Achieving Excellence
at California State University, Chico

Overall University Excellence

• Chico offers more than 100 undergraduate majors and options and maintains one of the highest graduation rates in the CSU system.

• 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.

U.S. 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 performance.

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
• Hewlett-Packard
• ChevronTexaco
• Intel
• E*Trade
• Pacific Gas & Electric
• Company
• Cisco Systems, Inc.
• Mervyn’s and Target Corp.
• Enterprise Rent-A-Car
• Marriot International
• Hyatt Regency
• Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.
• Allied Insurance
• Accenture
• Micron
• Bechtel
• 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 $60,000.

Information Resources

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, and more.

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 online.

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 accredited program.

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.


California State University, Chico, founded in 1887, is a residential campus located in Northern California. With Little Chico Creek winding through the center of campus, CSU, Chico is known for its beauty. One measure of the quality of a university is the opinion recent graduates have of their alma mater. In the most recent Spring Graduate Survey, 97 percent of baccalaureate graduates reported they were satisfied with the value of their education at CSU, Chico, and 98 percent indicated they were satisfied with CSU, Chico as a whole.

For Additional Information

CSU, Chico
Admissions Office
1-800-542-4426