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California State University, Chico

California State University, Chico
Former names
Northern Branch State Normal School of California (1887–1921)
Chico State Teachers College (1921–35)
Chico State College (1935–72)
Motto Ars Probat Artificem (Latin)
Motto in English
"Art is the test of the artisan."[1]
Established 1887
Type Public
Endowment $52.6 million (2014)[2]
President Paul Zingg
Academic staff
945 (Fall 2014)[3]
Administrative staff
983 (Fall 2014)[3]
Students 17,287 (Fall 2014)[3]
Undergraduates 15,265 (Fall 2014) [4]
Postgraduates 1,236 (Fall 2014) [3]
Location Chico, California, U.S.
Campus Rural[5]
Central Campus: 119 acres (48 ha)
Total: 1,159 acres (469 ha)
Colors Cardinal and White        
Nickname Wildcats [3]
Mascot Willie the Wildcat
Affiliations California State University system
Western Association of Schools and Colleges

California State University, Chico, often known as Chico State, is the second-oldest campus in the 23 campus California State University system. It is located in Chico, California, about ninety miles north of Sacramento. As of the Fall 2014 semester, the university had a total enrollment of 17,287 students.[6] The university offers 126 types of bachelor's degrees, 35 types of master's degrees, and four types of teaching credentials. The university does not confer doctoral degrees.[7][8]


  • History 1
  • Academics 2
    • Colleges 2.1
    • Schools 2.2
    • Rankings 2.3
  • Campus 3
    • Early construction 3.1
    • Arboretum 3.2
    • Residence halls 3.3
    • Recent construction 3.4
  • Student life 4
    • Associated Students, Chico 4.1
    • Office of Student Life and Leadership 4.2
    • Fraternity and Sorority Affairs 4.3
    • Demographics 4.4
    • Student media 4.5
  • Athletics 5
    • Fight song 5.1
  • Service and recognition 6
  • Sustainability 7
  • Noted people 8
    • Notable alumni 8.1
    • Faculty 8.2
  • University presidents 9
  • See also 10
  • References 11
  • External links 12


On March 12, 1887, a legislative act was enacted to create the Northern Branch of the California State Normal School. Less than a month later, Chico was chosen as the location. On June 24, 1887, General John Bidwell donated 8 acres (3.2 ha) of land from his cherry orchard. Then on July 4, 1888, the first cornerstone was laid. On September 3, 1889, doors opened for the 90 enrolled students. The library opened on January 11, 1890 with 350 books. On June 20, 1891 the first graduation took place, a class of 15.

In 1910, Annie Bidwell donated an additional 2 acres (0.81 ha) of land to be used for work with elementary agriculture. The next year Mrs. Bidwell donated an orange orchard lot 55 × 440 feet (130 m) as the children's playground, which is connected to the Training School.[9] Twenty years later in 1921, legislation was enacted to change the school's name to Chico State Teacher's College. In 1922, Chico State Teacher's College added a junior college curriculum and awarded a certificate after two years. Also in 1922,

