Choose Chico

March 25, 2023

If you've been admitted, your invitation is in your email! We want to meet you and your family here on our beautiful campus at Choose Chico! Register now to let us know you're coming. Choose Chico is from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.


Parking in campus lots and at city meters is free on Saturdays! View parking locations on our campus map. 


There are a number of places to stay in Chico and Butte County that are convenient to campus. The Explore Butte County lodgings site is a great place to start looking. 

Checking In

Check in begins at 8:30 a.m. on the corner of First Street and Normal Avenue at the western corner of the Arts and Humanities Building. Look for the tall signs that say, "Follow me to event check-in!" The first welcome begins at 9 a.m. across the way in Laxson Auditorium, so check in early to make sure you get a spot!

What to Expect

The day begins with a welcome and panel in Laxson Auditorium at 9 a.m. This is followed by academic showcases from 9-11 a.m. for you to explore your major. Beyond that, the day is yours to enjoy! Download the event program. (PDF)

Students answering questions at a campus panel
Campus Welcome & Panel

9–9:30 a.m., 9:45–10:15 a.m., Laxson Auditorium

Kick-off the day with a welcome from our University President and learn more about our student-centered community.

Student performing a demonstration using equipment in a lab.
Academic Showcases

9:30 a.m.11 a.m.  

Learn more about our academic programs and meet with faculty from your major! Locations for each showcase can be found inside your event program.

Students and guests walking through campus on a guided tour.
Tours and Open Houses

9 a.m.1 p.m. 

Explore campus, the Wildcat Recreation Center, the Meriam Library, University Housing, and more! 

Clubtacular - Chico State's outdoor student involvement fair
Student Life and Student Services Fairs

11 a.m.–1 p.m., Trinity Commons and Bell Memorial Union Lobby 

Explore over 200 student organizations and support services for Wildcats. 

Two students embracing and smiling at a Cross Cultural Leadership Center event.
Meet-Up Activities

Noon–1:30 p.m. 

Establish your community at Chico State and connect with other students who have decided to Choose Chico! 

Willie the Wildcat Chooses Chico
Information in Spanish

9 a.m.–1 p.m.  

Review the event program for the activities called Información en español: Admisión, viviendas, y ayuda financiera and the Convivio: Latinx Meet-n-Greet. Bilingual staff are available to answer your questions in Spanish!