Pre-college Students

High School/Middle School Students

High school students attending one or a combination of the California Community Colleges (CCC)?

  • Have you been to your college's transfer center? Counselors have copies of GE or IGETC patterns(opens in new window) to help with course selection each semester. Taking GE courses can help explore majors and meet admission requirements. You can also get more information about the AA-T and AS-T degrees.
  • Note: Chico only accepts 70 transferable semesters (105 quarter) units from community colleges. 

High School Scholars

Local 11th or 12th grade students with GPAs of 3.0 or higher interested in taking up to two college-level courses at California State University, Chico may participate in the High School Scholars (HSS) program. 

Fall 2024 Application

  1. Application due date: August 20, 2024. 
  2. Complete the High School Scholars Application. A complete application includes:
    1. High school counselor signature
    2. Parent or guardian signature
    3. Unofficial transcripts and/or test scores, including as applicable: high school, community colleges, and/or four-year universities
  3. When you have signed your application, you will be prompted to provide the name and email of a parent or guardian and a high school counselor. The application will automatically route to their email addresses for signature and will automatically send a copy of the application and all attachments to all parties, including
  4. Once reviewed and approved, Admissions emails you from with instructions to access your Chico State Portal to pay HSS fees.
  5. New HSS applicants must activate their Portal. Past applicants can simply log into their Portal. 

Fee Payment

  1. Due date: August 23, 2024
  2. The HSS fee is a flat rate of $118 whether you enroll in one or two courses
  3. After submitting your application to the Office of Admissions, Student Financial Services places the fee in your Chico State Portal as a "general payment"
  4. Log into your Chico State Portal and follow the instructions provided by Admissions to pay your fee prior to course registration

Course Registration

HSS students may register for any 100- or 200-level course in which there are open seats, and for which they are eligible either by placement or prerequisite completion*.

  1. HSS applicants may register for courses during the add/drop period, as early as August 26, 2024, the first day of classes 
  2. Upon fee payment, Admissions sends you the HSS Add/Update Request form
  3. Submit a HSS Add/Update Request form for each course
  4. A complete HSS Add/Update Request form has all fields filled and an instructor signature
  5. Submit your HSS course add form to the Office of the Registrar

*CSU Area A2 English Courses

HSS students may enroll in Journalism 130, but may not enroll in English 130. 

*CSU Area B4 Mathematics Courses

The CSU uses multiple measures to determine General Education B4 (Math) readiness. Prior to enrolling in any Chico State math course, HSS students must provide evidence of readiness (PDF). Assessments take time and any student wishing to enroll in a math course should plan to submit their HSS application early and to complete the assessments well in advance of the first day of classes.

Contact Information

Office of Admissions