Skip to Main Content
Chico State

Chico State

Chico State

Founded in 1887, California State University, Chico is the second-oldest CSU campus and one of the highest-ranked master’s-level public universities in the West.

Contact Chico State at

Jesus Barba

Agricultural Business Major Thrives in His Field

Jesus Barba was raised by farmworkers but didn't consider a career in agriculture until he discovered the range of possibilities he could pursue.

Christy Levine stands in a business suit in the hallway of Glenn Hall.

Entrepreneurship Student Finds Niche in the Business of Excellence

Proactive and self-motivated, Christine Levine found success everywhere she went, thriving in her work, her studies, and sales competitions.

Edward Berdan smiles and leans against a wall.

Diversity Fellow Finds Niche in AAPI Politics

As a master’s student in political science, Edward Berdan has bloomed into a scholar destined to change the study of AAPI politics.

Natsumi Kawamura performs a dance routine as Megan Glynn Zollinger films on an iPhone.

Dance Students Rediscover Groove in Virtual Collaboration

The CSU Dance Collective, cofounded by Professor Megan Glynn Zollinger, has not only kept dance alive at Chico State during the pandemic, it’s transformed collaboration and creativity for students, faculty, and campuses alike.

Stars shine above Trinity Hall.

Fond Farewell: Retired English Professor Sharon Paquin

As an alumna and a professor, Sharon Paquin cultivated a lasting passion for writing, teaching, human rights, and environmental conservation during her time at Chico State.

A cartoon of a student at a computer with map of world behind him with other student faces in different countries.

Students Engage Globally, Virtually, Amid COVID-19

Studying abroad looks different in the age of COVID-19, but the pandemic hasn’t stopped students from expanding their world-views, gaining new skills, and building lasting relationships.

Jared Axen holds a mug while dressed in his scrubs and a stethoscope around his neck.

5 Questions with ‘Singing Nurse’ Jared Axen

Registered nurse Jared Axen (MS, Nursing, ’20) has built a national reputation as the "Singing Nurse." When COVID-19 pandemic happened, the types of patients he treats have changed, but he's still crooning love songs and hymns to boost spirits and overall health.

An image of a sun rises behind a mountain and trees with the numbers 11 and 08 on either side.

Chico State to Join Greater Community in Camp Fire Remembrance

At 11:08 a.m. November 8, the Trinity Hall bells will chime to begin 85 seconds of silence commemorating the 85 lives lost in the Camp Fire, with the bells chiming once again to conclude the remembrance.

A view of Kendall Hall at Chico State

Class Notes: Fall 2020

Whether it's starting a new business, writing a book, or achieving a lifelong dream, the Wildcat family continues to reach milestones. Alumni share professional and personal updates for fall 2020.

students walk out of the bell memorial union on a fall day.

AS Takes Step Against Systemic Racism by Honoring Juneteenth as Paid Holiday

By honoring Juneteenth as a paid holiday, the Associated Students hope to acknowledge its historical significance and contribute to efforts to dismantle systemic racism.

CRAAP Test Separates Good Resources from Bad

Sarah Blakeslee's checklist of questions known as the CRAAP Test helps users around the world determine the nature and value of a resource.

A student works at her computer in her room.

How to: Find Happiness and Leisure Amid a Lockdown

Faculty experts share their ideas on everyday and bigger picture activities people can embrace to foster happiness during COVID-19.

Students throw bean bags as part of a cornhole tournament.

Chico State Nearly Wins World Record Title with Cornhole Tournament

Chico State broke one world record and nearly set a new one with 398 students participating in a campus cornhole tournament.

An aerial view of campus shows trees turning color in fall as students walk on campus.

History Majors Embrace Groundbreaking Research with Inaugural Adelante Grants

This summer, three history majors—Vivian Hernandez, Jose Valadez, and Juan Vega—tackled topics much of the world knows little about with support from a national grant.

Marianna Paiva smiles as she works on her laptop on the floor of her closet.

Professor Discovers Closets are for More than Clothes

Imagining podcasts could be a great way for her students to connect with their coursework virtually, professor Marianne Paiva began recording where she found the best acoustics.

The sun shines through the oversized statue of two hands near the Chico City Hall buildling.

History Professor Laird Easton Shares Optimism for Economic Recovery in The Washington Post

History shows our global economy will probably bounce back from COVID-19, and brighter days are on the horizon, says history professor Laird Easton.

A student tests concrete in a lab on campus.

Concrete Graduates Have Strong Hold on Job Market

With unique degrees in concrete industry management, Wildcats experience career success straight out of college.

A collection of baskets from four generations of Mountain Maidu Weavers of the Meadows-Baker Family sits in the Valene L. Smith Museum.

