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Colleges / California State University, Chico

California State University, Chico

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

CSU Chico Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to CSU Chico, the regular decision application deadline is December 15 and the fee for the application costs $70.

Students who apply to CSU Chico for fall semester should receive an admissions decision no later than December 1.

CSU Chico Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of CSU Chico's admissions stats.

CSU Chico 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.4
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 35%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are not considered
Waitlist No

California State University, Chico Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for California State University, Chico.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action No –– ––
Regular Decision Yes December 15 December 1

Applying Early to CSU Chico?

CSU Chico does not offer early decision or early action.

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

More on California State University, Chico Admissions

Is CSU Chico Hard To Get Into?

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

In 2021, CSU Chico accepted 85% of students, about 17,056 from the 19,990 applicants.

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.

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

Transferring to California State University, Chico

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to CSU Chico

CSU Chico has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does CSU Chico Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at CSU Chico

What does CSU Chico consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Geographical Residence Important
State Residency Important

Make sure to check with CSU Chico for more information on admission factors.

CSU Chico 2022-2023 Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Other Requirements GPA from 10th/11th grade college preparatory courses
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

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%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At California State University, Chico, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA ––
3.75 and 3.99 21%
3.50 and 3.74 18%
3.25 and 3.49 21%
3.00 and 3.24 20%
2.50 and 2.9 19%
2.00 and 2.49 1%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to CSU Chico directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

CSU Chico does not consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

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.

More Information on 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 December 15. Applicants should hear back by December 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

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

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

Do I have to submit test scores to CSU Chico?

✅ CSU Chico is not test optional. Test scores will not be considered during the admissions process, even if you submit them.

What is CSU Chico's acceptance rate?

✅ CSU Chico has an acceptance rate of 85%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at CSU Chico?

❌ CSU Chico does not offer early decision.

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CSU Chico Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into CSU Chico? CSU Chico is a somewhat selective institution. The CSU Chico acceptance rate is 85%. This means that the institution accepts 85 out of every 100 applicants.


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

CSU Chico SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

Not available


Reading SAT Range

Not available


Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At CSU Chico, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.37. 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.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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