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The WREC sign is illuminated at night, with views of the workout equipment visible through the windows.

WREC Celebrates 10 Years of Student Wellness

With an anniversary celebration planned for October 10, the center honors a decade of fitness and wellness.

An illustration depicting five student faces and the words "The Changing Face of Chico State"

The Changing Face of Chico State

Today, Chico State is home to more identities and expressions than ever. Yet, “first gen” is one of the fastest-rising identity markers. The University is focused now more than ever to ensure they achieve their dreams—no matter how high they are set.

Wildcat Welcome Invites Students to Rise Up and Roar

We're off to a great start in 2019! With move-in and the Big "C" photo kicking off Wildcat Welcome, plenty of exciting events still remain.

A box signed by Jim Morris sits in the Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry.

Message on a Box: Chico State Alum Helps Feed Today’s Wildcats

Student employees at the Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry were unpacking a food delivery when they came across a hand-written note on one of the boxes. Who was JBM?

Alisha Sharma addresses incoming students at Wildcat Welcome.

Lifting Up Others Through Self-Discovery

Alisha Sharma cultivated a love for new experiences at Chico State—and discovered a talent for leadership along the way.

Students walk near the on-campus student housing buildings.

Options Abound in Hunt for Student Housing

University Housing officials say opportunities are plentiful for housing for new and returning Chico State students during the 2019–20 academic year.

Students pose with Willie the Wildcat mascot

Chico State’s Top Social Media Moments of 2018

Check out some of our favorite social media memories from the past year.

Two hands hold an Army cap, which contains two dog tags, an American flag patch, and tags reading "Lewis" and "U.S. Army."

Who Helps the Heroes?

For help acclimating to civilian life and a college world starkly different from their military service, veteran students seek support from those who understand them best: other veterans.

Students pose with Willie the Wildcat mascot

Wildcat Welcome: Turning Students into Wildcats

This past week has been a wild one, as we welcomed roughly 2,300 first year students and transfer Wildcats to campus.

Yee Yang holds up some of the food that the Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry provides nutritious food, CalFresh food program assistance and referral services for students experiencing food insecurity.

“My Goal is to End Poverty”

Through her work with the Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry, graduate student Yee Yang wants to ensure her peers' basic needs are met.

The women sit in a circle talking during the weekly meeting.

Supporting Well Women

The launch of the weekly Women’s Circle this spring brought together a group of students looking to become even better versions of themselves—better students, better leaders, and better friends.

Graduating students sit facing the stage as their decorative graduation caps are displayed.

Chico State Terrific Titles of 2018

With the end of the 2017-2018 year rapidly approaching, and the swirl of the spring semester struggle muddying your memory, it seems only right to recap what our Wildcats accomplished this year.

A close-up of the statue's face.

The (Wild)Cat is Out of the Bag!

On April 19, 2018, Chico State celebrated its inaugural Wildcat Spirit Day with the unveiling of something "wild": a bronze Wildcat statue!

Students show off metal and paper straw alternatives

Get Ready: Chico State is Going Strawless

Chico State goes through 130,000 plastic straws every year. Starting April 23, these single-use items will be no longer be sold on campus.

The Wildcat Statue is perched in front of an audience of hundreds of Chico State students, staff and faculty.

New Wildcat Statue Welcomed as Source of Pride and School Spirit

Perched powerfully in Wildcat Plaza, it surveys the neighborhood south of the Chico State campus, its tail caught in a cautious swish and its eyes locked in, staring down the length of Chestnut Street. Indeed, something wild is finally here.

We asked Wildcats one question... Why did you choose Chico?

Why Choose Chico? We asked, you answered!

Why Choose Chico? The answers are unlimited! We spoke with alums and current students alike, and they gave us the reasons why they chose Chico as the place to call home. From the beautiful region, to the quality education, you can hear more of these inspiring and heartfelt stories at Choose Chico Day, Saturday, April 7, […]

Actresses in long white dresses rehearse on an elaborate set design.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Come True

Don’t miss your chance to see the elaborate production during the show’s run at Wismer Theatre (PAC 135), March 8–11 and March 13–15 with evening and weekend matinee performances.

Willie the Wildcat mascot and a Make a Wish representative crouch next to a surprised child

Wish granted; Smile cherished

Chico State student athletes partner with Make-A-Wish to send a 5-year-old boy to LEGOLAND.

"I gave today" signs

In the Spirit of Giving

24 hours. $260k raised. Countless reasons for giving. Chico State Giving Day was a huge success thanks to the Wildcat community!

Students and faculty sit around a dining table enjoying a meal.

Serving Inspiration: Discernment Dinner Hosts Stories of Persistence

More than 100 students joined faculty and administrators at two Discernment Dinners held in Sutter Dining to hear stories of adversity, determination, and perseverance after enjoying a four-course meal.

Three campus faculty and students playing the game Dicey Peaks.

‘Game Night’ Makes Meriam a Place to Play

Join fellow students and campus faculty for a fun and friendly monthly Game Night at Meriam Library.

A field filled with orange flags reading "Each orange flag represents 15 students suffering from food insecurity."

University Tackles Students’ Most Basic Needs: Housing and Hunger

After a 2016 report showed nearly one in four students in the California State University system is going hungry, Chico State aims to ensure no student faces food or housing insecurity while in pursuit of an education.

