A University That Leads

Thanks to a $4.2 million five-year grant, underrepresented students like geology major Angelica Rodriguez are leading extensive research projects in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The Hispanic-Serving Institution STEM grant from the US Department of Education supports agriculture, natural sciences, and engineering, computer science, and construction management students who identify as low-income or Hispanic. The funds make possible projects like Rodriguez’s to investigate the little-studied geothermal patterns of Lassen Volcanic National Park. Other students are restoring salmon habitats, studying the effects of vibration on seed germination, and researching biodegradable plastics to turn waste into energy.

The 1st Gen Faculty and Staff Association hosted a first-of-its-kind conference to recognize and support first-generation students. More than half of Chico State undergraduates identify as first-generation because neither of their parents completed a four-year university degree.

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U.S. News & World Report has listed us in its top 10 of master’s level public universities in the western United States every year since 1998

The Campus Alcohol and Drug Education Center has trained more than 6,500 students in bystander intervention through the Wildcat Reach Out And Respond (ROAR) program.

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In 2017, Chico State was named a Voter Friendly Campus because of our promotion of civic engagement and providing students with resources and education. We are the only public university in California and one of just four institutions in the state to earn the designation.

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In its second year of competing in Outdoor Nation’s “Most Outdoorsy School” competition, Chico State finished in fifth place out of nearly 100 schools nationwide. The six-week challenge encourages students to get outside and get active. 

Chico State students’ pass rate for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Exam is one of the highest pass rates achieved by any access university in California—higher than some top research and private universities.

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Chico State’s Center for Healthy Communities partnered with the Office of the Chancellor in a systemwide effort to put a dent in food insecurity and conduct CalFresh Outreach with students at 11 of the 23 CSU campuses.

The first CSU to earn a Jed Seal in recognition of our mental health work, Chico State bolstered its mental health prevention efforts and commitment to campus wellness by joining the Jed Foundation in 2017, kicking off a comprehensive four-year campus program.

"Best Bang for the Buck"

Washington Monthly highlighted us for "helping non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices."