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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. It is located in Chico, California, about ninety miles north of Sacramento. As of the Fall 2014 semester, the university had a total enrollment of 17,287 students.[6] The university offers 126 types of bachelor’s degrees, 35 types of master’s degrees, and four types of teaching credentials. The university does not confer doctoral degrees.



Location and facilities

The California State University, Chico campus consists of a 119-acre (48 ha) main campus and a 1,040-acre (420 ha) university farm.

Early construction

The construction of the normal school building was begun in September, 1887. It was a large brick building, consisting of three stories and full basement. It was of Romanesque design with Elizabethan gables and artificial stone trimmings. The building was destroyed by a fire in 1927. The current administration building Kendall Hall was built on the site of the normal school in 1929.

Colusa Hall, completed in 1921 is the oldest building on campus. It was used for purposes related to the industrial arts, but now the building is now used as a conference and public events facility.


The Campus Arboretum is located across the campus of California State University, Chico along Big Chico Creek.

Nearby Bidwell Park includes 29 acres (117,000 m²) of a former arboretum, now run somewhat wild, which contains trees such as English oaks, hawthorn, Cherry Plum, bay laurel, cork oak, ponderosa, aleppo, and Monterey pines, willow, mulberry, linden, maple, catalpa, pine, and eucalyptus, collected from around the world.

Residence halls

Currently, the university can accommodate 2,150 or approximately 13% of the student body in seven on-campus residential halls. Sutter, Whitney, Shasta and Lassen halls are on the main campus, while Esken, Mechoopda and Konkow are near the athletic fields about a block and a half away from the main campus. Whitney, Shasta and Lassen are the names of major mountains in Northern California, and the others are named after Native American tribes which used to inhabit the area. Most buildings that make up the campus are named after counties in California. University Village or “UV” is a university-owned dorm about a mile off campus. The university opened its newest dorm, Sutter Hall, for the Fall 2010 semester. It is located between Whitney and Shasta and Lassen halls. For much of the Fall 2010 semester, Sutter Hall’s dining area remained closed. However, it opened in the Spring 2011 semester, featuring new dining options for students.

Recent construction

  • The Wildcat Recreation Center (WREC), approved by a 2005 student ballot initiative, opened in August 2009. It has received a LEED rating of Gold for its sustainable and environmentally conscious features.
  • Sutter Hall, a five-story residence hall, complete with a state-of-the-art dining hall completed in 2010, received LEED Gold certification for energy efficiency in 2011.
  • Arts & Humanities Building, Taylor II (Taylor Hall) replacement building was approved to replace the old Alva P. Taylor Hall, which was built in 1961. Construction on Taylor II started on November 2013, with an estimated cost of $58,384,000, and approximate completion date of spring 2016. The Campus Public Arts Committee held a contest were five artistic finalist were able to propose art projects for the Arts & Humanities Public Art Project along 2nd Street, finalist Marek Walczak and Wes Heiss were the artists selected to complete the public art project after proposing the Facewall.

List of Departments


Chico State is known for its academic programs in engineering, science, computing, business, technology, environmental studies, Theatre Arts  and communication. The university has more than 50 Departments and offers more than 150 undergraduate degrees. It is organized into seven colleges and four schools.


  • College of Agriculture
  • College of Behavioral & Social Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Communication & Education
  • College of Engineering, Computer Science, & Construction Management
  • College of Humanities and Fine Arts
  • College of Natural Sciences


  • School of Communication
  • School of Education
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Social Work

The school’s library, the Meriam Library, has several special collections of Native American and Californian history.


Courses Offered


  • Oral Communication (A1)
  • Written Communication (A2)
  • Critical Thinking (A3)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (A4)
  • Physical Sciences (B1)
  • Life Sciences (B2)

American Institutions

  • American Government
  • US History

GE Discipinary Area

  • Arts (C1)
  • Humanities (C2)
  • Individual & Society (D1)
  • Societal Institutions (D2)
  • Learning for Life (E)
  • UD – Natural Sciences (UDB)
  • UD – Arts/Humanities (UDC)
  • UD – Social Sciences (UDD)

