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IPEDS ID: 110538
OPE ID: 00114600
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California State University-Chico
First and Normal Sts, Chico, California 95929-0150
Distance from ZIP:  0.0 miles from 95929
General information:  (530) 898-6116
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Campus setting:  City: Small
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  16,356 (15,290 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  24 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
Special Learning Opportunities
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2013Full timePart time
Total faculty480429
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-69
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,656$1,746$1,666$1,7102.6%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$11,138$11,138$11,118$11,2080.8%
Off Campus
Room and board$11,138$11,138$10,962$10,9620.0%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
On Campus$21,642$23,100$23,542$22,362-5.0%
Off Campus$21,642$23,100$23,386$22,116-5.4%
Off Campus with Family$10,504$11,962$12,424$11,154-10.2%
On Campus$32,802$34,260$34,702$33,522-3.4%
Off Campus$32,802$34,260$34,546$33,276-3.7%
Off Campus with Family$21,664$23,122$23,584$22,314-5.4%
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  • The estimated price does not include room and board, books and supplies, &c. (where applicable) and is based on previous years' tuition and fees data. Tuition and fees may vary by program. Please contact this institution for detailed price information.
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2013-2014
In-state tuition$6,738
In-state fees$1,500
Out-of-state tuition$17,898
Out-of-state fees$1,500
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid11,66963%————
Grant or scholarship aid1,23046%$12,157,809$9,884
Federal grants97537%$4,675,995$4,796
Pell grants96836%$4,487,611$4,636
Other federal grants1797%$188,384$1,052
State/local government grant or scholarships90834%$2,609,880$2,874
Institutional grants or scholarships88533%$4,871,934$5,505
Student loan aid1,18845%$6,074,054$5,113
Federal student loans1,17444%$5,459,731$4,651
Other student loans562%$614,323$10,970
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid16,98946%$63,765,292$9,124
Pell grants5,96239%$26,073,674$4,373
Federal student loans6,92345%$41,030,713$5,927
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$11,276$12,287$12,836
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$7,718$9,479$9,956
$30,001 – $48,000$10,599$11,417$11,944
$48,001 – $75,000$14,532$16,205$16,525
$75,001 – $110,000$18,232$21,529$21,520
$110,001 and more$20,123$22,164$22,604
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2013
Total enrollment16,356
Undergraduate enrollment15,290
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment1,599
Graduate enrollment1,066
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 93%
Part-time: 7%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 48%
Female: 52%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 1%
Asian: 6%
Black or African American: 2%
Hispanic/Latino: 23%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 52%
Two or more races: 5%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 8%
Non-resident alien: 4%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 86%
25 and over: 14%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 97%
Out-of-state: 1%
Foreign countries: 2%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2012.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 71%
Part-time: 29%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 1%
Enrolled in some distance education: 27%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 72%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 1%
Enrolled in some distance education: 24%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 75%
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $55
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2012
Number of applicants17,2157,6019,614
Percent admitted72%70%73%
Percent admitted who enrolled22%23%21%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
Test Scores: Fall 2012 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading450550
SAT Math460570
ACT Composite1924
ACT English1824
ACT Math1925
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 87%
Part-time students: 58%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Returned in Fall 2013
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 56 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2013.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 56%
Transfer-out rate: 5%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
4-year: 19%
6-year: 59%
8-year: 63%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 52%
Female: 60%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 43%
Asian: 47%
Black or African American: 41%
Hispanic/Latino: 45%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 53%
White: 61%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 58%
Non-resident alien: 36%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMaster
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences
Agricultural Business and Management, General39-
Agriculture, General54-
Animal Sciences, General33-
Category total126-
Architecture and Related Services
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning-3
Category total-3
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
Asian Studies/Civilization6-
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other8-
Latin American Studies6-
Category total20-
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General5611
Microbiology, General12-
Category total7911
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General58742
Category total58742
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Speech Communication and Rhetoric-4
Category total654
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Graphics36-
Computer Science219
Information Technology63-
Category total1209
Early Childhood Education and Teaching53-
Education, General-55
Educational/Instructional Technology10
Foreign Language Teacher Education-13
Mathematics Teacher Education-3
Category total5471
Civil Engineering, General71-
Computer Engineering, General1013
Electrical and Electronics Engineering9-
Engineering, Other19-
Mechanical Engineering42-
Category total15113
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician120-
Engineering/Industrial Management9-
Engineering-Related Fields, Other14-
Industrial Technology/Technician3-
Category total146-
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General777
Rhetoric and Composition100-
Category total1777
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
French Language and Literature0-
German Language and Literature1-
Spanish Language and Literature16-
Category total18-
Health Professions and Related Programs
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General5221
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General106-
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse1204d
Category total33029d
History, General565
Category total565
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies122-
Category total122-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Humanities/Humanistic Studies7-
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies199d-
Category total206d-
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General25-
Category total25-
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other75
Natural Sciences2-
Category total95
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science215
Category total215
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General7421
Kinesiology and Exercise Science101-
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies1252
Category total30023
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Religion/Religious Studies5-
Category total17-
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General5-
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other02
Geology/Earth Science, General11-
Physics, General8-
Category total242
Psychology, General21327
Category total21327
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration1411
Social Work4750
Category total6161
Social Sciences
Economics, General23-
International Relations and Affairs41-
Political Science and Government, General568
Social Sciences, General58d4
Category total315d24
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General322
Design and Visual Communications, General129-
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General8-
Fine/Studio Arts, General253
Music, General162
Music, Other40-
Musical Theatre3-
Category total2537
Grand total3,495348
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division II (without football) MenWomen
Track and Field, Outdoor6467
Track and Field, X-Country2936
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities 4/30/1954 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
American Dietetic Association, Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education
Didactic Program in Dietetics7/1/1975 -  Accredited
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
Speech-Language Pathology (SP) - Graduate degree programs12/1/1985 -  Accredited
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels10/3/2003 -  Accredited
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels10/3/2003 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1975 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1970 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)7/1/2009 -  Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools10/19/2007 -  Accredited
National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program(!)4/1/1959 -  Accredited
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program4/1/1959 - 12/31/2006Resigned
  • (!) Estimated date
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession022
Drug law violations12723
Liquor law violations12114
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations315
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible624
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)100
Aggravated assault113
Motor vehicle theft010
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible321
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)100
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year20102009
Default rate7.1%5.8%
Number in default195155
Number in repayment2,7132,665
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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