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Before you decide to apply for admission to Chico, we invite you to visit our campus. The Office of Admissions staff is ready to make your visit informative and provide pre-admission advising, help with application procedures, and other specialized services. The following information may help you plan your visit here.
Current admission information and the complete CSU admissions application and instructions are available on the website http://www.csuchico.edu/admissions/want-to-apply/index.shtml.
An electronic application is strongly encouraged. However, access to a paper application is also available via the CSU Mentor website.
Guided campus tours are given Monday through Saturday and depart from the Office of Admissions located in the Student Services Center, room 130. Tour times, availability, and reservations can be found on our website at http://www.csuchico.edu/admissions by clicking on the Schedule a tour link. Please make a reservation at least one week in advance. Large groups over 9 require reservations in advance through our Special Tours office. They can be reached at email@example.com.
Self-guided tour materials are available at the Office of Admissions during regular business hours and on our Web site by clicking on the schedule a tour link and then Self-Guided tour.
Library tours are provided during the week prior to the first week of classes and the first two weeks of each semester.
Visitor Parking permits are available to purchase at the parking structure located on the corner of West Second and Cherry Streets. Further parking information can be found at http://www.csuchico.edu/taps/.
The Office of Admissions provides information about higher education to prospective students, parents, guidance counselors and others. The staff assists students in the admission process and informs other educational institutions and agencies about the CSU and CSU, Chico programs, policies, and procedures. Other services include coordination of visits by admissions personnel to high schools, community colleges, community agencies, and responding to inquiries on University enrollment. You may access additional information regarding CSU, Chico at http://www.csuchico.edu or call 530-898-4428.
Requirements for admission to California State University, Chico are in accordance with Title 5, Chapter 1, Subchapter 3, of the California Code of Regulations. Complete information is available at www.csumentor.edu/planning/.
Electronic versions of the CSU undergraduate and graduate applications are accessible CSU Mentor. The CSUMentor system allows students to browse through general information about CSU’s twenty-three campuses, view multimedia campus presentations, send and receive electronic responses to specific questions, and apply for admission and financial aid.
Applying online at CSU Mentor is expected unless electronic submission is impossible. An acknowledgement will be sent when online applications have been submitted. Application in “hard copy” form may be obtained online via CSU Mentor as a portable data format (PDF). Application forms (in PDF) may also be downloaded from www.calstate.edu/sas/publications. [Paper applications should be mailed to the campus admission office(s).]
Any CSU, Chico student or applicant for admission to CSU, Chico has the right to be free from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. If you feel you have been subjected to the aforementioned, consult Executive Order 1045 or contact Student Judicial Affairs Office, 530-898-6897.
General inquiries about your application should be directed to the Office of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-542-4426.
Importance of Filing Complete, Accurate, and Authentic Application Documents
CSU, Chico advises prospective students that they must supply complete and accurate information on the application for admission, residency questionnaire, and financial aid forms. Further, applicants must, when requested, submit authentic and official transcripts of all previous academic work attempted. Failure to file complete, accurate, and authentic application documents may result in denial of admission, cancellation of registration or academic credit, suspension, or expulsion (Section 41301, Article 1.1, Title 5, California Code of Regulations).
Undergraduate Application Procedures
Prospective students applying for part-time or full-time undergraduate programs of study must submit a completed undergraduate application. The $55 nonrefundable application fee should be in the form of a check or money order payable to “The California State University” or by credit card and may not be transferred or used to apply to another term. An alternate major may be indicated on the application. The applications of persons denied admission to an impacted and/or closed campus may be re-routed to another campus at no cost, but only if the applicant is CSU eligible.
The CSU designates programs as impacted when more applications from regularly eligible applicants are received in the initial filing period (October and November for fall terms, June for winter terms, August for spring terms, February for summer terms) than can be accommodated. Some programs are impacted at every campus which they are offered; others are impacted only at a few campuses. Candidates for admission must meet all of the campus’ specified supplementary admission criteria if applying to an impacted program or campus.
The CSU will announce during the fall filing period those campuses or programs that are impacted. Detailed information on campus and programs impaction will be available at the following websites:
Campuses will communicate supplementary admission criteria for all impacted programs to high schools and community colleges in their service area and will disseminate this information to the public through appropriate media. This information will also be published at the CSU campus individual website and made available online at www.calstate.edu.
Applicants must file applications for admission to an impacted program during the initial filing period. Applicants who wish to be considered in impacted programs at more than one campus should file an application at each campus for which they seek admission consideration.
Supplementary Admission Criteria
Each campus with impacted programs or admission categories uses supplementary admission criteria in screening applicants. Supplementary criteria may include rank–ordering of freshman applicants based on the CSU eligibility index or rank-ordering of transfer applicants based on verification of AA-T or AS-T degree, the overall transfer grade point average (GPA), completion of specified prerequisite courses, and a combination of campus-developed criteria. Applicants for freshman admission to impacted campuses or programs are required to submit scores on either the SAT or the ACT. For fall admission, applicants should take tests as early as possible, but no later than November or December of the preceding year.
The supplementary admission criteria used by the individual campuses to screen applicants are made available by the campuses to all applicants seeking admission to an impacted program. Details regarding the supplemental admission criteria are published at www.calstate.edu/impactioninfo.shtml.
CSU, Chico is an impacted campus; therefore we will use supplemental admission criteria beyond the CSU minimum eligibility index for first-time freshmen. The academic characteristics of the applicant pool will determine an admission cut-off based on high school GPA, SAT-reasoning or ACT composite scores, and completion of required subject matter. All students must apply during the initial filing period for the appropriate semester (October 1-November 30 for the fall semester and August 1-31 for the spring semester). Nursing and Recording Arts at CSU, Chico are designated as impacted majors. Please visit us the Office of Admissionsonline or call for an updated list of impacted majors. Upper-division transfer students from outside of our local admission area may be held to a higher GPA requirement. This GPA will be decided based on the characteristics of the applicant pool.
