Universities in California

CSU Chico


University Information

Location: Chico, California
Founded: 1887
Undergraduate Students: 16 488
Campus Type: Urban
Institution Type: Public state university 
Website: www.csuchico.edu

About the University

California State University, Chico (also known as CSU Chico or Chico State), is the second-oldest campus in the 23-campus California State University system. It is located in Chico, California, about ninety miles north of Sacramento.  The university offers 126 types of bachelor’s degrees.

Chico State was founded in 1887, making it the second oldest CSU campus in the state.  The average undergraduate class size is 30 students, and the student-to-faculty ratio is 23 to 1.  Our students come from 46 nations, 37 states, and 2 US territories.

California State University, Chico’s tradition of academic excellence goes back more than 125 years. Now, the University continues to help today’s students develop into tomorrow’s successful citizens. Its unique combination of scholarly pursuits, civic engagement, and a very real connection to the Chico community earns it national and international accolades.

Excerpt from CSU Chico State’s website.

TOEFL: 80/120

IELTS: 6,0

Health insurance is required of all full-time degree, resident, and international students with F1 and J1 visas.

You are required by the California State University to have valid health and accident insurance coverage by the start of your program at CSU, Chico and at all times thereafter while you hold an F-1 or J-1 visa. For more information visit the website.

Cost: $325.00 per semester

Living on-campus:  On-campus housing is available on first-come first-served basis for undergraduate students. If you choose to live in University-owned housing, University Village is recommended for International Students. University Village offers a cluster of four bedrooms, sharing two bathrooms and one kitchen. 

For more information and for the online application visit. If you have housing questions after reviewing the website please contact:
University Housing office Phone: 530-898-6325, identify yourself as an international student Email: uhfsdesk@csuchico.edu

University-owned housing is somewhat more expensive than living in non-University-owned housing. However, for freshmen students, especially international students who do not yet know anyone and don’t know the layout of the city, living in University-owned housing can be very useful and convenient. After the first year of college, most students move to private apartments. 

Cost: $$5,445 – $10,428* per year
*Students living in residence halls must also purchase a meal plan please visit the website for more information.

Off-campus Housing: You may choose to live off campus near the University. If you choose this option you will want to arrive in Chico two to three weeks before classes begin to finalize your housing arrangements. There are many privately owned apartments, houses, and rooms for rent available within easy walking or biking distance of the campus.  Here are some useful ressources: 
Chico Enterprise Record
News and Review 

The average budget per month is: $1,000-$1,300

In order to be accepted, students must prove financial resources of $7,545.00 per semester.