Admission Requirements

A-G Requirements

College Preparatory Courses Required 
Years RequiredSubject
4 yearsEnglish
3 yearsMathematics
Algebra, geometry, intermediate algebra; or integrated mathematics
2 yearsSocial science
(including one year of US history or one semester of US history and one semester of US government)
2 yearsScience with a laboratory
(one life science and one physical science)
2 yearsForeign language
(the same language)
1 yearVisual and performing arts
(one single yearlong course or two semester-long courses within the same discipline)
1 yearCollege preparatory elective

Complete above courses with a C or better. We do not accept summer work after graduation to meet admission requirements. A course must be identified by your high school as meeting a University of California A-G(opens in new window) subject requirement to be considered college preparatory. We do not typically accept “P” or "CR" as an eligible grade listed on your application and will ask for further clarification if used. However, we will accept "P" or "CR" for courses taken during Covid-19 period of Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021. 

For more information about admission criteria, validation, or appropriate courses refer to the CSU Admissions Handbook or the UC A-G list(opens in new window) for your high school.

Required Tests for Admissions

Neither SAT nor ACT tests will be used for admission decisions for first year applicants.

Calculating Your High School Grade Point Average (GPA)

For admission purposes in an impacted cycle, to calculate your GPA, use grades received in college preparatory courses during 10th and 11th grades. Courses completed in the summer after 9th and/or 11th grade can also be used in the calculation.

Up to eight additional grade points can be awarded for approved honors, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or college-level courses. Honors courses taken in 10th grade need to be AP, IB, or designated as junior or senior level in order to be awarded up to two points. All courses need to be approved and listed on the UC "A-G" list(opens in new window). More information about honors courses can be found in the CSU Admissions Handbook.

Note: Due to impaction, we do not use grades earned, in progress or planned in the 12th grade for the initial application review. If you are repeating a course in 12th grade that you previously earned a grade during 10th or 11th grade, the original grade needs to be reported on your application.

We will have an increased GPA requirement for students outside of our local admission area due to being an impacted campus. Applicants will be "rank ordered" by GPA and additional multi-factored criteria. Admission offers will be made in descending order until the freshmen class is full. We will not know the final GPA cut off until we are able to review the entire applicant pool.

CSU, Chico is impacted for freshmen applicants. Applicants from the local admission areas will receive additional points toward their consideration.  

Local admission area: Students who graduate from high school from one of the following counties or school districts: Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Yuba, and four school districts in Trinity: Mountain Valley, Southern Trinity, Trinity Alps, and Trinity High School, are considered our local admission area.

The Butte County Promise(opens in new window) demonstrates our commitment to local area students to remove barriers and provide opportunities to become both civically engaged and to earn a degree.

Outside of our local admission area: Students who graduate high school from a county or school district in California that are not identified above are considered outside of our local admission area.

Impacted Majors: Selecting an impacted major will not affect an applicant's chances of being admitted to Chico State. Students interested in an impacted major are encouraged to visit the following web pages to learn more about major requirements.

California Residents with a GPA of 2.5 or above

Service area:  Eligible for admission provided their A-G requirements are successfully met.

Other CA residents: CSU eligible but will be rank-ordered due to Chico impaction.

California Residents with a GPA of 2.00 to 2.499 

In addition to successfully meeting A-G requirements, these applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis using multi-factor criteria.

Non-California Residents with a GPA of 3.00 or above

Eligible for admission provided their A-G requirements are successfully met.

Local admission area applicants must have a minimum CSU eligibility index of a 2950 using SAT Reasoning Test or 694 using ACT scores.

Outside of our local admission area applicants will have an elevated index due to impaction. We will not know the index cut off until we have reviewed the characteristics of the entire applicant pool.    

MFA criteria for First Time Freshmen 

CSU Chico will not be using the SAT or ACT for admission for Fall 2021, Fall 2022, and Spring 2023 terms, and will instead be using multi-factor admission criteria.  The criteria being used includes:

  • GPA
  • Local Admission Service area
  • Veteran Status
  • Verified Foster Youth, Unaccompanied Homeless Youth or Ward of the Court
  • Extra-curricular Activities