About This CampusChico 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 InformationChico 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 InformationOnce 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.