Students from the Student Philanthropy Council crowd behind Joe Picard and Kathleen Moroney as they both hold over-sized checks.

Chico Steps Up to Show Students We Care: “Chico Cares” About Solving Student Hunger, Homelessness

The Chico Cares Campaign works to alleviate students' food insecurity with the help of the Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry and several Chico State philanthropy programs.

Come & Visit Chico

One week, 7 Reasons—Get Ready for Chico Preview Day 2017!

You are invited to attend Chico Preview Day! This premier fall open house offers prospective Fall 2018 undergraduate students and their families an opportunity to visit Chico State and experience firsthand our true college town environment. But in case you're on the fence about attending this all inclusive event, here are seven reasons we should see YOU at Chico Preview Day 2017!

Charles "CC" Carter stands smiling at the entrance of the CCLC.

Heart, Hope, and Hard Conversations: CCLC Says Goodbye to Its Founder after Celebrating 10 Years

Wildcats celebrate Charles "CC" Carter, and his impacting presence on campus, as he retires from his position as the director of the Cross Cultural Leadership Center after 10 years of service.

Students Christopher Barboza, Breanna Barnard, Elizabeth Castillo, and Bianca Quilantan present their Listen to Change interviews in the Meriam Library.

Stories Worth Listening To: ‘Listen to Change’ Gives Students a Platform to Share Their Voice

Each day, thousands of students walk around the Chico State campus, quietly owning their own story. Every one of these stories has extraordinary value. One Chico State class is working to get some of those voices heard to teach about diversity and inclusion.

Nick Howell speaks in front of several students.

Passion Drives Propensity to Do It All: Determined and dedicated, Nick Howell balances numerous demanding priorities

With two majors, two minors, and a plethora of campus clubs and activities he is devoted to, Nick Howell is known among his peers and faculty as a master of time management and goal-orientated dedication.

Students walk in the Sutter Courtyard.

Living-Learning Communities: Chico State Housing Gets a ‘Remodel’

University Housing has just gotten a 'remodel,' with new and improved themed housing! So, what is themed housing?

An image of Kendall Hall is photographed with Willie the Wildcat superimposed across.

Willie the Wildcat and the Seven Reasons to #ChooseChico (Plus One More)

Let us take you on the magical journey of Willie the Wildcat as he explores the seven reasons to #ChooseChico, plus one more.

Showing outfits appropriate for casual work events, one woman student models a white blouse, tan jeans, and dress pumps. Another student wears a tan blazer, white silk blouse, and dark-wash jeans, and dressy flat shoes.

Dress for Success Event Tackles Professional Dos, Don’ts

Do tattoos, argyle socks, and distressed jeans belong in the workplace? Students found out what's appropriate for interviews at Dress for Success, a combination fashion show, business mentoring session, and stand-up comedy hour.

Samantha "Sammi" Shea reads a book as Sarah Myers colors and relax in the Zen Den II.

A Place to Find Peace

Step inside Zen Den II, a tranquil relaxation area equipped with bean bag chairs, hammocks, and massage chairs that's designed to help weary, stressed students recharge.

A graphic stating "De-Stress Fest."

Refresh, Rest, It’s Time For De-Stress Fest!

This semester has been quite possibly the most intense to date. With an accumulated level of stress from work, class, and all the rest, it’s really time for the semi-annual De-Stress Fest to commence. This week-long event will bring the relaxation resources directly to the Wildcat Recreation Center (WREC) for students to enjoy before exams! […]

Adventure Outings makes annual trips to Yosemite National Park

Adventure Outings’ Journey to Outdoor Excellence

For more than 30 years, Chico State’s Adventure Outings has educated and led the way in outdoor recreation for students, staff, faculty, and the entire community.

A graphic stating "Halloween The Wildcat Way."

Chicoween #Winning

From favorite activities to custom costumes, here's your guide to Chicoween #winning the Wildcat Way!

Mason Jars and Chico Experience Week booklets decorate the tables.

The Chico Experience, Queer Week, Greek Week Galore!

Here's your recap gallery on all things Chico Experience, Queer Week, and Greek Week!

The Fast and the Fuel-Efficient

After earning a trophy in the SAE Formula international competition, members of Chico State's Formula team will be working all year to build a faster, more fuel-efficient vehicle.

Hungry Wildcats Can Eat Well

Confronting food insecurity on campus, Hungry Wildcats take matters into their own paws.

A student works teaches a girl at the Boys and Girls Club how to write in Arabic as part of a volunteer program.

Student-led Organization Reaches Service Milestone

Since CAVE’s founding in 1966, more than 50,000 students have donated almost 3 million hours in 93 programs. The impact? Enriching the lives of nearly 1 million individuals in the North State community.

Choosing The Chico Experience

Each year, in preparation for Choose Chico! Day, we ask Wildcats to tell us why they chose Chico State to help the next generation make their decision.

Rumor Has It: 10 Chico State Myths Explored

There are many myths and rumors that are told time and again at Chico State. Is there a Volkswagen Beetle buried somewhere on campus? Was Bidwell Mansion once used as a dormitory? Are there cameras inside the Three Sisters statues? We went looking for answers to these head-scratching myths to find out the truth. Trinity Bell Tower’s […]