California State University, Chico, founded in 1887, was the second University created in the California State University system. It is also known as Chico State, Cal State, or just Chico. Chico, CA, is the most populated city in Butte County. The city is Sacramento Valley’s cultural and educational center, having two Universities, Sacramento and Cal State. It is nearby to many cultural museums, parks, stadiums, and theaters. Chico has been nicknamed the “City of Roses” and affectionately labelled as “Tree City USA.”
The University is most known for its excellence in academic programs such as computer science, business, technology, theatre arts, engineering and environmental studies. Chico has over one-hundred and fifty undergraduate degree programs and is organized into eight colleges: the College of Agriculture, the College of Behavioural and Social Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Communication and Education, the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management, the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, the College of Natural Sciences, and the College of Graduate Studies. Chico was ranked by the U.S News and World Report as the sixth best Master’s degree institution in the West in the year 2010. They also were ranked among the top one hundred in the 2009 version of Forbes America’s Best Colleges. They do have distance learning through the Extended Education University, which is part of the state system. Of all the Cal State Universities, they are well known for their student run theatre, and their many libraries which hold special collections of both California history and Native American history.
Distance learning degree options include but are not limited to: Bachelor of Arts in Social Science, Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, and Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies. They also have certificate programs and concentrations in Career and Life Planning, as well as the California Teachers of English Learners Certificate. The most popular on-campus majors are Pre-Business Administration, Liberal Studies, and Psychology. Other degree options include Agricultural Business, Agriculture, Applied Computer Graphics (Production and Technical), Art, Art Education, Art History, Studio Art, Interior Design, Asian Studies, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Business Administration, Finance, Human Resources Management, Management, Project Management, Marketing, Accounting Information Systems, Supply Chain Management, Chemistry, Child Development, Civil Engineering, Communication Design, Computer Engineering, Computer Information Sciences, Computer Science, Concrete Industry Management, Criminal Justice, Economics, International Economics, English, Environmental Science, Exercise Physiology, French, Geography, Geology, Geosciences, German, Health Sciences, Gerontology, History, Humanities, Journalism, International Relations, Kinesiology, Latin American Studies, Linguistics, Manufacturing Technology, Microbiology, Multicultural and Gender Studies, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronic Engineering, Music, Musical Theatre, Nursing, Nutrition and Food Sciences, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Pre-Nursing, Religious Studies, Social Science, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, and Theatre.
In-state tuition and fees for Chico State are $4,008 per semester, and for out-of-state total tuition is $14,178. Room and board is estimated at $9,300, and books and supplies at $1,656. Students may qualify for Federal Aid, Loans, Grants and Scholarships. Scholarships that Chico offers includes Chico President’s Scholarships, Athletic Scholarships, External Scholarships, Governor’s Scholarship Award, and the Graduate Equity Fellowship Program.