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Center for Excellence in Finance

Students involved with the Center for Excellence in Finance pose in front of a CEF sign
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The Center for Excellence in Finance (CEF) brings together students, faculty, and the community, to further our understanding of finance. From the practical areas of behavioral and personal finance, to the academic understanding of markets and corporate finance, the CEF strives to further our knowledge of the field.

The Center for Excellence in Finance offers students, faculty, and the community: 

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Option in Finance

The option in finance provides students with a core curriculum that addresses investments, financial management theory, financial markets, and institutions. Students can select upper division electives in international finance, financial management application, investment analysis and policy, estate planning, risk and insurance, economics, and real estate finance.


Stockpitch contest competitors

Investment Competitions

CSU, Chico has a history of performing well in international finance competitions. In 2017, the Investment Team placed 5th place in the CME Trading Challenge, an international investment competition among over 2,000 students from 35 countries.


A certified financial planner assisting a student with financial planning.

Financial Wellness Clinic

The Financial Wellness Clinic is dedicated to the Chico State campus community and open to all students, faculty, and staff for financial planning in areas of budgeting, credit scores, student loan repayment, retirement planning, and many other areas of personal finance. The clinic is located in Glenn Hall, room 202B. Drop in hours are Wednesdays from 9–11 a.m. and Thursdays 2–4 p.m. or you can schedule an appointment by emailing FinancialWellness@csuchico.edu.


Students in the investor's club pose for a picture.

Clubs & Organizations

Since 2008, the Investor's Club has helped students get started managing their investments and learn how to research and analyze stocks, bonds, futures, and currencies. In 2015 the Finance Club and the Investor's Club merged and are now the main student organization under the Finance Department. 


Judges from the Stock Pitch Competition

Corporate Partnerships 

Our corporate partners offer employment for CEF graduates and provide operational funding. Representatives also conduct classroom talks throughout the year and are involved in competition judging. Interested in becoming a corporate partner? Email Emily Huang at jhuang22@csuchico.edu


Finance professor Norkeith Smith smiles as he poses for a photo.


Our CEF Research Lab connects datasets from Compustat, CRSP, WRDS, and Penn World. This allows students and faculty to research historical stock market, and other financial data.