Use of Social Security Number
Applicants are required to include their correct social security numbers in designated places on applications for admission pursuant to the authority contained in Section 41201, Title 5, California Code of Regulations, and Section 6109 of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. 6109). The University uses the social security number to identify students and their records including identification for purposes of financial aid eligibility and disbursement and the repayment of financial aid and other debts payable to the institution. Also, the Internal Revenue Service requires the University to file information returns that include the student’s social security number and other information such as the amount paid for qualified tuition, related expenses, and interest on educational loans. This information is used by the IRS to help determine whether a student, or a person claiming a student as a dependent, may take a credit or deduction to reduce federal income taxes.
NOTE: According to state law, the university will make separate provisions to the Social Security Number requirement for any student who meets the AB540 eligibility requirements. See below.
Whether you are a resident of California or a non-resident determines the fees you pay and the admissions requirements which apply to you. Residence classifications are determined through a review of the information you provide in the residence portion of your admissions application. For a summary statement of the principal rules and exceptions regarding the residence determination, see "Determination of Residency for Tuition Purposes" in the CSU System Policies and Regulations section of this catalog.
AB540 Eligibility Requirements
Under the provision of the California state Assembly Bill 540 (AB 540), some California non-residents may pay in-state fees. Details regarding AB540 criteria can be found at http://www.csuchico.edu/fa/categories/ab540.shtml.
California Dream Act of 2011
The California Dream Act of 2011 is the result of two bills, Assembly Bill 130 (AB 130) and Assembly Bill 131 (AB 131). Together, these bills allow undocumented and documented students who meet certain provisions of AB 540 law to apply for and receive private scholarships funneled through public universities (AB 130). Effective January 2013, students may be eligible for state-administered financial aid, university grants, and community college fee waivers (AB 131). For detailed information view http://www.csac.ca.gov/dream_act.asp.
Generally, first-time freshman applicants will qualify for regular admission if they meet the following requirements:
- Have graduated from high school, or have earned a Certificate of General Education Development (GED), or have passed the California High School Proficiency Examination; and
- Have a qualifying minimum eligibility index (see section on Eligibility Index below); and
- Have completed with grades of C or better each of the courses in the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory subject requirements also known as the “a-g” pattern (see “Subject Requirements”).
Eligibility Index – The eligibility index is the combination of the high school grade point average and scores on either the ACT or the SAT. Grade point averages (GPA) are based on grades earned in courses taken during the final three years of high school. Included in calculation of GPA are grades earned in all college preparatory “a-g” subject requirements, and bonus points for approved honors courses. Up to eight semesters of honors courses taken in the last three years of high school, including up to two approved courses taken in the tenth grade can be accepted. Each unit of A in an honors course will receive a total of 5 points; B, 4 points; and C, 3 points.
A CSU Eligibility Index (EI) can be calculated by multiplying a grade point average by 800 and adding your total score on the mathematics and critical reading scores of the SAT. For students who took the ACT, multiply the grade point average by 200 and add ten times the ACT composite score. Persons who are California high school graduates (or residents of California for tuition purposes) need a minimum index of 2900 using the SAT or 694 using the ACT. The Eligibility Index Table illustrates several combinations of required test scores and averages. The university has no current plans to include the writing scores from either of the admissions tests in the computation of the CSU Eligibility Index. See the 2014-15 Eligibility Index Table.
Persons who neither graduated from a California high school nor are a resident of California for tuition purposes, need a minimum index of 3502 (SAT) or 842 (ACT). Graduates of secondary schools in foreign countries must be judged to have academic preparation and abilities equivalent to applicants eligible under this section. An applicant with a grade point average of 3.00 or above (3.61 for nonresidents) is not required to submit test scores. However, all applicants for admission are urged to take the SAT or ACT and provide the scores of such tests to each CSU to which they seek admission. Campuses use these test results for advising and placement purposes and may require them for admission to impacted majors or programs. Impacted CSU campuses require SAT or ACT scores of all applicants for freshman admission.
CSU, Chico may provisionally admit first-time freshman applicants based on their academic preparation through the junior year of high school and planned coursework for the senior year. The campus will monitor the final terms of study to ensure that admitted students complete their secondary school studies satisfactorily, including the required college preparatory subjects, and graduate from high school. Students are required to submit an official transcript after graduation to certify that all course work has been satisfactorily completed. Official high school transcripts must be received prior to deadline set by the university. In no case may documentation of high school graduation be received any later than the census date for a student’s first term of CSU enrollment. A campus may rescind admission decisions, cancel financial aid awards, withdraw housing contracts and cancel any university registration for students who are found not to be eligible after the final transcript has been evaluated.
The CSU uses only the ACT score or the SAT mathematics and critical reading scores in its admission eligibility equation. The SAT or ACT writing scores are not currently used by CSU campuses.
Freshman and transfer applicants who have fewer than 60 semester or 90 quarter units of transferable college credit are strongly encouraged to submit scores, unless exempt (see “Eligibility Index” on page 21), from either the ACT or the SAT of the College Board. Persons who apply to an impacted program may be required to submit test scores and should take the test no later than November or December. Test scores also are used for advising and placement purposes. Registration forms and dates for the SAT or ACT are available from school or college counselors or from the Testing Office/Computer-Based Testing Center, Student Services Center 420, 530-898-6218. Or students may write to or call:
The College Board (SAT)
Registration Unit, Box 6200
Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6200
ACT Registration Unit
P.O. Box 414
Iowa City, Iowa 52240
English Language (TOEFL) Requirement
All undergraduate applicants whose native language is not English and who have not attended schools at the secondary or post-secondary level for at least three years, full-time, where English is the principal language of instruction* must present proof of adequate English language proficiency for admission purposes. All of the following are acceptable ways to provide proof of English language proficiency:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
- Minimum Score for Undergraduate Applicants
- Internet-based test - 61
- Paper-based test - 500
- Minimum Score for Graduate Applicants
- Internet-based test - 80
- Paper-based test – 550
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
- Minimum Score for Undergraduate Applicants – 6
- Minimum Score for Graduate Applicants – 6.5
- Pearson Test of English Academic
- Minimum Score for Undergraduates – 47
- Minimum Score for Graduate Applicants – 59
*Approved countries include the U.S., Australia, United Kingdom, Anglophone Canada, and New Zealand.
