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: 22/1 Average Class size: 28

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

Campus Acreage: 119

Alumni/ae: 105,000

Full-time Equivalent Students (fall 2008) 15,963  

Number of total students 17,132

Female: 53% Male: 47%

Freshman Profile (fall 2008 admitted freshmen)–Average High School GPA: 3.23; Mean SAT Scores (composite): 1034

Students come from 42 nations, 42 states, and 2 U.S. territories

96% of the total population comes from California; 4% are out-of-state or international students

Student Newspaper: The Orion

Ten Largest Majors:

  1. Business Administration
  2. Liberal Studies (Elementary Teaching)
  3. Psychology
  4. Construction Management
  5. Prenursing/Nursing
  6. Recreation Administration
  7. Art and Art History
  8. Kinesiology
  9. Civil Engineering
  10. Criminal Justice

For Additional Information

CSU, Chico
Admissions Office