Upper Division Pathways

  • Diversity Studies (DIV)
  • Ethics, Justice, & Policy (EJP)
  • Food Studies (FST)
  • Great Books & Ideas Studies (GBI)
  • Global Development Studies (GDV)
  • Gender & Sexuality Studies (GNS)
  • Health & Wellness Studies (HNW)
  • International Studies (INT)
  • Science, Technology, & Values (STV)
  • Sustainability Studies (SUS)



Wildcat Scholarships

California State University, Chico provides opportunities for scholarship awards to eligible students. New and continuing students are encouraged to apply by submitting the online Wildcat Scholarship Application. Scholarships are based on any or all of the following criteria:

  • Educational and career objectives
  • Scholastic achievements
  • Financial need
  • Involvement in school or community service
  • Active affiliation with clubs and organizations
  • Special qualifications (talent, obstacles overcome, relationships)

Wildcat Scholarship Application Information

The 2017-18 scholarship application will open January 2, 2017 and close on February 15, 2017. Mark your calendar to complete the FAFSA or CA Dream application by March 2, 2017. Scholarship recipients are selected in the spring for the following academic year.

March 2 – Supplemental Information due to Osher Reentry and Crankstart Reentry Scholarship to be submitted by Reentry students.

March 30 – Scholarship deadline for students accepted for the RN/BSN for Fall 2017 cohort.


Applicants must be enrolled at CSU, Chico or must be regularly eligible for admission. New applicants to the University must have an admission application on file. Students enrolled only through Regional & Continuing Education’s Open University are not eligible. All scholarships require that the recipients maintain full-time enrollment (12 units undergraduates and credential; 8 units graduates). All scholarships also require a minimum 2.00 GPA and many require a GPA of 3.00 or higher.

Need-Based Scholarships

Some scholarships require that recipients demonstrate financial need. In order to be considered for need-based scholarships, you must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Application no later than March 2, 2017 for the 2017-2018 academic year. If you are selected as a recipient of a need-based scholarship, your need will be verified, if selected for verification, prior to any funds being disbursed. Do not limit your opportunities by not completing the FAFSA or California Dream Application.

How to prepare for the 2017-2018 online application

1) Wildcat scholarships require at least one letter of recommendation. You will need to enter the recommender’s name and email address when you apply; our office will send the request. Give the recommender as much time as possible. This process is a required part of the application. Read Online Letter of Recommendation Guidelines for instructions and exceptions. Your application will be considered incomplete without a letter of recommendation, art portfolio, or music/theatre audition/interview.

2) On the scholarship application you will be asked to identify specific major/career interests, relationship categories, and club, societies, or memberships which may relate to specific scholarships.  Any of the information you identify in the checkbox section of the application should also be described in your written statements. This provides extremely helpful information for scholarship committees and matching your application to scholarships.

3) You will be asked to complete 5 written statements to help the scholarship committees get to know you and provide information that will help us match you to specific scholarship opportunities. Remember to reference information you checked in the interest, involvement and relationship categories.

  1. What are your educational and career goals?
  2. What campus or school sponsored activities have you participated in during the past three years? Include names, dates of memberships, the number of hours involvement, and offices held. Format in an easy-to-read list with descriptions.
  3. What involvement have you had in community organizations or volunteer activities over the past three years? Include projects or events and your level of involvement. Format in an easy-to-read list with descriptions.
  4. Explain how a scholarship will help you to fund your education. Include any information regarding exceptional hardships or obstacles you may have overcome in your pursuit of a college degree.
  5. Describe any special talent you may possess or your proudest accomplishment.

4) We recommend you compose your written statements in a document editing program to easily proof and edit. Use proper grammar and capitalization. You can save your answers and then copy and paste in the application. Use single space.  Limited formatting is allowed to help with readability. Please limit each response to 300 words or less. If your answers are too lengthy they may not be read thoroughly. Easy readability is important.

5) Special department requirements:

  • Music and Theatre majors require an audition or interview and should contact the Music and Theatre Department office.
  • Majors in the Art and Art History department request a portfolio. Contact the department office.
  • Civil Engineering majors require a supplemental application. Contact the Civil Engineering office.



Special Awards

Some scholarships and merit awards are awarded to students with outstanding academic performance records and special talents. These usually require a separate application or nomination process. New and continuing students should inquire at their academic department offices for information on the availability of special awards.



The typical application filing periods for each semester are listed below.

  • Spring Semester…………………August 1-31
  • Fall Semester…………………….October 1-November 30