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: 24/1 Average Class size: 30

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

Campus Acreage: 119

Alumni/ae: 128,000

Full-time Equivalent Students (fall 2009) 15,797  

Number of total students 16,934

Female: 52% Male: 48%

Freshman Profile (fall 2009 admitted freshmen)–Average High School GPA: 3.22; Mean SAT Scores (composite): 1034

Students come from 42 nations, 41 states, and 2 U.S. territories

95% of the total population comes from California; 5% 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. Kinesiology
  8. Criminal Justice
  9. Art and Art History
  10. Civil Engineering

For Additional Information

CSU, Chico
Admissions Office