  • Official website
  • Official Athletics website

External links

  1. ^ "CSU, Chico 2009-2011 Catalog". Retrieved 2011-05-22. 
  2. ^ As of June 30, 2014. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2013 to FY 2014" (PDF). National Association of College and University Business Officers and Commonfund Institute. 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f
  4. ^ "Chico Facts - Public Affairs and Publications - CSU, Chico". Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  5. ^ "CSUMentor - Explore Campuses - Comparative View". Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  6. ^ Retrieved from Chico Facts - Public Affairsand Publications page
  7. ^ Search CSU Degrees
  8. ^
  9. ^ Bailey, Mary Ellen. "University Archives: Chico State Normal School (1887-1921)". Retrieved 2008-01-06. 
  10. ^ "Campus Buildings". Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  11. ^ a b "Playboy's Party Schools".  
  12. ^ Hecht, Peter (December 26, 2012). "Chico State still plagued by reputation as drinking school".  
  13. ^ "'books, Babes, Beer'". Associated Press. April 5, 2006. Retrieved 2007-05-17. 
  14. ^ Morrison, Keith (June 26, 2006). "Hazing death at Chico State".  
  15. ^ "Confronting the killer of your loved one". CNN. 2008-07-22. 
  16. ^ "Civic Learning Initiative Receives Grant from W. M. Keck Foundation - CSU, Chico News - CSU, Chico". 2011-01-31. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  17. ^ Common Data Set - Institutional Research - CSU, Chico
  18. ^
  19. ^ "Welcome To - Theatre Department - CSU, Chico". Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  20. ^ "Colleges and Departments". Chico State. 2008. Retrieved 2007-01-04. 
  21. ^ "Program Search". Chico State. 2008. Retrieved 2007-01-04. 
  22. ^ "Library Collections". Meriam Library. 2008. Retrieved 2007-01-04. 
  23. ^ "National Honors for CSU, Chico: Ranked Sixth Among Western Master’s Level Public Universities by U.S. News; In Forbes’ Top 100 List". California State University, Chico. September 13, 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-07. 
  24. ^ a b "National Honors for CSU, Chico: Ranked Sixth Among Western Master’s Level Public Universities by U.S. News; In Forbes’ Top 100 List". California State University, Chico. August 21, 2009. Retrieved 2010-03-17. 
  25. ^ a b c d e f "CSU, Chico Ranked Fourth Among Top Master's Level Public Universities from the West". California State University, Chico. August 22, 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-03-20. Retrieved 2007-05-17. 
  26. ^ "CSU, Chico - 2009-2011 University Catalog". Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  27. ^ Campus Buildings. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  28. ^ "Campus Grounds - University Archives". Meriam Library -- Special Collections. 
  29. ^
  30. ^ "CSU, Chico News » Blog Archive » Wildcat Recreation Center Receives Gold Rating for Green Building Standards". 2010-08-09. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  31. ^ "CSU, Chico Residential Complex Wins LEED Gold Award - CSU, Chico News - CSU, Chico". 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  32. ^ Campus Buildings |
  33. ^ Arts & Humanities Building - Taylor II Replacement Building |
  34. ^ Arts & Humanities Building Public Art |
  35. ^ "Student Life and Leadership - Student Life and Leadership - CSU, Chico". Retrieved 2014-08-16. 
  36. ^ "Chico Facts - Public Affairs and Publications - CSU, Chico". Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  37. ^ "About". The Orion. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  38. ^ "Wildcat Athletics". California State University, Chico. 2006. Retrieved 2007-01-04. 
  39. ^ "Competing with NCAA Elite - Best of Chico State - CSU, Chico". Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  40. ^ "CSU, Chico Once Again Receives National Honor for Civic Engagement - CSU, Chico News - CSU, Chico". 2011-05-18. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  41. ^ "2006 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll". Corporation for National and Community Service. 2006. Retrieved 2007-03-01. 
  42. ^ "California State University, Chico Wins Grand Prize for Fighting Global Warming - CSU, Chico News - CSU, Chico". 2007-04-16. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  43. ^ "CSU, Chico Reaches $1 Million for St. Jude Hospital - CSU, Chico News - CSU, Chico". 2010-04-16. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  44. ^ CLIC, Community Legal Information Center at the Wayback Machine (archived August 22, 2009)
  45. ^ "The Orion Captures Fifth Straight National Excellence Award - CSU, Chico News - CSU, Chico". 2011-03-21. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  46. ^ impact report
  47. ^ Our Sustainable Future - CSU, Chico
  48. ^
  49. ^ CSU, Chico News » Blog Archive » CSU, Chico Named One of Top ‘Green’ Schools
  50. ^ "15 Green Colleges and Universities".  
  51. ^ "15 Green Colleges and Universities".  
  52. ^ a b "Noted CSU, Chico Biologist Named to World Environmental Organization". California State University, Chico. March 5, 2008. Retrieved 2006-12-28. 
  53. ^ . Retrieved 2015-07-14. 
  54. ^ "Topping the Green List - Best of Chico State - CSU, Chico". Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  55. ^ Nalley, Richard. "Napa Valley: The Entrepreneur's Tour". Forbes Life. Forbes. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 


See also

  • Edward Timothy Pierce, 1889–1893
  • Robert F. Pennell, 1893–1897
  • Carleton M. Ritter, 1897–1899
  • Charles C. Van Liew, 1899–1910
  • Allison Ware, 1910–1917
  • Elmer Isaiah Miller, 1910, 1917–1918
  • Charles Osenbaugh, 1918–1930
  • Clarence Knight Studley, 1930–1931
  • Rudolph D. Lindquist, 1931
  • Aymer Jay Hamilton, 1931–1950
  • George Glenn Kendall, 1950–1966
  • Robert Eugene Hill, 1966–1970
  • Lew Dwight Oliver, 1970–1971
  • Stanford Cazier, 1971–1979
  • Robert L. Fredenburg, 1979–1980
  • Robin Wilson, 1980–1993
  • Manuel A. Esteban, 1993–2003
  • Scott McNall, 2003–2004
  • Paul Zingg, 2004-2016

