Why Choose Chico State CE?

Chico State CE is Well-Known for Small Class Sizes and Close Interaction between the Students and Faculty

The smaller class sizes at Chico State means that students get more interaction with their professors.  At Chico State, professors have time to meet with students and answer their questions.  Smaller class sizes create a positive learning environment in the classroom.

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Chico State CE is Well-Known for a Hands-on Lab-Intensive Program

Chico State CE believes that a hands-on learning environment helps improve quality of learning for students.  Lab courses help support subjects learned in a lecture, bring understanding to complex subjects, and are a fun way to learn.  The Chico State Civil Engineering curriculum requires more labs than many other leading Civil Engineering programs.

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Chico State CE is a Cost-Effective Choice for a Great Undergraduate Education! 

The Chico State CE program stays competitive with other top Civil Engineering programs like UC Berkeley or Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, yet Chico State cost much less to attend.  At Chico State we believe that you can still get a quality education at an affordable price.


To see a detailed table and references for yearly tuition click here.

CSU, Chico Rates Highly on the College Scoreboard Website

In the categories evaluating cost, graduation rate, student loan default rate and level of student loan borrowing, CSU, Chico was the only CSU or University of California campus to receive the best score possible. [Link]
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CSU, Chico Ranked Highly by The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report

Chico State was named to The Princeton Review's 2013 "Green Honor Roll," receiving the highest possible score. [Link]

Chico State ranked fifth among master's level public universities in the western United States in the 2013 edition of "America's Best Colleges" from U.S. News & World Report.

Chico State CE Students Get Their Classes!


It is extremely important to us that, in spite of any budget difficulties, our students get their classes. Our students get classes 95% of the time. This is much higher than most comparative universities. 

Chico State CE has a Strong Faculty Focused on Undergraduate Education – Please Meet the Faculty!

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Chico State CE Faculty Have Many Active Research Programs

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Chico State CE has Active and Involved Student Clubs

The student clubs at Chico State are great ways for students to get involved in Civil Engineering, meet other students, get experience participating in an interdisciplinary design team, build their resume, and just have fun!  To learn more about the student organizations at Chico State CE click here

Chico State CE is in Chico California, which is a Great Place to Live!

The town of Chico is in northern California and is home to 100,000 people (of which 16,000 are Chico State students).  Chico is a great community - it has the feel of a small university town and is located at the base of the Sierra Nevada foothills, and has one of the largest municipal parks in the country (Bidwell Park; 3,600 acres).

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