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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 over 40 nations, 40 states and 2 US territories. 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

When NSE students accept to do their part in this exchange partnership, the registration process has been smooth and relatively easy. It is an online process with a specific time assigned to NSE. You will find that faculty and staff welcome exchange students from the US and oversees. Chico is easy to shuttle, bicycle, or walk. The WREC is a fabulous gym free to students, 200+ organizations, Adventure Outings provides trips all across CA, and CAVE offers opportunities for you to volunteer.

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)
Very Good

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Chico
Population | 106,966
Enrollment | 17,789
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | N/A
Term Dates
Fall | 08/26-12/20
Spring | 01/21-05/15

Campus Diversity

White | 42%
Black | 2%
Hispanic/Latino | 33%
Asian | 5%
Native/1st Nation | 1%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Two or more | 5%
Other | 12%


-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • With seniors
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
Agriculture: Agricultural Business, Agricultural Education, Agricultural Sciences, Animal Sciences, Crop Science/Management, Horticulture, Land Resources, Plant Science

Anthropology: Anthropology

Architecture: Interior Architecture

Area Studies: American Multicultural Studies, Asian Studies, Gender, Ethnicity and Multicultural Studies, International Studies, Latin American Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art Education, Art History, Computer Graphics, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Media Arts, Studio Art, Theater Art

Athletics: Adapted Physical Education, Coaching, Exercise Science, Health and Fitness Teaching, Movement Studies, Physical Education

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science, Botany/Plant Sciences, Cell Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Molecular Biology

Business: Accounting, Business Administration, Business Information Systems, Entrepreneurship, Finance and Operation Management, Finance/Banking, Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing, Operations Management, Product Operations Management, Public Administration, Public Relations, Small Business Management, Systems Management

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry

Communications: Communication, Electronic Media, Journalism, Mass Communication, Media News, Newspapers, Organizational Communication, Science Communication, Speech/Rhetoric/Public Address

Computer Science: Computer Game Design, System Administration

Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice, Legal Studies, Paralegal Studies

Earth Sciences: Atmospheric Sciences, Earth Science, Geohydrology, Geology, Geosciences

Economics: Economics

Education: Adapted Physical Education, Bilingual, Child Development, Elementary Education, English, Health Education, Kindergarten Education, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Science, Secondary Education, Social Science Education, Special Education, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)

Engineering: Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Engineering, Machatronic Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

English: English, Literature

Environmental Studies: Ecology, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Management, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies, Resource Recreation Management, Sustainability Studies

Food Science: Food Science, Food Services Management, Nutrition

General Studies: Humanities, Liberal Studies, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences

Geography and Urban Studies: Cartography, Environmental Planning, Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Planning, Rural Community Development

Geology: Geology

Health and Safety Sciences: Clinical Laboratory Science, Communication Disorders, Community Health, Dietetics, Environmental Health, Exercise Physiology, Exercise Science, Gerontology, Health Education, Health Science, Health Services Administration, Health Services/Hospital Administration and Management, Kinesiology, Therapeutic Recreation, Wellness

History: History

Hospitality and Tourism: Hotel/Restaurant Management, Hotel/Travel Administration, Tourism and Travel, Tourism Management

Industrial Studies: Construction Management, Production and Operations Management

Information Studies: Applied Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Computer Programming, Computer Science, Information Systems

International Studies: International Relations

Languages: French, German, Italian, Japanese, Languages, Spanish

Mathematics: Applied Mathematics, Mathematics, Statistics

Performing Arts: Acting, Dance, Music, Music Education, Music Industry, Music Performance, Music Theater, Music Theory and Composition, Performance, Piano Pedagogy, Theater Arts/Drama, Theater Production

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy, Religious Studies

Physics: Applied Physics, Physics

Political Science: International Affairs/Relations, Political Science, Public Administration/Affairs

Psychology: Counseling, Psychology

Recreation: Commercial Recreation Management, CommunityRecreation Management, Parks Administration and Management, Recreation, Recreation Resources, Recreation Therapy

Sociology/Social Work: Gender Studies, Social Science, Social Work, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies

Speech Pathology and Audiology: Communication Disorders, Speech Pathology and Audiology

Technology: Civil Engineering Technology, Computer Engineering Technology, Construction Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Electronics Engineering Technology, Engineering Technology, Information Systems Technology, Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Manufacturing Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology


Quick Links 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 accept on Plan A

Tuition / Fees

-- 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 (Plan A) Students
  • Figures are current as of 06/25/19.
  • Estimated cost: $3903.
  • 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 (Plan A) students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) 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 (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment (Plan A): 16
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 16
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 06/25/19.

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

Financial Aid

Host Payment (Plan A)
For Plan A 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 Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
Use FAFSA CODE: 001146

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 06/25/19

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 11% living on campus
  • Double: $6608 (includes meals)
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living is limited
  • Maximum unrestricted housing reserved: 25
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $0
  • Proximity to campus:
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Meal Plans Per Semester
  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $1760 per semester for 12 meals per week.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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