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California State University, Chico

Chico, CA


About This Campus

Chico State, founded in 1887 and situated on 119 acres in downtown Chico, is a residential campus in a true college town with Big Chico Creek running through the middle. Our students come from 39 nations, 28 states, and 1 U.S. territory. The second oldest campus within the California State University system, Chico has nearly 17,000 students with a 23:1 student to faculty ratio and a class size average of 30. Chico is home to Bidwell Park, the 3rd largest municipal park in California. The park, established in 1905, totals 3,670 acres. Outdoor activities abound with swimming, picnicking, ball fields and miles of bike paths and trails for biking, jogging, walking, and hiking. Chico maintains a designation as a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community. Its central location allows for easy access to skiing in the mountains, swimming in the ocean, boating etc. Thursday night and Saturday mornings Farmers Markets and free Friday Night Concerts happen downtown Chico every week!

Location Information

Chico is located 90 miles north of Capital Sacramento, where Sacramento International Airport (SMF) is located, and 174 miles northeast of San Francisco. The main highway traveling north/south through Chico is Hwy 99. Interstate 5 (I-5) is the main interstate highway running north and south and is only 20 miles away from campus.

Helpful Information

Once NSE students accept their placement, the registration process is simple and completed via an online platform. NSE Campus Coordinator will be students’ main point of through the process. Chico is a great small college town that is easily accessible to explore by shuttle, biking and walking. The WREC is a fully equipped university gym, campus has 200+ organizations, Adventure Outings provides excursion across California, and CAVE offers opportunities to get involved in the community.

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2022/2023 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment
Very Good

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Chico
Population | 121,219
Enrollment | 16,630
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | N/A
Term Dates
Fall | 08/23-12/17
Spring | 01/24-05/20

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 1%
Asian | 6%
Black | 3%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 1%
Hispanic/Latino | 36%
Two or more | 6%
White | 43%
Other | 4%
International | 1%


  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: With seniors
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
Closed Programs
Nursing and Recording Arts are closed to all NSE. Difficult to access Social Work, Media Art, Design and Technology.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Business Information Systems - Offers students access unique programs including SAP. The College of Business is accredited by AACSB. http://www.csuchico.edu/cob/news/index.shtml
  • Construction Management - In addition to the theoretical work, Concrete Industry Management offers students opportunities to engage in real time projects. Unique in the Western United States. http://www.csuchico.edu/cim/
  • Forensic Anthropology - This is one of a limited number of programs offering a certificate in forensic anthropology. Students have the opportunity to work with local law enforcement agencies on forensic cases. http://www.csuchico.edu/anth/programs/Certificate.shtml

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

  • Accounting
  • Adapted Physical Education
  • Agricultural Business
  • Agricultural Education
  • Animal Behavior and Ethology
  • Animal Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Physics
  • Art
  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Asian Studies
  • Atmospheric Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Botany/Plant Sciences
  • Business Administration
  • Business Information Systems
  • Business Management
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Child Development
  • Civil Engineering
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Coaching
  • Communication
  • Communication Disorders
  • Communication Studies
  • Community Health
  • Computer Game Design
  • Computer Graphics
  • Construction Management
  • Counseling
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dance
  • Dietetics
  • Earth Science
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Health Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • Exercise Science
  • Experimental Pathology
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Finance/Banking
  • Fine Art
  • Food Science
  • French
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • German
  • Gerontology
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Education
  • Health Services/Hospital Administration and Management
  • History
  • Horticulture
  • Human Resource Management
  • Interior Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • International Relations
  • International Studies
  • Italian
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology
  • Land Use Planning and Management
  • Latin American Studies
  • Literature
  • Marketing
  • Mass Communication
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Molecular Biology
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Music Management
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Nutrition
  • Operations Management
  • Organizational Communications
  • Performing Arts: Voice
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Piano
  • Plant Science
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Public Relations
  • Recreation Management
  • Religious Studies/Theology
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Special Education
  • Speech Pathology and Audiology
  • Speech/Rhetoric/Public Address
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • Sustainable Resource Management
  • Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)
  • Theater Arts/Drama/Acting
  • Tourism Management
  • Toxicology
  • Turfgrass Science
  • Women and Gender Studies


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Preferred
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 500.00 paper, N/A computer or 61.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 06/23/21

  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment Students
  • Estimated cost: $3932.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 16
  • Home Payment: 16

Financial Aid - Host Payment
For Host Payment U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Host Payment applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
Use FAFSA CODE: 001146

Financial Aid - Home Payment
For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
NSE Program Fee $70 Semester Host & Home Mandatory
Housing Deposit $1000 Year Host & Home Mandatory
Athletic Fee $99 Semester Host Mandatory
Health Service Fee $141 Semester Host Mandatory
ID Card $2 Semester Host Mandatory
Parking Fee $121 Semester Host Optional
others Fee $459 Semester Host Mandatory

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 06/23/21

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 11% living on campus
  • Double: $6600 (includes meals)
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living is limited
  • Maximum unrestricted housing reserved: 25
Off-Campus Housing
  • Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $0
  • Proximity to campus:
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Meal Plans


Figures per Semester are current as of 06/23/21


  • Health / accident insurance
  • Immunization: 2 semester students may be required to provide evidence of MMR and Hepatitis B immunization.

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