Campus Profile: Cal State University, Chico

California State University, Chico (Chico State) is a public university in Chico. Around 14,406 undergraduate students are enrolled at the university.

Campus Reform Campus Profiles evaluate individual American college campuses based on liberal bias, speech codes, and other relevant policies and factors.

California State University, Chico (Chico State) is a public university in Chico. Around 14,406 undergraduate students are enrolled at the university.

 

Official Political Student Organizations

 

    

 

Conservative Organizations:

    Chico State Republicans

    Wildcats for Life

    Young Americans for Liberty

 

 

Liberal Organizations:

    Chico State Democratic Club

    Chico State Pride

    Gender & Sexuality Equity Coalition

    Young Democratic Socialists of America

    

SAT/ACT Score Requirements:

Chico State is NOT requiring SAT/ACT scores for students seeking undergraduate admission.

 

OpenSecrets Data on Cal State Chico Employee Political Donations:

In the 2020 election cycle, 91.9% of Chico State employee donations went to Democratic candidates in federal elections, while 4.9% of donations went to Republican candidates, according to data from Open Secrets.

 

 

Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression Rating:

Chico State has been given a yellow light speech code. According to FIRE, this is due to “at least one ambiguous policy that too easily encourages administrative abuse and arbitrary application.” FIRE also notes that a yellow light policy at a public institution is unconstitutional. 

 

Policies Flagged by the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression as inconsistent with Free Speech Principles:

 

CSU Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Exploitation, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Stalking, and Retaliation (Nondiscrimination Policy): Sexual Harassment

Cal. Admin. Code tit. 5, s 41301: Standards for Student Conduct

Policy on Use of Computing and Communications Technology


Bias Reporting System

Chico State does operate a bias response system on campus.

 

COVID-19:

Chico State is requiring a COVID-19 vaccine for students and employees.

 

 

Stories by Campus Reform about Cal State Chico:

Students tell Chico State University to 'reopen or lower our tuition'

A student at California State University, Chico launched a petition demanding that the college reopen or lower its tuition and fees.


Chico State president will lead university in 'antiracist' journey after reading book by Critical Race Theorist

After reading a leading book by a popular proponent of Critical Race Theory, the president of California State University, Chico issued a statement committing the school to "anti-racist" actions.