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California State University - Chico Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how California State University - Chico ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is California State University - Chico Ranked?

2020 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

California State University - Chico was awarded 117 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies.

Overall Quality

Chico State landed the #501 spot in College Factual's 2020 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,727 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Chico State held the #554 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 112 colleges in California, Chico State is ranked at #49.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Chico State?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to California State University - Chico you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 68%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 85% of students accepted to Chico State submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 500 and 590. Math scores were between 490 and 580.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for California State University - Chico  ( 500 to 590 )

SAT Math Scores for California State University - Chico  ( 490 to 580 )
Chico State received ACT scores from 42% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 19 and 25.

ACT Composite Scores for California State University - Chico  ( 19 to 25 )

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California State University - Chico Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used as a measure to gauge how much access students will have to their professors - the lower the number, the better. At California State University - Chico, this rate is 25 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at California State University - Chico is 55%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  55 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at California State University - Chico

Freshmen Retention Rate

California State University - Chico has a freshmen retention rate of 84%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  84 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 23% for first-time, full-time students at Chico State, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  23 out of 100

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Good Overall Diversity at Chico State

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 16,710 undergraduates at Chico State with 15,446 being full-time and 1,264 being part-time.

Chico State Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and minorities. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

The overall diversity score for Chico State is 65.93 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  65.93 out of 100
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How Much Does California State University - Chico Cost?

The overall average net price of Chico State is $14,703. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Chico State

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$10,096 $11,638 $15,830 $19,940 $22,389

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Chico State, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Chico State, approximately 52% of students took out student loans averaging $5,308 a year. That adds up to $21,232 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Chico State is 4.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Chico State Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Chico State make about $48,100 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future Chico State graduates since it is 18% more than the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 per year.


See which majors at California State University - Chico make the most money.

Location of California State University - Chico

California State University - Chico is a public institution located in Chico, California. The location of Chico State is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

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Location of California State University - Chico

Contact details for Chico State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: First And Normal Sts, Chico, CA 95929-0150
Phone: 530-898-6116

California State University - Chico Majors

During the 2017-2018 academic year, students from 58 majors graduated from California State University - Chico. Of these students, 4,371 received undergraduate degrees and 326 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 679 $45,300
General Psychology 285 $27,000
Health & Physical Education 208 $22,600
Liberal Arts General Studies 204 $22,300
Criminal Justice & Corrections 181 $29,700
Health Sciences & Services 153 $31,300
Design & Applied Arts 151 $21,800
Sociology 142 $27,800
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 128 $35,300
Communication & Media Studies 117 $33,800

Learn more about the majors offered at California State University - Chico along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Chico State

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 5,332 students took at least one online class at California State University - Chico. This is an increase from the 5,207 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 5,332 529
2016-2017 5,207 514
2015-2016 5,230 406
2014-2015 4,648 368
2013-2014 5,741 333

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