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Requesting Information and Application for Admission

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 to campus.

Current admission information and the complete CSU admissions application and instructions are available on the webpage Cal State Apply.

An electronic application is strongly encouraged. However, access to a paper application is also available via the Cal State Apply webpage.

Campus Tours

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 the Office of Admissions website by clicking on the Campus Tours link. Please make a reservation at least one week in advance. Large groups over nine require reservations in advance through the Special Tours office, which can be reached at specialtours@csuchico.edu.

Self-guided tour materials are available at the Office of Admissions during regular business hours and on our website 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 on the Parking Services website.

Pre-Admission Services

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.

Admission Procedures and Policies

Requirements for admission to CSU, Chico are in accordance with Title 5, Chapter 1, Subchapter 3, of the California Code of Regulations. Complete information is available at Cal State Apply.

Electronic versions of the CSU application is accessible on Cal State Apply.

All CSU applications must be submitted online at Cal State Apply. An acknowledgment will be sent when an online application has been submitted. Application in “hard copy” form may be obtained online via Cal State Apply 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, CSU, Chico Office of Admissions; 400 West First Street; Chico, CA; 95927-0722.

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 paid on-line at the time of application via credit card or PayPal and may not be transferred or used to apply to another term. An alternate major may be requested on the application if desired from the campus. The applications of persons denied admission to an impacted campus may be redirected to another campus at no cost, but only if the applicant is CSU eligible.

Impacted Programs

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 that 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 program impaction will be available at https://www2.calstate.edu/attend/impaction-at-the-csu.

Campuses will communicate supplementary admission criteria for all impacted programs to high schools and community colleges in their application service area and will disseminate this information to the public through appropriate media. This information will also be published on the CSU campus website and made available 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 for 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 class-level 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 Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or Associate in Science Transfer (AS-T) degrees, 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, regardless of GPA. 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 individual campuses to screen applicants are made available by the campuses to all applicants seeking admission to an impacted program. 

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, Recording Arts, and Social Work at CSU, Chico are designated as impacted majors. Please visit the online 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.

Graduate and Postbaccalaureate Application Procedures

SEE GRADUATE and POSTBACCALAUREATE ADMISSIONS and APPLICATION PROCEEDURES.

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 (IRS)  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.

Residency Determination

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 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.

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Freshman Requirements

Generally, applicants will qualify for consideration for first-time freshman admission if they meet the following requirements:

  1. Have graduated from high school, have earned a Certificate of General Education Development (GED) or have passed the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE);
  2. 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 GPA and scores on either the ACT or the SAT. GPA is 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 can be calculated by multiplying a GPA by 800 and adding the total score on the SAT exam (mathematics and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing on the SAT). For students who took the ACT, multiply the GPA by 200 and add 10 times the ACT composite score. Persons who are California high school graduates (or residents of California for tuition purposes) need a minimum index of 2950 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.

Impaction Criteria: CSU, Chico is an impacted campus for first-time freshmen applicants. In addition to meeting the general CSU admission requirements, applicants from outside of our local admission area may be held to a higher index requirement. This index will be decided based on the characteristics of the applicant pool.

Persons who neither graduated from a California high school nor are a resident of California for tuition purposes, need a minimum index of 3570 using the SAT or 842 using the ACT.

Graduates of secondary schools in foreign countries must be judged to have academic preparation and abilities equivalent to applicants eligible under this section. However, all applicants for admission are urged to take the SAT or ACT and provide the scores of such tests to each CSU campus 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.

Provisional Admission

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 to be ineligible 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.

Eligibility Index Table

This is a table that illustrates a rubric for determining eligibility for admission to a California State University (CSU).  It lists three columns; GPA; ACT score; SAT score.  For each GPA between a 3.00 and a 2.00 is listed (by hundredths) with a qualifying score on each the ACT test and SAT test.  Example: 2.99 GPA needs ACT score of 10 or SAT score of 510. 1819 SAT Non-resident Eligibility Index Table 1819 ACT resident Eligibility Index Table 1819 ACT non-resident Eligibility Index Table

Applicants will qualify for regular (non-provisional) admission when the University verifies that they have graduated and received a high school diploma, have earned qualifiable minimum eligibility index, have completed the comprehensive pattern of college preparatory “a-g” subjects, and, if applying to an impacted program or campus, have met all supplementary criteria.

The CSU uses only the ACT composite score or the mathematics and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores on the SAT in its admission eligibility equation. The SAT or ACT writing scores are not currently used by CSU campuses..

The California Promise Program enables a specific number of campuses of the California State University (CSU) to establish pledge programs for entering first-time students who are both interested and able to complete baccalaureate degrees in 4-years. All campuses have established programs for students with Associate Degrees for Transfer from any California Community College to complete their baccalaureate degrees in 2-years. The program is limited to students who are residents of California.

Students who commit to enter either the 4-year or 2-year pledge will be given a priority registration appointment for each state-supported enrollment period and will be provided with routine and thorough academic advisement. In order to remain in the program, students must meet with their advisors as prescribed, develop an enrollment plan, and complete 30 semester units of quarter equivalent within each academic year, including summer. Participating campuses may stipulate other important requirements as well. Interested students entering the CSU Should contact the campus offices or visit https://www2.calstate.edu/apply/freshman/getting_into_the_csu/Pages/the-california-promise-program.aspx.

Test Requirements

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”), 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 a CSU campus testing office Testing Office/Computer-Based Testing Center, Student Services Center 420, 530-898-6218. Or students may contact:

The College Board (SAT)
Registration Unit, Box 6200
Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6200
(609) 771-7588
www.collegeboard.org

ACT Registration Unit
P.O. Box 414
Iowa City, Iowa 52240
(319) 337-1270
www.act.org

English Language (TOEFL) Requirement

All undergraduate applicants whose native language is not English, and who have not attended schools at the secondary level or above for at least three years full time where English is the principal language of instruction, must present a qualifying score on a recognized external English language proficiency exam, see list below. Some majors may require a score higher than CSU, Chico minimum. Approved English language proficiency examinations accepted at CSU Chico are as follows:

  • 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

Subject Requirements

CSU requires that first-time freshman applicants 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; four years recommended)

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 single year-long course or two semester long courses in the same discipline)

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.

Transfer Policies of CSU campuses

Most commonly, college level credits earned from an institution of higher education accredited by a regional accrediting agency are 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 .

CSU campuses may enter into course-to-course or program-to-program articulation agreements with other CSU campuses any or all of the California Community Colleges, and other regionally accredited institutions. Established CSU and California Community College articulations may be found on . Students may be permitted to transfer no more than 70 semester (105 quarter) units to a CSU campus from an institution that 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.

Transfer Requirements

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.

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.

Lower Division Transfer Requirements

Due to increased enrollment demands, most CSU campuses do not admit lower-division transfer applicants.

An applicant who completes fewer than 60 semester (90 quarter) units of college credit is considered a lower-division transfer student. Due to enrollment pressures, most CSU campuses do not admit lower-division transfers so that more upper-division transfers can be accommodated.

Having fewer than 60 semester (90 quarter) units at the point of transfer may affect eligibility for registration priority at CSU campuses and may affect the student’s financial aid status.

California resident transfer applicants with fewer than 60 semester or 90 quarter units must:

  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better in all transferable units attempted;
  • Have completed, with a grade of C- or better, a course in written communication and a course in mathematics or quantitative reasoning at a level satisfying CSU General Education Breadth Area A2 and B4 requirement, respectively;
  • Be in good standing at the last institution attended;
  • Meet any one of the following eligibility standards:
    • Transfer Based on Current Admission Criteria
      The applicant meets the freshman admission requirements in effect for the term for which the application is filed;
    • Transfer Based on High School Eligibility
      The applicant was eligible as a freshman at the time of high school graduation and has been in continuous attendance in a accredited college since high school graduation;
    • Transfer Based on Making Up Missing Subjects
      The applicant had a qualifiable eligibility index at the time of high school graduation (combination of GPA and test scores if needed), has made up any missing college preparatory subject requirements with a grade of C- or better, and has been in continuous attendance in an accredited college since high school graduation.

One baccalaureate-level course of at least 3 semester (4 quarter) units is usually considered equivalent to one year of high school study.

(Note: Some campuses may require lower-division transfer students to complete specific college coursework, for example the four basic skills courses as part of their admission criteria.

