California State University - Chico

California State University - Chico Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is California State University - Chico Ranked?

2022 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 276 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is agriculture.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2022 analysis, Chico State is ranked #594 out of 2,576 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Chico State held the #634 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 203 colleges in California, Chico State is ranked at #94.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Chico State?

Acceptance Rate

Because it has a high acceptance rate of 90%, some consider Chico State to be a safety school. But don't just assume that admittance is in the bag. Make sure to spend enough time on your application so that it is in tip-top shape.

Average Test Scores

About 90% 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 490 and 590. Math scores were between 480 and 580.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for California State University - Chico  ( 490 to 590 )

SAT Math Scores for California State University - Chico  ( 480 to 580 )
Chico State received ACT scores from 24% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 18 and 24.

ACT Composite Scores for California State University - Chico  ( 18 to 24 )

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California State University - Chico Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at California State University - Chico is 25 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1. This may indicate that some of your classes will be larger in size than they would be at other schools. However, upper level classes will probably be smaller.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at California State University - Chico is 56%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  56 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at California State University - Chico

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 83% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like California State University - Chico enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  83 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When it comes to finishing their studies on time, those seeking a bachelor's degree from Chico State have a four-year graduation rate of 28%. This is comparable to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  28 out of 100

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California State University - Chico Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 15,747 undergraduates at Chico State with 14,228 being full-time and 1,519 being part-time.

How Much Does California State University - Chico Cost?

The overall average net price of Chico State is $15,017. 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 +
$10,260 $11,576 $16,116 $19,444 $23,039

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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Chico State, approximately 43% of students took out student loans averaging $5,619 a year. That adds up to $22,476 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Chico State is 3.3%. 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?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Chico State with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $48,100 in their early years. This is good news for future Chico State graduates since it is 21% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


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Location of California State University - Chico

California State University - Chico is a public institution located in Chico, California. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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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 most recent year for which we have data, students from 69 majors graduated from California State University - Chico. Of these students, 4,406 received undergraduate degrees and 288 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 648 $48,432
General Psychology 342 $28,998
Fine & Studio Arts 220 $30,926
Health & Physical Education 220 $25,194
Liberal Arts General Studies 210 $26,037
Criminal Justice & Corrections 173 $33,586
Sociology 144 $32,711
Design & Applied Arts 124 $26,187
Communication & Media Studies 122 $35,157
Nursing 117 $92,040

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 is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2019-2020, 16,733 students took at least one online class at California State University - Chico. This is an increase from the 6,024 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 16,733 15,669
2018-2019 6,024 568
2017-2018 5,332 529
2016-2017 5,207 514
2015-2016 5,230 406

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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