As a first-time freshman applicant, the California State University requires that you complete, with grades of C or better, a comprehensive pattern of college preparatory study totaling 15 units. A "unit" is one year of study in high school.
Social Science, 2 years
- (including one year of U.S. History or U.S. History and government)
English, 4 years
Mathematics, 3 years
- (algebra, geometry, and intermediate algebra)
Laboratory Science, 2 years
- (one biological and one physical science, both with labs)
Foreign language, 2 years
- (same language, subject to waiver for applicants demonstrating equivalent competence)
Visual or Performing Arts, 1 year
- (art, dance, drama/theatre, or music, one year-long course)
Electives, 1 year
- (selected from English, advanced mathematics, social science, history, laboratory science, foreign language, visual and performing arts, or other courses approved and included on the UC/CSU "a-g" list)
Subject Requirement Substitution for Students with Disabilities
- Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to complete college preparatory course requirements. If you are judged unable to fulfill a specific course requirement because of your verified disability, alternate college preparatory courses may possibly be substituted for specific subject requirements. Substitutions may possibly be authorized on an individual basis after review and recommendation by your academic advisor or guidance counselor in consultation with a CSU, Chico Admissions counselor. Although the distribution may be slightly different from the course pattern required of other students, students qualifying for substitutions will still be held for 15 units of college preparatory study. You should be aware that course substitutions may limit your later enrollment in certain majors, particularly those involving mathematics. For further information, please call the Office of Admissions at 530-898-6322. Chico State requires that course substitutions be approved before the substituted course has been taken. Subject requirement substitutions are granted on a case by case basis.
Most commonly, college level credits earned from an institution of higher education accredited by a regional accrediting agency is accepted for transfer to campuses of the CSU; however, authority for decisions regarding the transfer of undergraduate credits is delegated to each CSU campus.
California Community Colleges and other authorized certifying institutions can certify up to 39 semester (58.5 quarter) units of General Education-Breadth (GE-Breadth) or 37 semester (55.5 quarter) units of the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) for transfer students to fulfill lower-division general education requirements for any CSU campus prior to transfer.
“Certification” is the official notification from a California Community College or authorized institution that a transfer student has completed courses fulfilling lower-division general education requirements. The CSU GE-Breadth and the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) certification course lists for particular community colleges can be accessed at Assist.Org.
CSU campuses may enter into course-to-course or program-to-program articulation agreements with other CSU campuses and any or all of the California community colleges, and other regionally accredited institutions. Established CSU and CCC articulations may be found on Assist.Org. Students may be permitted to transfer no more than 70 semester (105 quarter) units to a CSU campus from an institution which does not offer bachelor’s degrees or their equivalents, for example, community colleges. Given the university’s 30-semester (45-quarter) unit residency requirement, no more than a total of 90-semester (135-quarter) units may be transferred into the university from all sources.
Applicants who have completed fewer than 60 transferable semester college units (fewer than 90 quarter units) are considered lower-division transfer students. Applicants who have completed 60 or more transferable semester college units (90 or more quarter units) are considered upper-division transfer students. Applicants who complete college units during high school or through the summer immediately following high school graduation are considered first-time freshmen and must meet the CSU minimum eligibility requirements for first-time freshman admission. Transferable courses are those designated for baccalaureate credit by the college or university offering the courses and accepted as such by the campus to which the applicant seeks admission.
Lower Division Transfer Requirements
Generally, applicants will qualify for CSU admission consideration as a lower-division transfer if they have a grade point average of at least 2.0 (C or better) in all transferable units attempted.
- Will meet the freshman admission requirements (grade point average and subject requirements) in effect for the term to which they are applying (see “Freshman Requirements” section); or
- Were eligible as a freshman at the time of high school graduation except for missing college preparatory subject requirements, have been in continuous attendance in an accredited college since high school graduation, and have made up the missing subject requirements with a 2.0 or better GPA.
Applicants who graduated from high school prior to 1988 should contact the admission office to inquire about alternative admission programs.
Lower-division applicants who did not complete subject requirements while in high school may make up missing subjects in any of the following ways:
- Complete appropriate courses with a C or better in adult school or high school summer sessions.
- Complete appropriate college courses with a C or better. One college course of at least three semester or four quarter units will be considered equivalent to one year of high school study.
- Earn acceptable scores on specified examinations, e.g., SAT subject tests.
Consult with the CSU campus admission office, to which you are applying for further information about alternative ways to satisfy the subject requirements.
Due to increased enrollment demands, most CSU campuses do not admit lower-division transfer applicants.
IMPORTANT NOTE: CSU, Chico is not accepting applications from lower-division transfer students. Please refer to the application filing status report to find out which CSU campuses are currently accepting applications.
Upper Division Transfer Requirements
Generally, applicants will qualify for consideration for upper-division transfer admission if they meet all of the following requirements:
- The have a grade point average of at least 2.0 (C or better) in all transferable units attempted;
- They are in good standing at the last college or university attended; and
- They have completed at least sixty (60) transferable semester (90 quarter) units of college level coursework with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher and a grade C or better in each course used to meet the CSU general education requirements in written communication, oral communication, critical thinking, and quantitative reasoning, e.g. mathematics.
