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Founded in 1887, California State University, Chico (also known as Chico State) is a residential college located in the heart of downtown Chico. Built on land donated by the Bidwell family, Chico State began as a teachers college and has turned into one of the top regional public universities. U.S. News and World Report: America's Best Colleges 2007 has ranked Chico State 4th among top public universities in the West that offer master's degrees.

CSU, Chico has nearly 16,000 students and offers over 400 undergraduate and graduate academic programs. The three largest majors are Business Administration, Liberal Studies and Psychology. With a strong and respected on-campus recruiting program, Chico State graduates are highly sought after.

The Chico State campus is a must-see for visitors to the area. The pedestrian friendly walkways and paths will lead you by the meandering creek, old brick buildings and enormous shade trees. These are just a few of the aspects that make this campus so special.

For more information pease visit www.csuchico.edu .

Freshman Students

We are glad you are interested in California State University, Chico and all that we have to offer our students. From application to orientation to our residence halls, we strive to help you make the most of your freshman year, and every year thereafter. Just use the links we've provided on the left to discover why Chico State is truly a bridge to your future!

How to Apply

Our preference is for you to apply online. It's quick and easy, and it also expedites the processing of your application! We do, however, still accept paper applications if you are unable to apply via the Internet.

Apply Online

Access our electronic application at CSUMentor .

PDF Version

Download a PDF version of the application (*Applications viewable and printable in Acrobat Reader. You can download the FREE Acrobat Reader , if you don't have it.)

pdfFall 2009 - Spring 2010 CSU Undergraduate Admission Application

We've also included the application Fee Waiver (California Residents only).

What do I Send?

Once you apply, be sure to follow up by sending the necessary documents for an admission decision.

Freshman : Send SAT or ACT test scores

Lower Division Transfers : Send SAT or ACT test scores, official high school transcript, and official transcripts from each college you've attended.

Upper Division Transfers : Send official transcripts from each college you've attended.

University Housing and Food Service

The housing program at CSU, Chico encourages personal growth in a residential setting and provides a climate where the living atmosphere compliments the educational mission of the university. By choosing to live on campus you have a great opportunity to smoothly transition into the university, which will enhance your college experience and help you graduate sooner. Our housing accommodations are comfortable, affordable and convenient for students. If you are looking for the ideal place to live, and especially if you are a first time CSU, Chico student, check out University Housing and Food Service. Rest assured, the housing staff will be there with you during the entire housing process to ensure your housing is an appropriate living environment for first-year students.

Off Campus Housing in Chico

The University Housing and Food Service office also has excellent resources to help you make your move to local housing a smooth one. We've even put together an Off Campus Housing Guide to help in your search. And the good news is that Chico has a wide variety of affordable houses, apartments, and even a private residence hall within walking distance of campus.

Best of Chico State

Explore the most up-to-date list of achievements of Chico's faculty, staff, and students

Excellence @ Chico State

Find out why Chico State is ranked as one of the Best in the West year after year.

Associated Students

The Associated Students seeks to provide a broad spectrum of quality programming including social, cultural, educational, and recreational services for the full actualization of university life.

Student Activities

Chico offers a residential campus experience unique in California. We have a very active campus, a friendly community, and a strong reputation for excellence in leadership development and innovations in student programs.

Intercollegiate Athletics

Explore all of the exciting ways to get involved as a Chico State Wildcat, including Intercollegiate Athletics,Intramural Sports and our competitive intercollegiate Sports Clubs programs that have sent many of our teams to National Championships!

Campus Safety

The safety and well being of our students, faculty, staff and visitors is our paramount priority. The University Police Department is operational 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. There is always a police officer(s) on duty to respond to calls for service. Additionally, our police officers are trained as first responders for medical emergencies.

Chico Chamber of Commerce

The Chico Chamber of Commerce is your partner in the community, and we think you'll find that chicochamber.com is an excellent resource for Chamber of Commerce and community affairs and events.

Chico Area Recreation District

For 53 years, CARD has been "helping people play" by providing leisure activities, both individually and together, for young and old, all year round. We invite you to browse through the CARD Web site and discover new opportunities for you, your friends, and your family.

Chico Enterprise Record

The Chico Enterprise-Record serves the greater Chico area with a circulation of about 33,000. The E-R is dedicated to providing you, the reader, with the information you want in a timely manner.

Child Care

The Associated Students Children's Center at the CSU, Chico campus provides childcare for the children of our students. Space is limited, so it is advisable to contact their office well ahead of time. Valley Oaks Children's Services is also a good resource for childcare in the Chico area. Their phone number is 1-530-895-3572.
There are also a variety of after-school programs for school aged children offered through the Chico Area Recreation District (CARD)

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