University presidents

Name Known for Relationship to Chico
John Gardner Author Professor of English
Michael Gillis Historian Lecturer in history
Janja Lalich Sociologist Professor of Sociology
Harold Lang Dancer and actor Professor of dance, 1970–1985
Peveril Meigs Geographer Professor of geography, 1929–1942
Nicholas Nagy-Talavera Historian Professor of History, 1967–1991
Michael Perelman Author Professor of Economics
Jeff Price Shared in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize[52] Professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences
Ivan Sviták Philosopher, Critic, Poet Professor of Philosophy, 1970–1990


Name Known for Relationship to Chico
Annette Abbott Adams First female Assistant Attorney General of the United States
Matthew Axelson United States Navy SEAL killed in Afghanistan during Operation Red Wings BA, Political science
Big Poppa E Professional slam poet Attended 1994-2000 (Journalism)
Nelson Briles Former Major League Baseball Player
Donald J. Butz United States Air Force Major General
Don Carlsen Former NFL Referee retired 2012
Doug Chapman Actor BA, 1994
Raymond Carver Author
Clay Dalrymple Former Major League Baseball Player
Mark Davis (American football) Owner Oakland Raiders
Amanda Detmer Actress
Clair Engle United States Senator BA, 1930
Horace Dove-Edwin Olympian MA in Exercise Science, 1999
Ken Grossman Co-founder Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Joseph Hilbe Statistician and philosopher BA in Philosophy
Dominik Jakubek Goalkeeper for Major League Soccer BA Liberal Studies 2009
Tom Jones Assistant To Head Coach Oakland Raiders BA Criminal Justice 2005
Mat Kearney Columbia Recording Artist Attended Chico State for 2 years
Adnan Khashoggi Saudi businessman
Sandra Lerner Co-founder of Cisco Systems BA Political Science 1975
Brent Lewis Fisherman BA Geography 2013
Michael Messner Sociologist, Professor at the University of Southern California BA, 1974; MA, 1976
Bob Mulholland Political Strategist
Matt Olmstead Writer and television producer
Kathleen O'Neal Gear Historian and archaeologist BA and MA
Marcus Ortiz Food Critic BA Sociology 2005
Maureen O'Toole Olympic silver medalist
Michael Polenske Entrepreneur & vintner Bachelors in Finance[55]
Lubna al Qasimi Minister for Economy and Planning of the United Arab Emirates BS in Computer Science
Ed Rollins Political Strategist BA, 1968
Thom Ross Artist degree in fine arts, 1974
Gene Scott Ordained Minister and religious broadcaster BA and MA
John Severson Founder, Surfer Magazine BA Art Education, 1955
Carolyn Shoemaker Astronomer
Dale Thayer Major League Baseball Player
Mark Thoma Economist BA, 1980
Justin E. Roberts Founder, Entrepreneur BS, 2004
Mike Thompson Member of the United States Congress
Mark Ulriksen Painter
Johannes van Overbeek Race car driver
Patrick Vaughan Historian
Bill Wattenburg Radio host, author, inventor
Chris Wondolowski Forward for Major League Soccer
Don Young Member of the United States Congress BA, 1958
Christian Friedland CEO

Notable alumni

Noted people

Chico State made The Princeton Review’s 2011 "Guide to Green Colleges," honoring campuses that "demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation." [54]

CSU, Chico's director of the Institute for Sustainable Development is Dr. Jim Pushnik.[53] Complete information on the University's involvement in sustainable issues is listed on the Sustainable News Web site.

CSU, Chico University Printing Services has been awarded Forest Stewardship Council chain-of-custody certification by Scientific Certification Systems (certificate number SCS-COC-001517), supporting CSU, Chico’s campuswide commitment to sustainability. CSU, Chico is one of the first universities in the country to receive this certification.

Chico Professor Jeff Price, shared in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize as a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,[52] and is also Senior Fellow for Climate Change and Biodiversity at the United Nations Environment Program – World Conservation Monitoring Center (UNEP-WCMC).

