International Admissions & Outreach

Freshman Applicant

Application Deadlines
SemesterUndergraduate - Freshman and TransferGraduate - Master's
Fall (August Start)October 1 – April 1 
October 1 – March 1
Spring (January Start)August 1 – September 30August 1 – September 15

NOTE: Late applications may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please email apply@csuchico.edu.

How to Apply

Step 1: Are you academically eligible for admission?

Please review academic qualifications before applying.

Step 2: Submit an Online Application

Apply online at Cal State Apply: www2.calstate.edu/apply/international(opens in new window). When creating your account, please select "F-1 visa" as an international student. A $70 fee is payable online at the time of application.

For help completing your application, please use the International Student Application Guide (PDF), or email us with questions: apply@csuchico.edu

Step 3: Submit Supporting Documents

In addition to the online application, please submit the following documents:

  • Official secondary/high school transcript(s)* – for documents submitted in a language other than English, both the original and a word for word translated English version must be submitted
  • Proof of English language proficiency (Select university code 4048 to electronically send official TOEFL scores to CSU, Chico. For IELTS, scan and email a copy of the official score report.)
  • Copy of passport biographical information page
  • Financial support documents

*Unofficial, emailed transcripts will be accepted in order for us to make an expedited admission decision.  However, official transcripts are required to complete your admission file.   

To be considered official, a transcript must be in a sealed envelope and be:

  1. Issued directly from the secondary/high school or college;
  2. A certified copy issued by a government office (example: Kuwait Cultural Office); or
  3. Sent electronically via an official transcript transmission agency like Parchment

Final Official Transcript Submission Deadlines

  • Fall - August 1st
  • Spring - January 15th

Mail Official Transcripts to:

International Admissions
California State University, Chico
400 West First Street
Chico, CA 95929-0680
USA

Admission Denials – Appeal Process

If you feel there is new, serious, and compelling information that might affect our admission decision, you may submit an appeal. You have 15 business days from the date you receive your denial notice to submit an appeal statement and supporting documents to International Admissions (apply@csuchico.edu). You are entitled to one appeal per academic term.