High School Scholars

Fall 2022

What is High School Scholars?

The High School Scholars (HSS) program is an excellent opportunity for high school students to take up to two courses at CSU, Chico for a nominal $110 fee*. The objective of the program is to offer service area students access to college courses that have not been filled by regularly enrolled CSU, Chico students.

What classes are available to High School Scholars? 

HSS students can enroll in any open lower-division courses with instructor approval. Lower-division courses are those marked 100-200 (i.e. PSYC 101, SPAN 201). Some courses will have pre-requisites that must be met. It will be the responsibility of the student to attend classes and gain instructor approval for enrollment. 

To explore course options, HSS applicants should use the University Class Schedule page. 

Are classes offered online or on-campus? 

Chico State will offer a majority of courses on-campus and in-person this fall semester. There are some courses offered hybrid ot fully online. Students and counselors should confirm that all courses fit into the student's regular class schedule. 

When can HSS students enroll in classes? 

After approval, High School Scholars will begin course enrollment on the first day of the semester, August 22, 2022. They cannot take seats from regularly enrolled students, and must enroll in open courses only.

Are COVID-19 Vaccines required for HSS students? 

Yes, all HSS particpants are held to the same vaccine requirements as regularly enrolled students. More information and instruction on the certification process will be provided to approved applicants. Requests for exemption will be available. 

High School Scholars flier (PDF)

Student Requirements

  • Submit the High School Scholars Fall 2022 Application (PDF) by July 22, 2022
  • Submit high school transcripts to swood16@csuchico.edu by July 22, 2022
  • Be enrolled in the 11th or 12th grade of a local admission area** high school (AY 2022-2023)
  • Possess at least a 3.0, non-weighted, academic, high school GPA (both 9-12 and 10-12)
  • If applicable, be in good academic standing at any college or university of current or previous attendance
  • Satisfy any prerequisites or eligibility requirements for the intended course(s) as published in the CSU, Chico University Catalog(opens in new window)
  • Submit a properly completed and signed HSS Application, required documents, Add Request Form(s), and $110 fee* by the established deadlines
  • You must be a California resident to participate in the High School Scholars Program

How to Apply


Application Period

May 18 - July 22, 2022Email application & transcripts to swood16@csuchico.edu or drop-off at the Admissions Office (SSC 130)

Check your email throughout the summer for next steps

June - July, 2022

Attend a Virtual Orientation Session (required to attend 1 session)

August 1 - 12, 2022

Zoom link will be provided

Enrollment Period

August 22 - September 2, 2022

Note: It will take 2-3 days to complete the HSS matriculation process after approved Add Request Forms and fees are submitted. During this time, students will not have access to their Chico State Portal or online Blackboard Learn system.

Other Key Dates:

• May 18 - July 22, 2022: Application Period

• July 22, 2022: Transcripts due

• August 1-12, 2022: Mandatory Orientation

• August 22 - September 2, 2022: Enrollment period

• August 22nd: First Day of Classes

• September 5th: Labor Day; Campus closed

• September 16th: Last day to drop a course (approvals required)

• November 11th: Veteran's Day; Campus closed

• November 21-25: Fall Break; No classes held

• December 12-16, 2022: Final Exams. Modified class schedules; students will need to notify their high school of their final exam schedule as course sessions are typically offered at different times.

*The CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU must reserve the right, even after fees are initially charged or initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees. All listed fees, other than mandatory system wide fees, are subject to change without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, or the Presidents, as appropriate. Changes in mandatory system wide fees will be made in accordance with the requirements of the Working Families Student Fee Transparency and Accountability Act (Sections 66028 - 66028.6 of the Education Code).

**The CSU, Chico local admission area includes Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Sutter, Trinity, Tehama, and Yuba Counties.

For campus maps and parking information, visit: http://www.csuchico.edu/directions(opens in new window)

Questions? Please call the Office of Admissions, (530) 898-4115 or email swood16@csuchico.edu.