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California State University-Chico Reviews

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  • 08/21/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    29 out of 30 people found this review useful. 1 of 124

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is a great experience for those that are interested in enriching their minds and their environment.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep positive about your work load! Get things done when they are assigned and schedule around what you need to get done rather then what else you could be doing. Once you create a well organized schedule, everything is much simpler from there.

    Bang for the buck

    This town is green friendly. So you get more for your buck if you invest in an environment pollution-free form of transportation. Walking and riding a bike is the norm, is good for your health and great for your wallet.

    Am enjoying being here

    Chico State is beautiful inside and out. Everyone here is active and on their feet; they're friendly and the town is kept going by the students that attend.

    Am learning a lot

    Every class that I have taken at Chico State has taught me something I am able to refer to in other classes. The professors teach you above and beyond the class subject you picked including subject material and how that material can be applied to your everyday life.

  • 08/05/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 out of 16 people found this review useful. 2 of 124

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Chico is a well rounded school and community, but it is the best for those who are really serious about school and love the beauty of country living.

    Tips for prospective students

    Chico is the school to go to if you have a good head on your shoulders and you can focus on why you are really there...to go to school!

    Bang for the buck

    Chico is not just a wonderful campus with the most knowlegable professors, it is also a beautiful town and great place to live. There are really nice dog parks to go to and the local swimming holes that are popular as well. All colleges are going to be expensive, but it feels better to be paying for an education AND a great local community and town with the same check!

    Am enjoying being here

    I have only met the best people and friends at Chico. It is easy to get into that party scene, but with the challenging academics, focusing on school is just as easy and way more important. Everyone always says people only go to Chico State for the partying, but I always say that im there to get one of the best buiness degrees in the state of CA.

    Am learning a lot

    As a business student at Chico State, it is very competetive and i feel that the teachers are there not only to teach you the information required, but also give you real hands on experience with the subject matter.

  • 12/16/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 out of 10 people found this review useful. 3 of 124

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing people who like both cold and hot weather.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in events and if you are scared to do it by yourself, bring a friend. Explore the town on your bike to see all the works of art downtown.

    Bang for the buck

    I would have to say that the best bang for you buck place in town in the Upper Crust Bakery where they have sweets of all kinds and it is located fairly close to campus. Broadway Heights is a great lunch place also located right downtown next to campus.

    Am enjoying being here

    After completing my first year in college, I decided to stay in the town over summer looking for a job. By doing so, I eventually landed a job at the best BBQ place in town. It helped me get connected with the community and know more about events within it. I enjoy riding my bike in the hot summers here, whether going to Bidwell Park, the skate park, or going on a bike ride to the downtown market in the summer, where you can get all kinds of goodies for cheap prices.

    Am learning a lot

    When I first came here, I had no idea what college was going to be like, but after discovering this college when I got invited to the Chico State High School Invitational, I discovered the perfect college for me. Learning the history of the town, getting to know my professors, and networking with people who can further my understanding on multiple topics and help me peruse the career of my dreams.

  • 06/05/2009

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    8 out of 10 people found this review useful. 4 of 124

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Party-ers (just kidding), social students, small town students, laid-back, green (environmentally conscious), liberal.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get past the party school stigma - there is much more to Chico than that. BEAUTIFUL campus, historic buildings, in my opinion the best-looking campus in the CSU system. Don't care much for the town though; it seems very one-sided (it is primarily a college town). Has good programs (I hear) in Agriculture, Business, Communications, Journalism, Music Technology, and Nursing. Give it a shot! The worst that can happen is that you don't like it.

  • 01/11/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 7 people found this review useful. 5 of 124

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Chico State is great for students who like to work hard, and play hard. It is a fun environment that most college students would enjoy! Chico State is also for the type of students who love nature, because the scenery on campus and off campus in the local Bidwell Park, is absolutely beautiful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should take a tour of the Chico State campus. After I took my tour, was when I decided that Chico State was perfect for me.

    Bang for the buck

    Although this year there has been manndatory furlough days, where the campus has been closed because of the budget crisis in California, all of my teachers made sure to cover all the material they needed to cover.

    Am enjoying being here

    Chico State has such a beautiful campus. There is a creek running through campus and beautiful trees everywhere. The town is adorable and has a ton of cute little places to go out to eat or shop. All of the people I have met in Chico are extremely nice and friendly. The whole town is made up of college kids. All the houses and apartments around the campus are filled with college students, so that makes it a pretty fun town to live in, and I love it!!

    Am learning a lot

    All of my classes at Chico State have been small in class size, which makes it easier to learn and connect with my professors. The professors seem to present the information in a way that really helps you learn. I have definately learned something from each of my classes.

  • 01/27/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 7 people found this review useful. 6 of 124

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is good for anyone who loves hot summers and cold winters. If you don't like living in a small town filled with college students then I don't suggest you attend Chico State. If you have to live in a city with malls and Starbucks in every corner I also suggest you not come here. This is for students who like small towns where evrything is around you and you like to go out and have fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    I suggest future students live in the dorms next year, if you think that living on campus isn't your thing then Chico State is one of the very few schools that offers off campus housing. They are exactly like dorms but they are apartment style and is a mile away from school (10 minutes walking distance). I also suggest you sign up for classes early and get your loans and payments prepared.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is pricey but then again what college isn't. As a matter of fact Chico is much cheaper than other CSU's and because it's not a commuter school many people save on gas. Tuition is the same as every other CSU but and because of school budget cuts the prices keep rising. In general the food in Chico is cheap compared to big cities such as San Jose, overall although the school is pricey, it's very cheap compared to the cost of attending other schools.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the campus and the town of Chico. There is a river running down the middle of the campus and there are over 300 different types of trees surrounding the school. What I love about this city is that everyone is really nice and friendly, everyone gets along and knows how to have fun. Because it's such a small town everything is biking distance which is good because we're arent't polluting the air with cars. Chico is overall a really fun place to live in and the area is beautiful.

    Am learning a lot

    Many courses are offered here at CSU Chico. You have a wide variety of classes to pick from depending on what your area of interest is. The classes are big and the teachers are both helpful and understanding, these professors love what they do and they take time out of their day to help the students that need help. Teachers are very educated in their field so they know what they're talking about, they love what they teach so it makes the class that more exciting.

  • 12/21/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 7 of 124

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    At Chico we party hard- and study hard, too. Also good for environmentalists.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard, but have fun, too! Get involved, go to parties sometimes (but don't partake in Thirsty Thursday-you won't have the motivation to go to class the next morning.), and explore Chico.

    Bang for the buck

    Despite hikes in tuition, I do not think I could get a better deal. I know my professors, I learned a lot, and I get to live in lovely Chico, California. All of this for a fraction of what someone at a UC spends.

    Am enjoying being here

    People are nicer in Chico. This could be a generalization, but generalizations tend to have some truth to them. Most people who you pass on the street will greet you. This is a comforting experience. You will feel welcomed the moment you step into town. I would highly recommend getting involved. Personally, I did an internship with the Sustainability Collaborative, and have met a lot of like-minded people. I will not lie to you- yes, Chico is still a party school. If you live in the dorms, you will certainly encounter people who party every weekend. If that is not your scene, don't let that discourage you from applying. There are still other things to do. Bidwell park is beautiful, and the town is full of treasures.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors at California State University, Chico, truly care about your education. This past semester, only one of my professors did not know my name, and that's understandable because it was a large lecture class. Although large lecture classes are common at Chico, there are always other options. I am in the Honors Program, and one aim of that program is to keep classrooms small. I an Environmental Science major, and am already on a first name basis with the department chair. The staff of the school, in my experience, are friendly and approachable, and willingly answer any questions you have.

  • 04/08/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 8 of 124

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Laid back Easy going Love outdoors Loves getting involved

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to get involved in every way you can. Living in the dorms will give you great connections and will help you in finding some of the best friends you will ever have. Also, do not forget to get out in the surrounding areas such as Upper Bidwell for hiking, biking, and swimming.

    Bang for the buck

    The education is well worth the price. I feel like I am able to leave class each day knowing a lot more about the subject, and if not then teachers are more than willing to help you before or after classes.

    Am enjoying being here

    The environment around campus is great. Fellow students and faculty are very friendly and willing to help you if you just ask. It is a nice quiet college town, with plenty of places to go to get out in the sun on the weekends.

    Am learning a lot

    I love the classes at Chico State. Each day I learn something new, and look forward to the next class. The teachers have a great way of teaching and helping you learn the subject being taught, and also help you learn about yourself and help you become a better person overall.

  • 09/04/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 9 of 124

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Chico is a great place for anybody who has fears about succeeding in a new environment. They make the transition more than easy, you just have to be open to it. If you have any concerns about the quality of the education - do your homework. The numbers speak for themselves.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not hide in your room! I never considered myself a social person. I've always preferred a good book to a good conversation but being away from home for the first time I knew I needed to establish a support system. I went to all the events, I kept my door open, and made myself available to others and voila! - friends.

    Bang for the buck

    With tuition prices on the rise it's hard to say that any kind of education is worth such a cost. However, when I consider the massive size of the dorm rooms, the great food, the gym membership, the hot tub 3 yards from my door, the free bus rides, all the free social events, and the effort that gets put into making students feel welcome, I'm definitely getting more than I paid for.

    Am enjoying being here

    I didn't get a chance to feel homesick. Right away my RA was encouraging people to go to all the events they have the first week and getting us to open up to our roommates and neighbors. After being here 3 days I felt like a had made a good group of friends. After being here 2 weeks, I'm 100% sure I made the right decision in coming here. The people here really care and it shows.

    Am learning a lot

    I've only been here two weeks and I already feel like I've learned a lot. All my teachers have jumped right into the material but it's presented in a way that I don't feel overwhelmed. We didn't waste time going over every word of the syllabus like they do in high school and junior college. I thought 15 units would weigh me down but the teachers are so good at making things interesting that I'm actually having fun.

  • 12/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 10 of 124

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    All the faculty and staff, even the students, care about campus safety. There is so much security you can feel safe anywhere you are on campus. The school sends out warnings and safety notices that keeps you updated on things that are occurring on or near campus.

    Greek Life

    There is one street that contains many of the sororities and fraternities and some of them are good and some are not. You just have to look carefully and be smart about them.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities that it is guaranteed that not one week is boring. Sometimes events overlap and it can be very hard to choose because they are all extremely fun and you get to make new friends in each.

    Great for these types of students

    This is a great school for kids who know how to control themselves. For kids who do not give easily into temptations because i won't lie there are temptations. You have to have your priorities straight and follow through to them.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is actually a creek that runs through the middle of campus and so whenever you are at one end you must cross a bridge to get to the other side. No matter the weather the creek is always beautiful and its just amazing to see. It still gets me every time.

    Bang for the buck

    You have to manage your money well because no one else manages it for you and though Chico State is kind of expensive, its worth it.

    What to do for fun

    There are many activities that you can do for fun and some even benefit the community. You can go to the WREC which has an indoor track and an indoor pool as well as an outside pool. you can go to any event going on that night or you can do some good and apply for volunteer position at CAVE. this program has extremely fun programs trust me you'll love it.

    Food and Dining

    There really isn't that much variety when it comes to food because Sutter Dining serves almost the same thing every week. For example ,Italian sausage sandwich Monday ten the next Monday again. It can get tiring. However you are allowed to use your meals in Sutter Cafe and every semester you can get flex cash which allows you to eat in the Marketplace and any of the participating cafe, which is awesome.

    Dorm Life

    Truthfully it depends on which roommates you can get. They can be awesome like mine or they can be hard party animals like my friend's. you can enjoy dorm experience with your roommates or you can make some new friends and hang out with them. Your resident adviser will be your biggest help whenever you have a question and will keep you informed of most of the activities going on in your hall.

    Academic Rigor

    DO NOT be fooled into believing that the class is easy just because the title looks simple! It will probably be the hardest class you may have! The teachers are great whenever you need help and they will actually take the time to show you step by step but they will NOT baby you. You must in the effort as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look at the facts. Don't listen to what other people say because every one is different and no one know you better than yourself. Be prepared and be open-minded about the many people you may meet. Be friendly but don't lose yourself trying to impress others.

    In three sentences

    This is a green campus and is full of open-mined people that are kind and caring. The city surrounding the school is beautiful and though it is considered a 'party city' you don't have to be a party person. Their is almost no pressure to do something your not comfortable with and much of the focus of the school is based on your academics.

  • 01/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 11 of 124

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Friendly and outgoing students who are also very studious and determined.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep up the good work in high school and do not let senioritis get to you!

    Bang for the buck

    It is one of the cheaper California schools, but have great programs (such as Nursing, Engineering, Journalism, etc.)

    Am enjoying being here

    It is a beautiful campus located in downtown Chico. It truly is the heart of the city.

    Am learning a lot

    Great professors that are passionate about their work. They are always willing to help you out during office hours.

  • 06/10/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 12 of 124

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Athletic, love to be outdoors, nature lovers, eco-friendly

    Tips for prospective students

    Be aware of the distance for your hometown and make sure your finances are completely in order.

    Bang for the buck

    The financial aid awards are great and you really get to take advantage of being there.

    Am enjoying being here

    The dorm lif rough but meeting new people and the options you have as a student to join clubs is great!

    Am learning a lot

    In almost every single class I have taken at Chico State I have learned something that I have applied outside of the class.

  • 09/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 13 of 124

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you like things hands on, this is a great school for you all of my labs have really taught me a lot and the teachers are very good about letting you try things before they just tell you what will happen.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be proactive, come to orientation with a plan on what your going to take and a back-up in case it doesn't work out. Also, don't be afraid to go to a professor's office hours for anything, the first time is always a little nerve racking, but once you do it, it becomes a great way to stay caught up on all the material without pulling the o so common all nighter.

    Bang for the buck

    Chico State is a fairly well priced school for what you are getting. Yes, it is not as cheap as a community college, but in my experience the students who started at Chico are much better prepared for the rigor of upper division classes than the students coming in as transfers. The town itself is quite cheap compared to most places, housing is much less expensive in Chico than most other CSU towns and there are always good cheap places downtown to grab a bite to eat.

    Am enjoying being here

    Chico is a great community, theres tons of things to do and its a true college town. Everything you could need is within walking/biking distance. All of my professors have been very friendly and personable and more than willing to add time to their scheduled hours to help you with anything. Plus it is a great place to meet people since almost everyone in the town is around your age.

    Am learning a lot

    When I first got to Chico State I mainly took dry boring general education classes. I thought to myself wow, this is college? just another history class? I am now currently in my third year here at Chico State and I have got into the upper division classes that actually apply to my major, and I must say school is now a great time, everything I am getting exposed to in class directly applies to what I want to do with my life. It makes preparing for tests much better than the flipping through flash cards with dates and definitions I had originally thought my college career would be filled with.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 14 of 124

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe, Police officers everywhere making sure things are going smoothly, their are parts of town you do not want to find yourself at a certain time of the day. But as a college student you should not be finding yourself in that area. There are blue poles with phones on them in case of an emergency found throughout campus. You can get free taxi rides from some of the taxies that work for the city.

    Greek Life

    Did not participate

    Clubs and Activities

    Basketball Games are very entertaining, games are always packed and its almost certain you will have a good time and make some friends. Soccer Games are pretty wild, some of the players on this team make the game play so smoothly and it is enjoying to watch the games and have conversations with some of the parents that go to the games. CAVE is a club that goes out and cleans up the streets of Chico, and garbage that has been wandering the streets is cleaned up by CAVE they do a really good job and spend the majority of their weekends taking care of the city.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that are willing to go on adventures and spend their time learning new things

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rose Garden, do not pick the flowers there or else you can get fined for it. Soccer Stadium: A lot of great professional soccer players played in this stadium. If you want to watch a game and have a good time and meet some nice people go to the Soccer Stadium. The parents of the players on the team have great stories and are open to have a conversation with anyone. The Wrec: one of the nicest gyms I have ever seen on a college campus. Indoor soccer court, multiple basketball courts, a 5 star weight room, field hockey, multiple classes you can take (for free) MMA classes, spinning, yoga, and many others.

    Bang for the buck

    Bear Hole: a swimming hole in chico that has the setting of a lake. Some great rocks you can dive from. The Bear: A very famous restaurant in Chico, if you want a 5 star burger, and a set of fries that is place to go and they are fair on their prices. I recommend getting The JIF burger. A peanut butter hamburger with bacon on it. Peekings Chinese Food: Makes great homemade Chinese food and a fool plate of it. You will never go hungry when coming back from this restaurant - BIDWELL PARK: I cant stress enough how much of a fun place this park really is. A recreational pool in which people of all ages can jump in. Miles and miles of trails to run, hike and bike on. Upper Bidwell is where all the mountains are there are some beautiful sights to see while up there.

    What to do for fun

    Go on a run at Bidwell park, bike rides, hikes, go floating. Watch soccer games, basketball games, baseball games. Participate in some of the groups the campus has to offer. I recommend C.A.V.E they are a really fun group that tries to help the community.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you take advantage of the opportunities around you. When done with homework look at all of the attractions the city has to offer.

