A University That Leads

When Northern and Central California law enforcement need expert examination in criminal and cold cases, they turn to the Human Identification Lab at Chico State. The Department of Anthropology Forensics Field School boasts nearly half of all board-certified forensic anthropologists in the state, and their caseloads have quadrupled since 2009. For no charge, professors and students provide field recoveries, lab investigation, and critical testimony in high-profile and heart-wrenching cases for local, state, and federal agencies in situations ranging from murders to mass disasters.

Chico State prides itself on being a top-value university, helping non-wealthy and first-generation students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices and boasting an average student debt lower than the national trend.

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Money Magazine selected Chico State as one of its “100 Best Colleges for Your Money” after ranking more than 700 colleges across the nation for educational quality, affordability, and alumni career earnings. The University not only placed in the top 15 percent but led all 23 campuses in the CSU system while also ranking eighth in Money’s “50 Colleges That Add the Most Value” and 40th in its “50 Best Public Colleges” national lists.

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Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015, Upward Bound marked a milestone in partnering with under-resourced schools to expose students to college and prepare them for higher education. Over a half-century, nearly 3,000 North State high school students have received services from the national program.

Top–10 regional public university in the West
—U.S. News & World Report, 1998–2016

Washington Monthly ranked Chico State No. 28 in the West in its “Best Bang for the Buck Colleges.” The University also placed in the top 15 percent of Washington Monthly’s “College Guide Rankings 2015.” We came in No. 96 among 673 master’s degree-granting universities.

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Chico State is now a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution(HSI), with 28 percent of enrolled students identifying as Hispanic or Latino. To support the growing diversity of our student body, the University established a position in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion charged with carrying out HSI initiatives.

Chico State ranks No. 10 among the Peace Corps’ top volunteer-producing Hispanic-serving institutions. With 15 alumni currently serving, more than 625 alumni from Chico State have traveled abroad to serve as volunteers since the government program’s founding in 1961.

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Among our 100 undergraduate and graduate degrees, several proudly claim 100 percent job placement rates, including accounting, school psychology, agricultural science and education, sustainable manufacturing, and communication sciences and disorders.

Distance and Online Education’s BA in Sociology program was ranked No. 14 in the US by TheBestSchools.org, as students and faculty focus on addressing the problems of contemporary society.

A group of REACH program students play a game

The Raising Educational Achievement in Collaborative Hubs (REACH) program was selected as the 2015 recipient of the Nicholas Michelli Award for Promoting Social Justice by the National Network for Educational Renewal. REACH serves low-income and first-generation college students in an effort to improve learning conditions for all students.