Achieving Excellence
at California State University, Chico

Overall University Excellence

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Continued Recognition as One of America's Best Colleges

CSU, Chico was ranked sixth among master’s level public universities in the western United States in the 2011 America’s Best Colleges from U.S. News & World Report magazine.

Nationwide Recognition as Green College

CSU, Chico is listed in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges. It is one of 26 universities listed statewide in California, and one of three CSUs listed for demonstrating an exemplary commitment to sustainability.

Alumni Rank High in Salary Levels

CSU, Chico alumni with at least 10 years’ experience ranked 28th in the nation among all public university alumni for median salaries. In a study by, the mid-career median salary of alumni was $89,300.

Chico One of Top Eight College Towns

Chico received national notice for its appealing college town atmosphere in March 2010. picked Chico for its list of the top eight college towns in the United States. In a story titled “College Towns: An Honor Roll,” asks, “What’s not to love about Chico?” and mentions that Chico “is often called one of America’s greenest cities.” Chico is also one of 25 communities on the Men’s Journal list of “Best Places to Live.”

National Honor Roll for Civic Engagement

Chico has been designated as a member of the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for three consecutive years.

Student Success Center Recognized for Innovation

The Chico Student Success Center (CSSC) received a CollegeKeys Compact Innovation Award for the Western Region of the College Board for its work with low-income students. CSSC supports a successful college experience for students as they transition from high school to college and then to professional careers.



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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.