Chico offers more than 100 undergraduate majors and options
and maintains one of the highest graduation rates in the CSU
• CSU, Chico is one of 18 CSU campuses among the top
100 colleges and universities in the country that conferred
the most bachelor’s degrees upon Hispanics, according
to the latest figures from the National Center for Education
Statistics. The top 100 list is published each year in Hispanic
Outlook in Higher Education.
• Chico has one of the best student/faculty ratios (20/1)
in the CSU system.
• The average class size is 23.
• The most recent Student Needs and Priorities Survey
for the CSU system ranks Chico No. 1 in the system for undergraduate
and graduate student satisfaction and No. 1 in the system
for campus beauty.
News and World Report: America’s Best Colleges
2004 put CSU, Chico third in the Top Public Universities in
the West that offer master’s degrees. Schools are ranked
on such items as retention (the number of freshmen who return),
faculty resources, student selectivity, and graduation rate
Recruitment and Placement
CSU, Chico maintains one of the strongest and most respected
on-campus corporate recruiting programs on the West Coast.
In a spring 2004 survey of employers, recruiters rated 88
percent of Chico students outstanding or above average compared
to other universities. Some of the prestigious corporations
who have been most active in job offers and acceptances are
• Pacific Gas & Electric
• Cisco Systems, Inc.
• Mervyn’s and Target Corp.
• Enterprise Rent-A-Car
• Marriot International
• Hyatt Regency
• Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.
• Allied Insurance
• Ernst & Young LLP
• Deloitte & Touche LLP
• Clorox Company
• Shaw Industries
Graduates of several programs, including special education,
speech-language pathology, nursing, and construction management,
enjoy a near 100 percent employment rate. For example, 2004
graduates in construction management each averaged five interviews
and received 2.3 job offers. All graduates were placed. The
average starting salary was $49,500 in a range of $41,00 to
A campus portal provides single sign-on
access to online registration, online courses, Web-based e-mail,
grades, and personalized campus information 24 hours a day.
Secure wireless networking is available in
the library, Bell Memorial Union, and residence halls.
Online course tools are widely used across
campus, providing access to syllabi, class notes, lectures,
Student computing labs and student help desk
in the library are open until 2 a.m. NetStudy rooms in the
library serve small groups of students.
An Assistive Technology Center provides access
to technology for students with physical and learning disabilities.
With the assistance of $400,000 in grant funding the Meriam
Library has developed an outstanding collection of Native
American oral history, including pictures, audio,
and video. These materials join the North State’s largest
historical photograph collection that supports student, faculty,
and community research. Much of this material is available
New Professional M.B.A. Program
The College of Business, in partnership with CSU, Chico Continuing
Education and Shasta College, offers a Professional
M.B.A. program in Redding and Chico. The program, launched
in August 2004, provides convenient access to an internationally
Campus First to Register ‘Green Building’ Project
CSU, Chico is the first CSU campus to officially register
a new building project under national standards for environmentally
conscious, sustainable buildings. The
Student Services Center, set to begin construction in
May 2005, will be built following standards established by
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
Continuing Education Receives Programming Award
In Service to Families, Children, and the Courts, a partnership
between CSU, Chico Regional
and Continuing Education and the Butte County Superior
Court Family Court Services, was awarded the University Continuing
Education Association’s Western Region Innovative Non-Credit
Programming Award for 2003.
High Test Scores
Nutritionists The pass rate for graduates
of the Nutrition and Food Sciences Program continues to exceed
the national average. Chico graduates’ average pass
rate the last five years is 91 percent compared to the national
average of 79 percent.
Engineers In April 2004, engineering students
from CSU, Chico passed the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam
with an overall pass rate of 87 percent. The state average
is near 65 percent.