Upper Division Transfer Requirements

Generally, applicants will qualify for consideration for upper-division transfer admission if they meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in all transferable units attempted;
  2. In good standing at the last college or university attended; and
  3. 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 that 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)

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 California community college student the optimum transfer preparation and a clear admission pathway to the CSU degree majors.

CCC 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 limited priority consideration based on their eligibility ranking 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, providing that all remaining required courses are completed successfully without a break in attendance and providing that no supplemental courses for minors or areas of emphasis are undertaken. It is the responsibility of the student who has earned an AA-T/AS-T to provide documentation of the degree to the CSU campus.

Because several CSU campuses are receiving more transfer applications from eligible students than can be accommodated, these campuses have declared impaction resulting in higher admission criteria. See more on impaction at https://www2.calstate.edu/attend/impaction-at-the-csu. Those students who earn associate degrees for transfer and apply to a CSU campus but cannot be admitted due to impaction will be redirected to another CSU campus and offered admission for the same term. In order to qualify for the priority admission guarantee, transfer applicants must be conferred an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T/AS-T) by a California Community College, must apply for admission to California State University campuses for an open term by the published deadline, submit all requested transcripts and documents, meet CSU admission eligibility requirements for the campus and/or program, and must comply with any other prescribed admission requirements. It is the responsibility of these transfer students to provide documentation about the completion of the degree to each CSU campus that has received an application for admission.

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, exchange visitors, or in other nonimmigrant classifications.

The CSU uses separate requirements and application filing dates in the admission of foreign 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 April 1. For the spring semester, the application period is from August 1 to September 30. Verification of English proficiency (see the section on the English Language 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 university-preparatory secondary/high school programs 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 foreign 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. Students with two years of academic study in the United States must also meet the requirements listed in "Admission as a Transfer Student."

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.

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 2.0 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/iss/.

Conditional Admission: The University offers conditional admission through the on-campus intensive English language program, the American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI Chico) for students who meet all requirements for regular admission, with the exception of the English language proficiency requirement. Visit the American Language and Culture Institute website for more information about the ALCI Chico program. To be considered for conditional admission, students must apply to both programs at least 3 months prior to the beginning of the ALCI Chico session they wish to attend. Deadline information can be found at http://rce.csuchico.edu/alci/conditional-admission.

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/iss/top-nav/before-apply/cost/fees.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/Quantitative Reasoning 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 $100,000 minimum for accident or illness; $50,000 minimum for medical evacuation; and $25,000 minimum for repatriation. A reasonably-priced policy that meets these minimums can be purchased at the time of arrival at the University.

Immunizations: 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 Student 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. Up to 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 Students

High school students may be considered for enrollment in certain special programs if recommended by the principal and the appropriate campus department chair and if preparation is equivalent to that required of eligible California high school graduates. Such admission is only for a given specific program and does not constitute a right to continued enrollment. The High School Scholars program is subject to yearly budgetary renewal. Please refer to the High School Scholars page for program status.

Other Applicants

The California Promise

The California Promise Program enables a specific number of CSU campuses to establish pledge programs for entering first-time students who are both interested and able to complete baccalaureate degrees in 4-years. All campuses have established programs for students with Associate Degrees for Transfer from any California Community College to complete their baccalaureate degrees in 2-years. The program is limited to students who are residents of California.

Students who commit to enter either the 4-year or 2-year pledge will be given a priority registration appointment for each state-supported enrollment period and will be provided with routine and thorough academic advisement. In order to remain in the program, students must meet with their advisors as prescribed, develop an enrollment plan and complete 30 semester units or the quarter equivalent within each academic year, including summer. Participating campuses may stipulate other requirements as well. Interested students entering the CSU should contact campus offices or visit www.calstate.edu/sas/california-promisewww2.calstate.edu/apply/freshman/getting_into_the_csu/pages/the-california-promise-program.aspx.

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 eopadm@csuchico.edu.

Veterans

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.

Adult Students

As an alternative to regular admission criteria, an applicant who is 25 years of age or older may be considered for admission as an adult student if he or she meets all of the following conditions:

  1. Possesses a high school diploma (or has established equivalence through either the General Educational Development or California High School Proficiency Examinations)
  2. Has not been enrolled in college as a full-time student for more than one term during the past five years .
  3. If there has been any college attendance in the last five years, has earned a 2.00 GPA 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.

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.

Auditing Classes

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.

Reservation

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.

