Program Information and Statistics

Top Ranked Program

We have an exceptional five-semester program leading to a bachelor’s degree in nursing.  We admit 40 students each fall and spring semester. Because of a long history of having more applicants than can be accommodated, admission to the CSU, Chico School of Nursing is impacted and supplemental selection criteria assessed using a point system to determine admission.

Licensing Disclosure

Admission into programs leading to licensure does not guarantee that students will obtain a license. Licensure requirements are set by agencies not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., social security number or taxpayer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs, to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure requirements. Information concerning licensure requirements are available from California State University, Chico, School of Nursing Director, Trinity Hall Room 121, Chico, CA 95929-0200, 530-898-5891.

Admission Policies for CSU, Chico Nursing

  • CA Residency: Applications from California residents and students eligible to pay in-state tuition are considered prior to non-resident applications.
  • Local preference: Currently, all CSU Chico students and new transfer students have equal consideration in terms of admission to the nursing program. Beginning with the fall 2019 application (due during the spring 2019 semester), priority will be given to applicants from our local admission area. Further details regarding this policy will be available once finalized.
  • Provisional Acceptance: Acceptance into the basic nursing program is provisional until final transcripts are reviewed for meeting minimum GPA requirements in all areas as specified in the admission criteria. Furthermore, for final acceptance to the nursing program, any applicant accepting a seat must pass a drug screen consistent with California Board of Registered Nursing guidelines for safe nursing practice, and a background check.

Pre-Nursing vs. Nursing Major

Upon application to the University through the  Cal State Apply online process, applicants select Nursing as the intended major. Through this process, applicants are automatically placed in the pre-nursing designation. Once an applicant has submitted a supplemental NursingCAS application and a seat in the nursing program is offered and accepted, the Pre-Nursing Advisor will initiate a change from the Pre-Nursing designation to the Nursing major.

Post Baccalaureates Accepted

Though the university does not normally accept second-degree applicants, exceptions are made for post baccalaureates who apply to the nursing major. Apply as an undergraduate to the university during its appropriate application period and confirm intent to enroll by the applicable university deadline given when the application is accepted. Nursing program applicants are eligible for a waiver of the $200 enrollment deposit until a seat in the program is offered and accepted.

Military Service Rewarded

Priority for veterans is given in two ways:

  1. Veterans with honorable discharge will receive one point as part of our points system for admissions (Must submit DD Form 214, Member 2 or 4, with the supplemental nursing application).
  2. Point priority is given to California veterans who meet the application requirements and have been honorably discharged. This priority is given only in relation to applicants with the same point total. Veterans must submit a DD Form 214, Member 2 or 4, with the supplemental nursing application.

In addition, veterans with previous medical/corpsman experience may be eligible to receive additional points on their supplemental nursing applications. For more information, visit our Ex-Military Students webpage

Admission Statistics

We admit 40 students each fall and 40 students each spring. 




Pt Cutoff


Admit GPA

Admit TEAS

Spring 2015 174 151 89 4 3.61 89.20%
Fall 2015 302 173 89 20 3.63 89.40%
Spring 2016 176 130 89.85 1 3.60 90.70%
Fall 2016 259 192 90 15 3.74 90.40%
Spring 2017 160 117 88 18 3.69 89.60%
Fall 2017 272 145 89 18 3.68 89.30%
Spring 2018 256 171 90.25 5 3.78 91.00%
Fall 2018 371 265 91.50 15 3.83 90.60%