    In three sentences

    Chico is a tiny college town that is surrounded by adventures that open up your mind about the world. Bidwell Park located in Chico and walking distance from the campus is where I go to do my homework. Once I am done with my homework have multiple things I can do at this park, go for a swim, slip on my running shoes for a run, attempt multiple hikes and some of the greatest bike rides that you will remember for the rest of your life.

  • 07/06/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 10 people found this review useful. 15 of 124

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Hope were making the right decision

  • 11/16/2009

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 4 people found this review useful. 16 of 124

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you enjoy the drastic climate and fun-filled daily events, and you work well with hyper students, then Chico State is the school to consider applying to.

    Tips for prospective students

    I recommend taking a tour with your parents around the campus and talking to students about Chico State to know there perspective as well.

    Bang for the buck

    Chico State offers many opportunity scholarships for students. One of the scholarships I am currently working on is the music scholarship. Which is available online at their college website.

    Will enjoy being here

    I enjoy the environment of Chico and think I feel strong in saying that I will enjoy being here.

    Will learn a lot

    I feel strong to say that I will learn a lot at Chico State because the student services department and tutoring centers will be available throughout the year.

  • 05/22/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 17 of 124

    Categories Comments
    Will enjoy being here

    chico is so fun!

    Will learn a lot

    the classes are interesting and engaging

  • 06/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 18 of 124

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Chico State is a great school for all types of students. They're very welcoming to all types of students they have, and the other students themselves are very nice to interact with.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would say that for prospective students, especially those online, make sure you stay on top of your school work, because if you stay on top of it, then you don't have to worry about falling behind and/or missing something important. ASK! Seriously, don't be afraid to ask questions you have to your teacher about something you don't understand. I was always asking question I was confused about something, and my teachers were more than willing to help me. It made me feel like they really cared about my concerns/questions I had.

    Bang for the buck

    With the tuition prices going up, I still feel like I'm getting my educations worth while attending Chico State. This school is amazing!

    Am enjoying being here

    I'm an online student at Chico State, and I love everything about it! The teachers that I have are awesome, and will explain any questions you have about something. Both teachers and advisors are super helpful, and are willing to be there for you, it's a nice change to see.

    Am learning a lot

    I'm currently going into my second semester here at Chico State, and I can't wait for my new set of classes, because my last classes, I learned a lot! They were fun to be a part of!

  • 09/06/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 19 of 124

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you like nature and small-town areas, Chico would be a great school!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't only focus on school, there are many options for other activities outside of class you should definitely look into.

    Bang for the buck

    It is the same price as most CSUs, and it offers a lot of extracurricular activities that most other schools don't. Worth every penny!

    Am enjoying being here

    Everyone is very friendly and the campus is perfect for walking. The weather is great too, which really makes everyone happier on a whole.

    Am learning a lot

    All of my teachers are very interesting to listen to, but still very challenging, so it makes learning here easy.

  • 10/21/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 20 of 124

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Chico is great for people who like a small town feel. It is also great for people who love the outdoors. The scenery here is amazing and there are so many outdoor activities you'll never be bored.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you like to outdoors and nature Chico is a great town for you. It is a college town so there's no way you wouldn't fit in. My tip for you is to get everything out of school as you possibly can. Open your mind to everything, try out new things and say hello to the people around you. Chico is a friendly place and you will leave here with years of memories.

    Bang for the buck

    Although tuition keeps going up, Chico is still one of the cheapest schools in California. You get a great education and access to a beautiful new recreation center.

    Am enjoying being here

    Chico is a beautiful campus along with a great downtown for the students. I have lived here for 2.5 years now and I have enjoyed every minute of it. It is a great environment to learn, grow and meet life long friends.

    Am learning a lot

    Chico State has taught me so much about the major I have chosen. The professors have been in the Design field for over 20 years and know their material. This school has not only taught me about academics but about myself and life.

  • 01/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 21 of 124

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Student fees are increasing, but the price is always worth the education

    Am enjoying being here

    You can walk everywhere. You can bike anywhere. The campus is close and down town appears closer.

    Am learning a lot

    A lot of students go on ratemyprofessor.com before signing up for a class. But I have never used the site and have found out that all my teachers are amazing. You have to teach yourself a lot here as well. But they are good guides

  • 02/20/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 22 of 124

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, hard-working, driven students. Business Students. Liberal Studies Majors. Recording Arts Majors. Out Door People. Community Oriented People. Social

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely check out other colleges as Chico may not be for you. However, this school is one of the top schools in the state for Teachers, Business and Music Majors. I would definitely attend Chico if that's what you're looking at. Great environment, so friendly and the faculty is always hanging around campus to talk to.

    Bang for the buck

    Well worth the money I've already put into the school. First school with the business information major through Oracle, top sustainability school in the nation. Only school in the nation at the undergraduate level with a student-run legal center. Number 1 St. Jude's contributor in the nation. Top 300 business school in the nation. I could go on, about how great it is.

    Am enjoying being here

    The students and faculty here are so friendly and welcoming. Everything about the people who attend here is amazing. It is easy to connect with different groups around campus, whether it's through classes, Greeks, or student government. The location is great as well. The outdoor feel of Chico makes it very unique and it is probably one (if not) the best CSU college in California.

    Am learning a lot

    Classes are rigorous like all colleges, and there are distractions, but with hard work and determination you can get through any class. The professors are here to help you get through and want you to succeed.

  • 06/06/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 23 of 124

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    My financial aid and scholarships cover my whole expenses so I'm happy about that.

    Will enjoy being here

    I am looking forward to living in Chico. Last time I visited Chico I enjoyed the environment, the people are nice and the weather is very beautiful.

    Will learn a lot

    I'm looking forward to learn more and major in math.

  • 07/19/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 24 of 124

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    Great for these types of students

    Honestly Chico State is great for any major that is offered here. Nursing because we have Enloe, business because of our increasing and outstanding reputation, and any other major just because we have so many great opportunities in line with any field out there including myself, a music major.

    Tips for prospective students

    First off, come visit us! I know that going on a tour is what made me fall in love at first site with Chico. Make sure that you do not take over 15 units your freshman year, enjoy not knowing everything. Get involved with CAVE, I know I have done a couple of programs through them and it is a great way to feel good and give back to the community, and you meet a lot of great people. Lastly, get to really know your professors, they can be some of the smartest and coolest people you will every meet, talk about a well of knowledge!

    Bang for the buck

    As the tuition keeps rising on us day by day, this is somewhat of a loaded question. But even despite, I get the bang for my buck. We have the amazing WREC center for all students and faculty, we get free unlimited public transportation, we can take so many classes out brains fall out our heads, and we get the Chico Experience. Most cars are more expensive that that..

    Am enjoying being here

    I personally love Chico State, the campus is absolutely gorgeous, everything is state of the art, and there is always something to do. You make friends so fast here it is unbelievable, and that is including professors. I love how everything you would ever need is right on campus and there is always someone to help you out.

    Am learning a lot

    You really learn so much from going to a school like CSU, Chico. We have great professors who are extremely passionate about their subject and love to share information with willing, and not so willing students. It is the classic college town, right in the middle of downtown Chico, and there are so many people and activities around. I am learning how to balance my intense school life with my social life, how to resist certain pressures and how to just handle others. Over the past two years at Chico State I have learn an immense amount of academic and life skills that will carry with me for the rest of my life.

  • 02/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 25 of 124

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    Campus Safety

    there are blue lights located throughout campus, which if pressed by someone in distress will notify university police and they will respond within thirty seconds. there is also the safe start program, which educates all incoming freshman on safety techniques. the first thing anyone will tell you is to never walk alone at night, use the buddy system! attacks aren't a common occurrence but it is because we have amazing preventive measures to ensure safety for all.

    Greek Life

    there are currently 10 recognized ifc fraternities and 5 panhellenic recognized sororities, and i believe 10 multicultural greeks. greek life is ever-growing at chico, and it is a diverse group of backgrounds, interests, activities and personalities. while greek life may not be for everyone, it is a great way to network, meet new people and get involved in intramurals and add leadership skills to your resume. joining a sorority at chico helped me make it my home, and i never would have met my best friends (even in other chapters) had i not gone greek. the greek life advisers are amazing and always available and visible on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    dance teams, robotics clubs, many athletic teams, bible study, whatever kind of activity you are looking for, you will find it. if you can't find it, start it! new clubs are always popping up all over campus to fit different interests and activities.

    Great for these types of students

    those looking to break out of their shell or try something new will enjoy chico, it is somewhere you can have a true college experience. whether you enjoy academics, athletics, socializing or art, chico has something for you!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    we are the only campus in california that has a creek running through it! there are nine bridges that cross the creek, nine graduation requirements, nine lives for our mascot, willie the wildcat, and nine floors in our tallest building on campus, whitney hall. just a fun fact! also, there are time capsules located outside of the administration building, kendall hall, which are opened on the 50th anniversary of their burial! some awesome stuff has been found in those!

    Bang for the buck

    it took me a while to adjust to chico, but it really did become my home. i love the sense of a small town, but there is still plenty of things to do like in a big city. the campus and the community have such a great bond, and with so many social and academic clubs, you are sure to find an activity that fits your personality and bond with a brand new group of people. go chico!

    What to do for fun

    Hiking, swimming or biking in California's largest city park, Bidwell Park. great nightlife on the weekends, but definitely many options for those who don't enjoy partying like movies, bowling, rollerskating at calskate. The Wrec has an awesome pool and hot tub as well as amazing work out facilities if fitness is your thing!

    Food and Dining

    Chico definitely has a wide variety of dining options, some of them are pricey downtown, however. My favorite spot is Celestino's! Three bucks for a slice of pizza, only seven for a slice, salad and drink. right across the street from campus. Make sure you try a jiffy burger (it has peanut butter on it) at Madison Bear Garden, also right by campus. Chico is also home to the Sierra Nevada Brewery, which is a must-see and I'd recommend bringing your parents out there since it can be on the more expensive side.

    Dorm Life

    The greatest way to learn about campus and meet your potential best friends! With some great activities and programs, there is always something to do and someone to talk to. Each hall has a hall council, which is like a student body government for the residence halls. It's an awesome leadership opportunity! Resident Advisers are friendly, professionally trained and your best resource as a newbie to campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on your major. What I really enjoy about classes is that teachers focus on real-life examples and exercises. While there are some large lectures, i have been able to avoid them and be in small, focused classrooms.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in the amazing campus clubs like cave, honor societies, greek life, athletics and much, much more! There is a niche for everyone at Chico, and professors are always available for questions or advice regarding majors and classes. Live in the residence halls your freshman year, it is the best way to meet the most people!

    In three sentences

    Chico is a small community with many opportunities. The campus and residential areas are very close in proximity and cooperate well together. In fall, the already gorgeous campus becomes stunning with the changing of the leaves.

  • 04/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 26 of 124

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very well patrolled by police officers on foot and bicycle. There are many emergency call locations spread throughout the campus and the area is very well lit. Campus officers are very friendly and will open classrooms at 2am for students belonging to that departments building just so they can study.

    Greek Life

    There are many sororities and fraternities registered with the school that represent great qualities and honor past traditions. They allow for students to be a part of a family that can help each other through their college years. It is a great way to meet people that you can relate to and meet some of the people you will be friends with for the rest of your life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Joining a club at Chico state will allow you to stay involved with things that interest you whether or not they directly relate to your major. It's a great way to meet people that share your interests and enjoy the same activities. Their is a vast selection of clubs to fulfill every person's interests.

    Great for these types of students

    Through my experience I have found that most students are very welcoming to help one another. It is very easy to make friends because everyone is part of the small college community. Chico state graduates some of the most successful and competitive students in all fields.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Cesar Chavez day is a holiday that is only celebrated my 3 other cities worldwide, one of Chico's largest holidays. It is an exciting community gathering that is comparable to St. Patrick's Day in Chico as well. The farmers market is every Thursday during the warm dry months and is a great way to buy local grown foods and support local farmers.

    Bang for the buck

    Chico has some of the best prices for food and discounts for students. Many sandwich shops and restaurants apply discounts for having a Chico State student ID.

    What to do for fun

    The 2nd largest municipal park in the nation is the heart of Chico, Bidwell Park. Big Chico Creek runs right through the middle of campus and has many beatiful public swimming holes. The list of recreational activities is infinite from any sport to outdoor adventure you can think of.

    Food and Dining

    Chico is proud to have the burgers and pizza all of which range in style and taste but are all so delicious. Whether you want thin crust, thick crust, new york, or chicago style, Chico has it all. Nobby's is my favorite however Madison Bear Garden is the funnest burger restaurant in town.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a great experience to meet fellow classmates and make the transition into college less stressful. It allows for quick access to campus buildings and easy availability to meet for study groups or friends. Living on campus will expose you to many on campus events and programs some of which are social gatherings or greek life and club promotions.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are difficult but easily managed by staying organized and constantly maintaining assignments. Many locations on campus exist where free tutoring is available on all topics including the library and department buildings. Professors are extremely friendly and willing to help anyone even if they are not a student of their own.

    Tips for prospective students

    Staying involved with clubs and organizations on will benefit your college experience. Volunteer programs such as CAVE are a great opportunity to meet people doing great things and to give back to the community. Take advantage of all amenities and resources provided by the university such as the library and WREC center.

    In three sentences

    Chico has all the positives of small town life and close knit community, while still being a fairly large city. Home to the friendliest , most active, and involved community I've been a part of. I've been going to Chico for almost 2 semesters now and I love it.

  • 06/18/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 27 of 124

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    What to do for fun

    The WREC, Chico State's gym, offers many actives including rock climbing, basketball, swimming, a full gym, an indoor track, and a variety of classes given throughout the day. The city has a diverse list of great dinning options including Tres Hombres, Broadway Heights, Cafe Koda, and Rice Bowl. The area around Chico is beautiful and inspiring, anyone who goes to the CSU here must visit Upper/Lower Bidwell park, the Flumes in Paradise, Bald Rock, and float down the Sacramento River.

    Food and Dining

    Multiple small eateries exist on campus with one main cafeteria offering freshly tossed salads, pizza, and a variety of other cuisines. CSU, Chico began striving to be an environmentally friendly campus leading them to scatter composting and recycling receptacles around campus to collect what otherwise would be considered trash. This idea also extends to CSU, Chico's use of locally grown produce to cut down on the distance food travels.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life offers students a great start to their college career by offering facilities on campus, cutting travel time as opposed to living off campus. Dorms are well monitored, giving students the best in safety. Student choosing this path opt for an easy opportunity to make friendships and connections that last a lifetime. The cafeteria also offers a variety of tasty and healthful options to cut the stress of preparing your own food during a busy school schedule.

    Academic Rigor

    As a biology student, I found the chemistry and biology coursework to be difficult but thorough. For every hour of lecture, expect to be studying for no fewer than a couple hours or do not expect to pass the class due to the difficult nature of coursework. Professors are happy to help answer questions and provide studying materials aimed to promote success. Students must be well involved if they hope to gain the most from what these professors offer.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look for jobs during the summer when student are not in town, otherwise finding one during the school year is hit and miss. Stay with groups of people when enjoying the Chico nightlife to stay safe and avoid drinking to an excess. When moving from one party to the next, finish your beer first to avoid an open container ticket or worse. The last may seem obvious, but students tend to forget in the excitement of students celebrating the weekend. Finally, never forget your still in school. As fun as the nightlife is in Chico, you must hunker down and do the time to be a successful student and person.

    In three sentences

    California State University, Chico is a ten on a scale of 1-10 due to the well-knit community of students and coursework that turns out graduates ready for the workforce. The small town feel of Chico allows students to easily network, helping to further themselves towards future job prospects. Lastly, Chico is a wonderfully bike friendly city with inexpensive housing which offers students the chance to save money at a time in their lives they could use that gas money the most.

  • 01/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 124

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    Great for these types of students

    I think its great for all types of students. Of those I've met, most people have a really open mind and are really fun to be around. Especially great for students who like to party.

    What to do for fun

    Chico is a beautiful place. The night life is fantastic. We also have a great WREC with a couple pools, hot tub, rock wall... etc. There's Bidwell Park where you can bike, hike... etc. Then downtown has a couple good places to eat and shop. The campus and dorms also hold activities to participate in or attend. I've yet to be bored.

    Food and Dining

    I don't enjoy the food very much and I think the meal plans are ridiculous.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorm was the best choice I could have ever made. I got beyond lucky with my roomate and she has become one of my best friends. I've also made 12 other very close friends on my floor. RAs can be irritating and some times frustrating. However, the friends I've made in Whitney Hall completely outweigh any downsides of dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    I've only completed my first semester at Chico, which was mostly comprised of General Education courses. They tend to be a little easier than upper division courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    I know its cliche, but honestly, don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Keep an open mind and know that you're only there for four years so make the most of it. Experience as much as you can. There are an incredible amount of opportunities handed to you. Don't be afraid to take them.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love the University and its enviornment! The people are amazing and the professors I've recieved thus far have been pretty good. I really have been inspired since I arrived.

  • 07/17/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People who can adapt to hot weather in the summer !

    Tips for prospective students

    Go into school with a positive attitude. Know who your real friends are and pay attention in class.

