CSU Chico: Student Life

Student Profile

Total undergraduates:7,669 men, 8,458 women, 16,127 total
Full-time undergraduates:6,927 men, 7,625 women, 14,552 total
Part-time undergraduates:742 men, 833 women, 1,575 total
Total graduate students:373 men, 720 women, 1,093 total
Full-time graduate students:257 men, 515 women, 772 total
Part-time graduate students:116 men, 205 women, 321 total
Average age of full-time undergraduates:22
U.S. region where majority of students come from:West
Percent of full-time U.S. undergraduates from out of state:1%
First-year student enrollment breakdown:
  • 0.3% American Indian or Alaskan Native 
  • 5.8% Asian non-Hispanic/Latino 
  • 3.3% Black or African American non-Hispanic/Latino 
  • 40.3% Hispanic/Latino 
  • 0.1% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander non-Hispanic/Latino
  • 36.6% White non-Hispanic/Latino 
  • 5.9% Two or more races non-Hispanic/Latino
  • 2.9% Nonresident Alien 
  • 4.8% Race and/or Ethnicity unknown
Degree seeking undergraduate student breakdown:
  • 0.6% American Indian or Alaskan Native 
  • 5.9% Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino 
  • 2.4% Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino 
  • 28.9% Hispanic/Latino 
  • 0.2% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino
  • 45.5% White, non-Hispanic/Latino 
  • 5.1% Two or more races non-Hispanic/Latino 
  • 3.9% Nonresident Alien 
  • 7.6% Race and/or Ethnicity unknown

Campus Environment

Campus size:119 acres
City or town school is located in:Chico, CA
Population of city/town:88,077
Locations of branch/satellite campuses:University Center at Shasta College.
Nearest major city:Sacramento, CA
Distance of nearest major city:100 miles
Population of nearest major city:479,686
Online campus map: www.csuchico.edu/maps/

Living on Campus

Institution offers housing:yes
Campus housing available to all unmarried students regardless of year:yes
Housing types (% in housing type, if given):
  • coed dorms
  • single-student apartments
  • special housing for disabled students
  • special housing for international students
  • other housing including Theme housing.
Percent of freshmen who live in school housing:62%
Percent of students who live in school housing:2%
Percent of students who live off campus:98%
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age:no
Student Conduct Policies:class attendance policies set by individual instructors, honor code, hazing prohibited, smoking prohibited, Student rights, responsibilities, and discipline policies; non-discrimination policy regarding individuals with disabilities.

Study Facilities

​Every student is required to lease or own a computer:no
Every student is required to take a computer course:no
Computer equipment is provided in:residence halls, library, computer center/lab(s), student center
Total number of microcomputers available to students:243
Other computer facilities/services:Wireless network.
Internet access provided to all students:yes
E-mail services/accounts provided to all students:yes
School has a library on campus:yes
Additional library facilities/collections:Special Collections.
​Museums and other special academic buildings/equipment on campus:​Art galleries, recording arts studio, agribusiness institute, Institute of Sustainable Development, intercultural studies center, computer graphics lab, planetarium, biological field station, electron microscope, Center for Communication Disorders, farm; anthropology and science museums.​

Assistance Services

Remedial learning services:writing, math, study skills, Accounting, biology, chemistry, economics, foreign languages, history, music, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology; other services provided on an individual basis.
Additional services offered:nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, women's center, day care, health insurance
Counseling services:minority student, veteran student, older student, birth control, career, personal, academic, psychological, individual, and couples counseling; wellness resources and consultations.
Career placement services:co-op education, internships, career/job search classes, interest inventory, on-campus job interviews, resumé assistance, alumni services, interview training, career fairs, career counseling, online job database, e-mail jobs, resource library/website.
Services for students with disabilities:note-taking services, tape recorders, tutors, reader services, interpreters for hearing-impaired, special transportation, special housing, adaptive equipment, braille services, assistive technology center.
Amount of campus that is accessible to physically handicapped:95%

