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California State University-Chico – Tuition & Success Analysis

Chico, CA

California State University-Chico – Snapshot


Four-Year Public University

Undergraduate Enrollment: 16,305

Average annual cost of attendance: $13,845

(National Median: $15,523)

Median student debt for loan recipients: $16,750

Campus Setting: Small City

Religious Affiliation: None

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California State University-Chico Tuition based on Family Income


For a family income of $0 to $30,000 the average cost is $9,378

For a family income of $30,001 to $48,000 the average cost is $10,723

For a family income of $48,001 to $75,000  the average cost is $15,054

For a family income of $75,001 to $110,000  the average cost is $19,178

For a family income above $110,000 the average cost is $21,873


The “average cost” shown here is a NET cost and reflects the tuition cost after financial aid is taken into account, as reported by California State University-Chico. This average is based on the students who receive grant or scholarship aid. In-state tuition is used for public schools.

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California State University-Chico Graduate Success


Graduation rate: 66%

(National Median: 49%)

Students returning after first year: 85%

(National Median: 68%)

Median annual earnings (10 years after first attending): $48,100

(National Median: $33,028. The salary data measures salaries of students who received federal student aid. The Salary data does not break down earnings or graduation rates by major, or by state—an important consideration, since salaries can vary widely depending on geographical region. )

Percentage earning above a high school graduate (6 years after first enrolled): 67%

California State University-Chico Admissions

California State University-Chico Acceptance Rate: 65%


Half of the recent accepted students had test scores in the range of:

SAT Math: 440 to 550

SAT Critical Reading: 440 to 550

SAT Writing: N/A to N/A

ACT English: 17 to 24

ACT Math: 18 to 24

ACT Writing: N/A to N/A

Twenty-five percent of students accepted to California State University-Chico actually performed better than the range reported above.  Another twenty-five percent had scores below the reported range.

California State University-Chico Student Debt


Percentage of students awarded Pell Grants: 45%

Percentage of students receiving federal student loans: 47%

Typical student debt: $16,750

Typical monthly loan payment: $178

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Majors at California State University-Chico


These are the most popular areas of study offered at California State University-Chico:

  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences – 5%
  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies – 1%
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences – 2%
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services – 16%
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs – 5%
  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services – 3%
  • Education – 2%
  • Engineering – 5%
  • Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields – 3%
  • English Language and Literature/Letters – 2%
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics – 1%
  • Health Professions and Related Programs – 10%
  • History – 2%
  • Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services – 4%
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities – 5%
  • Mathematics and Statistics – 1%
  • Natural Resources and Conservation – 1%
  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies – 8%
  • Physical Sciences – 1%
  • Psychology – 7%
  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions – 2%
  • Social Sciences – 10%
  • Visual and Performing Arts – 7%

For more information about the various majors at California State University-Chico, visit their website.

California State University-Chico Diversity


Overall Composition at California State University-Chico

Percentage of Undergraduate Students who attend California State University-Chico full time:  93%

Percentage of Undergraduate Students who attend California State University-Chico part time:  7%

Percentage of Undergraduate Students who are twenty-five years old, or older at California State University-Chico:  14%

Racial Diversity Composition

American Indian/Alaska Native: 1%

Asian: 6%

Black: 3%

Hispanic: 31%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%

Non-resident alien: 3%

Two or more races: 5%

Unknown: 7%

White: 44%

California State University-Chico Success Ratios

TUN ratios to help compare schools


Earnings to Debt Ratio: 2.9

The median earnings 10 years after start of attending school divided by the median federal debt of borrowers who graduated. TUN found an average of 2.5 based on data of 3,210 schools.

Earnings to Tuition Ratio: 3.5

The median earnings 10 years after start of attending school divided by the average annual cost of attendance that financial aid recipients incurred.  TUN found an average of 3.0 based on data of 3,337 schools.

Monthly Liquidity Ratio: 22.5

The median monthly gross earnings 10 years after start of attending school divided by the median monthly debt payment that borrowers who graduated experience with a 10-year repayment schedule. TUN found an average of 19.3 based on data of 3,210 schools.

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