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Colleges / California State University, Chico

CSU Chico Admissions

If you are considering submitting an applicationto CSU Chico, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is August 31 and the fee for the application is $70. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

Students who apply for Fall should hear back from CSU Chico by March 1.

Considering Applying Early to CSU Chico?

California State University, Chico does not offer early decision or early action..

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How To Get Into California State University, Chico

CSU Chico is amoderately difficult school to get into. CSU Chico evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, CSU Chico **accepted 72% of students, around 18,740 of the 25,908 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like CSU Chico, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT. Admissions to nursing, recording arts programs is program very difficult.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult. For applicants who are not residents of California, getting into California State University, Chico is very difficult.

What Does CSU Chico Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at CSU Chico

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Not Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Not Considered
Geographical Residence Important
Class Rank Not Considered
Work Experience Not Considered
Extracurricular Activities Not Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Not Considered
First Generation Not Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Not Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Not Considered
State Residency Important
Talent/Ability Not Considered
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Not Considered

CSU Chico 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to CSU Chico must submit the following items. Double check with CSU Chico's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Other Requirements GPA from 10th/11th grade college preparatory courses
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into CSU Chico?

Students admitted to CSU Chico have an average unweighted GPA of 3.4.

Out of all students that were admitted, 50% submitted a class rank. At CSU Chico 35% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 76% were in the top 25% and 100% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At California State University, Chico, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 50%

CSU Chico is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 90% of CSU Chico's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 28% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for CSU Chico?

To be competitive with other CSU Chico applicants, you should strive to earn between 1000 and 1170 (or higher!) on the SAT. At CSU Chico 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1170 and 25% of scored lower than 1000, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a CSU Chico student is 539.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of CSU Chico students scored 590 or higher and 75% of students scored 500 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of CSU Chico students scored 590 or higher, and 75% scored a 500 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for CSU Chico?

To be most competitive at CSU Chico, you should strive to earn between 18 and 24 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 24 means you fall in the 75th percentile for CSU Chico's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 24, and three out of four students scored lower than 24 on the ACT.

A 18 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for CSU Chico students. Only one out of every four students scored below 18.

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Transferring to California State University, Chico

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to CSU Chico.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is August 31. Applicants should hear back by March 1.

Transfer students can enroll in CSU Chico during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term

CSU Chico Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to CSU Chico?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to CSU Chico.

Does CSU Chico accept transfer credits?

CSU Chico accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. CSU Chico accepts:

CLEP subject tests DSST/DANTES Life Long Learning Credit ACE recommendations for credit

Does CSU Chico accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

CSU Chico accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to CSU Chico?

CSU Chico. is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

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CSU Chico Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective

72%

How hard is it to get into CSU Chico? CSU Chico is a somewhat selective institution. The CSU Chico acceptance rate is 72%. This means that the institution accepts 72 out of every 100 applicants.

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CSU Chico Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 31

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 31

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to CSU Chico is Aug 31.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to CSU Chico is Aug 31.

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

CSU Chico ACT Scores

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ACT Range

18 - 24

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

24 and Above

Good

18 to 24

Avg

18 and Less

Low

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to CSU Chico is 21. Students with an ACT score of 24 and above have a good chance of getting into CSU Chico. Students with an ACT score that falls between 18 and 24 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 18 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

CSU Chico SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

1000 - 1170

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Math SAT Range

490 - 590

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Reading SAT Range

500 - 590

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1170 and Above

Good

1000 to 1170

Avg

1000 and Less

Low

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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for CSU Chico students is 539. Applicants with SAT scores of 1170 and above have a good chance of being admitted to CSU Chico, while applicants with SAT scores between 1000 to 1170 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1000 have a low chance of being offered a spot at CSU Chico.

CSU Chico GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.41

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At CSU Chico, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.41. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

16,630

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

72%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$7,806

Out-of-State

$19,686

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Aug 31
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