Achieving Excellence
at California State University, Chico

Chico Quick Facts

California State University, Chico
(Popularly called “Chico State”)

Founded 1887

President: Paul J. Zingg

School Colors: Cardinal and White; Mascot: Wildcat

Student/Faculty Ratio: 20/1 Average Class size: 23

Location: 90 miles north of Sacramento, 174 miles northeast of San Francisco 

Campus Acreage: 119

Alumni/ae: 105,000

Full-time Equivalent Students (fall 2003) 13,883 

Number of total students 15,516

Female: 54% Male: 46%

Freshman Profile: Fall 2004 admitted freshmen–Average High School GPA: 3.4; Mean SAT Scores (composite): 1060

Students come from 57 nations, 33 states, and 1 U.S. territory

96% of the total population comes from California; 58% from outside CSU, Chico’s service area

Student Newspaper: The Orion

Ten Largest Majors:
1. Liberal Studies (Elementary Teaching)
2. Business Administration
3. Psychology
4. Art and Art History
5. Computer Science
6. Marketing
7. Recreation Administration
8. Biological Sciences
9. Communication Design
10. Journalism


For Additional Information

CSU, Chico
Admissions Office