Wednesday, October 23, 2013

CSU, Chico Scholarship Application is OPEN for 2014-15

 The CSU Chico scholarship application is open for the 2014-2015 academic year cycle. In order to be considered for scholarships, students must submit an application no later than December 15, 2013. A letter of recommendation must also be submitted by December 15, 2013. CSU Chico provides scholarships based on a variety of criteria including academic merit, financial need, participation in clubs and activities, volunteer and community involvement, major and career goals, etc. More information is available at

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Fall 2014 Applications

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Qualified students seeking admission for fall 2014 must apply during our priority filing period of October 1 - November 30, 2013 CSU, Chico is impacted to first-time freshman and upper division transfer students for fall 2014. To find first time freshman admission requirements and upper division transfer admission requirements please visit the following website and select the appropriate category first time freshmen must take an SAT or ACT test by December 2013.
IMPORTANT NEW ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENT FOR FRESHMAN: New freshmen who are deemed not ready for college-level English and/or math will need to begin the remediation process through the Early Start Program (ESP) no later than the summer before their first term. For more information on ESP, please visit
For information about international applications please and for graduate and credential applications please visit

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Chico State to Open Admissions for Spring 2014

In formulating our enrollment plan for 2013/14, we set our targets with the possibility of enrolling as many as 900 new students in the spring.  Now that the budget has passed, the CSU Chancellor's Office has announced that campuses in the CSU will be expected to achieve the initial targets given to us in March of this year.  For Chico, this figure equates to 14, 363 average total headcount. 

Beginning August 1, Chico State will accept applications from fully eligible upper-division transfer, out-of-state transfer, international, credential students, and most graduate programs.   The following graduate programs will not open for spring 2014: anthropology, communication sciences and disorders, nursing, psychology, social work and recreation.  Post baccalaureate students seeking a second bachelor's in nursing will be able to apply.  We will not restrict applications to the local admission area as in recent spring cycles but we will be closed to first-time freshmen for the spring 2014 application cycle. 

Undergraduate students must apply no later than August 31, 2013 at midnight at  The deadline for graduate students to apply is September 15.  International undergraduates must apply by September 30. 

For complete application filing details and criteria, please visit

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

New Feature: Ask An Admissions Counselor!

I've decided to start a new feature on the blog where I share with you some of the interesting questions I get.   If you have a question you might like to ask an admissions counselor,  send me an email at   Let's start with this email I received just a few days ago:

Hi,  I am a freshman at University X.  I applied to Chico last fall and was accepted last year,  but attended University X instead.  I am reconsidering my decision after my first quarter here.  Do I have any options at Chico for transferring?  Sincerely,  "Reconsidering"
This is a great question.  It's really a challenge to choose the right university, isn't it?  Many times excitement and momentum lead us to make decisions that after some time has passed, we're not really happy with.  
This student asked what the options were for transferring to Chico and unfortunately, this student can't come to Chico right away.  Once you attend a four year university or college after high school, you are considered a lower division transfer student.   Due to enrollment pressures, Chico State is not accepting students until they are upper division transfers.  Students have to come to Chico State ready to start their junior year with 90 quarter units or 60 semester units, college level English, math, critical thinking and speech courses completed, along with a strong GPA.

 That means, "Reconsidering" has to stay at University X at least another year to finish the transfer admission requirements or attend the local community college until he or she is ready to transfer to Chico State.  There are a few CSU campuses that accommodate lower division transfers and you can read about them here.     
So, what's the take way lesson here?  There are transfer options that are accessible to students, but they are not immediate.  I think "Reconsidering" should talk to someone about their doubts about University X and give it at least one more quarter.  It would also be smart to pick up the four core classes required for Chico admission just in case nothing changes.   Students have to apply to transfer a year in advance, so it would be important for "Reconsidering" to be mindful of deadlines. 

 Becoming a college student is a huge adjustment.  Going away to university is exciting, but it's also full of social, academic and emotional changes that may impact how comfortable you may feel in a new place.  That's why you might want to hang in there a little while longer.  Give the university you picked a fighting chance and then, if you're still unhappy, definitely use the options available to you.