Achieving Excellence
at California State University, Chico

Overall University Excellence

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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 CSU 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, supporting, and graduating Hispanic students.
  • Ninety-nine percent of the 2008 spring baccalaureate graduates responded to a graduating senior survey that they were satisfied with CSU, Chico as a whole.

Honor Roll for Civic Engagement

Chico has once again been designated as a member of the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This honor, the third in a row for CSU, Chico, highlights the University’s civic engagement activities during 2008.

Continued Recognition as One of America’s Best Colleges

CSU, Chico is ranked sixth among master’s level public universities in the western United States in the 2010 America’s Best Colleges from U.S. News & World Report magazine.

A Great Place to Work

For the second year in a row, CSU, Chico is listed in the top 10 in two categories in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Great Colleges to Work For survey.

Forbes Top 100

CSU, Chico is included in Forbes’ list of the top 100 public colleges and universities in the U.S. on Forbes’ 2009 list of America’s Best Colleges.



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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.