Chico State University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Graduation Rate, and More

California State University Chico
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California State University-Chico is moderately selective with an acceptance rate of 68 percent. Students with grades in the "B" range or higher and standardized test scores that are average or higher have a good chance of being admitted. Students must submit SAT or ACT scores to be considered for admission. To apply, students can fill out a California State University System application, found online. 

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Admissions Data (2017)

Chico State Description

Chico State is a public university and part of the California State University system. In national rankings, Chico frequently appears among the top master's level universities in the West. First opened in 1889, Chico State is the second oldest of the Cal State universities. Chico State offers over 150 undergraduate degree programs, and the school has a 25 to 1 student / faculty ratio. High achieving students should look into the Chico State Honors Program for access to smaller classes and other perks. In athletics, the Chico State Wildcats compete in the NCAA Division II California Collegiate Athletic Association.

Enrollment (2017)

  • Total Enrollment: 17,875 (16,710 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 47 percent male / 53 percent female
  • 92 percent full-time

Costs (2017 - 18)

  • Tuition and Fees: $7,348 (in-state); $19,228 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,854 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $12,712
  • Other Expenses: $2,506
  • Total Cost: $24,420 (in-state); $36,300 (out-of-state)

Chico State Financial Aid (2016 - 17)

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 77 percent
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 66 percent
    • Loans: 52 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,615
    • Loans: $5,308

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Business Administration, Construction Engineering Technology, Criminal Justice Studies, Design and Visual Communications, English, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Nursing, Parks and Recreation, Psychology
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Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 84 percent
  • Transfer Out Rate: 3 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 26 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 66 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Golf, Soccer, Track and Field, Cross Country, Basketball, Baseball
  • Women's Sports: Golf, Softball, Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, Cross Country, Track and Field

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Data Source: National Center for Education Statistics