is located in the small town setting of Chico, California.

If you want to see CSU Chico for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take Highway 99 to Chico, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Chico Municipal.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what CSU Chico and Chico are like without leaving home.

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College Info

400 West First Street Chico, CA 95929-0722

Campus Setting: Small Town

CSU Chico Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Dec 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Dec 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to CSU Chico is Dec 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to CSU Chico is Dec 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

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CSU Chico Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at CSU Chico is like? There are approximately 15,421 students enrolled at CSU Chico, including 14,406 undergraduate students and 1,015 graduate students. 90% percent of students attend school full-time, 99% percent are from CA and 1% percent of students are from other states.


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