Chico State

Student Life

Whatever your passion, the work you put in today decides tomorrow and Wildcats are more than just students—we're leaders who believe in service and community.

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You Belong Here

Wildcat student life is all about being active and engaged with each other, our campus, and the community. Student clubs and organizations, fraternities and sororities, volunteering, leadership opportunities, recreation—there’s something for everyone.

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A Great Place to Live

From our tree-filled campus to the charming downtown, you will fall in love with Chico. Make your home in one of our residence halls just steps from the classroom and enjoy top-notch dining and amenities.

Tour University Housing

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Students Are in Charge

The Associated Students (AS) leads programs and services created by students for students. Run for student government, get a stress-relieving workout at the Wildcat Recreation Center, enjoy a concert in Trinity Commons—the AS offers it all!

Explore the Associated Students

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Sustainability Trailblazers

In addition to hosting the nation’s largest student-run sustainability conference, Wildcats are learning how to create resilient systems and leading the way with projects and programs that improve our campus.

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You Can Make a Difference

Caring for others is in our DNA. 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 groups.


student organizations where you can nurture your passions and make lifelong friends


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Academic Support

Everyone here is invested in your success. Academic advisors will help plan your general education while major advisors and college specialists ensure you graduate on time—not to mention free tutoring and career mentoring services.

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Cats Got Game

Student-athletes in our 13 Division II programs have won more than twice as many regular-season crowns as any other California Collegiate Athletic Association school. From rugby to rowing teams, we have plenty of sports club offerings, too!

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We Want You to Thrive

We know students can only succeed in the classroom when they’re healthy, nourished, and supported. WellCat Services provides everything from counseling to health care, and student support programs like the Basic Needs Project can help you feel and do your best.

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Close-Knit Community

Our small class sizes and friendly, outgoing nature ensure you get to know your professors and your classmates, forming lifelong friendships and a sense of connection wherever you go. We are a Wildcat family.

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Immersed in Nature

Big Chico Creek runs through the heart of our park-like campus as well as nearby 3,670-acre Bidwell Park for plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Try hiking, camping, river rafting, and more on student-led trips with Adventure Outings.

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Challenging the Status Quo

We are committed to improving equity, diversity, and inclusion on our campus and beyond. Through education, self-reflection, dialogue, and action, Wildcats will understand, challenge, and help end social injustices in the world.

Willie the Wildcat

Call us Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., to talk directly to an admissions expert. No automated voice messages—we promise!

Office of Admissions:
530-898-6322  |