Photo of Graduating senior Spencer Blair spoke at the 2011 Commencement.

By the Numbers


In the 2010–2011 academic year

  • 15,007 full-time equivalent students were enrolled in CSU, Chico's 130 academic programs.
  • Student/faculty ratio was 22.49 to 1, and 64 percent of courses had 30 or fewer students.
  • Students were supported by more than $2 million in scholarships.

First-time freshman persistence rates have steadily increased for the past four years to 87 percent. The six-year graduation rate for first-time freshmen is at 61 percent.

Ninety percent of classrooms are digital media enabled.

Students are highly recruited. Career Center-hosted career fairs were attended by 261 companies and organizations and 3,900 students in 2011–2012.

Graduates reported a 96 percent satisfaction with the value of a CSU, Chico education on a 2011 survey.

CSU, Chico has ranked sixth among regional public universities in the Western United States by U.S. News and World Report for the fourth straight year. It has made the list every year since 1998.

CSU, Chico ranked 15th in Forbes Magazine's 2010 list of “The Best Colleges for Minorities in STEM,” recognizing colleges and universities that do the best job of graduating women and minorities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

Student teams consistently outperform the competition: CSU, Chico's student newspaper, The Orion, has been the most honored collegiate weekly in the country for more than a decade. Sustainable Manufacturing Program students won the Grand Prize for the 12th time at the prestigious 2012 Society of Manufacturing Engineers conference. CSU, Chico's Model UN teams have won outstanding awards at every national conference for the past 13 years.


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