    Bang for the buck

    With tuition getting higher and higher it is hard to think of how to afford it. However, Chico is really worth it. The new Wrec Center, teachers, and excellent academics are worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    Chico has so much to choose from. They have different organizations and clubs to fit your needs. The people are amazing and want to make sure your time there is worth your while.

    Am learning a lot

    Every professor at Chico State is amazing! I learn so much from all my teachers and it always interesting to learn what they have to teach.

  • 08/01/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    30 of 124

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    Great for these types of students

    If your a social type of person this school is great for you. If you love the outdoors and your a driven student for good grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    You really dont need your car. Everything is walking distance and everybody usually rides their bikes too.

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to a lot of schools Chico is fairly cheap. Even if there is budget cuts going on.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love chico! It is a great college if you want new people. Everybody is so friendly. Much better then my home town! I love all the nature on campus. All the trees, the river that goes through the campus and the brick buildings is what sold me to Chico State!

    Am learning a lot

    It depends on the teacher that you have. As of right now i have been doing all my G.E. classes and they don't interest me as much. The teachers really care especially if you go to their office hours!

  • 09/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    31 of 124

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Don't expect to party to much. Get your work done and do well in academics, then fun. But remember to never overwhelm yourself.

    Bang for the buck

    Unfortunately, tuition is still increasing.

    Am enjoying being here

    Although this was the first choice of college for me, I am definitely glad I chose to stay closer to town. The atmosphere is really relaxed and comfortable.

    Am learning a lot

    I have been fortunate to have great professors who really care for their students.

  • 11/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    32 of 124

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Chico state is great for students who love trees and nature. It is also good for students who like to keep it casual and welcome. Chico State is a very welcoming place.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are worried about Chico being a party school I have news for you. It's only a party school for those who come here to party. I don't particularly associate with such students. My roommates like to have fun, but they keep the wild stuff to their rooms so it doesn't bother me. Other students can be seriously hindered by thinking they can come here are booze it up. Most of the students are not like that.

    Bang for the buck

    Paying to go to this college is completely worth it. I am getting exactly what I wanted and more. My life is here now and I am happy. I can't complain on expenses very much because my scholarships are paying for it essentially.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love being here. The campus is beautiful, the people are friendly, and I can be myself. I enjoy the weather very much. It can go from very hot to very cold. The atmosphere is just exiting and comforting.

    Am learning a lot

    So far, I am learning a lot more than I think I did in high school. I find that, even in subject that I don't like, my knowledge is expanding. I'm not becoming a second Einstein, but my education is moving along very well. The professors are supportive and offer a lot of help.

  • 12/08/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    33 of 124

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Laid back, hard working, determined, studious, social, and friendly.

    Tips for prospective students

    RELAX. It may seem stressful at first, but once you learn to go with the flow and just be yourself, it gets so much easier.

    Bang for the buck

    Chico State is more towards the expensive side when it comes to colleges, however, there are several great programs and opportunities, as well as a strong community to support you. It is worth every penny.

    Am enjoying being here

    Everything is great, from the friendly people to the helpful professors. I am having the time of my life and still remain in excellent academic standing. I am extremely happy here.

    Am learning a lot

    As an honors student, the classes are difficult, but engaging and fulfilling. I am happy with my education so far, and look forward to the rest of my time as a student here.

  • 01/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During the summer everybody goes floating. On Labor Day weekend thousands of students and residents of Chico float down the Sacramento River on tubes. It is a huge event and a great way to meet new people and spend time with your friends.

    Bang for the buck

    Absolutely, CSU campuses have low tuition in relevance to other schools around the country. Considering the quality education and the amazing college experience Chico has to offer, the money is very well spent.

    What to do for fun

    There are loads of things to do for fun in Chico, on or off the campus. Getting involved in organizations can be fun and rewarding, however, there is much do discover in downtown Chico. Also Bidwell Park has trails and waterholes that make great destinations during the hot summer days.

    Food and Dining

    Sutter Hall is the primary dining hall. All things considered, the food is pretty good. Depending on what kind of meals you ate at home, you may feel differently, but overall, there's nothing to complain about.

    Dorm Life

    Personally, I love living in the dorms. They are a great experience for first year students and allow you to meet tons of new people. Your dorm mates become your family.

    Academic Rigor

    The difficulty of your academics can be entirely controlled by you. If you sign up for a high number of credits, or enlist in the honors program, your schooling will be more rigorous. Know your work habits, find a balance.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the school prior to commitment. This goes for any school, really. Make sure you can see yourself living there for the next four years.

    In three sentences

    Three sentences? How about three words. Exciting, studious, and fun!

  • 01/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    35 of 124

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    bros

    What to do for fun

    party

    Tips for prospective students

    don't slack off because you will reap what you sow.

    In three sentences

    it's a pretty fun college and it is fairly challenging.

  • 02/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    campus is the only place i would walk around at during the darker hours.

    Greek Life

    greek life is like another life all together. it's really interesting!

    Clubs and Activities

    a lot of clubs and activities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    so far i haven't encountered any unusual traditions.

    Bang for the buck

    tuition is going up but overall chico state is worth it!

    What to do for fun

    hang out with friends, go to the wrec and go to the local movie theater.

    Food and Dining

    really good! lots of variety.

    Dorm Life

    i didn't live in the dorms but i would recommend it at least the first year.

    Academic Rigor

    not too bad.

    Tips for prospective students

    invest in a bike and live close to campus. parking can sometimes be hard.

    In three sentences

    csu chico has an awesome campus. it's not too big or too small, just perfect. the people are very friendly.

  • 02/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    social students.

    Food and Dining

    on campus food is pretty good. dining hall's food is horrible. great restaurants in town.

    Dorm Life

    don't live in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    some classes are very rigorous others are not.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't live in the dorms. find your own apartment. university housing is horrible.

    In three sentences

    good political science department. very social school. great little town.

  • 03/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    38 of 124

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    I'm not involved with Greek life

    Great for these types of students

    great for people looking for a close nit community

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    i love the creek going through campus and study areas next to it.

    Bang for the buck

    I believe that dorms are way over priced.

    What to do for fun

    Upper and lower bidwell is pretty fun and i like walking down town which is right next to campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Chico is a great school just make sure you don't get to distracted by your social life.

    In three sentences

    I love the Chico State environment. The campus is beautiful, and i love the people. The teachers are also very helpful and knowledgeable.

  • 03/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus police do a great job of being present while at the same time not being overly assertive.

    Greek Life

    There is a huge Greek following!

    Clubs and Activities

    Any activity under the sun!

    Great for these types of students

    Outdoors Fun loving Easy going

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a creek that runs through the middle of campus and there are classes on either side. How cool is that!

    Bang for the buck

    Chico is very affordable and fun.

    What to do for fun

    Just name it! There is everything from water-sports to motor-sports.

    Food and Dining

    The food choices are fairly standard, with the exception of a lot of small privately owned sandwich/burger joints; those are the best.

    Dorm Life

    Sorry, I always have roommates instead.

    Academic Rigor

    I feel that the rigor is only as hard as you want it to be. There can be a lot of distractions, but if you focus on a goal the path becomes easier

    Tips for prospective students

    1. take advantage of all school activities 2. explore the area, it will surprise you 3. have fun and learn

    In three sentences

    CSU Chico has a great environment for learning and relaxation. there are a vast array of things to do on any given day. The college and community work together to help benefit each other, just an overall great place.

  • 04/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is a blue button service that is all aronnd campus, if you feel unsafe you hit the button and a cop will give you a ride to where you need to go.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is so much fun here! Everyone gets so into it and it is very welcoming to all people.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are sororities, fraternities, CAVE, wakeboarding club, snowboarding club, government clubs, international clubs, etc. You name it, Chico has it!

    Great for these types of students

    People who are outgoing and like to have fun and get involved.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Bidwell is a fun place to go, there is a natural, yet man made swimming pool called one mile that you can go to when its warm. There is also a secret swimming whole called bear hole that you can go swimming at too.

    Bang for the buck

    Chico is a CSU so you do get a great college experience for less!

    What to do for fun

    You can join a sorority, there are also lots of get togethers downtown on weekends. Chico is known for being a party school, but its not unsafe, its just fun, parties are more accessible. The gym is beautiful and everyone goes there all the time. There is a cute downtown with shops and food. You can go bowling or to the movies. Bidwell is also an awesome park for hikes or swimming.

    Food and Dining

    Portions are small, but you can go back and get food as much as you want at Sutter dining. (keeps you from gaining the freshman 15) The Marketplace has really good food!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are so much fun! Everyone is friendly and you meet so many new friends! The room sizes are very nice too!

    Academic Rigor

    Chico is a pretty easy school as long as you go to class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come and visit and you will definitely fall in love with the campus and the people. And if you go to Chico, try and get involved in anything and everything you can it makes the experience much more enjoyable!

    In three sentences

    It has a wonderful, exciting and diverse environment. The classes are interesting and the professors are very understanding, its an awesome environment to learn in. The campus is absolutely beautiful and the people are extremely friendly.

  • 04/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    C.A.V.E. is a very well-known volunteer organization on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Cheaper than private school.

    What to do for fun

    Intramurals at the WREC, the student gym!

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to your professors. If you take the time to talk, they are willing to help you, even after you're done with their class.

    In three sentences

    The atmosphere on campus is great. The teachers care about you. The only negative is the budget cuts.

  • 04/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    42 of 124

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Don't walk on the bike path by the railroad tracks alone at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    Sustainability, Gender and Sexuality, Multi-Cultural, lots to offer. Also activity clubs such as art, anime, etc.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the park, take yoga classes, go to shows at Cafe Coda or Cafe Flo or the Women's Club. Go to workshops and presentations. If you are a girl go to the Red Tent event each semester. At Thanksgiving time there is a free Tofurky Feast too.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of options including a delectable local lunch many days.

    Dorm Life

    I don't know personally as I haven't stayed in the dorms, but I wouldn't recommend it. There is much cheaper housing available in town with actual kitchens where you can make good food instead of microwaving stuff.

    Academic Rigor

    I almost put a 3 but school has always come easy to me so it's probably a 4 for most people. Depends on the department a lot too.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay away from the wild party scene and get to know the local community. Read the CNR and the Synthesis, not the Orion. Walk around downtown, go to Chico Natural Food and look at the bulletin board. Find a local and get a guided tour based on your interests.

    In three sentences

    Lots of extracurricular opportunities including sustainability and diversity projects. It doesn't have to be a party town as there are many fun sober things to do like go to the park, take yoga or dance classes, or go to other community events. Has a great art department.

  • 04/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    So many activity groups ranging from outdoors clubs to dance to computers, there is a club for every major of interest on top of events in the afternoons. Also right in the middle of downtown there are an endless amount of options for fun.

    Food and Dining

    Wide variety of options for food and Chico State likes to focus and local and or sustainable options so they take their food seriously, and its delicious.

    Dorm Life

    I have not lived in the dorms but from what I hear from other students they all enjoy the experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the major you choose the work load can be heavy. Any science, tech, or math majors will have a lot of hard work ahead of them but the payoff is worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    GE is always a good place to start if your undecided on a major, they have a lot to choose from so it can be overwhelming but exploring different classes can help.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful and friendly. There are a lot of activities and groups to get involved in opening up opportunities for students.

  • 04/20/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    athletes, social butterflies, business majors

    Bang for the buck

    Affordable for in state students and you will receive a good degree

    What to do for fun

    There are beautiful parks and nature. There are great restaurants with a a wonderful downtown atmosphere.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining is well balanced and tasty.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are good sized and newer.

    Academic Rigor

    I was pushed to excel but not discouraged ever. It was a challenge I was able and willing to accept

    In three sentences

    It has an amazing atmosphere that is always buzzing with life. It provides challenging majors that push you to excel.

  • 04/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Floating, go up the Frisbee golf courses, lots of places to go hiking and swimming.

    Food and Dining

    Chico has great restaurants all over downtown ad the best part is that everything is within walking distance.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Shasta hall my freshmen year and i loved the environment. I made a lot of life long friends from those days.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get your General Education classes out of the way early and always use rate my professor. Very helpful. Do not live in the bigger dorms (Whitney) living in the smaller one (Shasta or Lassen) are a lot more fun.

    In three sentences

    CSU Chico is a great school to come to. Everyone is really friendly and the teachers care about their students and their academic success. Not to mention CSU Chico has one of the more beautiful campuses of all the CSU's.

  • 05/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe. Campus PD patrols everywhere. The school has a campus blue light system for emergencies as well as non emergencies. Campus PD always wants you to feel safe, so if you just want a ride home or an escort they are very willing to do so.

    Greek Life

    They all have different areas of interest for everyone.

    Clubs and Activities

    Students are really involved in campus life. There is always something going on. There are all sorts of clubs for everyone. We also have sports, club as well as school recognized.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who love the outdoors and like to be around nature while your getting an education. Those who like to be apart of a community and would like to go to a medium sized school. It is not big, but it is not small either.

    What to do for fun

    There is a creek that runs through the entire campus. Bidwell Park has many outdoor activities ranging from swimming holes, hiking, mountain biking, ect. Every Thursday evening there is a farmers market downtown with varieties of vendors. The river is also a popular place for floating during the summer. If you like to snowboard the mountains aren't to far for winter fun.

    Food and Dining

    Chico has a brand new dinning facility with many varieties of food and a cafe that is open til late hours to grab a bite when it is convenient for you. As always eating in one place for a year can get tiring, but they try their best to introduce new foods.

    Dorm Life

    Great experience! My floor was like our own big family. I got to meet many new people and make lifetime connections.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are always willing to help and are a strong part of the student life as well. There is availability of many different classes to choose from for what ever you may be interested in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep an open mind. If you like nature and being outdoors you'll love the campus and Chico as a whole.

    In three sentences

    A very friendly welcoming environment to live in. The college is really like a small community apart of down town which makes it great. The surroundings and scenery make it a pleasant campus to be on.

  • 05/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus pd does a great job in keeping the campus safe with escort services as well as the blue lights.

    Greek Life

    I do not take part in greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    I have been involved in many a clubs and can honestly say that they have shaped my chico experience!

    Great for these types of students

    Sociable and liberal

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I love to hang out in both of the offices a I work for.

    Bang for the buck

    Everything about chico is so expensive.

    What to do for fun

    I enjoy the wrec and the natural parks in chico.

    Food and Dining

    I love taylor hall dining!

    Dorm Life

    I did not live in the dorms but I have heard good things.

    Academic Rigor

    The art classes are very challenging at chico/

    Tips for prospective students

    I would definitely tell them to get involved as soon as possible as well as not to ever hesitate to get help.

    In three sentences

    I am have had such an amazing experience here at Chico State. I am proud to be apart of the CAVE office as well as a senior Staff member for summer orientation. I would give CSU Chico an A+!

  • 06/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Never walk alone at night especially on the bike trails. Never drink something that you don't exactly what in it. Do not get separated from your friends.

    Greek Life

    Join Greek life if you want to get into partying hard. You get to make a lot of friends but I think its very superficial. They drink a lot.

    Clubs and Activities

    I joined the fillipino american student organizaiton (FASO). They are a great bunch of people. 95% of the member are not even of fillipino heritage; they are welcoming to all. I learned how to make lumpia and the traditional filllipino dance called tinikling!

    Great for these types of students

    Great for people that know how to play hard but work harder.

    Bang for the buck

    To save $ get rent books from Chegg.com. If you choose a apartment or renting a room instead of the dorms you will save soooo much $.

    What to do for fun

    Check out Bidwell park. Downtown on fridays nights could be dangerous but so many people go out so its interesting to see the night life. Take a bike ride throughout the city to really see the beautiful mature trees and architecture.

    Food and Dining

    Sutter cafeteria food is okay; sometimes they make weird meal though. The Marketplace food is great but pricey. Your best bet is bringing a bagged lunch.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are so expensive; its not worth it. I regret living in the dorms because I could've save a couple thousand dollars living at a nearby apartment. Either way you will make friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Be organized. You should pay attention to what due and when. You should form study groups when possible its a great way to make friends too.

    Tips for prospective students

    The dorms are going to be very noisy and expensive; I do not recommend living in the dorms. Be prepared for taking tests in a allotted time span. Do not start out with any classes you already have a feeling you will struggle in.

    In three sentences

    I think Chico State has a high quality of education opportunities. They have a beautiful campus; with a river running right through it. The faculty have office hours and e-mail me back making it easy to talk to.

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe at Chico State. I have day classes and night classes and haven't had any problems with security.

    Greek Life

    Amazing. I have so many friends that are in Fraternities and Sororities and it is like a family. Such a great way to meet new people and gain brothers and sisters for life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many different clubs and organizations you can join once you start college life at Chico State. I am involved in 4 different clubs and organizations and am on the Executive Board for a couple. It is awesome experience for future jobs and gives me a lot to put on my resume.