The University was ranked on a list of 15 colleges and universities around the world cited for their leadership in sustainability and environmental programs.[49] Grist Magazine, on online environmental publication, placed CSU, Chico on its list of “15 Green Colleges and Universities.”[50] The DailyGreen, an environmental website, has featured CSU, Chico in a list of 10 top colleges and universities that includes Harvard University, Duke University, Middlebury College and Oberlin College.[51]

CSU, Chico has received a number of honors for its leadership role in sustainability[47] and environmental awareness and education. CSU, Chico’s Green Campus Program won the Best Practices award for Student Energy Efficiency in the CSU in April 2008. In 2007, the University was awarded the Grand Prize by the National Wildlife Federation for efforts to reduce global warming.[48]

The Chico State Motto, "Today decides tomorrow"


The Orion is Chico State's nationally acclaimed school newspaper, and has been named (on several occasions) the number one weekly collegiate publication.[45] The newspaper was inducted into the Associated College Press Hall of Fame in 2005.[46]

Among the civic engagement programs at CSU, Chico are Community Action Volunteers in Education (CAVE) and Community Legal Information Center (CLIC).[6][44] CAVE student volunteers help more than 30,000 clients annually, and CLIC student volunteers provide free referrals and legal information to more than 13,000 clients.

CSU, Chico has set records for the number of volunteers taking part to raise money (2,021) and the number of letters sent out requesting support (in excess of 37,000).

CSU, Chico is the four-time collegiate champion in raising money on behalf of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for children’s cancer research, and the fastest school to reach $1 million.[43]

In 2007, CSU, Chico was awarded the grand prize in the National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology Chill Out contest, recognizing the campus's innovative programs to reduce global warming pollution.[42]

[41] In 2006, the year the community service honor roll program was launched, CSU, Chico was one of 10 schools to be a finalist for President

CSU, Chico was once again designated as a member of the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The 2010 honor roll, sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, highlights the University’s civic engagement activities during 2009.[40]

Kendall Hall

Service and recognition

Hail to Chico State
She's our dear old alma mater
Where our teams so great
lead us on to victory
Rah Rah Rah
Where our men are square
and our fair coeds are fairer
Come let us give a cheer
for dear old Chico State

Chico State Fight Song

Fight song

The university's athletic teams are known as the Chico State Wildcats. The school sponsors soccer, basketball, cross country, golf, and track and field for both men and women. The school sponsors softball and volleyball for women, and baseball for men. The school's athletic director is Anita Barker. The school competes in Division II of the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.[38] Since 1998, Chico State’s athletic teams have won 99 NCAA Championship berths, 40 CCAA titles, 24 West Region titles, and 15 National titles.[39]


In 1997 Wild Oak Music Group, an independent record company, was founded and is run by the Music Industry students within the College of Humanities and Fine Arts.

The university's student-run weekly newspaper, The Orion first began publishing in 1975.[37] In 1989, The Orion won the National Pacemaker Award, the first of nine times the paper has won the top prize in college journalism. In 2009, The Orion won the National Pacemaker Award for the 11th time at the College Media Convention. The Orion is the only newspaper to win the award, considered the highest honor in college journalism, four consecutive years.

In 1951, KCSC Radio became the newest media outlet belonging to the Associated Students at Chico State. KCSC remains the university's lone student-owned and operated radio station. The music philosophy is very broad, including everything except the most popular Top 40. Featuring a number of student DJ's, KCSC broadcasts a variety of musical genres including electronic, drum and bass, indie, alternative rock, reggae and much more. In addition, KCSC features a sports talk show and a sex talk show, adding to the variety of the station's content.

Student media

Male to Female Percentage: Male 48% - Female 52%[36]

Demographics of student body Fall 2013
African American 2%
Asian American 6%
White American 52%
Hispanic American 23%
Native American 1%
International 3%
Ethnicity unreported/unknown 11%


The Panhellenic Council includes Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Phi, Gamma Phi Beta, and Sigma Kappa. Fraternities in the IFC include Alpha Sigma Phi, Kappa Sigma, Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Delta Theta, Phi Kappa Tau, Phi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Nu ,and Sigma Pi. The Multicultural Greek Council includes: Delta Xi Phi, Lambda Theta Nu, Lambda Sigma Gamma, Sigma Omega Phi, Upsilon Kappa Delta, Epsilon Sigma Rho, and Nu Alpha Kappa.

Fraternity and Sorority Affairs embodies three Greek governed councils; the Interfraternity Council, the Multicultural Greek Council, and the Panhellenic Council. While each council is unique in terms of governance, all of the councils share a common value system known as the Pillars of Distinction, which places emphasis on Leadership, Community, Scholarship, Service, and Integrity.

As of July 2015, Chico State has 22 healthy fraternities and sororities that make up their Greek community, which makes up approximately 10 percent of the student population.

