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California State University, Chico

Why Choose Chico?

Front of Kendall Hall

"Chico State has been named a top-10 public university in the West by U.S. News every year since 1998. We lead the CSU system—and the nation—as a college that adds the most value due to our affordability and the success of our graduates, according to Money Magazine. "

A tree-lined street close to campus

"From the tree-filled campus to the charming downtown, Chico is a place generations of Wildcats have come to love. The history and values shared by the community foster a unique phenomenon—the Chico Experience. Most students live close to campus and enjoy walking or biking to class."

Students volunteers helping in downtown Chico.

"With inclusion on the national President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, a spirit of giving permeates Chico State. Thousands of students volunteer 60,000+ hours annually through Community Action Volunteers in Education (CAVE), and many more give back through class projects and student organizations. We are also recognized by the Peace Corps as a top volunteer-producing institution."

Two students working in a field

"Here, classes are small and hands-on. Students learn with faculty who are at the top of their fields and work side by side on projects like bringing robotics into K–12 classrooms, examining forensic evidence from murders and mass disasters, and using zebrafish to research new ways to combat blood cancers."

Students gathered around a group learning in a lab

"Our students beat out 13 teams from around the country to win the Western States Collegiate Sales Competition. The Model U.N. team consistently wins the top national award. The WindCats team developed a plan to power rural schools in India that won a first-place prize at the U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition. And that barely scratches the surface of our student teams’ success."

Wayfinding sign for sustainability conference at the base of stairwell

"Chico State leads the CSU system in the Sierra Club’s Cool Schools ranking for sustainability—one of our core campus values. We host the nation’s largest student-run sustainability conference of its kind every year: This Way to Sustainability brings together students, faculty, staff, administrators, community members, and public officials to explore ways toward a sustainable future."

Student at career fair shaking hands with employer

"Chico State offers one of the nation’s highest returns on investment. A number of our more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs proudly claim 100 percent job-placement rates, including accounting, school psychology, agricultural science and education, sustainable manufacturing, and communication sciences and disorders."

Track & Field athlete in action

"Chico State has one of the top Division II athletics programs in the country, with teams winning 6 of the California Collegiate Athletic Association’s 12 conference championships in 2015–16, and 11 out of 13 teams qualifying for postseason tournaments. Students can attend games and matches for free to cheer on their fellow Wildcats."

Proud Chico State Alum posed at Pixar Studios

"Our inspirational alumni include an editor working on Academy Award-winning films at Pixar, CEOs of major companies like American Apparel, and entrepreneurs like the founders of, ChicoBag, and Pocket Points. And we proudly claim those working at all levels in industry-leading organizations like Hewlett-Packard, Chevron, PG&E, and Ernst & Young."

Two stand in in a sunset at the top of Monkey Face in Upper Bidwell Park

"On the fence about making one of the biggest decisions for the next chapter of your life? You’ve probably taken the tours and seen the brochures that talk about our exceptional academic programs, but maybe we can sway you with a list of 10 more reasons you should #ChooseChico."