International Admissions & Outreach

Why Choose Chico?

Academic Excellence

Chico State continues to rank nationally as a top University in a number of categories:

Top 10 U.S. Public University in the West for 20+ Years

— U.S. News & World Report (1998-2023)

A Top College in America

For educational quality and value — Forbes Magazine

Top 7% of the Best Colleges

For educational quality and value — Money Magazine

The 10 Most Popular Majors for International Students

  • Business Administration
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • International Relations
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronic Engineering
  • Psychology

Academic Programs and Majors

Alumni and Career Success

Our faculty and career counselors work hard to ensure students are prepared and ready to find a job post-graduation.

Overhead view of career fair event at CSU, Chico

Over 750 companies visit the CSU, Chico campus every year to recruit our students including Apple, Google, Amazon, Spotify, Chevron, Ernst & Young, Intel Corp, Twitter, General Electric, and PayPal.

Career Center & Student Employment

Student at Careers fair

Several of our programs at CSU, Chico proudly claim 100% job placement rates: Accounting, Agricultural Science and Education, Business Information Systems, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Concrete Industry Management, School Psychology, and Sustainable Manufacturing.

Great Location in a Charming University Town

Our picturesque campus is conveniently located right next to downtown Chico — rated a "Top-10 Best College Town" by Matador Network in 2017— and boasts natural beauty and a welcoming atmosphere, all within a short drive of San Francisco.

A student holds a bouquet of flowers during the farmers market

Students enjoying the farmer’s market in downtown Chico.

Beautiful sunset in Upper Bidwell Park

Hikers at Bidwell Park(opens in new window) during sunset.

Fall colors are seen from an aerial view of the Chico streets.

Fall colors are seen from an aerial view of the Chico streets.

No Commute Necessary!

Chico State is one of the only residential campuses within the California State University (CSU) system. This means most of our students live on, or within walking or biking distance (2km), of campus.

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Quality Education at an Affordable Price

There’s a reason Chico State is considered a great value college— our tuition fees are competitively priced and alumni have high placement rates and successful futures.

Chico’s cost of living is great too—housing rentals are 80% lower on average than those in San Francisco, California.

California Tuition Fees Compared
InstitutionTuition + Fees
Private university$51,225
University of California$45,530
CSU, Chico$17,318

Active Learning, Real-World Experience

A CSU, Chico education offers you classes that are active and filled with discussion, collaboration, project-based learning, and problem solving.

Students collaborating on wind prototype

Students collaborating on wind prototype for the U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition.

Computer Science Summer Institute, a 3-week bootcamp in partnership with Google.

Computer science students participating in a group activity on a Google-sponsored computer science project.

Abdullah Alnaser and students in Surveying (CIVL 130) record measurements

Abdullah Alnaser and students in Surveying (CIVL 130) record measurements on instruments during their class

well-dressed student during presentation

Presentation during business class.

Salam Ali with her custom designed solar charging station in Langdon Hall.

Salam Ali with her custom designed solar charging station in Langdon Hall.

Changsoo Jung shares details about his GolfPose app

Changsoo Jung shares details about his GolfPose app as students show off their design projects.

Our Students Come From 52 Nations, 31 States, and 1 U.S. Territory

Inspirational International Students

International Inspirations

Over 300 international students attend Chico State each year. The cultural diversity of our students is what makes us who we are.

We know you have the potential to be an INTERNATIONAL INSPIRATION!

Student Success Stories

Morning sun shining on the exterior of Kendall Hall

Next Steps

Interested in learning more? Review the application process or explore more of campus with a virtual tour.

Academic Qualifications

How to Apply

Virtual Tours and Housing