Chico is one of the highest ranked public comprehensive
universities in the West with an excellent record in job
Many of CSU Chico’s programs, such as teacher education
and nursing, are known for their innovation and outreach
to the university’s 12-county service area and beyond. CSUChico
was a forerunner in distance education, being the first
university in the world to offer a graduate degree via satellite.
CSU Chico’s annual impact on the Sacramento Valley region
Annual spending related to CSU Chico in the Sacramento Valley
region ($376 million) generates a total impact of $653 million
on the regional economy. This impact sustains more than
11,000 jobs in the region, and generates more than $36 million
per year in tax revenue. Even greater—more than $1 billion
of the earnings by alumni from CSU Chico are attributable
to their CSU degrees.
Chico improves California’s economy with research, education,
and an entrepreneurial spirit.
CSU Chico drives the CSU’s success in agriculture in the
Sacramento Valley and Northern California by improving the
sustainability of the agricultural industry, helping agriculture
adapt to changing public policy issues, assisting in the
development of value-added and niche-market products, and
contributing to youth leadership development.