Campus unmatched for its natural beauty

Chicago State University, Chico integrates liberal and applied learning to provide students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in the modern workplace

By   |  Prof. KP Singh  |  Published: 21st Jan 2019  12:37 amUpdated: 20th Jan 2019  1:49 pm

CSU creates history and leave the foot prints forever. In short, we are the destiny’s choice. We dreamt, we saw, we came, and we conquered and will continue. Never before never again will there be such a unique and sensuous blend of talent, brilliance, enthusiasm, madness, hidden depths, vigour, eccentricity. You name it, we have it all. We don’t fall away with the rest of the world; we rather define cool. It’s our life so we play the game by a different set of rules. Who said the sky is the limit? Join us and you will see what’s beyond! That’s what the Indian Students Association CSU, Chico say.

California State University, Chico (also known as CSU Chico or Chico State), is the second oldest campus in the 23-campus California State University system. Located in a true campus town, Chico State enjoys a seamless relationship between one of the most liveable cities in California and a campus unmatched for its natural beauty. Chico State was founded in 1887, making it the second oldest CSU campus in the State. With a tradition of academic excellence that has defined the University for 125 years, CSU Chico integrates liberal and applied learning to provide students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in the modern workplace.

Students at California State University—Chico can choose from more than 300 fields of study, including master’s degree programs such as business, health, and political science. Outside the classroom, Chico State students can get involved in more than 200 campus clubs, join Greek life, and write for The Orion newspaper. Student athletes can play at the intramural, club, and intercollegiate levels. The Chico State Wildcats varsity teams are members of the NCAA Division II California Collegiate Athletic Association and compete in about a dozen sports.

Students partner with faculty, collaborate with staff, and manage programs to gain hands-on research experience and real-world training, while building relationships that will last a lifetime.  The student-faculty ratio at California State University–Chico is 23:1.

The most popular majors at California State University–Chico include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Social Sciences; Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies; and Psychology.

Chico State’s education, research, and public service are rooted in what really matters–community. The motto, “Today Decides Tomorrow,” reflects the high-impact teaching methods of Chico State’s faculty and staff, which help students apply their learning in real-world settings, including field work, internships, student research, cutting-edge laboratories, and more. This broad commitment to community-based learning has earned Chico State national recognition for civic engagement and service.

The campus is consistently ranked as one of the best regional public universities in the Western United States, and is the only CSU, campus to have earned a favourable rating in all five categories of the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scoreboard, which rates universities on affordability and value.

Chico State is also a top-ranked study abroad school where students learn to thrive in an interconnected world. The legacy of preparing educators continues today, as Chico State offer innovative programs, such as those for future science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers.

As a comprehensive university, Chico State provides a balanced education in the arts, humanities, science, and technology, while offering signature programs such as professional sales, nursing, nutrition and food science, concrete industry management, recording arts and music industry, forensic anthropology, and multicultural education.

It is also a home to an 800-acre university farm and more than 2,330 acres of ecological reserves. Faculty and staff have a reputation for building lifelong relationships with students. It has one of the highest freshman graduation rates in the CSU and a distinguished record of placing students with Fortune 500 companies.  From day one, Chico State creates a learning community that deliberately links the knowledge and skills gained in the classroom to active engagement and self-reflection grounded in the realities, students will face in their careers and personal lives.


  • 41 (tie) in Regional Universities West
  • 9 in Top Public Schools
  • 71 (tie) in Engineering Programs (no doctorate)
  • 312 (tie) in Business Programs

The University has been rated a top-10 regional public university in the West by US News and World Report since 1998, when the rankings began.

Washington Monthly highlighted the University for “helping non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.”

Chico State was named one of the greenest campuses in the nation in The Princeton Review’s “Guide to Green Colleges.”

Overall, Chico State is among the top schools for students from outside the United States. They are ranked 98th out of 1,204 in our Overall Best Value U.S. Colleges & Universities for International Students.

Students at California State University—Chico have many opportunities to have fun off campus as well. The city of Chico is known as a bicycling community and hosts the Wildflower Century 100-mile bike race each April. Chico is also home to a world music festival, concert series, parks, and museums. Chico State students who want to venture out of town can drive to Table Mountain and Lake Oroville in minutes and to Sacramento and San Francisco in just a few hours. Notable Chico State alumni include Ken Grossman, cofounder and CEO of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.