Admission Requirements

College Preparatory Courses Required (“A-G” Requirements)

Years RequiredSubject
4 yearsEnglish
3 yearsMathematics
(algebra, geometry, algebra 2; sometimes referred to as intermediate algebra)
2 yearsSocial science
(including one year of US history or one semester of US history and one semester of US government)
2 yearsScience with a laboratory
(one life science and one physical science)
2 yearsForeign language
(the same language)
1 yearVisual and performing arts
(one single yearlong course or two semester-long courses within the same discipline)
1 yearCollege preparatory elective

Complete above courses with a C or better. We do not accept summer work after graduation to meet admission requirements. A course must be identified by your high school as meeting a University of California A-G subject requirement to be considered college preparatory. We do not accept “P” as an eligible grade listed on your application and will ask for further clarification if used.

For more information about admission criteria, validation, or appropriate courses refer to the CSU Admissions Handbook (PDF) (pdf) or the UC A-G list for your high school.

Understanding Impaction Criteria and Admission Areas

CSU, Chico is impacted for freshmen applicants. Applicants from the local admission area must have a minimum CSU eligibility index of a 2950 using the SAT Reasoning Test or a 694 using the ACT composite score.  Nonresidents will have a minimum eligibility index of 3570.

Local admission area: Students who graduate from high school from one of the following counties or school districts: Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Yuba and four school districts in Trinity: Mountain Valley, Southern Trinity, Trinity Alps and Trinity High School, are considered our local admission area.

We will have an increased eligibility index (from the traditional CSU minimum eligibility index of a 2950) for students outside of our local admission area. Applicants will be "rank ordered" by eligibility index. Admission offers will be made in descending order until the freshmen class is full. We will not know the final index cut off until we are able to review the characteristics of the entire applicant pool.

Outside of our local admission area: Students who graduate high school from a county or school district in California that are not identified above are considered outside of our local admission area.

Impacted Majors: Selecting an impacted major will not affect an applicant's chances of being admitted to Chico State. Students interested in an impacted major are encouraged to visit the following webpages to learn more about major requirements.

Calculating Your High School Grade Point Average (GPA)

For admission purposes in an impacted cycle, to calculate your GPA, use grades received in college preparatory courses during 10th and 11th grades. Courses completed in the summer after 9th and/or 11th grade can also be used in the calculation.

Up to eight additional grade points can be awarded for approved honors, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or college-level courses. Honors courses taken in 10th grade need to be AP, IB, or designated as junior or senior level in order to be awarded up to two points. All courses need to be approved and listed on the UC "A-G" list. More information about honors courses can be found in the CSU Admissions Handbook (PDF).

Note: Due to impaction, we do not use grades earned, in progress or planned in the 12th grade for the initial application review. If you are repeating a course in 12th grade that you previously earned a grade during 10th or 11th grade, the original grade needs to be reported on your application.

Required Tests for Admissions

Regardless of GPA, all students must take an SAT Reasoning or ACT exam by no later than December of their senior year and submit all test scores to Chico.

For the SAT Reasoning, we use the Evidence Based Reading & Writing and Math scores for admission decisions.

For the ACT, we use the Composite score for admission decisions.

Your index is a combination of your test scores and your 10th - 11th grade college prep GPA. In order to calculate, use the following equations for either SAT or ACT scores.

Using SAT Reasoning Test scores (math and EBRW/critical reading only):

(Your GPA  x  800) + (Your SAT Reasoning Test total) = Your Index
Example  (3.2 GPA  x  800) + (550+560=1110 SAT) = 3670 Index

Using ACT composite score:

(Your GPA  x 200) + (10 x ACT Composite) = Your Index
Example  (3.2 GPA x 200) + (10 x 24) =  880 Index

Local admission area applicants must have a minimum CSU eligibility index of a 2950 using SAT Reasoning Test or 694 using ACT scores.

Outside of our local admission area applicants will have an elevated index due to impaction. We will not know the index cut off until we have reviewed the characteristics of the entire applicant pool.