The 60 units must include at least 30 units of courses, which meet CSU general education requirement including all of the general education requirements in communication in the English language (both oral and written) and critical thinking and the requirement in mathematics/quantitative reasoning (usually 3 semester units) OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements in English communication and mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning.
Impaction Criteria: CSU, Chico is an impacted campus for upper-division transfer students. In addition to meeting the general CSU transfer admission requirements, students from outside of our local admission area may be held to a higher GPA requirement. This GPA will be decided based on the characteristics of the applicant pool.
CSU, Chico may provisionally or conditionally admit transfer applicants based on their academic preparation and courses planned for completion. The campus will monitor the final terms to ensure that those admitted complete all required courses satisfactorily. All accepted applicants are required to submit an official transcript of all college level work completed. Campuses may rescind admission for any student who is found not to be eligible after the final transcript has been evaluated. In no case may such documents be received and validated by the university any later than a student’s registration for their second term of CSU enrollment.
Associate Degrees for Transfer (AA-T or AS-T)/Student Transfer Achievement Reform (STAR) Act (SB 1440)
The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) and the Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) degrees offered at the California Community Colleges (CCC) are designed to provide a California community college student a clear transfer preparation and admission pathway to the CSU degree majors.
California Community College students who earn an associate degree for transfer (AA-T or AS-T) are guaranteed admission with junior standing to a CSU and given priority admission over other transfer applicants when applying to a local CSU campus, or non-impacted CSU program. AA-T or AS-T admission applicants are given priority consideration to an impacted campus/program or to campuses/programs that have been deemed similar to the degree completed at the community college. Students who have completed an AA-T/AS-T in a program deemed similar to a CSU major are able to complete remaining requirements for graduation within 60 semester (90 quarter) units.
For more information contact your Community College Transfer Center or review these resources:
International (Foreign) Student Admission Requirements
The CSU must assess the academic preparation of foreign students. For this purpose, “foreign students” include those who hold U.S. temporary visas as students and exchange visitors.
The CSU uses separate admission requirements for international students. Each campus sets its own application filing periods for international students. At CSU, Chico the undergraduate application period for the fall semester is from October 1 to May 1. For the spring semester, the application period is from July 1 to September 30. Verification of English proficiency (see the section on the TOEFL requirement), proof of adequate financial resources, and academic performance are all important considerations for admission. Academic records from foreign institutions must be official, and cannot be sent as email attachments. If transcripts are not in English they must be accompanied by certified English translations. All supporting documents must be received by June 1 for fall admission and November 1 for spring admission.
Academic requirements: Graduates of secondary schools in foreign countries are required to have academic preparation and abilities sufficient to succeed in a demanding bachelor's degree program. A cumulative grade point average of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or the equivalent earned in secondary school is required. Students with college or university-level course work are required to have a B-/C+ average (2.40 on a 4.0 scale) on all postsecondary course work.
An international student may transfer to CSU, Chico from a college or university within the U.S. prior to completing 60 semester units, providing his/her cumulative grade point average is at least 2.4 and he/she has completed, with a grade of C- or higher, the following general education requirements: Oral Communication, Written Communication, Critical Thinking, and Mathematics. For more information regarding transfer requirements, please visit our website at http://www.csuchico.edu/international/apply/undergrad/transfer.shtml.
Conditional Admission: The University offers conditional admission with the on-campus intensive English language program, ALCI, the American Language and Culture Institute. Providing students meet all requirements for regular admission, with the exception of the English language proficiency requirement. Visit
English language proficiency requirement: See information in English Language (TOEFL) Requirement section above.
Financial support requirement: Evidence of sufficient financial support to complete degree program is required for admission. The current required amount is found at http://www.csuchico.edu/international/apply/undergrad/freshman/financial-support-docs.shtml. These figures are subject to change.
Other examinations: SAT I is not required for admission. Results may qualify you for exemptions from certain placement tests once you arrive in Chico. (See Mathematics and Writing Requirements.)
Required health insurance: All admitted international students on F-1 and J-1 visas must agree to obtain and maintain health insurance as a condition of registration and continued enrollment in the California State University. Required coverage is $50,000 minimum for accident or illness; $10,000 minimum for medical evacuation; and $7,500 minimum for repatriation. A reasonably-priced policy that meets these minimums can be purchased at the time of arrival at the University.
Health issues: All students must show proof of measles and rubella vaccinations. International students must submit results of a recent tuberculin test. All students 18 years of age or younger on the first day of the semester must also show proof of Hepatitis B vaccination 3 shot series over a 6 month period. The University Health Center can administer the required vaccinations for a charge.
The International Baccalaureate
California State University, Chico recognizes the International Baccalaureate as a strong college preparatory program. (The International Baccalaureate North America/IBNA is one example of an IB program). Applicants currently enrolled in a full IB diploma program will be considered to have met or have in progress all college preparatory subject requirements for admission. Students completing less than the full IB diploma program must meet subject requirements as described in "Subject Requirements for First-time Freshman Applicants." Additional factors to be considered in reaching our admissions decision will be the high school GPA and ACT or SAT results. Additional honors points will be awarded in GPA calculations for achievement in up to eight IB courses taken in grades 11 and 12 and indicated on the high school transcript.
Applicants who plan to enroll at Chico should submit a copy of the official IB transcript when it is available in July. Six semester units of advanced standing credit will be awarded for each Higher Level examination passed with a score of 4, 5, 6, or 7. No credit will be awarded for Subsidiary Level passes.
CSU will award honors points in the GPA calculation for eight semester courses taken in the 11th or 12th grades, including up to two International Baccalaureate (IB) or Advanced Placement (AP) courses with 11th or 12th grade content taken by a student in the tenth grade. Applicants who plan to enroll at Chico should submit a copy of the official IB transcript when it is available in July. Six semester units of advanced standing credit will be awarded for each Higher Level examination passed with a score of 4, 5, 6, or 7. No credit will be awarded for Subsidiary Level passes.
