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California State University, Chico

Chico, CA

The arches of Laxson Auditorium

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.

2023/2024 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2024/2025 Placement

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Fast Facts

Location | Chico
Population | 121,219
Enrollment | 15,421
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | N/A
Term Dates
Fall | 08/21-12/15
Spring | 01/23-05/19

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... ++ show all


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
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
Canadian Students
  • Will NOT accept

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 11/03/22

  • 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 for NSE Students
Regardless of Payment Plan, financial 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 11/03/22

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 11% living on campus
  • Double: $7606 (includes meals)
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • Maximum unrestricted housing reserved: 25
Off-Campus Housing
  • Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $1415
  • Proximity to campus:
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
On Campus housing is only available for students who apply to reside in on campus housing for the academic year or for the spring semester-only. On campus housing placements are not available for students who apply for NSE for the fall semester-only.

Meal Plans


Figures per Semester are current as of 11/03/22


    Comments on Problems or Conditions for Access
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    Other Health Related Comments
    COVID-19 Information:
    Per CSU policy, vaccinations against COVID-19 will be required to access campus facilities and participate in in-person learning and activities. Booster shots are required.
    COVID-19 Vaccination Booster Requirement: https://www.calstate.edu/csu-system/news/Pages/The-California-State-University-to-Require-COVID19-Vaccination-Booster-for-Spring-2022-Term.aspx
    CSU Policy: https://calstate.policystat.com/policy/9779821/latest/
    COVID-19 News & Information: https://www.csuchico.edu/coronavirus/

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