Applying to 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 using a credit card. Money orders payable to “CSU, Chico” should be delivered to the Office of Admissions. 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.

Returning Students

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. 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 appeal for reinstatement to the University. You must be reinstated before your application for admission will be processed.

Intrasystem and Intersystem Enrollment Programs

Fully matriculated students enrolled at any CSU campus have access to courses at other CSU campuses on a space available basis unless those campuses/programs are impacted. This access is offered without students being required to be formally admitted to the host campus and in most cases without paying additional fees. Students should consult their home campus academic advisors to determine how such courses may apply to their specific degree programs before enrolling at the host campus.

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 Fully Online Courses – Matriculated students in good standing may request enrollment in one course per term, offered by a CSU host campus. Enrollment requests will be granted based on available space, as well as completion of any stated prerequisites. Credit earned at the host campus is electronically reported to the student’s home campus to be included on the student’s transcript at the home campus.

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—April 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 iss@csuchico.edu.

For detailed information regarding international student admission requirements please visit our website at www.csuchico.edu/international.

Steps in the Application Process

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

  • Fall  — Oct. 1-Nov. 30
  • Spring — Aug. 1-31

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 Cal State Apply.

Hardship Petitions

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.
California State University, Chico Office of Admissions; 400 West First Street; Chico, CA; 95927-0722.

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 CSU 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.

After Admission

Transfer Credit Evaluation

Once you have been admitted to the University, and submitted your Intent to Enroll, an admissions transfer advisor 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 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.

Placement Measures for First-Year GE Written Communication and Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning Courses

Freshman skills assessment and placement for general education written communication and mathematics/quantitative reasoning shall be based on systemwide skills assessment standards that include the Early Assessment Program/Smarter Balanced Achievement Levels, ACT scores, and/or SAT scores, high school coursework, high school GPA, and math GPA. Skills assessments are not a condition for admission to the CSU; they are a condition of enrollment. These skills assessments are designed to inform entering freshmen of placement in appropriate baccalaureate-level courses based on their skills and needs.

First-time freshmen in need of support as determined by the skills assessment will be placed in supported instruction. Supported instruction is designed to assist students in credit bearing courses. Students may also be required to participate in the Early Start Program. The Early Start Program gives students the opportunity to earn college credit in written communication and mathematics/quantitative reasoning the summer before their first term.

Assessment and Placement Measures for GE Written Communications:

Has Fulfilled the GE Subarea A2 English Requirement
The student has met the requirement via completion of one of the following:

  • Advanced Placement (AP) Test
    • 3 or above: AP Language and Composition
    • 3 or above: AP Composition and Literature
  • College Transfer Coursework
    • Completed approved college course that satisfies CSU GE Area A2 (written communication) with a grade of C- or better

Placement in a GE Subarea A2 English Course
The student has met the examination standards and/or multiple measures-informed standards via one of the criteria below:

  • English CAASPP/EAP Test:
    • Standard Exceeded
    • Standard Met and completed 12th grade approved year-long English course (CSU ERWC, AP, Weighted Honors English) with grade of C- or better
  • *English New SAT Test:
    • 550 or above
    • 510-540 and completed 12th grade approved year-long English course (CSU ERWC, AP, Weighted Honors English) with grade of C- or better
  • ACT Test:
    • 22 or higher
    • 19-21 and completed 12th grade approved year-long English course (CSU ERWC, AP, Weighted Honors English) with grade of C- or better
  • High School Courses and GPA:
    • Weighted GPA 3.3 or above
    • GPA 3.0 or above and completed 12th grade approved year-long English course (CSU ERWC, AP, Weighted Honors English) with grade of C- or better
    • GPA 3.0 or above and completed Honors English
    • GPA 3.0 or above and 5 or more years of high school English

Placement in a Supported GE Subarea A2 English Course
The student has met the examination standards and/or multiple measures-informed standards via one of the criteria below:

  • English New SAT Test:
    • 510-540 and 4 or more years of high school English
  • ACT Test:
    • 19-21 and 4 or more years of high school English
  • High School Courses and GPA:
    • Weighted GPA 3.0 or above and 4 or more years of high school English

*SAT score conversion for scores prior to March 2016 (old SAT) https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat-scoring-beforemarch-2016.

