High School Students

  • For more information about CSU, Chico, sign up for a fastPASS account.
  • If you attend a public California high school, review your school’s A-G list for approved courses.
    • If you attend an out-of-state high school, use the A-G requirement list as a guide.
    • Important: BYU online high school has an A-G list. We will only accept approved courses found on their list.
  • If you are a local area 11th or 12th grader, check out the High School Scholars program for opportunities to take CSU, Chico courses while in high school.
  • Note: If you are a US citizen (domestic student) attending an international high school or foreign International Baccalaureate (IB) program, we recommend you contact our office prior to applying. You may not meet the admissions requirements from your program alone and/or may require case-by-case admission guidance.
  • If you have any questions, please contact our office at (800) 542-4426, (530) 898-6321, or email info@csuchico.edu.

You are in 9th Grade

  • Begin work on college preparatory courses also called A-G requirements. English, algebra 1 or geometry, and foreign language should be in your schedule.
  • Consider taking the ACT Explore test for ACT preparation.
  • Begin researching colleges and plan potential visits during the summer. Use tools on CaliforniaColleges, CSUMentor, College Board and ACT websites.
  • Start exploring scholarships through your college counselor or career center.

You are in 10th Grade

  • Continue working on A-G requirements. English, geometry or algebra 2, foreign language, life science and other A-G subjects should be in your schedule.
  • Aim for A’s and B’s in your courses. Starting with the summer after 9th grade, any A-G courses in 10th grade will be calculated into your GPA for admission at CSU, Chico.
  • Take the PSAT or ACT Plan exams to prepare for the SAT or ACT tests.
  • Attend your high school or district’s college night typically held in September-November where college representatives are available.
  • Research colleges and plan potential visits during the summer. Use the internet, guidance counselors, CaliforniaColleges, CSUMentor, College Board, ACT or other tools to narrow down your college options.
  • Start exploring scholarships through your career center or college counselor. Consider joining the California Scholarship Federation (CSF) or the National Honor Society (NHS) if eligible.

You are in 11th Grade

  • Continue working on A-G requirements. English, US History, algebra 2 or advanced math, physical science, and other A-G requirements should be in your schedule. You should have most of your A-G requirements completed by the end of 11th grade.
  • Aim for A’s and B’s in your courses. Your GPA for an initial admission decision is based on grades earned in all A-G courses during 10th and 11th grade.
  • Again, at Chico, for an initial decision, GPA does not include 7th semester (12th grade) grades. Your GPA has been determined when you apply during 12th grade. Consider what you can do to maximize your GPA or repeat courses no later than summer before 12th grade. If your high school or district does not offer summer school, contact us to discuss possible online options.
  • Attend Chico Preview Day on a Saturday in mid-October. Attend your high school or district’s college night typically held sometime in September-November where college representatives are available. Or sign up for presentations from college representatives that visit your school.
  • Consider taking an ACT or SAT in the spring. Testing early can help determine your competitiveness and allow you evaluate what you can do to increase your scores on future tests. At Chico, we will allow you to test through December of your senior year.
  • Take the Common Core testing seriosuly as these results may exempt you from future placements exams at any CSU campus.
  • Start saving money for upcoming application fees, testing fees and college application related expenses.
  • Research colleges and plan potential visits during holidays, spring breaks and/or summer. Try to narrow your list to your top 5 schools and visit, explore and research. Identify your interests and what you may want to major in. Use the internet, counselors, CaliforniaColleges, CSUMentor, College Board, ACT or other tools to narrow down your college options.
  • Start exploring and applying for scholarships through your career center or college counselor. Consider joining the California Scholarship Federation (CSF) or the National Honor Society (NHS).