Fraternity and Sorority Affairs

Student Life and Leadership, formally the Student Activities Office, strives to create an environment in which all students and student organizations are encouraged and aided in the development of positive social, cultural, intellectual, recreational, and leadership programs and activities. The Student Life and Leadership staff supports programming which promotes learning, personal growth, self-governance, social responsibility, and understanding.[35] The office of Student Life and Leadership incorporates four programs: Student Organizations and Leadership Education (SOLE) [4], Fraternity and Sorority Affairs (FSA) [], Rec Sports[], and the Cross-Cultural Leadership Center (CCLC)[5].

Office of Student Life and Leadership

The AS is generally divided into three areas, each the responsibility of one of three Associated Students standing committees. The AS' role as a government is manifested in the Government Affairs Committee. The student union is administered under the original authority of the Bell Memorial Union Committee. The administration of the businesses is under the original authority of the Business Committee. All of these areas are under the ultimate authority of the AS Board of Directors.

Associated Students, Chico is the student government at California State University, Chico. Associated Students, Chico owns and operates several student services on-campus including all vending machines, and foodservices, as well as the campus bookstore. The students of CSU, Chico also own their own student union building named the Bell Memorial Union which houses the Marketplace Cafe, the Chico State Wildcat Store, and the student government offices. Student officers are elected annually from among and by the students. Students are assessed a mandatory Activity Fee at registration which funds the student government and other programs.

Associated Students, Chico

Student life

  • Arts & Humanities Building, Taylor II (Taylor Hall) replacement building was approved to replace the old Alva P. Taylor Hall, which was built in 1961.[32] Construction on Taylor II started on November 2013, with an estimated cost of $58,384,000, and approximate completion date of spring 2016.[33] The Campus Public Arts Committee held a contest were five artistic finalist were able to propose art projects for the Arts & Humanities Public Art Project along 2nd Street, finalist Marek Walczak and Wes Heiss were the artists selected to complete the public art project after proposing the Facewall.[34]
  • Sutter Hall, a five-story residence hall, complete with a state-of-the-art dining hall completed in 2010, received LEED Gold certification for energy efficiency in 2011.[31]
  • The Wildcat Recreation Center (WREC), approved by a 2005 student ballot initiative, opened in August 2009. It has received a LEED rating of Gold for its sustainable and environmentally conscious features.[30]

Recent construction

Currently, the university can accommodate 2,150[29] or approximately 13% of the student body in seven on-campus residential halls. Sutter, Whitney, Shasta and Lassen halls are on the main campus, while Esken, Mechoopda and Konkow are near the athletic fields about a block and a half away from the main campus. Whitney, Shasta and Lassen are the names of major mountains in Northern California, and the others are named after Native American tribes which used to inhabit the area. Most buildings that make up the campus are named after counties in California. University Village or "UV" is a university-owned dorm about a mile off campus. The university opened its newest dorm, Sutter Hall, for the Fall 2010 semester. It is located between Whitney and Shasta and Lassen halls. For much of the Fall 2010 semester, Sutter Hall's dining area remained closed. However, it opened in the Spring 2011 semester, featuring new dining options for students.

Residence halls

Nearby Bidwell Park includes 29 acres (117,000 m²) of a former arboretum, now run somewhat wild, which contains trees such as English oaks, hawthorn, Cherry Plum, bay laurel, cork oak, ponderosa, aleppo, and Monterey pines, willow, mulberry, linden, maple, catalpa, pine, and eucalyptus, collected from around the world.[28]

The Campus Arboretum is located across the campus of California State University, Chico along Big Chico Creek.


Colusa Hall, completed in 1921 is the oldest building on campus. It was used for purposes related to the industrial arts, but now the building is now used as a conference and public events facility.[27]

Chico State's Kendall (Administration) Hall

The construction of the normal school building was begun in September, 1887. It was a large brick building, consisting of three stories and full basement. It was of Romanesque design with Elizabethan gables and artificial stone trimmings. The building was destroyed by a fire in 1927. The current administration building Kendall Hall was built on the site of the normal school in 1929.[3]

Early construction

The California State University, Chico campus consists of a 119-acre (48 ha) main campus and a 1,040-acre (420 ha) university farm.[26]


