Office of Graduate Studies
California State University, Chico
Student Services Center, room 460
400 W 1st St.
Chico, CA 95969-0875
Tel: (530) 898-6880
Fax: (530) 898-3342
The Graduate Experience
California State University, Chico is a distinguished university that offers over 25 master's degree programs in a wide variety of fields. Chico State is the ideal campus for graduate study. The university has been ranked #3 in the nation for regional public universities in the past five years. U.S. News has ranked Chico State as #10 in regional public universities. Other prestigious national rankings, such as Princeton Review's Best 378 Colleges, Forbes, America's Top Colleges, and the Washington Monthly's College Guide has ranked Chico State extremely high on both the green campus list and veterans support list. The Institute of International Education, the leading nonprofit cultural exchange organization in the United States, recently ranked our university second among master's-level institutions for the number of students studying abroad for one year or longer. Finally, our professors come from the finest universities in the world. They are leading scholars in their fields, annually contributing to their respective fields with groundbreaking research and discoveries. Our professors have also won prestigious awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship and the Fulbright Specialist Award.
CSU Chico graduates are placed in top business and industry positions and in some of the most prestigious doctoral programs in the nation. Our students have a long track-record of completing Ph.D., medical, and professional programs after earning their MA/MS. Our students have also won prestigious awards including the Fulbright Grants and the $10,000 Trustee Emeritus Ali C. Razi Scholarship, the CSU system's highest student award. A large percent of our graduate students present papers at international, national, and regional conferences and competitions; publish in academic journals; and organize and host regional conferences. Our students also compete annually and receive top honors in the CSU Student Research Competition.
Our university is the second oldest CSU campus in the state, founded in 1887. The main campus is situated on 119 acres in downtown Chico. A creek flows through nearby Bidwell Park into Chico's downtown and then right down the middle of campus, reflecting the seamless connection between the University and the community. We are one of the last true college towns in California, and there is no other town, campus, or university with our unique charm in either the CSU or UC system.
Chico State also owns a 1,050–acre farm and five acres of off-campus dorms about one mile from the main campus. The university also manages 3,950-acre Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve and the 300-acre Butte Creek Ecological Reserve. Chico, with a population of about 90,000, lies 90 miles north of Sacramento and 174 miles northeast of San Francisco. We are within striking distance to the top industries in not only California but the country, yet we are distanced enough to allow our students the opportunity to study without the distraction of the big city.