California State University--Chico

Chico State's education, research, and public service are rooted in what really matters--community. Our motto, "Today Decides Tomorrow," reflects the high-impact teaching methods of Chico State's faculty and staff, which help students apply their learning in real-world settings, including field work, internships, student research, cutting-edge laboratories, and more. This broad commitment to community-based learning has earned us national recognition for civic engagement and service. We are also a top-ranked study abroad school, where students learn to thrive in an interconnected world. Founded as a teachers college in 1887, Chico State is the second-oldest campus in the California State University system. Our legacy of preparing educators continues today, as we credential over 200 student-teachers annually and offer innovative programs, such as those for future science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers. As a comprehensive university, Chico State provides a balanced education in the arts, humanities, science, and technology, while offering signature programs such as professional sales, nursing, nutrition and food science, concrete industry management, recording arts and music industry, forensic anthropology, and multicultural education. Faculty and staff have a reputation for building lifelong relationships with students. We have one of the highest freshman graduation rates in the CSU and a distinguished record of placing students with Fortune 500 companies. Influential alumni regularly return to campus to recruit, lecture, and give expert advice to current students. The majority of students live on or within a mile of campus, which is situated in the heart of charming downtown Chico and is known for its inspiring natural beauty and welcoming community. In addition to outstanding career and educational opportunities, the quality of life found on campus and beyond provides a holistic experience for personal and professional growth. Students can explore their interests, discover new passions, and cultivate a team mindset through hundreds of student organizations. They walk or bike to campus and volunteer, intern, and work at local businesses and nonprofits and in offices across campus. They shop at year-round farmers markets, eat at Chico's many restaurants and cafes, and participate in the vibrant arts, culture, and social scene. The University is celebrated by entities like the Sierra club for our commitment to sustainability, and students explore the outdoors in beautiful Bidwell Park and travel the North State through education courses or the Associated Students Adventure Outings program. From day one, Chico State creates a learning community that deliberately links the knowledge and skills gained in the classroom to active engagement and self-reflection grounded in the realities students will face in their careers and personal lives.

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school_type year_founded religious_affiliation academic_calendar year_2016_endowment address telephone
Public, Coed 1887 N/A Semester $49.3 million + 400 W. First Street, Chico, CA 95929 (530) 898-4636
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47 100.0 California Chico 915 1189