    Great for these types of students

    Chico State is great for everyone. It is a very laid back school and has such a diverse group of students. I have friends that party every single day and I also have friends that are extremely religious and find other activities to do. Everyone gets along and Chico has become our home away from home.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is Bear Hole and Salmon Hole which is where everyone goes in the summer to swim in Upper Bidwell Park. We have an undie run where the whole campus wears their underwear and runs around downtown. Just a lot of really fun things that are strange but you will never forget. So amazing!

    Bang for the buck

    I definitely feel like I am having the ultimate college experience at Chico. I know it has a party reputation, but what college doesn't nowadays? I am getting a great education for not a lot of money while still being able to go out on the weekends. The cost of living in Chico is extremely low so I save a lot of money in that aspect as well.

    What to do for fun

    There are always parties and fun events going on. It is hard not to be involved on campus because there are always activities. Being 21, I usually go to the bars with friends, but since my roommate is still 20, we go to a lot of house parties as well. During the summer, about 15 or 20 of us get together and go floating on the Sac River to get warmed up for the Labor Day Float.

    Food and Dining

    While the food on campus isn't the best, we have so many great places to eat around campus in the downtown area. There are a lot of great choices and my friends and I usually meet downtown to eat.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't live in the dorms so I can't answer this question from a person experience. However, my friends that lived in the dorms seemed to love it.

    Academic Rigor

    Chico State is challenging but in a good way. The professors want you to become better which is why they push you so hard. Most classes I've had have more of a hands on approach so you really get a feel for what you'd be doing in the real world.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved as soon as you can! It is never to early to join clubs and organizations, even as a freshman. Don't worry about not having a definite major. If something interests you, get involved with something similar on campus and it will most likely give you a real world insight into what you would be doing for a major company. You also meet amazing people that become some of your best friends. Also, become familiar with the career center because they will hook you up with amazing internships and jobs after you graduate!

    In three sentences

    Chico State has amazing opportunities for its students. It is a beautiful university and students instantly become part of the Chico community. There is no better school in the CSU system!

  • 06/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Chico offers safe rides, and campus PD also offers rides at night if you're not comfortable.

    Greek Life

    I myself am not a part of the greek life in Chico, but it does exist, and its presence is known.

    Clubs and Activities

    Chico State has so many clubs and activities to take part in, you clearly aren't looking if you can't find something that is just right for you. The radio station is great!! (KCSC Radio)

    Great for these types of students

    All types: outdoorsy, social, sustainable...etc.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Labor Day weekend, one of the most popular weekends in Chico, is the big Labor Day float. The Sac river is PACKED with students, locals and visitors alike.

    Bang for the buck

    Chico is wonderful. It's as if someone picked up the most random people from all over the country, and dropped them in the middle of downtown. The people here are so friendly, and when the weather is nice out, downtown is bustling with people. Chico is the City of Trees. The city is absolutely beautiful, even just a stroll downtown, or a bike ride to Bidwell, a guaranteed smile will always be on your face. The bars aren't too shabby either. They probably have the best deals on drinks compared to any where else, hands down.

    What to do for fun

    What isn't there to do in the wonderful town of Chico? Chico is perfect for people who love being social and who love being outdoors. Bidwell park is one of THE most beautiful parks I have ever been to, right after Retiro Park in Madrid. One Mile is perfect to lay out or swim in the flat bottom pool, and Upper Bidwell is full of waterholes and rocks to hike and jump off of. There's also the Sacramento River, when the weather is nice, floating is such a relaxing waste of time. Downtown is loaded with stores that contain many hidden treasures. Be it the Thai food restaurant, Chada Thai, that's under ground, or Melody Records where you can find pretty much any vinyl at reasonable prices. The Farmer's Market on Thursday nights is an also must go to.

    Food and Dining

    Dorm food isn't that great. Period.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the off campus dorms, but I still maintained a great first year experience nonetheless.

    Academic Rigor

    Play hard, work harder.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's hard to truly define what you want you life to pan out to be, but if you have an interest, stick with it! There's nothing more important than doing and learning something you enjoy and love. Don't fret, college may seem scary, but you'll find your niche and your place in the community soon enough.

    In three sentences

    Chico State has probably the most well-rounded students attending the university. Not only are the students growing and developing academically, but socially as well. Chico has the perfect balance of social and academic life, and no matter what type of individual you are, you are bound to find something just for you.

  • 06/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Chico is very involved in Greek Life (Panhellenic Greek Organizations as well as Multicultural Greek Organizations)

    What to do for fun

    Tons of nature spots - great for hiking, swimming, bike riding, etc.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many places on campus as well as in the downtown area for students to enjoy. Chico may seem small but there are many, many restaurants outside of the downtown area that are amazing as well!

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms for your freshman year is a MUST! You get to meet so many people and make tons of connections for your future years at Chico!

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are tough, but teachers and advisers are so willing to help anybody. Use your resources!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you get a bike! Try to look for books online before getting them from the bookstore (save money!!).

    In three sentences

    Chico is an amazing school and I feel so privileged to have gotten the opportunity to study here. The community is so involved, the campus is beautiful and the students and staff are so helpful and supportive! I love Chico State!

  • 06/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Great! Chico's campus has blue lights, which are dispersed around campus to provide students with an escort if felt necessary. (When I say escort, I mean a campus security car picks you up and drives you to where you need to go).

    Greek Life

    Greek life is not extremely prominent in Chico. There are sororities and fraternities, but we definitely don't have anything like a greek row. There are houses for the different sororities and fraternities, and there are also a good amount of people who are in them. But in comparison to a school like USC where greek life heavily dominates social life, you can definitely still be involved and included without having to be greek.

    Clubs and Activities

    Chico offers a ton of clubs and activities to get involved with. For example, I was am currently a DJ for our school's local radio station, KCSC. They also offer several clubs such as CAVE, GSEC, CLIC and others that have to do with volunteering, women's health, and the student government body. Whatever your interest may be, I'm sure there's a club for it on campus!

    Great for these types of students

    There is a huge local aspect that is in Chico's community-from it's farmer's markets to its businesses. This is a great school for outdoor-lovers, and for those who are interested in being a part of a local community.

    What to do for fun

    Bidwell Park holds so much potential for fun times, including softball fields, barbecues, a swimming hole, paths to run on/explore, and occasional festivals. There is also another part to the park, called upper park, which contains a number of larger swimming holes and good locations to rock climb. Speaking of rock climbing, Chico is in an ideal location within 2 hours of several different top rope and bouldering locations. We also have the Sacramento River, which people (both students and locals) float down during the hot summer months. Chico also has a pretty good array of musicians that come through and do performances, such as Zion I, Colbie Caillat, Snoop Dog, Tech 9, The Expendables, and several others.

    Food and Dining

    Okay, I'm going to divide the food and dining into two categories-the dining hall on campus and dining out in town. The Sutter Dining Hall was only recently opened in 2011, so it's extremely new and modern. However, the food options aren't necessarily the greatest. But I guarantee if you ask anyone at any school, they'll all tell you that they're dining hall stinks. Now as for downtown dining, it's awesome. There's a great pizza place called Celestino's (it's been a huge staple while I've lived in Chico), and also a burger/bar joint called The Bear (you have to try the jiffy burger...yes, it's a burger with peanut butter on it!)

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a great way to meet people, I highly encourage EVERYONE to live in them for their first year at school. Yes, you do have to share showers, bathrooms, sinks, etc, however, the memories you make here will be some of the best ones; I guarantee.

    Academic Rigor

    Adjusting from high school to college work load is very do-able. Nothing too overwhelming, however, as you do get into your major's classes and upper division theme the workload and rigor does change. The general education teachers do a good job with helping students transition into college classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Even though Chico does appear to be a little deserted and out in the boonies, there are definitely things to do! You should look forward to the big float everyone goes to on Labor Day weekend, and other holidays celebrations. Chico State also has the reputation of being a party school, which (I won't lie to you) is true. There are in fact a good amount of evening festivities that go on downtown, however, if that's not necessarily your scene it's okay! There are a ton of other ways to meet people and have fun-and remember, college is what you make it.

    In three sentences

    I truly feel that CSU Chico is a great way to help set my path to help me get to my desired career. It's student population isn't too overwhelming to the point where you feel like you're just a number, but it also isn't too small where you feel like you know everyone. Overall, Chico State has a ton of flourishing opportunities available to it's students.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have emergency blue lights throughout our campus, and Chico State PD is right across the street from the school. Any time a student feels unsafe, its too late or dark to walk home they can either call or push the button and there will be someone to escort them to wherever they need to go. Never have I felt unsafe being here.

    Greek Life

    12% of our student population makes up Greek Life including multicultural.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have over 250 clubs and organizations here. There is never a dull moment here when getting involved.

    Great for these types of students

    I feel CSU,Chico is great for almost everyone. Students who prefer to keep to themselves all the way to the very social ones.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a creek running through our school, and is absolutely beautiful, many students like to hang out there and sit or lay under the trees and study or just take a break. We also have an annual pumpkin drop in Butte Hall which is seven stories, and the local elementary first graders come dressed in their costumes and drop pumpkins off the roof, its adorable and just fun for the kids.

    What to do for fun

    There is always events going on in downtown. We also have the farmers market on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. We have an old state theater, and theater, mall, Bidwell Park, Upper Bidwell Park, where you can run, ride bikes, go swimming, and hiking. We also have the WREC center that is included with tuition, which is our school gym with over 150 workout machines, rock climbing wall, indoor tack, pool and hot tub that can seat in 24 people. There is so much to do here I could not see anyone being bored.

    Food and Dining

    The dorm food was not as bad as some people may say,but it is definitely not your mothers or grandmothers home cooked meal. However, because like I mentioned earlier, CSU, Chico is right next to downtown and with so many great places to eat at. There is sandwich shops, Plutos (salad bar),New York style pizza, Thai, Chinese, Tres Hombres Restaurant(mexican food) , Pita Pit, Starbucks and more. There is always options.

    Dorm Life

    I loved living in dorm my freshmen. I was very hesitant at first however, I would live it all over once again. I met great people, had the best roommate, and met my best friend there. The experience is just indescribable and would recommend anyone and everyone to stay in a dorm their first year of college.

    Academic Rigor

    I struggle in school, so school work is difficult for me at times, however I have used my resources with programs such as EOP (Educational Opportunity Program) and free tutoring for the courses that I need the most help in, and it does a great deal of help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always visit the schools you apply to, on the Internet they look beautiful, but stepping on the actual is campus is when you know if its right for you or not. Look into the resources you may have when attending, and if there's expenses for it or not as opposed to another school. You never know what you might miss out when not asking questions, so always ask them no matter how silly you make think they sound, this is your education, this is the place where you will be receiving your future, so always ASK.

    In three sentences

    CSU, Chico is such a beautiful campus, I can not get enough of the scenery and the friendly people every single day. I love having the opportunity of working on campus as a public contact for CSU, Chico Admissions Office. It is a great college town, and you can feel it with most of the students living within two miles, having down town right next to the school, and always having something to do, I love it.

  • 07/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Summer time is for sun bathing at Bidwell Park and tubing in the Sacramento River. Winter is a rather slow period, but offers a wonderful quiet atmosphere. Fall and Spring can be hectic with all the students biking through the city streets, but there are lots of parties and social events that entertain both academics and personal lifestyles.

    Food and Dining

    Chico offers a variety of food choices. It is hard to pick a favorite.

    Dorm Life

    Be careful of the party scene. It is easy to get sucked into a life of disregard. Don't forget that you are still a student, but relaxing is a key part of the learning process...not too much and not too little.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major or study style, there are had and easy classes and teachers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't wait for someone to tell you to do something. Take the initiative and figure out what is going to be asked of you and do as much as you can, ask lots of questions if you are unsure of something, and never be afraid to take a risk!

    In three sentences

    Chico is a beautiful city with amazingly talented and warm hearted people. I am privileged to be a student at a school that welcomes diversity, creates high academic standards, and motivates and drives its students to want more for themselves. CSUChico is my home away from home where I have been able to make new friends that feel like family.

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel extremely safe in Chico. Although our party scene has some negative sides there is no lack of policemen who are all around downtown for the safety of the students. There is this great perk called a blue light ride and this is great for students who go to the gym late or are in the library late because anytime before midnight you can go to any blue light location (which are scattered all over campus) and call for a ride to wherever you need to go.

    Great for these types of students

    probably any type of student there is a bunch of clubs that cater to every interest and you have to not mind the trees and the coldness.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Halloween, Labor Day, Memorial Day and Cesar Chavez Day are the biggest weekends on campus and you'll find out why.

    What to do for fun

    Chico, being a small college town, it is revolved mostly around the students. Downtown is really fun with inexpensive dining and cute shopping boutiques. There are lakes that are only about 20 minutes away where you can tube and hike. There is also One Mile and Bidwell Park, which is like an outdoor pool. However the main highlight of Chico is it's party scene, there is nothing else like it.

    Food and Dining

    For freshman there is a brand new cafeteria called Sutter Dining Hall and it is a great buffet with different varieties of food from pizza, to sushi, to fried chicken. Some times the chefs experiment and that's scary, but their food is great most of the time. These is always an open salad bar and sandwich station every day.

    Dorm Life

    My favorite part! The dorms are great, they are clean and feel very safe. Of course there are Resident Advisors in every dorm and some take their job more seriously than others, but most of them are friendly and you learn to rely on them. I would suggest getting on friendly terms with your RA, it could really help in the long run.

    Academic Rigor

    The work load is just a notch above High School level, however reading the many textbooks do take up most of the studying aspect. I have found out that the work is easy enough if you do exactly what the professor asks of you, and as long as you do every single homework assignment failing isn't likely to come.

    Tips for prospective students

    Chico is a great college to choose as a freshman for all the dorms are close knit and it is easy to meet everyone. Downtown is only a few steps away and available with a wide variety of inexpensive dining and retail shops. With many different majors available and faulty that are obviously experts in their field it is easy to rely on your education here.

    In three sentences

    An eye-opening experience perfect for any freshman entering college. The campus layout is not spread out and easy to remember once you get the hang of it. Literally all the students and faulty are positive and engaging.

  • 07/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Chico's campus is calm and friendly. If one has to stay late at night to study one can use the bus the school offers as transportation. All one needs to do is swipe their Chico ID to reach their apartment. Also if you're unsure about walking late at night to the parking lot there is a number one can use to be helped and taken to their car.

    Greek Life

    Theres a variety of fraternity and sororities one can be placed in depending on their interest.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's clubs for every major. All one has to do is get involved. Student are usually informed about them on the first weeks of school and are seen putting events and activities on campus.

    What to do for fun

    One can walk downtown or go to the farmers market. Also we have one of the biggest parks in the state. So one can go hiking or running in the trails or take a swim in the bear hole.

    Food and Dining

    No matter what type of appetite you have one can find a variety of food within walking distance from campus. Chico state is rite across from down town Chico. One finds The Bear- an unusual burger joint known for its famous burgers. one wont go hungry in Chico because there's a variety of food being offered by different cultures not to mention the farmers market.

    Dorm Life

    Figure out how many dorms your school offers and which one best fits you're style. What you want to look into is the location of the dorm and what meal plans they offer. Besides that the dorm life is an experience part of college. The dorm life is a transition from your home into college a place where you get to meet a variety of individuals where you make life long friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors at Chico State are well endeavored to have students understand the subject. Professors are passionate about their subject and are glad to expand on an idea all one has to do is ask a question and ask them to show a different example. Analogies are sometimes used to convey a better understanding. So hard work is shown by the hours one puts into their studding and work being done.

    Tips for prospective students

    as a prospective student walk into college with a general idea of what you're interested in. The next step is to follow the A-G requirements the school expects one to take, for example Math and English. And if you know what field you want to major in go talk to an advisor they have a map of the classes you have to take in order to achieve you're degree in the 4 years.

    In three sentences

    Chico is a beautiful green campus where today defines tomorrow. Chico State gives their students the opportunity to start fresh every day and make a differences in their lives to become a leader of change in their community with the education they have gained. Chico is a small campus where students can get to know their professors if they take their time and talk to them --- we are a friendly campus.

  • 07/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Be careful at night and always travel in a group of friends especially if your a female.

    Clubs and Activities

    As a Hispanic engineer, I've joined Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) and Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). These two clubs have greatly impacted my first year at CSU Chico by constructing my resume, introducing me to companies through job fairs, and assisting me within my studies with upper-level students. I definitely recommend becoming involved in at least one club.

    Great for these types of students

    Chico State is great for all types of people, from the Diablo III fanatic to the all around athlete. Both types of people which I, personally, can relate to.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The river that goes through the school is beautiful and provides many enchanting, solitary locations to study or simply relax and enjoy the weather.

    What to do for fun

    Well of course, there's always the party scene for which Chico is known for but that's not all. Just about 5 miles up the street from the campus is a National Forest that has many hiking trails and swimming holes along the way of the trails. My 2 personal favorite are Bear Hole and Salmon's Hole where you can jump off large naturally formed boulders into the water. I also enjoy the paintball arena that's 30 miles South of Chico and is rather empty compared to those in urban areas.

    Academic Rigor

    Not too many classes are hard but the elite freshman classes, such as Calculus II, require an immense amount of attention. If your taking physics, calculus III, and chemistry, be ready for an intense semester like myself; that's also just three classes awaiting me.