High School Scholars
High school students in the 11th or 12th grade maintaining a 3.0 grade point average in college preparatory classes may enroll in University courses on a limited basis with the recommendation of their high school principal. A special application form is required and may be obtained in the Office of Admissions. Approval to take courses is granted on a semester-by-semester basis and does not constitute the right to continued enrollment. The High School Scholar program is subject to yearly budgetary renewal. Please refer to this High School Scholars link for program status.
Educational Opportunity Program
To be eligible for EOP admission, you must be an undergraduate and a California resident. EOP provides assistance to historically low-income, first-generation college students. Students may be academically underprepared or lacking the subject requirements, grades, or test scores normally required for college attendance, but have demonstrated the potential for academic success. Students who are academically eligible for regular admission to the University and meet the EOP criteria may also apply.
To apply for admission through EOP, you must submit an EOP application, which includes the EOP applicant information form and recommendation forms.
For additional information about the Educational Opportunity Program, please call 530-898-6831 or e-mail email@example.com.
If you are a veteran of the United States military service and a California resident, you may possibly be granted admission even if you do not meet the University's regular admissions requirements. If you wish to request consideration under this provision, follow regular application procedures, and send a letter of appeal to the Office of Admissions. More information for veterans is available here.
As an alternative to regular admission criteria, an applicant who is twenty-five years of age or older may be considered for admission as an adult student if he or she meets all of the following conditions:
- Possesses a high school diploma (or has established equivalence through either the General Educational Development or California High School Proficiency Examinations).
- Has not been enrolled in college as a full-time student for more than one term during the past five years.
- If there has been any college attendance in the last five years, has earned a C average or better in all college work attempted.
Consideration will be based upon a judgment as to whether the applicant is as likely to succeed as a regularly admitted freshman or transfer student and will include an assessment of basic skills in the English language and mathematical computation.
You must send a formal letter of appeal and all transcripts from high school and colleges. An admissions committee will review each appeal for adult admission. Admission is determined on a case-by-case basis. Recent coursework in math and English to demonstrate college-level proficiency is essential for admission.
Applicants Not Regularly Eligible
Applicants not admissible under the guidelines of one of the above provisions may enroll in extension courses, at a community college, or at another appropriate institution to meet eligibility requirements. Denied applicants may choose to petition for special admission consideration. Only under the most unusual circumstances and only by special action will such applicants be admitted to CSU, Chico.
Auditors regularly attend classes. However, they do not actively participate by preparing outside assignments or by taking examinations; nor do they receive academic credit for participation in classes. If you want to audit a class for information only, you must submit the regular admissions application but without payment of the $55 application fee.
Enrollment as an auditor is subject to the permission of the instructor, and permitted only after students otherwise eligible to enroll in the course on a credit basis have had an opportunity to do so. Auditors are subject to the same fee structure as credit students.
The University reserves the right to select its students and deny admission to the University or any of its programs as the University, in its sole discretion, determines appropriate based on an applicant’s suitability and the best interests of the University.
Undergraduate Application Procedures
Prospective students applying for part-time or full-time undergraduate programs of study in day or evening classes must file a complete undergraduate application during the filing period. The $55 nonrefundable application fee should be submitted in the form of an e-check or credit card. Application fees may not be transferred or used to apply to another term. An alternate major may be indicated on the application but applicants should list as an alternate campus only a CSU campus that also offers the major. Generally, an alternate major will be considered at the first choice campus before an application is redirected to an alternate choice campus. An electronic CSU undergraduate application is available on the Web at http://www.csuchico.edu/admissions/. If you are applying for admission as a graduate student, see http://www.csuchico.edu/graduatestudies/index.shtml.
CSU, Chico advises prospective students that they must supply complete and accurate information on the application for admission, residence questionnaire, and financial aid forms. Further, applicants must submit authentic and official transcripts of all previous academic work attempted by the established deadline. Failure to file complete, accurate, and authentic application documents may result in denial of admission, cancellation of academic credit, suspension, or expulsion (Section 41301, Article 1.1, Title 5, California Code of Regulations).
The CSU designates programs as impacted when more applications are received in the initial filing period (October and November for fall terms, June for winter terms, August for spring terms, February for summer terms) than can be accommodated. Some programs are impacted at every campus where they are offered; others are impacted only at some campuses. You must meet supplementary admission criteria if applying to an impacted program.
The CSU will announce during the fall filing period which programs are impacted and the supplementary criteria campuses will use. That announcement will be in the Impacted Programs Matrix, and available online at http://www.calstate.edu/sas/annual-publications/documents/ImpactedProgramsMatrix.pdf. Information about the supplementary criteria is also sent to program applicants.
You must file your application for admission to an impacted program during the initial filing period. If you wish to be considered in impacted programs at two or more campuses, you must file an application to each.
Please visit us online or call the Admissions Office to inquire if CSU, Chico is impacted for a given term. Applicants from CSU, Chico's service area will receive priority for admission if enrollment space becomes limited.
If you are a returning student seeking admission after an absence of more than one semester, you must file an application for admission and a $55 fee to reactivate your student record. However, if you have been away from the University for only one semester, you are exempt from paying the application fee, unless academic work was taken during your absence from Chico at another collegiate institution. If you have been absent from the University on an approved Planned Educational Leave (PEL), you are not required to file an application for readmission or pay the $55 fee. For further information on educational leaves, see "Planned Educational Leave" in the Academic Policies and Regulations section. If you are not on a PEL, please visit the Office of Admissions website here for further information.
Please note that if you were disqualified from CSU, Chico, you must 1) apply for readmission to the University and 2) formally petition for reinstatement to the University. Appeals for Reinstatement are sent to the Academic Advising Office. You must be reinstated before your application for admission will be processed.
Intrasystem and Intersystem Enrollment Programs
There are two programs for enrollment within the CSU and one for enrollment between CSU and the University of California or California Community Colleges. Additional information about these programs is available from Office of Admissions, 530-898-6321.
