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California State University - Chico Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on California State University - Chico, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is California State University - Chico Ranked?

2021 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 63 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies.

Overall Quality

Chico State landed the #634 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

Out of the 116 colleges in California, Chico State is ranked at #57.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Chico State?

Acceptance Rate

California State University - Chico has an acceptance rate of 68%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for Chico State.

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 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 84% 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  84 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at Chico State is 23%. That's 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 16,164 undergraduates at Chico State with 15,000 being full-time and 1,164 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 racial-ethnic 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 74.44 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  74.44 out of 100
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How Much Does California State University - Chico Cost?

The overall average net price of Chico State is $14,453. 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 +
$9,967 $11,280 $15,420 $19,385 $22,795

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 47% of students took out student loans averaging $5,436 a year. That adds up to $21,744 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Chico State is 5.1%. 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 68 majors graduated from California State University - Chico. Of these students, 4,417 received undergraduate degrees and 276 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 720 $45,300
General Psychology 266 $27,000
Health & Physical Education 219 $22,600
Criminal Justice & Corrections 195 $29,700
Liberal Arts General Studies 189 $22,300
Design & Applied Arts 164 $21,800
Health Sciences & Services 143 $31,300
Sociology 136 $27,800
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 124 $35,300
Communication & Media Studies 114 $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 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 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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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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