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Rank: 56

California State University-Chico

California State University, Chico traces its history to 1887, when a benefactor donated an eight-acre cherry orchard for the establishment of a school. Today its main campus covers 119 acres, and the university also manages 800 acres of farm land as well as 2,330 acres of ecological reserves. The school's eco-friendly spirit has thrust it into the national spotlight. Chico State is ranked by many organizations as one of the country's greenest campuses, thanks in large part to the undergraduates who host the country's largest student-run sustainability conference. Chico State has a six-year graduation rate of nearly 66%, which is about 34% higher than schools that serve similar demographics. The diverse student body (made up of 16,000 undergrads) is a globally minded one; last year, more than 340 students took part in study abroad programs. The Division II athletics program also keeps students active. Some students complain that a party atmosphere can take over on the weekends, but classes held outside among the trees and lunches by the campus creek provide tranquility during the rest of the week. The campus, which is home to more than 200 species of plants, was officially dedicated as an arboretum in 1982.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$25,500
% of students who get any grants
62%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$15,100
Average price for low-income students
$10,100
admissions
Acceptance rate
68%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1080/22
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
16,546
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
79%
% of need met
74%
% of students who get merit* grants
3%
Average merit grant
$1,429
student success
Graduation rate
66%
Average time to a degree
4.7 years
Average student debt
$16,750
Average salary within 3 years
$55,100
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
32%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Nov 30

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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