Experience Excellence

A University That Leads

Chico State’s Rural California Nursing Preceptorships program—one of the only programs of its kind in the country—has placed senior-level and graduate nursing students from all over the nation into 32 Northern California rural and semirural hospital settings since 1975. Working in hospitals with as few as eight beds, the student nurses provide vital care while gaining 150 hours of hands-on clinical experience. The preceptorship allows student nurses to practice critical skills, personally engage patients, and gain the confidence they need to succeed in the field.

The Butte County Promise ensures all qualified local K–12 students have the opportunity to earn a certification or degree at Chico State or Butte Community College. The promise supports the community and will develop a well-educated workforce to sustain the North State.

Becky Perry's Kindergarten class is given Chico State flags after learning about higher education.
Media Arts, Design and Technology (MADT) student Andrew Slankard wears an HTC Vive

Our Media, Entertainment, and Technology Collaboration program—the first of its kind in the CSU—features virtual reality as an interdisciplinary, state-of-the-art storytelling course to support a growing industry.

"Best Bang for the Buck"

Washington Monthly highlighted us for “helping non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.” Additionally, we were named to Forbes Magazine’s “Best Value Colleges” list for 2018.

Chico State ranked No. 8 in the 2017 Social Mobility Index(opens in new window) among the top universities in the country that educate more economically disadvantaged students at lower tuition so they can graduate and obtain good jobs.

The launch of our Basic Needs Project is changing the way the CSU thinks about student food and housing insecurity. Raising awareness and support helps students focus on their education and enhances their opportunities for success.

Our inaugural Chico State Giving Day united Wildcats near and far to support more than 100 worthy causes. Through 2,155 gifts and donors in 34 states, $297,514 was raised to support causes across campus.

Native American graduates Layla Pedigo, Cole Richards, and Caitlyn Richter (left to right) from Chico State join Butte College and high schools across the North State for a festive ceremony honoring their academic achievements during the Native American Graduation Celebration in PAC 144 on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 in Chico, Calif. (Jason Halley/University Photographer/CSU Chico)

The University deepened its commitment to Native American communities in hiring our first director of tribal relations to support youth in pursuing a college education.

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U.S. News & World Report has listed us as a top-10 master’s level public university(opens in new window) in the West every year since 1998. And, this year, we appeared on Washington Monthly’s rankings for “Best National Master’s Schools(opens in new window),” at No. 15.

While fewer than 15 percent of all business schools in the world are accredited with the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business, Chico State’s consistently outstanding program has been since 1972.