Placement in a Supported GE Subarea A2 English Course and Participation in the Early Start Program Required
Based on multiple measures evaluation, student needs additional academic support including participation in the early Start Program. Visit the Early Start page to learn about Early Start Program.

Assessments and Placement Measures for GE Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning: Non-Math Intensive Majors (Algebra and Statistics Disciplines, Non-STEM, and Undecided Majors)

Has Fulfilled the GE Subarea B4 Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning Requirement
The student has met the requirement via completion of one of the following:

  • Advanced Placement (AP) Test
    • 3 or above: AP Calculus AB
    • 3 or above: AP Calculus BC
    • 3 or above: AP Statistics
    • 3 or above: AP Computer Science Principles
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Test
    • 4 or above on Math Higher Level (HL)
  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP):
    • 50 or above on: Calculus, College Algebra, College Algebra-Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, or Trigonometry
  • College Transfer Coursework
    • Completed approved college course that satisfies CSU GE Area B4 (mathematics/quantitative reasoning) with a grade of C- or better

Placement in a GE Subarea B4 Math/Quantitative Reasoning Requirement
The student has met the examination standards and/or multiple measures-informed standards via one of the criteria below:

  • CAASPP/EAP Math Exam:
    • Standard Exceeded
    • Standard Met and completed 12th grade approved year-long math course beyond Algebra 2 with C- or better
    • Standard Met and 4 or more years of high school math or quantitative reasoning
  • *Math New SAT Test:
    • 570 or above
    • 550 or above on Subject Test in Math Level 1 or 2
    • 520-560 and completed 12th grade approved year-long math course beyond Algebra 2 with C- or better
  • ACT Math Test:
    • 23 or higher
    • 20-22 and completed 12th grade approved year-long math course beyond Algebra 2 with C- or better
  • High School Courses and GPA:
    • Weighted math GPA 3.0 or above and completed 12th grade approved year-long math course beyond Algebra 2 with C- or better
    • Weighted math GPA 3.0 or above and 5 or more years of high school math or quantitative reasoning
    • Weighted high school GPA 3.7 or above
    • Weighted high school GPA 3.5 or above and 4 or more years of high school math or quantitative reasoning

*SAT score conversion for scores prior to March 2016 (old SAT) https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat-scoring-beforemarch-2016.

Placement in a Supported GE Subarea B4 Math/Quantitative Reasoning Requirement
The student has met the examination standards and/or multiple measures-informed standards via one of the criteria below:

  • High School Courses and GPA:
    • Weighted math GPA 3.3 or above
    • Weighted high school GPA 3.0 or above

Placement in a Supported GE Subarea B4 Math/Quantitative Reasoning Requirement and Participation in the Early Start Program Required
Based on multiple measures evaluation, student needs additional academic support including participation in the Early Start Program. Visit the Early Start page to learn about Early Start Program.

Assessments and Placement Measures for GE Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning: Pre-STEM/STEM and Other Math-Intensive Majors

Has Fulfilled the GE Subarea B4 Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning Requirement
The student has met the requirement via completion of one of the following:

  • Advanced Placement (AP) Test
    • 3 or above: AP Calculus AB
    • 3 or above: AP Calculus BC
    • 3 or above: AP Statistics
    • 3 or above: AP Computer Science Principles
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Test
    • 4 or above on Math Higher Level (HL)
  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP):
    • 50 or above on: Calculus, College Algebra, College Algebra-Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, or Trigonometry
  • College Transfer Coursework
    • Completed approved college course that satisfies CSU GE Area B4 (mathematics/quantitative reasoning) with a grade of C- or better

Placement in a GE Subarea B4 Math/Quantitative Reasoning Requirement
The student has met the examination standards and/or multiple measures-informed standards via one of the criteria below:

  • CAASPP/EAP Math Exam:
    • Standard Exceeded
    • Standard Met and completed 12th grade approved year-long math course beyond Algebra 2 with C- or better
  • *Math New SAT Test:
    • 570 or above
    • 550 or above on Subject Test in Math Level 1 or 2
    • 520-560 and completed 12th grade approved year-long math course beyond Algebra 2 with C- or better
  • ACT Math Test:
    • 23 or higher
    • 20-22 and completed 12th grade approved year-long math course beyond Algebra 2 with C- or better
  • High School Courses and GPA:
    • Weighted math GPA 3.5 or above and completed 12th grade approved year-long math course beyond Algebra 2 with C- or better
    • Weighted math GPA 3.5 or above and 5 or more years of high school math or quantitative reasoning
    • Weighted high school GPA 3.7 or above

*SAT score conversion for scores prior to March 2016 (old SAT) https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat-scoring-beforemarch-2016.