Social Activities

Number of social fraternities on campus11
Number of fraternities that have chapter houses6
Percent of men who join fraternities1%
Number of social sororities on campus11
Number of sororities that have chapter houses5
Percent of women who join sororities1%
Student activities:student government, student newspaper, literary magazine, yearbook, radio station
School newspaper(s)The Orion Chico State, published weekly
Number of honor societies11
Total number of registered organizations179
Campus-based religious organizations:Art of Living, Campus City Connection: Worship and Prayer, Chabad Jewish Student Group, Christian Challenge, Comparative Religion and Humanities Society, Great Prophet Mohammed Association, Hillel/Jewish Student Union, SGI Club - Buddhism
Minority student organizations:Asociacion de Teatro y Poesia, Brazlus, Creativity and Adaptive Leadership in Middle East & North Africa, Education for Middle East Transformation, Filipino American Student Organization, Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholar Chapter, Japanese Fusion, Men of Honor, RenRan Club, Super K, The African Diaspora Organization, Women of Excellence, Zhongwen; Hmong, Indian, Korean, Punjabi, and Saudi Student Associations; Arabic, French, and German cultural clubs
International student organizations:The Exchange
Other student organizations, musical groups, activities, and committees:Musical, service, and special-interest groups; professional and environmental/sustainability associations; academic/career student, activist/political/social justice, service/leadership, and special interest/hobbies organizations


School has an athletic program:yes
Athletic director:Anita Barker, Director of Athletics
School colors:cardinal and white
School mascot:Wildcat
Athletic conference memberships:California Collegiate Athletic Conference
Sports offeredScholarships?Athletic Assoc.
Men's baseballyesNCAA Div. II
Men's basketballyesNCAA Div. II
Men's cross-countryyesNCAA Div. II
Men's golfyesNCAA Div. II
Men's socceryesNCAA Div. II
Men's track and field (outdoor)yesNCAA Div. II
Women's basketballyesNCAA Div. II
Women's cross-countryyesNCAA Div. II
Women's golfyes
Women's socceryesNCAA Div. II
Women's softballyesNCAA Div. II
Women's track and field (outdoor)yesNCAA Div. II
Women's volleyballyesNCAA Div. II
Percent of students in varsity/club intercollegiate sports:5%
Athletic facilities:aquatic and recreation centers; gymnasium, stadiums
Intramural/Recreational sports:bubble ball, basketball, dodgeball, football, kick ball, softball, table tennis, volleyball
Club sports for men:lacrosse, rugby, skiing, soccer, triathlon, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball
Club sports for women:crew, cycling, dance, field hockey, in-line hockey, lacrosse, rugby, softball, table tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, wakeboarding, water polo, water skiing

Getting Away

Public transportation serves campus:yes
Nearest international airport:Sacramento, CA (90 miles)
Nearest other airport:Ch​ico, CA (10 miles)
Nearest passenger train service:Chico, CA (1 mile)
Nearest passenger bus service:Chico, CA (1 mile)

Paying the Bills

Institutional employment is available:yes
Percent of full-time undergraduates working on campus:2%
Off-campus employment opportunities for undergrad​​uates are:fair
Freshmen are discouraged from working for first term:yes

After Graduation

List of firms that most frequently hire graduates:ADP, Aerotek, Build.com, Chevron, Cintas, Deloitte, Driscoll's, E & J Gallo Winery, Enloe Hospital, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Ernst & Young, Farm Credit Administration, Fastenal, Federated Insurance, Ferguson, Foster Farms, Franklin Templeton Investments, Frito-Lay, Granite Construction, Hemming Morse, HP, Hyatt Corporation, Insight Global, Kiewit, KPMG, Kohl's, Matson and Isom, Marriott International, Northwestern Mutual Insurance, Pebble Beach Resorts, PWC, Robert Lee & Associates, Pepsi, PG&E, SAP Labs, Shaw Industries, Sherwin Williams Company, SAP, State of California, State Street, Target Corp., TEKsystems, Workday.
List of most prominent alumni/ae:
  • Carolyn Shoemaker, astronomer, leading discoverer of comets
  • Sandy Lerner, co-founder, Cisco Systems
  • Rep. Don Young, Alaska.