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Study at California State University Chico

California State University, Chico, also known as the Chico State or Cal State, Chico, is the second-oldest campus in the California State University System. The university opened on September 3, 1889 with a class of 90 students. The university offers over 400 undergraduate and graduate academic programs to students. There are more than 60 undergraduate majors in the liberal arts and professional and technical areas. Students are also offered the option of choosing from a variety of minors, certificates, teaching credentials and graduate programs. In the last decade, Cal State, Chico has consistently ranked among the Best Public Master's Level University in the West. In addition, the athletic department boasts of basketball, soccer, golf, cross-country, and track and field teams for both men and women. The men's baseball and swimming and diving teams, and the women's rugby team have won national championships for the university.

Profile of California State University ChicoThe campus of Cal State Chico is in Chico, California. which is a small city. The school is a public institution. Degrees at Cal State Chico include, at the school's highest level, the Master's degree.

Course Topics

The school is known for its programs in music, computer science and engineering, nutrition and exercise therapy, and liberal arts.

Cal State Chico Selectivity

Admission at Cal State Chico is selective, not open to all who apply. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 450. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 460 and 580.

Cal State Chico has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at the school is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, Cal State Chico had 17, 034 students enrolled (15, 886 full-time equivalent).

Student Life
The school offers students meal plans. Cal State Chico values student athletics, and belongs to the California Collegiate Athletic Association.

Cal State Chico Tuition and AffordabilityThe school is a relative bargain, with lower tuition and fees than most schools offering similar degrees.

Cal State Chico Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts937liberal arts and sciences, English, social services, speech and rhetoric, political science, history, sociology, anthropology, . . .
Business and Management465business management, business administration, accounting
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy270parks and recreation studies, health and physical education, exercise science, dietitian
Therapy and Counselling228psychology, communication disorders
Computer Science and Engineering167computer science, information technology, computer graphics, computer engineering
Science111biology, microbiology, geology, geological and earth sciences, chemistry, physics, botany
Engineering111civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, various engineering courses
Design107design and visual communication
Education and Teaching107early childhood education, education, instructional media design, foreign language teaching, math teaching
Engineering Technician106construction engineering tech
Media95journalism, communication studies
Family and Social Work95social work, public administration
Nursing and Emergency Medicine85registered nursing
Agricultural Science and Management79agriculture, agricultural management
Art Studies67art studies
Music54various music studies, music
Security and Law Enforcement50criminal justice and safety
Medical Support and Technology42health service and sciences
Drama and Performing Arts15drama, stagecraft
Fine Arts14fine arts
Religion and Philosophy14philosophy, religion
Conservation and Resource Management11environmental studies
Architecture and Planning1urban planning
Contact: Cal State ChicoCalifornia State University Chico

First and Normal Sts

Chico, California 95929-0150

General Phone: (530) 898-6116


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