    Tips for prospective students

    Even though the social life in Chico may be amazing and a great experience, don't get sucked into it and stay focused on your classes. The night life can be very enticing but remember your priorities.

    In three sentences

    CSU Chico has the most friendly, calm environment I've seen compared to other universities such as CSU Los Angeles and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. The campus itself is beautiful with a river that runs through the middle of the campus roads. While the school may have a large reputation for partying, the academics get down to the grit and bone, especially during the last month of the semesters.

  • 07/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police available and ready to help any time, emergency stations around campus. The few instances of violence in this small town environment has prompted university officials to take extra precautions, which they are improving on daily.

    Greek Life

    Numerous sororities and fraternities in the downtown area, of course occupying all the oldest and coolest victorian style buildings.

    Clubs and Activities

    Vast assortment of clubs and on campus activities from rowing and rugby to German and math clubs, you can find it all.

    Great for these types of students

    Laid-back, highly motivated, community oriented, small town lovers (or those who avoid big cities).

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus has beautiful Chico Creek running through it with lots of gorgeous bridges spanning the creek to the north and south sides of campus. An outdoor amphitheater also offers a great place to relax or even hold a class session during the spring or fall.

    Bang for the buck

    Due to its small size Chico is great for getting into the classes you need. Very few programs are impacted, so you should have no difficulty completing your classes in a timely fashion.

    What to do for fun

    The Chico community is wonderful, exploring any part of downtown is always fun and entertaining. The outdoor activities surrounding Chico are also fantastic. Upper and lower Bidwell park are some of my favorite spots to frequent, with fun activities like swimming and mountain biking, plus the option to take dogs along.

    Food and Dining

    Campus has lots of diverse options to make sure you can find just what you need to get you through those classes� 

    Dorm Life

    Beautiful brand new, state of the art dorms just built.

    Academic Rigor

    Fun and challenging courses in a wide range of subjects. Further, the instructors are absolutely amazing and will challenge you if you can show them you're ready for it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Chico is a great school in a fun and awesome community. However, it has an individual atmosphere due to the small size of the Chico community and the overall attitude of its resident's. It is very environmentally and sustainability oriented.

    In three sentences

    A wonderful, small-town college environment that promotes excellence in academics and the community. Extremely distinguished instructors with a small enough student body that everyone has access to any help they may need. Overall an excellent college, I wouldn't be happy anywhere else.

  • 07/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    This is a great college if you like the outdoor life because we have Bidwel. There is also a very active night life. Also lots of activities you can join on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make as many friends as possible as soon as you get here. Join clubs. Do not let your college experience pass you by.

    In three sentences

    I love this college and its beautiful campus. The students here are great and friendly. Great environment.

  • 07/19/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    It is very safe. They have police escorts if you ever have a late class.

    Greek Life

    I don't know much about Greek life, but I was told to join them when I become a sophomore.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have a lot of clubs and activities. Join a few if you can.

    Great for these types of students

    I think its great for any student.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You always find people at the BMU.

    Bang for the buck

    I think it is worth the money.

    What to do for fun

    If I were to make a list, it would be long. There are a lot of things to do. You just need to know where to find them.

    Food and Dining

    The food was really good.

    Dorm Life

    I got to stay in the dorms for a while and It was awesome. I was able to meet new people. They become your family.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are intense but they are also a lot of fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check it out for yourself.

    In three sentences

    It is very nice. I love it here. Once you get settled in, it feels like home.

  • 07/20/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    one mile

    Tips for prospective students

    really nice people and the whole town

  • 07/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    A lot of girls are assaulted in Chico but people don't understand that it isn't always strangers. Walking in groups at night is good, but most sexual assaults are done by people they know. Walking alone is actually statistically more safe than walking home with a male friend.

    Greek Life

    Its everywhere.

    Great for these types of students

    Graduate students.

    What to do for fun

    Hiking, running, bicycling, reading, and playing guitar,

    Tips for prospective students

    If you choose Chico avoid the party scene. About half of freshman in any school succeed in getting a degree. The sudden freedom and the lure of big parties is the biggest reason for dropouts.

    In three sentences

    The school is more affordable than most, and it is beautiful. The graduate programs are excellent. Undergraduate students are usually too distracted by the culture of binge drinking to do well.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Bidwell Park means hiking, bike riding, and swimming. Bus line is near campus. Students ride free.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of good places to eat downtown. Downtown is just a few blocks from campus

    Dorm Life

    Looking forward to not living in the dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    You can be as challenged as you are willing to work hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early for work study jobs. Lots of extra curricular sports so enjoy the new wildcat rec center. A good place to meet new friends.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful. The faculty and staff are very helpful. Everything is is close to downtown.

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Outstanding

    Clubs and Activities

    Anything and everything! If Chico doesn't have it, make it!

    Great for these types of students

    Active, outgoing, high energy students. Greek life is big here but not overwhelming where one must be associated to have fun; not the case at Chico. Students who like to meet new people and get involved.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The labor day river float. Last year had an estimated 17,000 college aged kids according to the sheriffs department.

    Bang for the buck

    Overall the town is a moderatly priced place to live. Rent is not bad and food is not too expensive ether; however the raising cost of tuition offsets the benefits of living in a rural college town such as chico.

    What to do for fun

    Go to bidwell park and socialize with friends and talk to some pretty girls; there is a huge swimming hole built in the river. Have BBQ's there and bike rides. Float the sacramento river is a popular activity.

    Food and Dining

    Great food, fair priced. Campus is closed to downtown with lots of good places to eat aimed cheaply at college students.

    Dorm Life

    Never did it. Wish I did.

    Academic Rigor

    More than a quarter of beginning freshman students will not complete their degree at cal state chico.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be shy to meet as many people as you can, you will run into them later on and is always nice to have lots of people to talk to.

    In three sentences

    The feel of a small town community yet lots of new faces. The town where everybody says hi. Very social and out going crowd, the students and teachers alike.

  • 08/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Pretty safe except for the occasion nightly assault.

    Greek Life

    all fakes.

    Clubs and Activities

    not too great

    Great for these types of students

    lay back, unambitious, under achievers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Nothing special.

    Bang for the buck

    Cost as much as any typical state university

    What to do for fun

    go to the gym, take a walk downtown, or drink with your neighbors.

    Food and Dining

    It needs a little bit of work but it does the job.

    Dorm Life

    Never lived in the dorms but the buildings are quite small

    Academic Rigor

    It is not as hard as one would think.

    Tips for prospective students

    Not for the ambitious individuals who scold themselves for every mistakes.

    In three sentences

    Chico State is a small university located in Chico, Ca. The people are friend, the professors are professional and the students are stuck between serious college kids and lay back pot smokers. It is a great university for people looking for a career in the education field.

  • 08/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The university police patrol 24/7 and I haven't had any trouble.

    Greek Life

    I don't know about that but I see people with stands outside of the library recruiting people.

    Clubs and Activities

    RHAPS which is the recreation hospitality club on campus is only fifteen dollars a semester and you receive a free tee shirt and food is served every meeting.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students that not only want to have a good time but work and study hard while doing it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They used to have pioneer days but they had to stop that due to riots.

    Bang for the buck

    The field school and networking that is achieved at CSU, Chico is definitely worth the money. The people that you meet literally open doors for opportunities.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the one mile recreation park, swim, bike and hang out. Chico is known for having all the bars but I find that there is fun things do to for those of us who like sobriety. From free concerts to outdoor fun to shopping the fun never stops in Chico.

    Food and Dining

    Love the Chinese food in the BMU.

    Dorm Life

    Security is excellent, friendships made last forever.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging class, worth the effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do all of the homework and extra credit. Don't miss any classes and double check when the final is. Also, check the teachers grade sheet and track your progress by keeping everything handed back.

    In three sentences

    CSU, Chico is a beautiful place with wonderful teachers, staff, and students. It has Big Chico Creek running through the campus and is very bike friendly. The downside is the cost of tuition.

  • 09/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I really love how we have a safe community because the Police department does show there care and making our community save. They take students home late at night as well they take situations seriously and they send emails letting us know to be more cautious with whats going on.

    Greek Life

    There is so many I hardly know all of them, but from the ones I know are also another form of involving and making friendships within your peers.

    Clubs and Activities

    I've seen so many programs for different activites that do great impact for our community and for the students. It brings students to involve themselves to the world and do change in the society.

    Great for these types of students

    Its a loving school with inspiration and pursuing students dreams.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Floating is an unsual tradition off campus tradition that all college students have participated in to promot the begining of school and meeting new people.

    Bang for the buck

    They provide many resources for your school supplies and programs in how to be successful in managing your own money.

    What to do for fun

    There is an amazing river called Bear Hole where the water feels nice and fresh and the rocks look pretty and gives you a sense of something new.

    Food and Dining

    I didn't buy food on campus, but I cooked and did enjoy it.

    Dorm Life

    Never did I live in dorms since it was to expensive for my budget but I assume they where a great start for living on your own. I did live off campus and it was a great experience but at the same time you I learned not to trust everyone but myself.

    Academic Rigor

    My first Two years where very hard, but I learned my lesson and have been succeeding since. I started to encourage myself to be better and encourage others with my testimony.

    Tips for prospective students

    I encourage students that sticking to your successful peers will help you find a motivation to challenge and finish school and what you started. Life is not hard we make it hard and believing in ourselves will help us continue a free path.

    In three sentences

    Chico is one of the most beautiful campus I fell in love with. They have a great impact in saving the environment. As well the teachers have motivated me not to give up and continue my education by supporting me.

  • 09/25/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Always be safe when alone at campus at night! No matter how well you think you know your classmates there are always so0me people who lurk in the corners. But that's at every campus. However, Chico State has many clubs and staff to ensure the safety of the students.

    Greek Life

    Greek life at Chico State is not half as big as it is in Southern California however it is still a great way to get involved! Its also a great way to meet new people and market yourself to others.

    What to do for fun

    One great on campus activity is the Greek life. Join a sorority or a fraternity and GET INVOLVED! Other things for fun is the life students have outside of school when they are enjoying outdoor activities. Chico is a very large college community and most activities participated in they will be with peers of the same age!

    Food and Dining

    There is plenty of good food on and around the campus. A personal favorite is the BEAR Garden which is located right on the corner of the Chico campus. Great burgers and an amazing college atmosphere.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life isn't as active as larger schools in Southern California or Sacramento State, however it is a great way to meet new people. The dorms aren't brand new but are at least up to date. All and any freshman should consider the dorm life because its a great way to market yourself and meet others.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are more stressful than at a community college. I'm taking a Chico State pre-course online and it is more intense than any other class I have previously taken. Have the ability to read and retain the memory from what you have reads in order to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students be prepared to work hard for the grades you are wanting to receive, but also be ready to have fun and meet amazing new people. The campus is located right in the center of a college town and is great for getting from place to place. Also, don't miss out of the opportunity to be involved with the school.

    In three sentences

    Chico State is a lovely campus if your looking for the quite, yet loud school environment! The campus is lovely and the academics are right on target and useful. Also, there are plenty of outside activities and a small Greek life for those who are more socially outgoing.

  • 10/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, easy going and chill people

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Beautiful rose bushes and weird creepy statues

    What to do for fun

    You can walk downtown, hiking at Bidwell and swimming at One Mile.

    Food and Dining

    Choose a meal plan that wont give you too much or too little, and don't have too high of expectations

    Dorm Life

    Constantly meeting new people, and becoming family with you hall-mates.

    Academic Rigor

    Chico has given me an opportunity to study subjects I want to pursue and also ones that I love, such as business and music. Gives you a challenge, but that work load is not completely overwhelming

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not stress on declaring a major, a lot of people are undecided and it is okay to be. Sign up for housing early so you can live on campus.

    In three sentences

    A university that offers a diverse campus, with extensive learning opportunities. A brick beauty full of history, culture and life. A place that offers an at home feel even if you are 10 hours away from home.

  • 10/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a huge array of on campus activities. They provide different speakers, concerts, movies and events. The town of chico has a great Thursday and Saturday market. There is also Bidwelll park where there is hiking, biking and swimming.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall was delicious! The pizza and salad bar were my favorite parts. The food was always fresh and local and the staff was friendly!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms were a once in a life time experience. All of the RA's were so friendly. The rooms were nice, clean, large and a fun community. It was a great environment to meet new people and find your own way here at Chico State.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors here are amazing. They are very knowledgeable and motivated to help students. I haven't had one professor that I wasn't pleased with.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to ask for help. Everyone is in the same boat as you and can help you find your path.

    In three sentences

    Chico State is a fantastic school. The academic community here is truly amazing. Everyone is friendly, helpful, and here to help you succeed. Chico is everything I could have ever dreamed of when picking a school.

  • 10/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus has a really nice and safe environment. I never felt threatened walking around at night. They have a blue light service if you do feel threatened that you can use to have a police escort you to your location.

    Greek Life

    They seem nice and active.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many! Everyone is really inviting and nice as well. Definitely make sure to seek them out.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who wants to have a good time and get to know new people. Chico is a very social town with lots of little markets and a great night life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are little cafes around campus that are really nice to take advantage of.

    Bang for the buck

    Buy your books online, the book store kind of gets you for all you're worth!

    What to do for fun

    Anything! There's Bidwell Park, lots to do downtown, ride your bike. Meet up with friends! Chico is a very social town, everyone is incredibly friendly.

    Food and Dining

    There are lots of little food places downtown which is right next to campus. It's really nice and ranges from really cheap to kind of expensive.

    Dorm Life

    It's what you make it. Just make sure you speak up if you have a problem with your roommate or anything else. They're more than happy to fix it.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics depend on the major as well as the classes that you choose to take. In my major there are different options you can pick to fulfill needs and most of them have a difficult choice and an easier choice. It's yours to make.

    Tips for prospective students

    College is what you make it, regardless of you are. Now is the time to break out of your shell and explore new things. Don't be afraid to take risks.

    In three sentences

    Chico State is culturally diverse with amazing opportunities on campus. Everyone is super friendly and welcoming. The classes are really interesting, if you pick the right ones.

  • 11/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Chico State recently added Emergency Service Lights throughout campus that with the push of a button, local campus police go to that location and make sure you are safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of clubs and activities!

    Great for these types of students

    People who love outdoors. People who don't mind walking up and down stairs. Someone who doesn't mind walking 7 minutes to your next class.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are many fun activities that Chico State hosts including Up 'Til Dawn which is a fundraiser for St. Judes Children hospital. They set up tables and food so students can go fill out envelopes with family addresses to help fund raise.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do in Chico. If you plan on attending here, you will soon find yourself being a naturalist, taking hikes up to Bidwell Park, or taking a swim down One Mile.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great at CSU, Chico. They have a pizza place, a salad bar, taco shop. They also have a lot of cafes throughout campus in times when you are in a rush. They also have a lot of vending machines throughout campus.

    Dorm Life

    The Dorms are an amazing experience. I lived there my freshman year. You meet a lot of new people. Its a good way to get the full college experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes run about 50 minutes on average. The professors take up time in class wisely to cover new material. The professors are really helpful.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you wanted to get accepted into this school, then you have to make sure that your grades are competent enough to stand above other students who are also trying to get accepted.

    In three sentences

    CSU Chico is a great school. It is located in the heart of Chico, CA making it a really fun environment. The campus is beautiful, full of trees.

  • 11/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Can't comment much on that, since I've only been a victim of bike theft twice now, but assaults do happen, usually on weekends and in less-lit areas at the margins of campus. Steps are taken to remedy the issue, like phone boxes with a direct line to campus police, safe rides (not sure if those still exist; I've never had to use one) and at one point a student-driven effort to offer campus escorts but those have since been discontinued.

    Greek Life

    Recently the president suspended all Greek life over yet another drinking related death and frankly, if such institutions as Greek life are permanently uprooted so that it deters even one conformist little tool from considering enrollment at Chico state in exchange for a school that does offer Greek life, it will have made President Zingg's action the highlight of an otherwise farcical presidency.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is an attempt. (Sorry for the terse answers, but I figure that given the suggestion to stay at 300 or less, I'm making up for my lengthier responses with shorter ones)

    Great for these types of students

    White, wealthy, and pedestrian.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The barely-annual excuse of student activism in budget cuts/tuition hikes and the near universal and undeserved lauding of the university president for whom 'dedication to affordable education' comes in the form of the un-ironically Orwellian student success fees. Also, there's a $20,000 sculpture the school splurged on, and the campus itself is one big ostentatious attempt to redesign it within a suburban aesthetic.

    Bang for the buck

    Not so great for education, but great for behavior modification in the form of a fee to be discussed by the board of trustees early next year.

    What to do for fun

    Not much, unless you count binge drinking. One time I was offered to do a line of coke while walking down fraternity row. You literally have to just breathe here to find great deals on drugs and alcohol. Occasionally a good show or two comes into town, and while the university puts on some quality events pretty frequently, they're usually a bit out of price range for students and the acts tend to be catered to the local professional elite.

    Food and Dining

    Breakfasts were great, though! Staff was always friendly, even at 6 am, and their omelette menu had really good options. Fresh baked goods and coffee were always ready. They were wonderful, to be honest. It's since moved to a newer facility, so it might have actually improved.

