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In 2013, Chico State was designated, for the sixth time in seven years, a member of the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, highlighting civic engagement activities. More Experience Excellence


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Planning & Goals

College Portrait

  • To view more information on the Chico State Community, the Chico State Experience, and the characteristics of the University check out our College Portrait.

Contact Information

Quick Facts

  • Chico State was founded in 1887, making it the second oldest CSU campus in the state.
  • 53% of Chico students are female; 
47% male.
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Largest Majors


  • Chico State received the best score possible on the U.S. Department of Education's College Scoreboard.
  • The University has been rated a top-10 regional public university in the West by U.S. News and World Report since 1998, when the rankings began.
  • Chico State was named to The Princeton Review’s 2014 "Green Honor Roll," receiving the highest possible score.


Black and white photo of Chico Normal School and color photo of new Student Services Center

In 1887 the California Legislature approved the creation of the Northern Branch of the State Normal School for the purpose of training and educating teachers. After much debate over which city would be selected for the new school site, Chico was chosen and construction began on the Chico Normal School, which opened its doors to 90 students in 1889. Throughout the years, the college grew and its name changed to reflect that growth—from Chico Normal School to Chico State Teachers College to Chico State College. In 1972, we became known as California State University, Chico. The University, commonly called "Chico State," now offers more than 100 undergraduate majors and options. Learn more about our history and traditions.

The main campus is situated on 119 acres in downtown Chico, but Chico State also owns a 1,050–acre farm and five acres of off-campus dorms about one mile from the main campus. The University also manages 3,950–acre Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve and the 300–acre Butte Creek Ecological Reserve.

Visitor Center

Students at an information table during Chico Experience Week.

The best way to learn about Chico State is to visit campus! Whether you have a few minutes or a few days, please enjoy your time on campus and experience all that Chico State has to offer.