Program Information and Statistics

Top Ranked Program

We have an exceptional five-semester program leading to a bachelor’s degree in nursing.  We admit 40 students each fall and spring semester. Because of a long history of having more applicants than can be accommodated, admission to the CSU, Chico School of Nursing is impacted and supplemental selection criteria assessed using a point system to determine admission.

Licensing Disclosure

Admission into programs leading to licensure does not guarantee that students will obtain a license. Licensure requirements are set by agencies not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., social security number or taxpayer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs, to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure requirements. Information concerning licensure requirements are available from California State University, Chico, School of Nursing Director, Trinity Hall Room 121, Chico, CA 95929-0200, 530-898-5891.

Admission Policies for CSU, Chico Nursing

CA Residency: Applications from California residents and students eligible to pay in-state tuition are considered prior to non-resident applications.

Local preference: Beginning with the Fall 2019 application (due during the Spring 2019 semester), priority will be given to applicants from our local CSU, Chico admission area as defined by the CSU. In addition, in accordance with CSU Enrollment Management Policy, when a major/program (e.g. nursing) is not offered at an adjacent CSU, the neighboring CSU is required to treat applicants as local. Therefore, local preference will also be given to applicants from the admission area of CSU, Humboldt.

Points: Applicants who have graduated from a high school or completed a minimum of 30 transferable units at a community college within these local admission area counties as defined will receive three (3) points. 

  • First-Time Freshmen local admission area preference: Students who graduate from high school from one of the following counties or school districts: Butte, Colusa, Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lassen, Modoc, Northern Mendocino (north of Ukiah), Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Yuba and four school districts in Trinity: Mountain Valley, Southern Trinity, Western Trinity, Trinity Alps and Trinity High School, are considered our local admission area.
  • Transfer Student local admission area preference is defined as 30 or more transferable units from one or more of the following counties or community colleges: Butte, Colusa, Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lassen, Modoc, Northern Mendocino (north of Ukiah), Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Western Trinity, and Yuba.
  • CSU, Humboldt (Service Area): In accordance with CSU Enrollment Management Policy, when a major/program (e.g. nursing) is not offered at an adjacent CSU, the neighboring CSU is required to treat applicants as local. Therefore, first-time freshmen who graduate from a high school located in the counties of Del Norte, Humboldt, Northern Mendocino (north of Ukiah) and Western Trinity, or students with 30 or more transferable units from Humboldt State University service area community colleges will receive local preference points.

Provisional Acceptance: Acceptance into the basic nursing program is provisional until final transcripts are reviewed for meeting minimum GPA requirements in all areas as specified in the admission criteria. Furthermore, for final acceptance to the nursing program, any applicant accepting a seat must pass a drug screen consistent with California Board of Registered Nursing guidelines for safe nursing practice, and a background check.

Pre-Nursing vs. Nursing Major

Upon application to the University through the Cal State Apply online process, first-time freshmen and upper division transfer student applicants select nursing as the intended major. Through this process, applicants are automatically placed in the pre-nursing designation. Only when an applicant has submitted a supplemental NursingCAS application and a seat offer is made and accepted, will the applicant become a nursing major. The School of Nursing will initiate this change in designation of major by the start of the first semester in the program. Nursing program applicants are eligible for a waiver of the $200 enrollment deposit until a seat in the program is offered and accepted. Apply to the university during its appropriate application period and confirm intent to enroll by the applicable university deadline given when the application is accepted.

Post Baccalaureates Accepted

Though the CSU does not normally accept second-degree applicants, exceptions are made for post baccalaureates (PBACs) who apply to the nursing program. Apply as an undergraduate to the University through the Cal State Apply online process during its appropriate application period. Through the Cal State Apply process, PBAC applicants are automatically placed in the pre-nursing designation. Once the PBAC application to the University is accepted, it remains in a holding pattern until the nursing application and admission process is finalized. Only when an applicant has submitted a supplemental NursingCAS application and a seat offer is made and accepted, will the applicant’s CSUC Admission record be finalized and the applicant be designated a nursing major. The School of Nursing will initiate the change in designation of major by the start of the first semester in the program.

Military Service Rewarded

Priority for veterans is given in two ways:

  1. Veterans with honorable discharge will receive one point as part of our points system for admissions (Must submit DD Form 214, Member 2 or 4, with the supplemental nursing application).
  2. Point priority is given to California veterans who meet the application requirements and have been honorably discharged. This priority is given only in relation to applicants with the same point total. Veterans must submit a DD Form 214, Member 2 or 4, with the supplemental nursing application.

In addition, veterans with previous medical/corpsman experience may be eligible to receive additional points on their supplemental nursing applications. For more information, visit our Ex-Military Students webpage

Admission Statistics

We admit 40 students each fall and 40 students each spring. 

Semester

Applications

Eligible 
Applications

Initial
Pt Cutoff

Admitted
Alternates

Average 
Admit GPA

Average 
Admit TEAS

Fall 2015 302 173 89 20 3.63 89.40%
Spring 2016 176 130 89.85 1 3.60 90.70%
Fall 2016 259 192 90 15 3.74 90.40%
Spring 2017 160 117 88 18 3.69 89.60%
Fall 2017 272 145 89 18 3.68 89.30%
Spring 2018 256 171 90.25 5 3.78 91.00%
Fall 2018 246 161 91.50 15 3.83 90.60%
Spring 2019 279 218 92 12* 3.85 90.80%

*Spring 2019, twelve alternates accepted seat offers. Eight alternates declined offers. The point cut-off ended at 91 points, with a cum GPA of 3.56. The cum GPA ended at an average of 3.75. The TEAS score average remained above 90%.