    Dorm Life

    Elevators didn't work, MRSA was like the flu (my roommate himself became infected) and the RAs are glorified baby sitters whose jobs are to ensure that binge drinking takes place off campus so as to diminish the school's reputation. Some really nice new dorms have gone up, but I know no one who's lived in them, so I can't say.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm legitimately bored. I'd rather sit at home and read than endure the awkward silence that follows attempts by professors and instructors to goad the students to life. It's not their fault, it's simply the reality of the effects of a k-12 education concerned with teaching to the test and not actual learning, and so, rather than unlearn these students, the university HAS to teach to them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't, unless you're independently wealthy or have a strange desire to pour vast amounts of money you don't have or will ever repay to a university system who seems to regard Kafka's representation of the Law as a model to follow and not a vision of an absurd and detached bureaucratic machine.

    In three sentences

    If not for the fact that a only modicum of intelligence suffices to awaken professors who are as equally bored, dissatisfied or otherwise disillusioned as you are with a student body more interested in binge drinking and a university administration that is at corrupt at worst and inept at best, attending this university would have been the single greatest, most expensive and yet worthless mistake of my life. But because of the interest and support from professors, my mistake is instead placed just below, Staying. It's not all complaints, though; I have learned that given the slacktivist student body, the pointless pageant of democracy that are elections for student government, a student media training students for a (and I use this term skeptically) future in the analytically neutered realm of print journalism, and the administration's doublespeak to conceal its and its employer's corruption as a parasitic bureaucratic class, my experience here truly was a real-world education that prepared me for what's out there.

  • 12/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is downtown walking park with a beautiful view of a water fountain. Also, there is a park nearby where you can go run or play sports. The university itself, serve as a fun spots as well with friends, activities and instructors.

    Food and Dining

    The food at the university are good and affordable. They served a wide range of different kinds of food on the campus. The other stores nearby are also serve as a greater varieties when it comes to different types of foods.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are right by the campus and their are a lot of stores nearby. The location is set in downtown, which has a lot activities besides the dorm. The dorm are decent just like any other college dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    There are many specific fields to study from. The university provides a great range of activities to participate with. The groups and clubs organization are very fun as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    There can be a lot of help from the university campus. You are able to go to tutors for writings tips as well as revision. The fellow classmates are very friendly and helpful.

    In three sentences

    A very clean university campus. There are no trash anywhere with a fresh odor from trees scent. The buildings are very well structure and has a lot of spaces.

  • 01/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    fun and involved

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Bear restaurant

    What to do for fun

    Go downtown, or to the river

    In three sentences

    Very friendly environment, with the best people. Teachers are very involved and truly care. A beautiful little town, with many opportunities.

  • 01/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There has been some crime, few injuries; Campus security has set up several call boxes etc for student/staff use around campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is being reviewed and frat/sorority houses will tentatively re-open in the Spring of 13'.

    Clubs and Activities

    see above, but if you don't find a club that suits you, you can create your own!

    Great for these types of students

    I'm 34 and have found my own niche here, I know you can too!

    Bang for the buck

    You get out of it what you put in to it.

    What to do for fun

    Again there are clubs to join, the Wildcat Rec center is our awesome gym, there's Adventure Outings, where you can join a group of people going on an adventure at low cost, or create your own adventure and rent your gear from them on the cheap!

    Food and Dining

    Every where you turn there is a cafe of some sort. Whether you want a hot meal, a snack or a beloved coffee, you don't have to go far. The food is good, kinda spendy though.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    It's not Berkeley, but you can be as challenged and learn what you aspire to at this school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to an orientation, this way you can find out just what is out there for you. There are over 200 clubs and organizations within the school. You will also learn about different departments, financial aid info and much more!

    In three sentences

    I am learning a lot, the professors are experienced and passionate. There are tons of opportunities for any student, young or old. The staff really want you to excel.

  • 01/12/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    This seems like a really great school with friendly people! I can't wait to visit the campus!

  • 01/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Labor Day float where everyone floats down the Sacremento River in tubes.

    Bang for the buck

    It is a beautiful campus with a high quality staff and provides a great educational experience.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the brand new gym, take walks in Bidwell park, and walk around downtown.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great with a wide range of options and the best part is it is all you can eat.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are excellent and the design provides a family like environment where everyone can communicate and socialize.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are rigors and require a decent amount of work, but not so much to create a lot of stress.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and be open-minded to professors teachings. Be positive and participate as much as possible.

    In three sentences

    CSU Chico is a beautiful campus, student, friendly employees excellent professors. The sports facilities are excellent and provide a fun experience. The schools dining hall serves the finest food and employees the friendliest staff.

  • 01/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe, new security and students are well taken care for.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs that students can take part in.

    What to do for fun

    Students have access to the great remodeled gym.

    Food and Dining

    The food is delicious. They have variety.

    In three sentences

    It is a great campus. Professors and faculty are very helpful.

  • 01/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Crie happens a lot, but not enough to be afraid. Think and be smart on where your going and travel with others.

    Greek Life

    Greek life...depends on who your with and think for yourself before you do something stupid

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Beware of the party holidays: Labor Day, St. Patricks, Halloween, Caesar Chavez and Cinco De Mayo are the major party days that people from other cities come to have crazy night fun.

    What to do for fun

    Explore, biking, partying, road trips to the bay

    Food and Dining

    Diverse food in Chico! Lots of places to ea healthy

    Dorm Life

    I would suggest living off campus

    Academic Rigor

    Can be intense depending on what field you go in

    Tips for prospective students

    Chico is a small town but does have plenty of adventure outings to explore. Be prepared if you like a lot of activity.

    In three sentences

    Good Nursing Program Diverse Intense Social Life

  • 01/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very, very safe at Chico.

    Greek Life

    Recently suspended due to alcohol related deaths.

    Clubs and Activities

    I haven't participated in any.

    Great for these types of students

    Art students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I haven't learned of any yet.

    Bang for the buck

    The dorms are overpriced.

    What to do for fun

    There's a lot of places to go out and eat/drink. You can also go up to Bidwell for some recreation.

    Food and Dining

    Good food - Very Overpriced!

    Dorm Life

    Depending on where you are, it can be very nice. The internet connection can be a pain sometimes.

    Academic Rigor

    It's fairly easy stuff, if you know what you're doing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Avoid parties! It's all well and good to have fun, but don't let it consume you.

    In three sentences

    Chico State is a lovely campus! Everything is very close together, and finding your way around is a breeze. Ayres Hall (the art building) is in reasonable condition and is very, very active.

  • 01/27/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    the campus had a lot of blue boxed phones where you can talk to the university police and get assistance.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    near the book store there is a ampatheatre where you can face north and it sounds like you are talking throuhg a micrphone, there is also a legend that students from previous years have put a buggie car under the ground and put a relaxing are near the creek called glenn.

    What to do for fun

    cico state provides alot of differnt activites avilable to students such as sports, a gym and social activites with and with out your major.

    Food and Dining

    the dinning hall has good food but not better than moms. surrounding the college there is restaurants and good fast food restaurants

    Dorm Life

    i love living in the dorms becuase you get to meet and live with new people as well as meet people in the class rooms. the dorms give you enough space and a roomate that was clsts to your living style.

    Academic Rigor

    the classes are generally challenging in the sciences as well as math and English.

    Tips for prospective students

    for getting good grades sign up for a tutor and take advantage of teachers office hours.

    In three sentences

    chico is a small college town with alot to do. everyone is freindly and helpfull. the school has a good variety of majors as well as activitys and sports for students to enjoy.

  • 01/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Police cars always monitor the dorms as well as the campus. They also offer self-defense classes and have meeting on what to do and what not to do for your safety.

    Greek Life

    Currently Suspended. :( But there are a lot of Greeks on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many you're bound to find something! You meet new people and always have fun at meetings and activities you all plan together.

    Great for these types of students

    Like to have fun haha and can manage studying.

    Bang for the buck

    It's pretty reasonable. It's college after all and the only thing that's over priced is the textbooks and the school supplies on campus.

    What to do for fun

    Going down town and checking out the cool stores, getting ice cream, or trying out unfamiliar restaurants.

    Food and Dining

    All I can say is when I went home I missed the food at Chico State!

    Dorm Life

    Very cozy and convenient! Dorms always have fun events and the Room Advisor's are fun and friendly! (:

    Academic Rigor

    Study up!

    Tips for prospective students

    -Study for your classes -For some classes you might not actually use the text book -Have fun and participate in school activities!

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love it here at Chico State! Everything is just beautiful during all 4 seasons. The classes are at a challenging level and the professors are extremely nice and charismatic.

  • 02/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Chico is has a great environment and good weather.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends and play indoor soccer.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not slack off one bit, you will pay for it later.

    In three sentences

    California State University Chico is a great school to build the foundation for excellent course work and diversity. Chico State offers professional staff an excellent professors. Chico state is a very engaging school that is rigorous.

  • 03/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The safety on campus is improving as it always should. Campus police, blue light safe phones, etc.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is pretty popular around here, but they're not school dominating like how many college movies portray them.

    Clubs and Activities

    Hundreds of clubs and organizations on campus. They range from cultural, Greek system, and special interests.

    Great for these types of students

    Fun-loving, open-minded individuals.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Like I said, we are pretty good on our academics. As our reputation states though, we do know how to party. Haha.

    Bang for the buck

    You'll love it here!

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of things to do for fun on and off campus. Chico State is located right downtown, so you can easily walk downtown and enjoy the town. There are plenty of parks and other outdoor recreations. On campus, the hundreds of clubs and organizations, along with the sports teams and intramural sports will keep you plenty busy.

    Food and Dining

    The food is what you'd expect: feeding the masses. They do this pretty well though. Local lunches incorporate the local businesses/farms, and sustainability is a huge thing on this campus.

    Dorm Life

    They just added a brand new dorm within the last 2 years. It's a pretty sweet thing. Along with off-campus dorms, you're sure to make plenty of friends.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are not a joke. Yes it is possibly true that some majors may appear easier than others, but I've been good things happen to those that graduate from Chico State.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to step out of your box/comfort zone. Everybody is wanting to fit in and be a part of something, and everybody is waiting for you to join in!

    In three sentences

    CSU, Chico is an incredible school. The students, faculty, and staff are all friendly and inviting. Although it has the stigma of being a party school, Chico State excels in all facets of college academics/life.

  • 03/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    When it is hot you can go for a float down the river. Walk around down town. Hike upperbidwell

    Food and Dining

    Sutter dining is not the greatest. but there are other great places surrounding the school.

    Dorm Life

    Lots of rules but fun none the less.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on courses you are taking. Some classes can take your whole attention.

    Tips for prospective students

    They try to accomodate to your needs as much a possible. Nice open Campus. Friendly people.

    In three sentences

    I would give it a four out of Five. Most teachers are great. The community is strong.

  • 04/04/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Dorm Life

    from what i know there is a lot of partying there is that true

  • 04/04/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The largest crime on Chico's campus is bike theft, however it is a dark campus at night and like anywhere else caution is always necessary.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is certainly available for all who seek it, however it is not a large factor in Chico. There are several houses that are affiliated with Chico and a few that are not.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club and activity for everything. Chico offers one of the largest volunteering organization in California, outdoor adventures, academic clubs, enthusiast clubs, and so much more.

    Great for these types of students

    Chico is great for students who are seeking a full college experience of education and social growth.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Chico State is known for a few things, but the most notable is floating. Chico is adjacent to the Sacramento River and Labor Day weekend is a very big weekend for visitors to come and join in the fun of floating down the river.

    Bang for the buck

    The CSU system are rising in tuition but for the educational value and the community that Chico has to offer there is nothing better. The surrounding housing is cheap as well as the night life.

    What to do for fun

    Chico IS a college town. The campus is downtown and all most all students live within and a mile and a half of campus. Finding something to do in between classes or on the weekend is never much of a concern.

    Food and Dining

    The Chico campus has no shortage of food and coffee, it is what is expected of quick food. The best part of eating between classes is that campus is in downtown Chico and food options are never rare.

    Dorm Life

    Chico provides many housing options close to campus, but nothing is closer than the dorms. Living in a dorm as a Freshman is a Chico rite of passage. Its where most lasting relationships are made throughout the college experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Chico has policies like any other institution, go to class, do the work, and don't slack off. If all these things are done and they're still struggling, there are many on campus resources to help students through their studies.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be shy, professors greatly encourage academic relationships with their students. Take the extra step of working close to a professor as a mentor or a research assistant. The knowledge from those experiences will greatly supersede anything you will learn in a lecture hall.

    In three sentences

    CSU Chico was an incredible experience academically and environmentally. The university was large enough to sustain a significant college feel but all interactions with staff and professors was conducted on a very personal basis. The surrounding community had just as many opportunities to offer college students as the campus itself.

  • 04/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    At any campus there will be crime it is inevitable but Chico puts in lot of effort to keep their students safe. The blue lights which are located all over campus are for students who stay late and need someone to walk them to their car or to another location. Also, there are no saferide which is cab service (free of charge) for chico students if they need a ride home late at night to prevent anyone from walking home.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is cool, I am not involved in greek life but I have friends who are and absolutely love it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are SO many club and activities and event to go to. Try them all out, no one will be upset if you dont want to come back! Also, if you find that you want to create a club Chico State is very open to students wanting to grow and create their own clubs.

    Bang for the buck

    There are a few good cheap eats in Chico, like all of the taco trucks if you dig mexican food or an awesome salad from plutos for 6$. The best part is the happy hour, many of the restaurants have happy hour including a food happy hour menu and all of the more expensive restaurants become a lot more affordable!

    What to do for fun

    If you like to do outdoorsy things Chico is for you. Upper Bidwell and one mile are awesome to hike and go swimming on hot summer days. Thursday night markets are the best for ice cream sandwiches and all of the ethnic food stands. The WREC is awesome to play basketball, indoor soccer and lay by the pool! Also floating the river is a huge tradition in chico and an opportunity one should not pass up!

    Food and Dining

    There are lots of choices on campus for students to eat. There is a brand new dining hall with a cafe for all students on campus as well as multiple cafes to get a bagel and coffee when in a hurry. Also, the BMU is a common lunch spot where people can buy pizza, sushi, sandwiches etc.

    Dorm Life

    There are so many on campus dorms to choose from, and a huge new dorm was built 2 years ago. RA's hold events for students to meet each other and to come hangout in a safe environment.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on what major you take and how involved in your classes you are Chico State can be extremely rigorous. Of course there are classes that everyone takes because its an easy A and thus a GPA booster but I have taken some very difficult classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get Involved! Try out every club, go to every event and meet as many people as you can! Even if you are alone because no one wants to go with you... that is okay there are so many other students who go solo to events on campus that is how you meet new people and make friends.

    In three sentences

    Chico State was one of the best choices I made when deciding what schools apply to and eventually what school to earn my degree at. Chico state has awesome facilities, professors and opportunities to get involved with campus life and the community. Chico is one of the best places to earn your degree learn about yourself and have fun, it is a mid-sized school with lots of opportunities and lots of room to grow.

  • 04/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    I am currently involved in Cheerleading and Speech and Debate myself. There are TONS of opportunities for whatever you are into.

    Great for these types of students

    We welcome any and all types of students at Chico State. We are quite the friendly bunch.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Playboy's famous voted #1 party school in the US!

    Bang for the buck

    Chico is definitely one of the cheaper California State Universities yet the experience and education is one of the best out there.

    What to do for fun

    TONS of extracurricular activities waiting to be explored as well as a booming night life.

    Tips for prospective students

    CAUTION: we like to have a good time.

    In three sentences

    Chico is an amazing little town with endless opportunities to be involved in the community and really make the best of your college years. Chico State is known for it's diversity as well as it's students who like to work AND play hard!

  • 04/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    If you're 21 going to the bars is great. If you're not 21, than going to house parties are fun. But, try to limit yourself so you're not hungover on Saturday so you can go hiking, fishing, kayaking or whatever.

    Food and Dining

    Despite dorm life being good the food is just awful. Having a kitchen your second year is really nice.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is amazing. I loved every minute of it

    Academic Rigor

    Let's not kid ourselves. Chico isn't Stanford, but that's okay. You can put in a lot of effort and meet your professors and dig through their minds and learn a ton if you want. But, if you're not self motivated you can cruise by.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get off campus and go to Bidwell Park Take advantage of the greek system Take advantage of the career center on campus.

    In three sentences

    CSU Chico is an outstanding school. The community surrounding the campus is incredibly inviting, which means studying here is a treat. But, Chico's real treat is the landscape that surrounds it.

  • 04/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is not alot to do for fun in chico.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look at classes previous to enrolling. Have classes in your shopping cart and be ready. Have a back up plan at all times.

    In three sentences

    The campus is great campus, everything is very close. I love how green the campus is. The classes are very well put together.

  • 05/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Great.

    Great for these types of students

    Laid back. Drama free atmosphere.

    What to do for fun

    Outdoors

    In three sentences

    A great school. A beautiful town. Friendly people.

