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Chico State sign located in front of Kendall Hall

400 West First Street , Chico, CA 95929
Campus Information Center
(530) 898-6116
(530) 898-INFO

California State University, Chico, founded in 1887, is the second oldest university in the California State University system with a student population of 17,000. California State University, Chico is commonly known as Chico State or Cal State, Chico. In 2006, CSU Chico was ranked 4th from the top of public western Masters university by U.S. News & World Report 1. The university has the distinction of being known as a party school, although the university administration is intent on changing that reputation. Chico State is also the 1st school amongst 14, which started a separate dedicated Computer Science program in 1964. The State University of New York at Rochester was the 2nd.

The university is organized into 7 undergraduate colleges (including a college of agriculture) and 6 professional schools. The university is further organized into departments, centers and institutes, programs and other offices. Paul Zingg is currently the president.

Big Chico Creek, that was once a home to a family of beavers at the university, divides the campus in two. The campus is also at the forefront of sustainability.

Chico State is considered one of the most haunted universities in California, with numerous sightings of ghosts, spirits, and the Chico Chupacabra


See Chico State History

Colleges & Schools

Main article: Chico State Colleges

Chico State has seven colleges and six professional schools:

In addition, to the seven colleges, there are also six professional Schools. These are also administrative units each under the direction of a director.

Student Services


Chico State is bisected by Big Chico Creek and sits more or less centrally within the city of Chico. It is bounded by Highway 32/Nord Avenue to the west, The Esplanade to the east, West 2nd Street to the south, and finally West Sacramento Avenue to the north.

Address / Directions

California State University, Chico

400 West First Street

Chico, CA 95929

Chico State is easily accessible from Highway 99 and Highway 32 (from Interstate 5).

If you are traveling north on Highway 99, take exit 385 towards Chester/Orland. You'll need to cross the first intersection, then immediately merge to the left and take a left to head west on Highway 32. Continue past Main Street and Broadway Street (barely south of Downtown). Just two blocks ahead is Normal Avenue (just after Salem St.), where you may turn right. Drive down the road until it ends at W. 2nd St., and Chico State will be in front of you. Now you'll just have to find a place to park.

See also

Fun Facts

Chico Pics

The Campus Belltower Kendall Hall Chico State's Motto.


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2008-10-08 09:16:00   Is the classroom with the fireplace still there? Chico Tubing Alum - Class of '83 —

2008-10-08 14:08:59   Hmmmm. This is good quiz question. My guesses for a classroom with a fireplace are: Trinity Hall 120. It's the room that is now called the Humanities Center. It used to be the Chico State College library and also the first student owned bookstore. In that case it is no longer there. Is that where you had in mind? Other than that you would have to go back the the Bidwell Mansion for a classroom with a fireplace... Unless you are talking about the Art Department's Sculpture Lab or the Ceramics Lab or something like that. —GregBard

2009-08-15 10:55:12   CSU Chico was also the first school among 14 to start a separate Computer Science program in 1964. The State University of New York at Rochester was the second. —

2012-02-28 18:34:23   :0 Anymore good fun facts for me essay? I nneeedd to do one on chico state and this was pretty helpful!!!!!! :D —

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