Chico State Museums Help CSU Preserve the Past, Define the Present, and Direct the Future

The Valene L. Smith Museum supports a broader mission to advance knowledge, learning, and culture by introducing the community to global cultures, history and people.

Diana Castellanos gives a virtual campus tour, holding out her self-phone while filming herself in front of the California State University, Chico monument sign.

Admissions Innovates to Recruit Wildcats in the Virtual World

In-person visits help showcase Chico State to prospective students. Amid COVID-19, Admissions staff have found creative ways to connect virtually.

Portrait of David Johnson in a field

Chico State Leads New Future for Agriculture Industry

To mitigate the ag industry's environmental impact, researchers at the Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems are finding new methods and teaching them to the next generation.

Night falls on the Arts & Humanities Building.

English Professor Wins Award for First Published Children’s Book

Teresa Traver's son's relationship with a gargoyle inspired her to write her first children's book—an award-winning tale of courage.

Lauren Gruwell speaks at a conference.

5 Questions with Lauren Gruwell

A psychology degree and minor in marketing proved the perfect combo for Lauren Gruwell ('09) to work in business development in a major tech company.

A woman speaks toward her computer while wearing rubber gloves.

Older Adults Learn Online Together with OLLI

OLLI has launched its first virtual summer term, uniting hundreds of older adults to show that social distancing doesn't require social isolation.

students talk with the airport manager on the tarmac of the airport with a plane in the background.

Marketing Students Get Chico Airport Rebranding Off the Ground

Students in "Brand Strategy" are working to create a new identity for the Chico Airport, which they hope will be approved by the City Council.

The exterior of University Police Station

UPD Response to Killing of George Floyd

Chief John Reid speaks out on the death of George Floyd and affirms University Police Department's commitment to cultivating community trust.

A student waves at a friend on her iPad while Facetiming.

Together Apart

Photo essay captures how the campus community has united to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Kendall Hall with spring flowers in the foreground

Class Notes: Spring 2020

Whether it's starting a new business or achieving a lifelong dream, the Wildcat family continues to reach milestones. We check in on professional and personal updates from our alumni.

arms hold a box of produce in a garden.

How To: Grow a Victory Garden

UC Master Gardener Program Coordinator Karina Hathorn (Agriculture, '11) shares tips to ensure a rich summer garden harvest.

Lilah Nielsen poses on top of the California State University, Chico sign.

Positivity Wins all Battles

Graduating senior Lilah Nielsen reflects on how Chico State transformed her and the lessons the COVID-19 pandemic has taught her about what values in life.

Daniel Hernandez performs a song from his home.

Songwriting Class Showcase Moves to YouTube

Without the chance to share their self-written songs in person, students in one music class shared their performances virtually.

portrait of ryan lobsien

Self-Reliance Leads to Self-Discovery

Ryan Lobsien struggled with imposter syndrome when he arrived at Chico State but grew into a confident student with a passion for helping others.

Portrait of Jasmine Vang

Double Major Connects Passion with Purpose

When picking a major, first-generation college student Jasmine Vang chose to follow her heart—which led to not one but two degrees she'll use to help others succeed in life.

Jonathan Najera poses next to cattle at the University Farm.

Animal Science Major Finds His Inner Lion

Jonathan Najera won't let anything stand in the way of his dream of becoming a veterinarian, while also filling his days with school, work, and research.

MacKenzie Deeter poses for a portrait

On Pace to Finish Strong

Student-athlete and graduating senior MacKenzie Deeter may have missed her last season of competition due to COVID-19 but she left a legacy of sustainability on and off the track.

A view of campus with the Trinity Bell tower.

Faculty Expert: Public Health Chair Holly Nevarez

Holly Nevarez explains how COVID-19 will change the landscape of the public health profession and society for years to come.

Troy Cline and student do research in a lab

Faculty Expert: Virology Professor Troy Cline

Virologist Troy Cline shares what stands out to him about the novel coronavirus and how he’s been incorporating the crisis into his lessons.

Anna Paladini smiles behind a mask as she gives blood.

Answering the Community’s Call

Creating sanitation kids, supplying protective equipment, and donating blood, Wildcats put their heart into community service

Amy Peet stands in front of Enloe Hospital wearing a face mask and her commencement attire.

Local Hospitals Keep Nursing Students on Track to Graduate

With a change in requirements and creative solutions to clinical hours, COVID-19 will not stand between School of Nursing students and their diplomas.

Green leaves provide some shade in front of an academic building.

Adapting to the Virtual Classroom

Computer animation and game development professor Kevin Taylor has found a way to maintain his positive, engaging classroom spirit.

The sun shines through the trees on the Kendall Hall lawn.

A Plea for Kindness and Rejecting Racism

As a first-generation Asian American, professor Chunyan Echo Song is deeply and personally troubled by racism surrounding COVID-19.