  • 05/26/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    I think that if more people took the drive up to Chico, they'd discover that it is a great campus with small class sizes and a lot to offer.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs, get involved and enjoy being a college student

    Academic Rigor

    It's hard to rate this when I'm not there yet.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check it out for yourselves and don't go by the reviews of it being a party school. Every school can be a party school, it's what you do when you're there that counts. Chico was the only university that offers mechatronic engineering and the labs are awesome!

    In three sentences

    I loved it! The head of the department gave me a personal tour of the department when I was unable to make it to the open house. I am looking forward to being a student there in the Fall.

  • 06/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Chico has good enforcement in regards to campus safety. There are emergency call boxes all throughout campus that sends help immediately if needed.

    Clubs and Activities

    There truly is something for everyone. The amount of clubs here is uncountable but there is basically everything from dance team clubs to LGBTQ clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Chico is great for anyone, really. It has something for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Chico is a very interesting place, with interesting traditions. The labor day float is of course a big one, but also Chico State has an annual pumpkin drop presented by physics students. Chico also has an undie run in which clothes worn to the event are donated to charity.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do in this (not so) little town. There is a great social scene and a lot of activities to do with friends, but Bidwell Park is also located conveniently near campus, beginning just a mile from campus but stretching very far with many places to go and explore such as water holes and beautiful hikes. Downtown Chico feels very home-y and there are many little places like coffee shops and stores that are very retro and great for college students.

    Food and Dining

    Chico State has a lot of options in regards to food and dining. Although it isn't five star dining, there are a lot of options and Chico does a great job in catering to people with special dietary needs, as well as using locally grown products in a lot of cases.

    Dorm Life

    I had an amazing experience living in a dormitory at Chico State. I lived in Whitney Hall and it was definitely one of the best experiences of my life. I met life long friends and living in such a small space with people really allows you to feel as though you are family.

    Academic Rigor

    I think this depends a lot of the classes you are taking. I have found that some classes and teachers may not ask much of you, especially certain general education classes, but some classes are very challenging and require a lot of time to study for exams and do work.

    Tips for prospective students

    My biggest tip for prospective students is to go in with an open mind and try as many new things as possible like exploring clubs and organizations on campus, as well as getting to know your surroundings, exploring the city, and being open to talking to new people.

    In three sentences

    Although I have just finished my first year of college at Chico State, I can already tell that the next three years here are going to be amazing. Not only have I met amazing peers here, but I have also encountered very passionate professors who have a passion for teaching and a passion for students to do well. Chico State has a lot to offer not only academically, but also socially and students and faculty do their best to make Chico State a university that has something to offer to everyone who is fortunate enough to be a member of this university.

  • 06/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Try to be safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    There could be more.

    Great for these types of students

    Outdoorsy, history loving students.

    What to do for fun

    There's hiking at Upper Bidwell, community events downtown, great locations for studying, and really cool people to meet and connect with all over town.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class and lecture. Always study for the exams.

    In three sentences

    The campus is gorgeous. The professors are personable. The people are great.

  • 07/08/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a police station on campus

    Greek Life

    go Greek!

    Clubs and Activities

    I can't wait to get involved!

    Great for these types of students

    any student

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a VW bug burried on campus...lol

    What to do for fun

    Tour downtown Chico and the park.

    Food and Dining

    Convienent and tasty

    Tips for prospective students

    Make an appointment with an advisor Take a tour or attend an orientation get involved in clubs and volunteer

    In three sentences

    I attended the Summer Orientation and absolutely fell in love with the campus! It's beautiful, serene and green. The people are great, I got all the classes I wanted and can't wait to start this fall!

  • 07/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Tons of options, which is great. You can usually find something enjoyable to eat at each meal. However, there are some nights where all of the choices are disgusting, which is when people usually have a sandwich, salad, or cereal for dinner.

    Dorm Life

    I loved living in Whitney Hall. Living in a big building with 500 people was exciting. Sometimes you would be in an elevator with 20 other people and it would be crazy, but it's a cool experience to have. My floor and bathroom were always very clean, however, some of the boys bathrooms were very disgusting, so if you're a guy, be prepared for that.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a good education, and it requires a lot of work if you want to get straight A's. The teachers expect you to read the textbook and take good notes. So far, I have gotten an A in every class but one. It's doable!

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely be aware that, although its party school reputation has died down since the 80s, most students weekends revolve around partying. Just make sure you're prepared for that if you're not a huge partier. The rest of it is really great!

    In three sentences

    Chico State has a beautiful campus and great teachers; of course with a few exceptions. Dorm food isn't the greatest but it is definitely edible with a ton of options at each meal.

  • 08/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Everyone loves going to 1 mile which is a swimming hole about a mile from the school. There's bike trails, walking trails, horseshoes, and more. I enjoyed hiking at Upper Bidwell Park. Downtown Chico is blocks away from the school and have great stores. The most popular places to go are Madison Bear Garden known for their delicious hamburgers and Jon & Bon's known for their frozen yogurt.

    Food and Dining

    Food on campus is delicious and healthy, but so pricey. Sutter Hall has a ton of selections of food, but I only ate there when I had to use money from my meal plan that my housing required of me.

    Dorm Life

    My first year I lived in an off campus dorm called Craig Hall and it was a great place, but I do wish that I had lived in the on campus dorms. The people who lived in dorms were more likely to meet new people and create more friendships. At Craig Hall, everyone just kept to themselves. I believe I met a total of 10 people in my dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes offered at CSU Chico are fantastic. I've learned so much and although some of the general education classes seem useless, many of them have helped me with other classes I have taken and were actually worth my time in the end.

    Tips for prospective students

    In the past, CSU Chico has been known to be a party-school, but coming from a person who never attends parties, it's really all about what situation you put yourself in. There are hundreds of clubs or events that are offered to students which do not have anything to do with drinking or partying. It's important to stay focused and remember the reason you're attending CSU Chico and you'll do just fine.

    In three sentences

    CSU Chico is a beautiful school set where the city life meets nature being five minutes away from a mall and 5 minutes away from many rivers and swimming holes. In just one year I have immersed myself in multiple clubs and made more friends than I can count. I am so thankful to be attending such a magical school and cannot wait for what opportunities lie ahead with everything that CSU Chico has to offer.

  • 09/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Chico State has it's own police department, safety phones all around campus in case you have to walk alone at night you are able to call someone to walk with you. In order to go into the dorms you have to swipe your student ID card. Although it may be a hassle, it makes it easier to keep the students safe and thats a main concern for the staff here.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's such a wide variety of clubs and activities on campus such a CAVE, sports, theatre, and religious clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Chico State is great for all types of students. There's something for everyone here.

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of things to do for fun on campus and off of campus. The school prepares activities to keep you entertained and there is always something going on down town. Not to mention there is Bidwell Park which has swimming holes and trails. Or just a walk around campus is fun because there are so many different trees and greenery. There's also the gym which has a swimming pool and hot tub, work out equipment, classes and a rock wall.

    Food and Dining

    The food good and it is great that it is all you can eat. The only bad part is that the dining hall closes at 7 and the cafe opens but they can't move fast enough to keep a long line from forming because it is the only place open on campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are always fun. They're a great way to meet a bunch of new people that are in the same position as you. The Resident Advisors are always there to help you if you need them. They are a great environment to live in especially during your first year. All the activities going on in the dorms really makes you feel at home and comfortable.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on what classes you take some may be harder then others.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't procrastinate and always budget your time wisely. To keep on top of your assignments use a planner so you don't forget when things are due. Go visit Bidwell Park and enjoy the beautiful scenery here.

  • 09/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are Blue Lights all over campus. These are stations where if at any point you feel unsafe or simply need a ride back to your dorm at night, you can press these buttons and the campus safety will pick you up and make sure you get home safe.

    Greek Life

    Although Greek Life isnt for everyone, I personally am so excited to rush next semester. At Chico there are 5 National Sororities I am looking forward to getting to know.

    Clubs and Activities

    As I said above, there is something for every type of person. You dont have to party to have fun here.

    Great for these types of students

    Chico is great for anyone who can step out of their comfort zone a little and get to know people. There is all kinds of clubs and activities you just have to be willing to go to them!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None that I can think of!

    Bang for the buck

    Chico is a great if your looking for good change in your life. Moving here from southern california was very different but I have come to absolutely love it. Although school always comes first, and there is a lot of studying to do, Chico is a fun town with so many friendly people that want to get to know you.

    What to do for fun

    Lots of things to do for fun! Hiking, the rec, bear hole, 1 mile...the list really goes on! The outdoors are wonderful here.

    Food and Dining

    The food is decent. They do offer so much for us and there is always a salad and sandwich option which is great. Sometimes wish things were a little more home cooked, but you can tell they do they're best.

    Dorm Life

    Dorming is a great way to meet people. However, being in Whitney it can be very loud when I'm trying to study. Taking the elevator every day is also very inconvenient.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are tough, but for the most part all of my teachers have been great and offer a lot of help outside the classroom.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused on your school work and dont get easily distracted, because there is a lot to get distracted by.

    In three sentences

    To say that California State University of Chico is amazing would be an understatement. From the generous people here, to the well rounded staff and interesting classes, I have nothing to complain about. If these next four years are anything like my first three weeks then I know my experience at Chico State is going to be nothing less than wonderful.

  • 09/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Police is always roaming around the campus and keeps danger off the campus. If you stay at school late finishing up schoolwork and don't have a ride to get back home, you can give them a call and they'll take you home. The campus as a whole is very safe, there isn't anything to worry about.

    Greek Life

    I am not currently involved in Greek Life but I've heard from some friends that it's awesome. They say that there are great benefits that come with joining Greek Life clubs. I am planning to join either next semester or next year.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am currently part of the Mesa Engineering Program (MEP) and in the process of joining LTC (Latinos in Technical Careers. MEP offers a a study room and computer lab 24 hours 7 days a week to its students! Latinos in Technical Careers helps us learn about jobs after college and the type of internships there are available for our majors.

    Great for these types of students

    For engineering students who are Latinos, the MEP study center is awesome. it has free printing, free internet access, and also provides free tutoring! i encourage all Latino engineering students to join this awesome program. The people in charge of this program are Paul Villegas, Lupe Jimenez, and Ben Duarte.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a location on campus where a car was buried and nobody knows where it is. also, there is a location on campus where all the time capsules of previous graduating classes are buried. Chico is a very fun campus to just walk around and explore, you'll find things you would never think of finding.

    Bang for the buck

    Chico is a pretty cheap place to live and tuition is very cheap compared to other schools! if you spend your money efficiently, live off campus, room with a few people, you should not have have to spend over $7,000. Chico is definitely worth the money you put into it.

    What to do for fun

    In my opinion, the best thing to do for fun is to go to Bidwell Park. The park has a creek running through the middle which you can go in. It also has a golf course for you golfers and if you're lucky, you might be able to spot a deer or a bear!

    Food and Dining

    i don't live on campus so i honestly don't know much about campus food and dining. outside of campus though, Madison Bear Garden is an awesome burger place and Momma's is an awesome place to have breakfast. There are also some Mexican food trucks near the campus that make awesome burritos

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in dorms but i have friends that do. i live in an apartment complex a mile from the school and the rent is great. what i often hear from friends that live in dorms is that it's really cool living so close to campus but that it is not worth all the money they have to pay in order to live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor all depends on your major, here's what i mean: As a computer science major in Chico, i have school five days a week, i have homework every single day of the week, and i often have to stay up pretty late. i have a roommate who is a criminal justice major who has school four days a week, doesn't have homework often, and is usually doesn't need to work more than an hour a day to finish his coursework. Here in Chico, computer science moves at an incredibly fast pace so be prepared if that is your intended major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Chico offers a great night scene but try finish all your homework before doing anything else, after all that's what you're here to do. Be sure to have all of your paperwork turned in before deadlines; I'm three weeks into school and still waiting for my Fafsa help because i didn't turn things in on time. For any future students, doesn't matter where you're going, college seems to offer a lot of free time but it isn't really free time, there is always something you can be getting ahead on, finishing, or making better.

    In three sentences

    Chico is a fast-paced school with great teachers and very outgoing students. The scenery is beautiful and and you will once again enjoy going to school. This is the place for students who are looking for great academics, great support from the community, and a a beautiful environment.

  • 09/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Food is alright.

    Dorm Life

    Okay dorm life, I live off campus tho.

    Academic Rigor

    Work hasn't seemed to me to be that hard.

    In three sentences

    Great atmosphere. Nestled in a nice, slightly busy college toen. Chico state isn't that diverse.

  • 09/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The school continues to work towards a safe campus each year. There are bluelight phones that you can push in emergency and will notify the campus police of your location. You can get rides back to your dorm if you have a late class. There are still bad things that happen but the Chico police and the campus police work to make it safer. There are certain weekends where you cannot have guests because out of towners have caused problems in the past during crazy weekend holidays.

    Greek Life

    There are a few sororities and fraternities through the school. They are not allowed to haze and are more safe then the ones that fund themselves. Very many different organizations just be sure you know that if you join one through the school there will be no hazing however if you join one that is privately funded then there could be as well as parties and other things the school funded ones cannot do.

    Clubs and Activities

    Very diverse clubs and activities. There are Christian clubs, cultural clubs, sport clubs, and everything else you could think of. There are plenty of activities the first few weeks. After that you can join Adventure Outings and they will take you on fun trips like skiing or hiking. Every year they have a week long game of tag called Zombies vs. Humans

    What to do for fun

    You can go to Bidwell Park, there's swimming and bike trails; Bear Hole is very popular! There's plenty of cute little shops and restaurants downtown. You can take the bus to Target and the mall. There's some other little stores over there. Go to T-Bar! It's like starbucks except only teas, they have a delicious frost thing. During the first few weeks there is the Thursday Market. And there is the market on Saturdays. Live music, fresh fruits and vegetables, and lots of fun. Uppercrust is a cute little bakery with reasonable prices and it's delicious.

    Food and Dining

    It's good for cafeteria food but nothing beats a good home cooked meal. Sutter Cafe is delicious but the line is always long. The BMU Marketplace is also good during the week but they're only open Monday-Friday from 8-3 and you need to use the cash from your meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are great! Make the best of your roommate. You'll meet lots of people! The downside is that everyone loves to blast their bass on their speakers so that's bad during study times and you will miss home cooked meals.

    Academic Rigor

    It is college! While the party scene is very prevalent you still have to go to class and the courses are much more challenging than high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with clubs and organizations. That is where you will meet lots of people who share your interests. Trust me! Most of my friends are from the group Cru that I joined my freshman year. Dedicate to school; you are there to get through school and graduate. Explore Chico, not just downtown. Be safe when going out if you choose to.

    In three sentences

    It is a small community, you get to know many people who are very friendly. It is not the most ethnically diverse however there are many clubs and organizations for all types of people and interests. Very fun small college town campus.

  • 10/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Chico has a ton of clubs and organizations to join! It is a small town yet it is big enough you can explore it. What to do depends on the type of person you are.

    Food and Dining

    food is alright. not the best though!

    Dorm Life

    don't live in the dorms sorry!

    Academic Rigor

    It is not too hard as long as you STAY ON TOP OF YOUR WORK. Professors do not allow late work and for the most part are nice if you respect them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't come in expecting to slide by because it's a party school. It really isn't and teachers don't take it well when you skip class or try to get away with not doing an assignment.

    In three sentences

    It is one of the most beautiful campuses I have ever seen, very open and green. Professors definitely challenge you on a daily basis, and it is somewhat of an affordable town.

  • 10/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    go to the movies have fun at the Friday concert nights go to bidwell park

    Tips for prospective students

    study hard keep up with your academics choose at least two clubs to be actively involved with make sure to track deadlines

    In three sentences

    This university is full of life and opportunities. i love the campus, professors and people. I highly recommend going here

  • 10/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Our campus safety is a number one priority on our campus. The UPD does not play around. They offer cab services at night so u don't have to walk around in the dark. During the beginning of freshman year, you must attend their presentation where you will become familiar with different alcohol situations and what to do. You will leave knowing how to and who to contact when in need. They also have you register your bikes so if they get stolen, you can get it back. Students receive emails about different incidents so you'll be aware and alert.

    Greek Life

    They promote Greek Life a lot here. It's popular on our campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Chico offers a huge variety of clubs and activities. I'm pretty sure anyone could find one that interest them. It's very easy to get in contact with the president.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for the types of students who don't feel they are fully developed adults. Chico is an excellent start as you gradually get the hang of things. Not to mention they're are several resources on campus for help and most of the people are friendly.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a creek that runs through campus. There's an amp theatre outside where u can sit and watch it flow by. Or just walk up to it and relax or even read! It's sure to provide you with relaxation.

    Bang for the buck

    There is a high party reputation here, but don't let that discourage you from learning. Only you make your chico experience the way you want it. Don't let it influence you. You can find your balance because not every one here adds to that reputation. That's why chico is great on teaching you how to make better and responsible choices.

    What to do for fun

    Here at Chico, there is always something to do. They are always having new events that you may wish you had the time to attend. Outside of the events, you can go bowling, skating, out to eat, or to the mall. But you don't always have to travel, Downtown Chico is right down the street! They're are events held there along with clothing/shoe shops and eateries.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is quite tasty! They have different places to eat on campus so choose whatever you're in the mood for whether it's Mexican, Grilled, Chinese, or even Vegan.