CSU Concurrent Enrollment – matriculated students in good standing may enroll on a space available basis at both their home CSU campus and a host CSU campus during the same term. Credit earned at the host campus is reported at the student’s request to the home campus to be included on the student’s transcript at the home campus. Many online courses at CSU campus are available for concurrent enrollment.
CSU Visitor Enrollment – matriculated students in good standing enrolled at one CSU campus may enroll at another CSU campus for one term. Credit earned at the host campus is reported at the student’s request to the home campus to be included on the student’s transcript at the home campus.
Intersystem Cross Enrollment – matriculated CSU, UC, or community college students may enroll on a “space available” basis for one course per term at another CSU, UC, or community college and request that a transcript of record be sent to the home campus.
International Student Application Procedures (Undergraduate)
If you are an international student, a special international application is online at CSU Mentor. Students are strongly encouraged to submit applications by the deadlines:
Fall semesters—May 1
Spring semesters—September 30
Late applications are considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the International Undergraduate Admissions office to discuss submission of a late application at 530-898-5415, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For detailed information regarding international student admission requirements please visit our website at www.csuchico.edu/international.
1.) Initial (Priority) Filing Periods
Due to the high demand for admission to Chico, first time freshman and transfer applicants must apply during the initial filing period. All other applicants are strongly encouraged to do the same. All applications received electronically or postmarked during the initial filing period will be given equal consideration within established enrollment categories and quotas. If applying after the initial filing period, consult the campus admission office for current information. Similar information is conveniently available at http://www.csumentor.edu/filing_status/Default.asp.
Semesters Initial Filing Period
- Summer2014 — Feb. 1-28, 2014
- Fall 2014 — Oct. 1-Nov. 30, 2013
- Spring 2015 — Aug. 1-31, 2014
Each non-impacted campus accepts applications until capacities are reached. Many campuses limit undergraduate admission in an enrollment category due to overall enrollment limits. If applying after the initial filing period, consult the campus admission office for current information. Similar information is conveniently available at: http://www.csumentor.edu/filing_status.
Hardship Petitions for Late Applicants
The campus has established procedures for consideration of qualified applicants who would be faced with extreme hardship if not admitted. Petitioners should write the campus Admission Offices regarding specific policies governing hardship admission.
2.) Application Acknowledgment
On-time applicants may expect to receive an acknowledgment from the campuses to which they have applied within two to four weeks of filing the application. The notice may also include a request that applicants submit additional records necessary to evaluate academic qualifications. Applicants may be assured of admission if the evaluation of relevant qualifications indicates that applicants meet CSU admission requirements, and in the case of admission impaction, supplemental criteria for admission to an impacted program. Unless specific written approval/confirmation is received, an offer of admission is not transferable to another term or to another campus.
3.) Transcripts and Test Scores
For specific information visit our website at http://www.csuchico.edu/admissions/ or contact the Office of Admissions at 530-898-6322.
4.) Notification of Admission
If you submitted your application during the initial filing period, and if all necessary documents have been received, you will receive confirmation of your admissions status, once the review process has been completed. Applicants who file later will be notified after necessary documents are received. Information about advising, orientation, and registration procedures will be sent to you. Late applicants may miss some of the options open to those who file in a timely manner.
CSU, Chico may conditionally admit first-time freshman applicants based on their academic preparation through the junior year of high school and that which is planned for the senior year. The campus will verify the senior year of study to ensure that those so admitted complete their studies satisfactorily, including the required college preparatory subjects, and graduate from high school.
Appeal of Admission Decision
Section 89030.7 of the California Education Code requires that the California State University establishes specific requirements for appeal procedures for a denial of admission. Each CSU campus must publish appeal procedures for applicants denied admission to the University. The procedure is limited to addressing campus decisions to deny an applicant admission to the University.
Admissions appeal procedures must address the basis for appeals, provide 15 business days for an applicant to submit an appeal, stipulate a maximum of one appeal per academic term, provide specific contact information for the individual or office to which the appeal should be submitted, and indicate a time estimate for when the campus expects to respond to an appeal. The appeal procedures must be included in all denial of admission notifications to students, and must also be published on the campus website.
CSU, Chico Admission Denial Appeal Policy
If you were denied admission, consideration for denial appeals is based on new, serious, and compelling information. You have 15 business days from the date you receive your deny letter in the mail to submit a hard copy letter of appeal to the Appeal Committee. The committee must see a demonstrated need to repeal the denial decision based on the new information being submitted. To submit an appeal, download the Appeal Coversheet and complete as directed.
Transfer Credit Evaluation
Once you have been admitted to the University, and submitted your Intent to Enroll, your Admissions Evaluator will analyze and report your advanced placement course credit, transfer and other credit for which you may be eligible. Please note that you may not be correctly classified as to the proper class level until all transcripts have been received and properly evaluated. Once you enroll, the Office of the Registrar will establish a permanent student record for you. This permanent record will eventually include your official transcript of all courses taken at CSU, Chico and their associated grades. Your student record may also include a recording of additional credit for which you may be eligible by virtue of specific tests, examinations, and a summary record of all transfer credit from previous colleges or universities you may have attended, as well as an evaluation of how those credits may apply to academic program requirements at CSU, Chico. Please see the "Evaluation" section in the Academic Advising chapter for information regarding transfer credit evaluation and Student Records and Registration for additional discussion of records and registration processes and procedures.
New Student Advising and Orientation
Before the beginning of each fall semester, Academic Advising Programs' staff coordinates new student orientation and advising sessions, which provide the most comprehensive advising assistance Chico offers to first-time students. In November and December, it also conducts brief advising sessions for new students enrolling in the spring semester. See the Academic Advising section in the University Catalog and call or visit Advising and Orientation for details on all programs for new students.
