California State University, Chico: Narrative Description

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400 West First St.
Chico, CA 95929-0722
Tel: (530)898-6116
Free: 800-542-4426
Admissions: (530)898-4879
Fax: (530)898-6456
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of California State University System. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1887. Setting: 119-acre small town campus. Endowment: $22.7 million. Research spending 2003-04: $2.8 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5564 per student. Total enrollment: 15,734. Faculty: 857 (499 full-time, 358 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 20:1. 10,751 applied, 80% were admitted. 35% from top 10% of their high school class, 76% from top quarter, 100% from top half. Full-time: 12,866 students, 54% women, 46% men. Part-time: 1,413 students, 55% women, 45% men. Students come from 37 states and territories, 45 other countries, 1% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 11% Hispanic, 2% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 15% 25 or older, 12% live on campus, 11% transferred in. Retention: 80% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; liberal arts/general studies; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at other units of the California State University System, National Student Exchange. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, GPA of 10th and 11th grade college prep courses only, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 11/30. Notification: 3/1.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $55. State resident tuition: $0 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $12,504 full-time, $339 per unit part-time. Mandatory fees: $3154 full-time. Part-time tuition varies according to course load. College room and board: $7493. College room only: $5114. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 226 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 4% of eligible men and 6% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Golden Key International Honor Society, Newman Catholic Campus Ministry, The Edge. Major annual events: Community Challenge, Multicultural Night, Scour and Devour. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, crime prevention workshops, RAD self-defense program, Chico Safe Rides, blue light emergency phones. 1,765 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Option: coed housing available. Meriam Library with 957,181 books, 1.2 million microform titles, 24,244 serials, 27,156 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $4.6 million. 840 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Chico is located close to the northern end of the Sacramento Valley and is one of the oldest communities in the state. Today Chico has a population of 46,750 (87,000 in the Greater Chico area) and Butte county has a population of 201,000. It is considered the business center for a large agricultural area, which produces an abundance of rice, grains, nuts, and fruits. Winters are mild and summers are hot, averaging 95-105 degrees. Regional airlines connect Chico with adjacent cities, including San Francisco and Sacramento. Greyhound Bus service is available. Chico is the home of Bidwell Park, one of the largest and most beautiful municipal parks in the nation. Lower Bidwell Park starts near the campus and extends 10 miles east along the Big Chico creek. The park offers swimming, hiking, a municipal golf course, horseback riding, a children's park, picnic areas, and softball fields among its recreational facilities. Biking is a favorite (and practical) means of transportation. Local Public Bus transportation is free to university students and personnel. Skiing facilities are only two hours away. Bidwell Mansion, located on campus, is now a historical site maintained by the Department of Parks and Recreation. Part-time employment is available but scarce.

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