You are in 12th Grade

  • Visit Want to Apply? for information on how to apply to Chico and eligibility requirements. Research other application timeframes and get materials ready (transcripts, test scores, application fees, etc.) Review Already Applied? after submitting your application for what to do next for Admissions at Chico. 
  • Be on track to complete your A-G requirements by graduation. Aim for A’s and B’s in your courses. Finish off strong as all admission offers are conditional and dependent on you meeting all requirements and deadlines stated. 
  • If you are struggling in any of your courses, get in contact with our office ASAP. We may be able to preserve your admission if you act quickly. If you wait until the last minute to inform us of any issues there may be little that you can do to remain eligible.
  • Since your GPA is determined at the time of application (see 11th grade for explanation,) the only way to increase your index (competitiveness in the applicant pool,) is to take or re-take SAT or ACT tests. Consider taking SAT or ACT tests in October, November and/or December to improve your scores. 
  • Attend Chico Preview Day on a Saturday in mid-October and attend your high school or district’s college night typically held sometime in September-November where college representatives are available.
  • Apply for CSU, Chico specific scholarships online from January 2 thru February 15. After you apply, your acknowledgement email will provide you instructions on setting up your Portal account. Ask teachers and counselors well in advance for letters of recommendation and help on essay questions. Additionally, explore scholarships through your high school, community, county, state or national programs.

Understanding Impaction

  • CSU, Chico is impacted to first-time freshmen. Meaning, there are more CSU eligible students than there is space available at Chico. In order to maintain a high quality education and ensure that students can progress towards graduation, we have elevated standards for students applying to as first-time freshmen from high schools outside of our local admission area. 
  • We do not know what index cutoffs we will use until we see the applicant pool. Applications are rank-ordered based on index and processed. This will take months to determine as we work through thousands of application files. Indexes for non-local admission area students will be higher than the 2900 or 694 CSU index minimum.
  • Many CSU's are impacted at both campus and major level requiring higher standards to be admitted. Before you apply, we recommend you research what campuses are impacted for the upcoming academic year. Check out the impaction by campus or major tool and local admission area definitions for more information.
  • First-time Freshmen: Admission decisions will begin being mailed out in October and continue on a rolling basis through April*. Make sure to send all test scores (SAT, ACT, EAP, AP, IB, etc.)
  • *Subject to change based on the volume of applications received.

Is Chico State a fit for you?

Finding the right college can be a challenging yet rewarding process. We hope this list helps you see why students choose Chico State!

Academics

  • Programs- More than 100 majors, minors, certificates, options or patterns to choose from!
  • Dedicated Faculty- Faculty hold office hours for every course they teach; faculty-to-student ratio 25:1; Average class size 30; 84% hold Doctorates or Terminal degrees in their field of study.
  • Hands-On Learning- Internships, job opportunities, volunteering, lab environments, real-world connections and projects, opportunities to work closely with faculty doing relevant and applicable research in a variety of fields.

Involvement

  • Clubs and Organizations- Over 200 student-run groups. Can't find something to get involved in? Create it!
  • Volunteer- Through CAVE, students volunteer over 60,000 hours a year through 15 different programs. The highest ranked school for fundraising efforts to St. Jude's Children's Hospital through Up 'Til Dawn. President's Honor Roll award for service for the 5th time in 6 years. 
  • Leadership- AS government, Freshmen Leadership Opportunities, LEADCat, Wildcat Leadership Institute, honor societies and clubs specific to majors, and a wide variety of other opportunities to shine as a leader.
  • Study Abroad- Ranked third in the nation for sending students abroad for a year. Many opportunities to study abroad for a year, a semester, a summer or a few weeks. 
  • Greek life- around 14% of students participate in national or local Greek organizations.

Campus

  • Natural Beauty- Big Chico Creek runs through campus, designated arboretum (tree museum,) brick buildings, and collegiate architecture.
  • Tradition- Opened in 1887, Chico State is the second oldest CSU in the system. Generations of students have followed in relative's footsteps and become one of our 100,000 alumni.
  • Community- located in Northern California, Chico the town has more than 80,000 people. Chico State has a true college-town feel and is adjacent to the downtown area. Many opportunities for students to participate in community events, projects and service learning.
  • Sustainability- Leaders in the CSU for sustainability. LEED Certified buildings, organic dairy farm, local or organic produce and goods sold on campus and in dining facilities, AS recycling diverts tons of trash each year, and a pledge to be zero waste in the near future!

Recreation

  • Athletics- 13 NCAA Division II teams. High achieving student athletes and athletic programs. Club sports for the more competitive and intramural sports for fun and recreation.
  • WREC- Wildcat Recreation facility opened in 2009 and is included in student tuition fees.
  • Bidwell Park- 3,670 acre municipal park located close to campus for swimming, hiking, biking, walking, or relaxing with friends.
  • Adventure Outings- Student led trips for reduced costs throughout California. Learn how to surf, hike to remote locations, camp, swim, and explore the beautiful environment around us.