  • 6th Best Public Master's Level University in the West (2011) from U.S. News & World Report.[23]
  • 6th Best Public Master's Level University in the West (2009) from U.S. News & World Report.[24]
  • 6th Best Public Master's Level University in the West (2008) from U.S. News & World Report.[24]
  • 4th Best Public Master's Level University in the West (2007) from U.S. News & World Report.[25]
  • 4th Best Public Master's Level University in the West (2006) from U.S. News & World Report.[25]
  • 3rd Best Public Master's Level University in the West (2005) from U.S. News & World Report.[25]
  • 3rd Best Public Master's Level University in the West (2004) from U.S. News & World Report.[25]
  • 4th Best Public Master's Level University in the West (2003) from U.S. News & World Report.[25]
  • 3rd Best Public Master's Level University in the West (2002) from U.S. News & World Report.[25]
Chico State campus: Laxson Auditorium



The school's library, the Meriam Library, has several special collections of Native American and Californian history.[22]


  • College of Agriculture
  • College of Behavioral & Social Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Communication & Education
  • College of Engineering, Computer Science, & Construction Management
  • College of Humanities and Fine Arts
  • College of Natural Sciences


  • School of Communication
  • School of Education
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Social Work

Chico State is known for its academic programs in engineering, science, computing, business, technology, environmental studies, Theatre Arts [19] and communication. The university has more than 50 Departments[20] and offers more than 150 undergraduate degrees.[21] It is organized into seven colleges and four schools.

Fall Freshman Statistics[17][18]
2013 2012 2011 2010
Freshman Applicants 21,159 19,709 17,221 15,255 14,361
Admits 12,905 12,328 11,286 8,935
% Admitted 65.4 71.5 73.9 62.2
Enrolled 2,338 2,714 2,429 1,899
GPA 3.27 3.21 3.22 3.28
ACT Avg 21.3 21.3 21.6 22
SAT Composite 1013 1020 1016 1034
SAT out of 1600


In 2011, CSU, Chico received a Civic Learning Initiative Grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation extend its efforts to establish civic engagement as a key component of students’ academic success.[16]

In 2010, the President of the Associated Student body, Joseph Igbineweka, was stabbed in a racially motivated attack.[15]

In 2005, student Matt Carrington was hazed to death at the Chi Tau house, which had previously been expelled from the university in 2001 due to violations.[14] Carrington died as a result of water intoxication during a hazing session involving the victim being forced to exercise and drink large quantities of water.

CSU Chico opened its first sub-campus in Redding, affiliated with Shasta College, in 2007.

In 1987, Chico State was ranked as the number one party school by Playboy [11] and has subsequently been ranked as a party school by other publications.[11][12] Chico State was not included on Playboy's most recent list of party schools.[13]

Chico State's library was renamed in 1981 for father and son Morrison E. Meriam, professor of psychology from 1902 to 1934, and Theodore "Ted" Meriam, community leader, alumnus, and friend of the University, a member of the California State University Board of Trustees from 1961 to 1971, and its chair from 1968 to 1969.[10]

In 1975, broadcasts of classes through closed circuit TV were used for the first time by residents in Oroville, Marysville and Colusa. Also in 1975, The Orion, the campus student newspaper, published its first issue. In 1977, the other campus paper, The Wildcat, changed its name to Chico News and Review and moved off campus to become an independent publication. In 1978 bike riding was restricted on campus.

In 1972, Chico State College became California State University, Chico as a result of legislation passed in 1971.

KCSC, a student-run radio station, launched, broadcasting old-time radio dramas on the campus public address system in 1951.

In 1950, California's governor allowed state colleges to grant Master of Arts degrees. In 1951 the college reorganized from 18 departments into seven divisions with chairmen. Then in 1956 a new flagpost and sign in front of Kendall Hall was donated by the class of 1956. In the following year, 1957, a new cafeteria was built and the rose gardens were planted. In 1958 the first "telecourse" was taught, Psychology 51.

In 1948, dorms for 500 male students were set up on west side of Warner Street. The buildings were built during World War II and were used as bachelor quarters for a Marine Hospital in Klamath Falls, Oregon. They were brought to Chico State in sections and reconstructed in the spring of 1948. The two-story barrack-like structures had 36 rooms, each occupied by 4 students. North Hall later became a female dormitory. The speech and debate team was founded by Herbert Rae, Speech & Drama Department Chair.

In 1935, Bidwell Hall was turned into a recreation and student center - the first student union. Also in 1935 a legislative act changed the college name from Chico State Teachers College to Chico State College. In 1937 evening classes started on campus and athletic fields were purchased from the Chico Board of Education. In 1939, chimes were installed in library tower. Sororities held a fund drive to raise $600 for them. In 1940 the college offered civilian pilot classes.

Chico State campus in the spring
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