Our Name

What’s in a Name

Chico State has had a succession of names in its long history, and you may be able to date an alum by the name they use when referring to the University, which has been known by the following names:

  • Northern Branch State Normal School of California (1887-1921)
  • Chico State Teachers College (1921-1935)
  • Chico State College (1935-1972)
  • California State University, Chico (1972-today)

Since the early days, the University has been commonly known "Chico State."

Visual Identity Guide
For complete information on the usage of University logos, seals, colors, and more, review our Visual Identity Guide.