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Rank: 62

California State University-Chico

California State University, Chico traces its history to 1887, when a benefactor donated an eight-acre cherry orchard for the establishment of a school. Today its campus covers 119 acres, and the university also manages more than 1,000 acres of farm and range land, and 2,330 acres of ecological reserves. The school's eco-friendly spirit has put it in the national spotlight. Chico is ranked by many organizations as one of the country's greenest campuses, thanks in large part to its undergrads -- who host the country's largest student-run sustainability conference as well as a fierce dormitory competition to save energy. Chico students graduate with a modest average debt load of about $17,000, and their early career earnings are 13% higher than students from comparable schools. The diverse, 16,000-strong student body is a globally minded one; last year, 315 undergrads took part in study abroad programs in 40 different countries. The Division II athletics program also keeps students active, winning 15 national titles since 1998. Some students complain that a party atmosphere can take over on the weekends, but classes held outside among the trees and lunches by the campus creek provide tranquility the rest of the week. The entire campus was officially dedicated as an arboretum in 1982.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$25,000
% of students who get any grants
61%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$14,700
Average price for low-income students
$9,400
admissions
Acceptance rate
65%
Median SAT/ACT Score
990/22
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
17,732
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
78%
% of need met
76%
% of students who get merit* grants
3%
Average merit grant
$1,226
student success
Graduation rate
69%
Average time to a degree
4.7 years
Average student debt
$17,000
Average salary within 3 years
$52,700
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
32%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Nov 30

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

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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