Systemwide Placement Test Requirements
The CSU requires that each entering undergraduate, except those who qualify for an exemption, take the CSU Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) examination and the CSU English Placement Test (EPT) prior to enrollment. These placement tests are not a condition for admission to the CSU, but they are a condition of enrollment. These examinations are designed to identify entering students who may need additional support in acquiring college entry-level English and mathematics skills necessary to succeed in CSU baccalaureate-level courses. Undergraduate students who do not demonstrate college-level skills both in English and in mathematics will be placed in appropriate remedial programs and activities during the first term of their enrollment. Students placed in remedial programs in either English or mathematics must complete all remediation in their first year of enrollment. Failure to complete remediation by the end of the first year may result in denial of enrollment for future terms. Students register online for both the EPT (www.csuenglishsuccess.org/ept) and/or ELM (www.csumathsuccess.org/elm_exam). Campus may establish deadlines by which new students must register for and/or take placement exams as a requirement for enrollment. Questions about test dates and registration materials may be addressed to Testing Office/Prometric Computer-Based Testing Center, 400 West First Street, Chico, CA, 95929-0704, 530-898-6218.
English Placement Test (EPT)
The English Placement Test (EPT) is designed to assess the level of reading and writing skills of students entering the California State University. The CSU EPT must be completed by all non-exempt entering undergraduates prior to enrollment in any course, including remedial courses. Students who score 147 or above on the EPT will be placed in college-level composition classes.
Exemptions from the EPT are granted only to those who present proof of one of the following:
- A score of 500 or above on the critical reading section of the College Board SAT Reasoning Test.
- A score of 22 or above on the American College Testing (ACT) English Test.
- A score of 3 or above on either the Language and Composition or Composition and Literature examination of the College Board Scholastic Advanced Placement Program.
- Completion and transfer to CSU of the credits for a college course that satisfies the CSU General Education requirement in English Composition, provided such a course was completed with a grade of C or better.
- A score of “Exempt” or “Ready for college-level English courses” on the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) taken along with the English Language Arts California Standard Test in grade 11.
- A score of “Conditionally ready for college-level English courses” or “Conditional” on the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) taken in grade 11 along with the California Standards Test in English and complete an approved year-long English course in your senior year with a C- or better.
Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) Placement Examination
The Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) Examination is designed to assess and measure the level of mathematics skills acquired through three years of rigorous college preparatory mathematics coursework (Algebra I and II, and Geometry) of students entering the California State University (CSU). The CSU ELM must be completed by all non-exempt entering undergraduates prior to enrollment in any course, including remedial courses. Students who score 50 or above on the ELM will be placed in college-level mathematics classes.
Exemptions from the ELM are granted only to those who present proof of one of the following:
- A score of “Exempt” or “Ready for college-level Mathematics courses” on the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP), taken in grade 11 in conjunction with the CST in Summative High School Mathematics or Algebra II
- A score of “Conditionally ready for college-level Mathematics courses” or “Conditional” on the CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) taken in grade 11 along with the California Standards Test in Summative High School Mathematics or Algebra II, provided successful completion of a CSU-approved 12th grade math course that require Algebra II as a prerequisite
- A score of 550 or above on the mathematics section of the College Board SAT Reasoning Test
- A score of 550 or above on a College Board SAT Subject Test in Mathematics (level 1 or level 2)
- A score of 23 or above on the American College Testing (ACT) Mathematics Test
- A score of 3 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement Calculus AB or Calculus BC exam
- A score of 3 or above on the College Board Advanced Placement Statistics examination
- Completion and transfer to CSU of a college course that satisfies the requirement in Quantitative Reasoning, provided such a course was completed with a grade of C or better.
Early Start Program
Entering resident freshmen who are not proficient in math or English will need to start the remediation process before their first regular term.
The goals of Early Start Program are to:
- Better prepare students in math and English, before the fall semester of freshman year;
- Add an important and timely assessment tool in preparing students for college; and
- Improve students’ chances of successful completion of a college degree.
Newly admitted freshman students who are required to complete Early Start will be notified of the requirement and options for completing the program as part of campus communications to newly admitted students.
Entering CSU students are required to present proof of the following immunizations to the CSU campus they will be attending before the beginning of their first term of enrollment. To avoid a hold being placed on your registration that may result in delays or denial of access to registration, you must secure proof of immunity and be prepared to present it as required to the Office of The Registrar in Student Services 110. Proof of immunizations may be obtained from your high school records, personal physician, your county health department, or the Student Health Center on campus.
Measles and Rubella: All new and readmitted students must provide proof of full immunization against measles and rubella prior to enrollment.
Hepatitis B: All new students who will be 18 years of age or younger at the start of their first term at a CSU campus must provide proof of full immunization against Hepatitis B before enrolling. Full immunization against Hepatitis B consists of three timed doses of vaccine over a minimum 4 to 6 months period. If you need further details or have special circumstances, please consult Office of the Registrar, 530-898-5142.
Meningococcal Disease Information: Each incoming freshman who will be residing in on-campus housing will be required to return a form indicating that they have received information about meningococcal disease and the availability of the vaccine to prevent contracting the disease and indicating whether or not the student has chosen to receive the vaccination.
The above are not admission requirements, but are required of students as conditions of enrollment in CSU.
If you wish to request an exemption on specific grounds, you must file a Student Immunization Certification form with the Office of the Registrar.
Registration For Courses
Online registration occurs for new students from June through July for the fall semester, and from mid-October through early December for the spring semester. For specific dates, see the Academic Calendar section of the University Catalog or to find additional Academic Calendars http://www.csuchico.edu/apss/calendar.shtml. Please also see the Student Records and Registration section in the University Catalog for an overview of registration. For detailed course request and registration instructions, special registration notices, and other information you need to request and register for classes, see the Class Schedule. The Class Schedule as well as the University Catalog may be viewed on the Chico Website, via any Internet browser, at http://www.csuchico.edu/.