Placement in a Supported GE Subarea B4 Math/Quantitative Reasoning Requirement
The student has met the examination standards and/or multiple measures-informed standards via one of the criteria below:

  • High School Math GPA:
    • Weighted math GPA 3.3 or above

Placement in a Supported GE Subarea B4 Math/Quantitative Reasoning Requirement and Participation in the Early Start Program Required
Based on multiple measures evaluation, student needs additional academic support including participation in the early Start Program. Visit the Early Start page to learn about Early Start Program

The goal of Early Start Program (ESP) is to:

  • Better prepare students in written composition and mathematics/quantitative reasoning before the fall term of freshman year, improving students' chances of successful completion of a baccalaureate degree.
  • If required to participate in ESP, as determined by multiple measures, students will begin in the summer before the start of the freshman year.
  • For general information about ESP including fees and course listings, visit csustudentsuccess.org/earlystart. Students are encouraged to visit the campus website for ESP information once admitted.
  • Eligible financial aid applicants with an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $5,000 or less will be eligible for waiver of the per unit ESP fee. For more information on assessments, placements and the Early Start Program, please visit www.csustudentsuccess.org.

CSU Immunizations Requirements

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 inside the Student Services (SSC) 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 the Office of the Registrar.

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. The form should 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.

To comply with the University’s immunization requirements you must complete a Student Immunization Certification form and attach proof of one or more of the following:

  • Your immunization record from your high school, physician, or health department
  • Proof of enrollment in a California public school for the seventh grade or higher on or after July 1, 1999
  • Written verification of laboratory-confirmed measles, rubella, or both, and/or hepatitis B

A completed Student Immunization Certification form may be submitted to the Office of the Registrar inside Student Services Center (SSC) 110 or faxed to 530-898-4359.

You may also request an exemption from the measles, rubella, and hepatitis immunizations using a Student Immunization Certification form and attaching a written request for exemption due to religious or personal belief. In the event of an outbreak, however, if you have selected this option you may be asked to leave the campus.

Any Student Immunization Certification form submitted without documentation WILL NOT be processed.

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 State website, via any internet browser, at http://www.csuchico.edu/.

Access and Academic Development Programs

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

530-898-4028
e-mail: eopadm@csuchico.edu
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

530-898-6831
e-mail: sss@csuchico.edu
http://www.csuchico.edu/sss
Project Director: Tasha Alexander

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

530-898-3152
kzcunningham@csuchico.edu
Coordinator: Katrina Cunningham

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

530-898-4429
http://www.csuchico.edu/tsed/
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 6-12 that attend 23 target schools. ETS provides students with the confidence and skills needed for success in postsecondary 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.

College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management-Academic Programs

MESA Schools Program-MSP

O'Connell Technology Center 225
530-898-5799
e-mail: msp@csuchico.edu
http://www.csuchico.edu/msp
Director: Diana Parra-Villasenor

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 for achievement in higher education in 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

O'Connell Technology Center 114
530-898-4017
e-mail: mep@csuchico.edu
http://www.csuchico.edu/msp
Director: Paul Villegas

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
530-898-4465
e-mail: elarocco@csuchico.edu
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
530-898-5181
e-mail: mtmoreno@csuchico.edu
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 website 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

Student Services Center 392
530-898-5181
e-mail: upbd@csuchico.edu
http://csucub.csuchico.edu/
Director: Maria Moreno

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. One hundred twenty-five 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

Student Services Center 392
530-898-5181
e-mail: mtmoreno@csuchico.edu
http://csucub.csuchico.edu/
Director: Maria Moreno

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

Student Services Center 392
530-898-5181
e-mail: mtmoreno@csuchico.edu
http://csucub.csuchico.edu/
Director: Maria Moreno

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.

Program for Students Age 60 & Older

Eldercollege

Regional and Continuing Education
530-898-6105
http://rce.csuchico.edu/
Director: Elaina McReynolds

Persons aged 60 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.

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