Achieving Excellence
at California State University, Chico

Overall University Excellence

Photo: Above Chico State

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  • CSU, Chico offers more than 100 undergraduate majors and options, and maintains one of the highest graduation rates in the CSU system.
  • The CSU, Chico campus is described as being one of the most beautiful in the CSU system. Its arboretum is home to 225 species of trees, shrubs, and vines.
  • CSU, Chico is one of 23 CSUs campuses named as Publisher’s Picks by Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, an annual national list of colleges and universities that the publisher sees as having solid records in recruiting, enabling, and graduating Hispanic students.
  • Ninety-eight percent of the 2007 spring baccalaureate graduates responded to a graduating senior survey that they were satisfied with CSU, Chico as a whole.


CSU, Chico has been designated as a member of the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction. This honor, the second in a row for Chico, highlights the University’s civic activities during 2007. In 2006, the first year of the program, CSU, Chico was one of 10 finalists for the Excellence in Community Service Award.

Continued Recognition as ONE OF AMERICA’S BEST COLLEGES

CSU, Chico is ranked ninth among master’s level public universities in the western United States in the 2009 America’s Best Colleges from U.S. News & World Report magazine.


In its survey on Great Places to Work (July 14, 2008), The Chronicle of Higher Education listed Chico State, the only CSU to be named.


Graduating seniors placed CSU, Chico in the 99th percentile of all institutions participating in the College Learning Assessment, which measures improvement in analytical and writing ability over the course of a studentís college career.


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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.