One of the goals at our University is to assist students from educationally or economically disadvantaged backgrounds to increase their access to CSU, Chico and support their academic success and retention while they are here. The following programs provide a variety of services and assistance in pursuit of these goals. See also "Access and Academic Development Programs" in the University Policies section in the University Catalog.
The Educational Opportunity Program
Director: Chela Mendoza Patterson
The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) provides assistance for first-generation college students who are historically low-income, academically underprepared, or lacking the subject requirements, grades, or test scores normally required for college attendance, but who have demonstrated the potential for academic success. Students who are academically eligible for regular admission to the University and meet EOP criteria may also apply. To be eligible for EOP admission, you must be an undergraduate and a California resident or qualify for an AB 540 nonresident tuition exemption.
To apply for admission through EOP, applicants must first submit the CSU application through www.csumentor.edu. Next, the applicant must submit the separate online EOP application, which includes the EOP applicant information form, and recommendation forms.
Student Support Services
Student Support Service (SSS) is committed to helping low-income, first-generation college students; and students with disabilities; achieve a bachelor's degree. SSS provides services such as academic and personal counseling, financial literacy, study skills assistance, and cultural activities. Career planning and graduate school advising are also offered to participants. Funded by the US Department of Education, the goal of SSS is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants and to encourage them to pursue an advanced degree. Students who are not eligible to apply through EOP (residents of states other than California) may be eligible to apply to SSS.
High School Scholars
Coordinator: Teresita Curiel
CSU, Chico cooperates with high schools within its Northern California service area to provide the High School Scholars registration fee waiver program for promising high school students to enrich their junior or senior year by enrolling concurrently in one or two designated University courses. The goal is to provide these high school students with an understanding of the expectations and opportunities provided by a college education. To participate, students must have earned a grade B or better in their high school college preparatory course work. A special application form is required and may be obtained in the Office of Admissions. Approval to take courses is granted on a semester-by- semester basis and does not constitute the right to continued enrollment.
Educational Talent Search
Director: Diana Parra-Villaseñor
Educational Talent Search (ETS) is a federal TRIO Program that motivates and prepares low-income, first generation college students for success in postsecondary education. ETS serves 1,300 students in grades six through twelve that attend 23 target schools. ETS provides students with the confidence and skills needed for success in post-secondary education. ETS offers workshops and activities, including college exploration, career/major exploration, campus visits, leadership conferences, summer programs, study skills, goal-setting, ACT/SAT prep, help completing college applications, financial aid, and scholarships.
MESA Schools Program-MSP
The MESA Schools Program (MSP) is an academic enrichment initiative that partners with local area junior and senior high schools to inspire and prepare economically and educational disadvantaged students toward achievement in higher education and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields of study. The MSP model includes project-based math/science learning, academic planning skill development, career and college exploration, parent empowerment, and teacher professional development.
MESA Engineering Program-MEP
MEP is a comprehensive recruitment, retention, and graduation program that assists educationally and economically disadvantaged students in pursuit of degrees in the engineering computer science and other technical disciplines under the College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management. Professional development workshops, tutoring, financial assistance, and academic advising are just some of the services offered.
Teacher Recruitment Program-TRP
Tehama Hall Room 211
Director: Esther L. Larocco, PhD
The CSU, Chico Teacher Recruitment Program (TDP) seeks to make California's teaching workforce more inclusive. The goals are to attract participants from environments in which teaching has not been a common career goal and to assist these students in qualifying for entrance into the teaching profession. Participants are recruited from the broadest spectrum possible. Program services include, but are not limited to: academic advising, peer advising, use of computer lab facilities, CBEST workshops, scholarships, campus tours, and student support programs presentations. In addition, the program provides information and assistance to high school students and community college transfer students to ensure a smooth transition into the University.
Upward Bound Math and Science
Student Services Center 392
Director: Maria Moreno
The Upward Bound Math Science Program was funded in 2003 to serve 56 low-income and first generation high school students from Biggs, Live Oak, Pleasant Valley, River Valley, Oroville and Willows High Schools. The purpose of the Math and Science program is to increase the number of participants succeeding in the fields of math, science, engineering, and technology. Participants take part in a six-week summer residential program at CSU, Chico and take college preparation courses, conduct research projects, and design a Web site to display their research findings. The summer program provides participants with an intensive growth experience through opportunity. This type of commitment continues throughout the academic year when the participants receive individualized tutoring. The academic and summer components work together to prepare participants for a college education and a promising future.
Original Upward Bound
The Original Upward Bound Project has been continually funded since 1966 and prepares low- income and first generation high school students for success in postsecondary education. 125 students from Chico, Gridley, Hamilton City, Lindhurst, Orland, Paradise and Yuba City High Schools benefit from tutoring and counseling at their schools during the academic year and from a six-week summer residential program at the University. The summer program includes college preparation courses, workshops, enrichments, and extracurricular activities.
Upward Bound II
Upward Bound II prepares 76 low-income and first-generation high school students for success in postsecondary education. Students from Los Molinos, Colusa, Las Plumas, Marysville, Oroville and Red Bluff High Schools benefit from tutoring and counseling at their schools during the academic year and from a six-week summer residential program at CSU, Chico.
Upward Bound STEM
Upward Bound STEM was funded in 2012 to serve 60 low-income, first generation high school students interested in careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The program consists of a six-week summer residential component at CSU, Chico where students enroll in college preparation courses, participate in various community service projects and conduct research alongside graduate students and faculty members. During the academic year, students receive weekly tutoring and explore their college options by way of college visitation trips. The program serves to prepare students for STEM degrees and careers.
Center for Regional and Continuing Education
Director: Elaina McReynolds
Persons aged sixty and older take regularly offered courses on a space-available, no-credit basis, with the permission of the instructor. A simplified registration procedure and minimal fee is required each semester for all courses taken.