    Dorm Life

    Living in dorms really help you settle into the Chico community. The RAs make sure you attend all of the important events and know of any upcoming events. They also try hard to get you to socialize with all of the residents so you can feel the most comfort in your new home.

    Academic Rigor

    There are some bright students here at Chico! There are just some students who choose not to put their priorities first.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just be proactive and open to new experiences. Chico will definitely open your eyes in many different prospectives.

    In three sentences

    Chico State is a great place to begin branching out into adulthood and learning yourself. Everything is so local or only a FREE bus ride away. It's all about sustainability as well which is interesting in itself.

  • 10/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Dorm Life

    I love living in the dorms. I like being social and meeting new people who are around the same age as me.

    Academic Rigor

    My classes have a good amount of homework. I feel as though I am challenged in my everday thinking. I have learned a lot since starting college here.

    In three sentences

    Chico is my home. Everyone is so friendly here, and the city itself is beautiful. I was welcomed in with open arms and I couldn't imagine going to college anywhere else.

  • 11/20/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I really do hope that I am accepted. This is my 1st choice for college and if I get in I'll just die! I' so excited to see what happens.

  • 11/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is Bidwell park, and it is huge! There is upper park and lower park. The lower park has a natural swimming pool that converts from a creek to a pool. Upper park is great to go hiking! Then there is Bear Hole in upper park where everybody goes to jump off rocks into the water!

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall provides all types of food. There are options if you are vegetarian. Plus, if you are a diet type of person the salad bar is always opened!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are not too pricey and the RA's are fun! It's a great way to meet people. It's definitely worth it for your freshman year because that is where you might mean your buddies that will stick throughout your four years there!

    Academic Rigor

    Plagiarism is taken seriously, so don't do it! Academic probation will most likely happen at least one time, but Chico provides help to get you out of it! Chico has plenty of student resources that you can use for help!

    Tips for prospective students

    Freshman year might seem overwhelming with the party scene, but do not get too caught up in that. When signing up for fall semester, register for GE classes only. Do not stress over your major because you will change your mind!

    In three sentences

    The college itself is full of trees, so during the fall it is a sight! The campus is good in size. There's a creek that runs through it, so it is a great spot to read a book while waiting for your next class!

  • 12/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Chico does not get the credit it deserves as far as fun activities. There is so much to do if you are an outdoorsy person. We have Bidwell Park that is one of the most beautiful parks in northern california. There are amazing coffee shops all over the town that are great places to hangout with friends. And you cannot overlook our on campus sources of fun, such as the Wrec. At the Wrec we have a rock climbing facility, indoor track, pool & hot tub, basketball courts, indoor soccer arena and a weight room.

    Tips for prospective students

    The most important thing I could tell you as someone that has been in college for 3 semesters now is to be active in your school work. It is not high school and you cannot treat it that way.

    In three sentences

    Chico State provides it's students with a wonderful atmosphere to enhance their education. The teachers are extremely unique and in the most case very hands on. It offers it's students with a safe place to go to school.

  • 01/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Honestly, just go downtown and walk around. Chico is such a beautiful college town. You could go to Bidwell Park or hike. There's endless of things to do in Chico.

    Food and Dining

    The food is horrible. I eat bagels, cereal, or salad every day.

    Dorm Life

    Don't live in a building called Whitney. It is known as the party building and a lot of fire drills. I prefer Lassen or Shasta, it's nice and quiet. The RAs are kind and really there for you.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are amazing. They're always there to help and educate you well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make time to study but don't forget make time to socialize.

    In three sentences

    It's truly one of the best schools out there. The professors and faculty are dedicated to their students and make learning easy. I'd highly recommend attending here not because it's known for a party school but it's also known for education.

  • 01/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Regardless of the incident, an email informant will keep you up-to-date on all bad things that had occurred on campus that day/week. It's pretty cool.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is a club.

    Clubs and Activities

    Greek Life.

    Great for these types of students

    Studying.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a sweet volleyball net on campus! Sand pit and everything!

    Bang for the buck

    The town becomes a lot more fun once you turn 21!

    What to do for fun

    Hiking, walking, shopping, watching television, you name it!

    Food and Dining

    The food in this town is yummy! Nothing but brain food and pizza.

    Dorm Life

    I have heard great reviews about the dorms here at Chico State!

    Academic Rigor

    As a science major, the academic rigor for this school is pretty tough... Chemistry and microbiology are not easy courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not ride your bike in this town! Walk everywhere!

    In three sentences

    The college is great! The school is the best part about the whole town. Teachers, advisers and peers are all super helpful and keep your education in their best interest.

  • 01/15/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have our very own Campus PD station right across the street from campus. There are also call boxes all over campus so you can call a police officer to have them escort you to wherever you are going. In addition to this system we also have a very active email system that alerts you any time a crime occurs on campus to keep you aware of what's happening.

    Greek Life

    The greek life is active on campus if you choose to participate but it is not essential in order to make friends and feel like a part of your school. There are plenty of other activities you can join in to keep active.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of active clubs, teams, and activities happening at Chico. If you can think of it, they probably have a club for it. And if not, you can create your own!

    Great for these types of students

    Chico is great if you love to party and cut loose frequently, but it's also great if you love nature and have a very laid-back attitude. The whole town is very chilled and friendly.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Cesar Chavez weekend in Chico is basically a 3-day long party. We don't have a football team so we find other reasons to celebrate such as our soccer team! In one of our many parks near campus there are natural swimming holes nicknamed after animals. A personal favorite of mine is called Bear Hole where you can go swim, tan, jump off of rocks, and relax.

    Bang for the buck

    Chico seems to be one of the more affordable schools in California. I definitely feel I have gotten my money's worth so far with the on-campus housing and education.

    What to do for fun

    There is a very vibrant party scene and night life in Chico, possibly one of the best in all of the United States. There is also a lot of nature and parks around the campus so you can walk, hike, bike, swim, or just about any activity you can think of. We also have a spectacular recreation center free for all the students which has hundreds of machines, weights, a 2nd level, track, sports courts, and a pool and hot tub.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining in Chico leaves something to be desired. I understand how hard it must be to make cafeteria food seem pleasant to thousands of students all day every day but some of the food selection is gag-worthy. I also wish there were more healthy, edible options to keep the freshman 15 away.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life in Chico is awesome, there are so many options to chose from. There are 4 on-campus housing options, and 5 off-campus options. Inside the housing there are activities going on every day to keep students involved in campus life. In addition to the activities there are many services provided to students to keep them safe, healthy, and on-task.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here are fairly rigorous. Some are challenging while others are an easy A.Overall, as long as you study, pay attention, and attend most of your classes you should be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply to on-campus housing early in order to get exactly which dorm you'd like. Also make sure you pick your classes as soon as possible to get all the classes you need.

    In three sentences

    Chico has a beautiful campus that is completely surrounded by and immersed in nature. The town is built around the college which makes it the perfect college town. Chico state students are proud to go to their school which provides for abundant school spirit.

  • 01/30/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Library, computer labs are always available on every floor but mainly 1st and 4th floor are dedicated to students.

    Food and Dining

    They have one of the best dining ever! Very clean but hours are too short.

    Dorm Life

    Does not really apply, did not live in dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    All professors, staffs, and advisors are easy to spot and keep in contact. Internships and events and information are always present by neither students involve, or professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Chico State is an easy going campus.

    In three sentences

    Chico State is a beautiful and clean campus! All professors, advisors and classmates are very sociable. Priorities are always made available to students.

  • 02/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are University Police constantly on campus and we have a blue light system which makes me feel a lot better!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs for everyone! I have never heard of anyone that hasn't found a club that has the same interests as them and if for some reason there isn't one you can always create a new one!

    What to do for fun

    I like to walk downtown with some friends and go shopping or get a bite to eat! But I spend most of my time exploring Bidwell Park it is so big and has so many hiking trails and swimming holes every time I go I find something new!

    Food and Dining

    Surprisingly the dining hall is not too bad! They always have a wide variety of choices! There are also little stations around campus that have snacks and drinks that are super convenient. The campus is also really close to downtown so you have all of those restaurants that are pretty good as well!

    Dorm Life

    There are always lots of fun activities going on and you really get a sense of family!

    Academic Rigor

    I have taken some pretty easy classes but some not so east ones as well! If you go to class and do your homework you will pass almost all of your classes!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to come out of your shell, this is the time to do it! Also, be willing to try new things get out of your comfort zone you won't regret it!

    In three sentences

    California State University Chico is everything I ever though college would be! There is truly something for everyone here and it is absolutely gorgeous! I have met so many amazing people and have created friendships that will last a life time.

  • 02/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I felt very safe every little bit there were 911 boxes with campus security always on hand.

    Greek Life

    I wasn't part of any but there ware so many around lots of Frats and Sorority's it looked like a lot of fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of clubs and activities every day there were people with clubs down the main path on campus promoting their clubs. If I had more time I would have joined some.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You have to eat at Madison Bear Garden that place has great food and an amazing atmosphere.

    Bang for the buck

    Chico wasn't very expensive and the cost of living was fairly cheap, especially if you have a costco card.

    What to do for fun

    I loved attending all the sporting events, I went to many of the Wildcat basketball games. I also loved the bars in the city lots of people to meet.

    Food and Dining

    The food was reasonably priced and there were a number of restaurants right near campus for you to enjoy if you didn't want to eat in the dorm buildings.

    Dorm Life

    I loved the dorms and all the people were friendly. They had plenty of people to interact with and someone was always doing something.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes I took were pretty hard, but its because of my major. Even though they were hard their was always help from the teachers and I never felt overwhelmed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Enjoy the experience and explore all the hole in the wall places to eat in downtown.

    In three sentences

    I loved everything about Chico state. The staff was very hands on and were always available to help before or after class. The campus was beautiful I loved walking around between classes.

  • 02/27/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    volunteer and/or join club/organizations it'll make education more fun for you and your peers.

    Food and Dining

    Best food all around. Asian, Mexican, American; all good foods!!

    Dorm Life

    I've never experienced dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    Great teachers and staff.

    Tips for prospective students

    The campus of trees CSU, Chico is the most beautiful campus you'll find in the northern California. Pick this university and you'll never regret entering, such great atmosphere and great attitude all around.

    In three sentences

    The most beautiful campus I've seen so far. Very social, everybody is friendly and always happy to help. Very friendly!

  • 02/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The blue light system is great, they are blue posts with a blue light where you can go, press a button and instantly speak to an operator at the police department if you just need an escort or feel threatened. Not to mention, the police station is across the street from campus

    Greek Life

    Not into it, but its all around. You will find one that your into in no time.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs here, there has to be one for anybody. As for activities, rock climbing wall, pools, indoor soccer. indoor basketball, different free courses in the gym, ballroom courses, jujitsu courses, and the list can go on forever.

    Great for these types of students

    All kinds of students will love it here, its a very friendly and outgoing city and campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Upper Bidwell. has everything from bike trails, to a creek that is shallow in some parts for beginners and deep in others for those trying to canon ball off of a 10 foot boulder. One mile park also has a natural swimming pool about a mile away from campus where families, friends, visitors and basically everybody goes, I say natural because its part of the creek, so you can swim with fishes in some times of the year.

    Bang for the buck

    Considering that it is a CSU, you wont have to pay as much as a private or UC school. Everything around campus is sold with students in mind where you can get discounts with your student ID and even use money on your student ID to buy food at certain locations.

    What to do for fun

    If my review hasn't convinced you yet, well let me say it again, there is so many things you can do here to have fun, walk a few minutes to Downtown Chico and grab some lunch with friends in between classes. When the weekend comes around go hiking at upper Bidwell, the sights are amazing. during the hot summer days, go to the well known Bear Hole in upper Bidwell and go swimming or jump off huge rocks into the water if your really adventurous. Not only that but there are always fun events, like the National YoYo competition, the Christmas tree lighting, and even concerts!

    Food and Dining

    The food here is GREAT, everythings made fresh daily, or sometimes right infront of your eyes! Sutter has a great system, its like an all you can eat buffet and the market place is like all kinds of mini food joints where you can get Chinese food, pizza,hamburgers, subs, and salads!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great, there is just too much to talk about, from all the fun activities to the great friends you'll meet. You won't regret it.

    Academic Rigor

    Lets face it, there's no free A's in any college or university, but here if you work hard and study harder you'll get what you deserve. Some classes will come naturally to you like general education courses, and others will be a fight until finals week.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have fun with your first year here in Chico, that does not mean be a party animal, there's no other place like here. Enjoy the campus in all its beauty from the sunniest days to the cold winter rainy days, with squirrels running around campus and being able to sit down by the creeks edge in between classes. The fun doesn't stop there,enjoy all the nature around you in Bidwell park, hiking, bike riding, and swimming are great stress relievers.

    In three sentences

    This school has everything you would ever want and more in a school, from many majors, great professors, many opportunities and in a great location. All the departments are very caring and want the best for you, the professors will go out of their way to help you after their office hours are over. The campus is beautiful, from the first old brick buildings to the newest up to date gym, with a lovely creek running through the middle of campus, whats not to love?

  • 03/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Sutter Dining is great the first semester but then you just began to memories the schedule and it becomes old. The salad and pasta sections are the best. They also offer gluten free food for those who need it. The staff is really nice but their service and be slow at times.

    Dorm Life

    The resident advisor are helpful. My first year in college my roommate and I disliked one another. My advisor helped me and I was in a better living situation in less than a week. The activities that we put on weren't always that great but I enjoyed myself.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors are there to help you and they want you to succeed. There are times when I think I will possible fall a course and I go up and talk to my professor. It helps so much. However, there are some teachers that just do not care and do not really help. There are some classes that demand a lot of outside time so time management is important.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always check available GE classes. You don't have to take English or math your first semester. If you live in the dorm, take advantage of the opportunity you are getting to meet new people. Talk to an adviser when you have questions about your classes. Do not be afraid to study abroad.

    In three sentences

    Chico State has a beautiful campus that offers many activities/ clubs. I have found it easy to get into the class I need to take as well as going up and talking to my professors. Even though Chico State is considered a party school, the school does a lot to stray away from that stigma.

  • 03/12/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Student I talked to said the food was good.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms seemed brand new and well taken care of.

    Academic Rigor

    Seems like a good academic school although not the best.

    In three sentences

    The campus was beautiful and had the old style feel. It has a spread out area but majority of the core class buildings were towards the front. The area surrounding the campus was cozy.

  • 03/14/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Nice thing about Chico State is that it is a bus ride to anywhere. If you have a car you have Clear Lake for concerts. Plenty of events on campus to take part in.

    Food and Dining

    Same basic cafeteria food as with anywhere. Outside the campus there are lots of awesome restaurants. I lie the Chicago style pizza place at the East end of Campus.

    Dorm Life

    I have never lived in a dorn

    Academic Rigor

    If your a science major you better love what you do. It is difficult and lots of extra studying. Have a future goal in mind because in the end it will be worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Pay attention to your classes that the Universities choose to round your education. If you are undeclared for your major they are an awesome source to figure out what you want to do with your life. I took an Astronomy class and it was the best!

    In three sentences

    Chico State has a rich historical campus and a very comfortable atmosphere. I approached the Science building to ask about scholarships and was greeted with open arms. I was shown where Chico State Physics graduates get positions after graduation and I feel I have made a pretty perfect choice.

  • 03/15/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    best bathrooms are in the Tech department

    What to do for fun

    the university is located downtown, lots to do there

    Food and Dining

    Food is good but the cafeteria needs updating

    Tips for prospective students

    park near the railroad, because anywhere else would be a nightmare

    In three sentences

    I transferred in as a junior and this is my first semester. although I didn't get priority registration, i like the classes. Good teachers and a nice campus make this university shine.

  • 04/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life is amazing! I was really hesitant on joining a sorority but it has made chico such a better experience. You meet more people than you can imagine and now I feel I have met the friends I will keep for a life time. Being greek connects you with so many people and gives you some events to go to for fun!

    What to do for fun

    Besides partying there isn't much to do. I try and go to Bidwell and hike and explore but that's about it. There isn't much of a mall or anything in chico.

    Food and Dining

    Food is maybe the weakest point of living in the dorms. Going to the dinning hall everyday can get very tiring. But you can always keep yummy snacks in your room!

    Dorm Life

    LIVE IN THE DORMS ONE YEAR. Its an experience you'll never forget and you meet so many great people.

    Academic Rigor

    Most teachers are helpful but every now and then you will run into some who just don't care and aren't around to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just keep your head up and know what your getting into. Be aware of your surroundings and the people you hang out with. Stay focused on your schooling and don't lose track.

    In three sentences

    Chico State has a beautiful campus and some great teachers. Luckily I changed my major but both majors have had great programs. The only thing I do not like about chico is the safety and party atmosphere. It is very unsafe at night for girls and even guys. As every has heard it is a huge party school and many people get sucked up into it and end up failing school. It can be a rough atmosphere to focus and feel safe and be able to have fun.