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California State University Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

Updated On - October 23rd 2019By -  Supriya Sarkar

California State University, Chico, (CSU Chico) accepts applications for Fall and Spring season. The university offers 126 bachelor’s degrees and 35 master’s degrees. Courses of study available are Agriculture, Communication & Education, Engineering, Computer Science & Construction, Behaviour & Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences. During Fall 2017 admissions, a total of 22853 students applied for Undergraduate programs, out of which 15796 were offered admission.

  • The acceptance rate of the university is 69.12%.
  • The application process is known to be moderately competitive.
  • The university accepts TOEFL, PTE and IELTS scores as proof of English Proficiency.
  • SAT/ACT scores are not mandatory for applicants.


Application Portal
Application Fee$55.
Acceptance Rate65%.
Average GPA range3.21
Average SAT range1070-1240
Average ACT range19-25
English ProficiencyTOEFL, IELTS
TOEFL/SAT code4048
Mode of PaymentVISA, Discover card, Master Card, Pay Pal
Academic CalendarSemester-based
Intake seasonsFall, Spring
Financial AidGrants, Loans, Scholarships, Federal Study Aid

California State University, Chico Admission Deadlines

Applicants are advised to apply prior to the deadlines to be considered for admission:

FallOctober 1- April 1
SpringAugust 1- September 30
Graduate ApplicantsVaries according to courses

California State University, Chico International Admissions

International applicants can apply through Cal state portal paying a non-refundable fee of 55 USD.

Academic Requirements - High school transcripts, GPA

  • Minimum GPA requirements - 3 and above
  • ACT or SAT exam results are not required for the courses.

Supporting documents - Copy of Passport, Proof of financial support, Completed financial support form

English Proficiency Test Score for International Students -

International students may submit either TOEFL or IELTS scores to prove English proficiency -

TestMinimum required score (Undergraduate)Minimum required score (Graduate)
TOEFL (PBT)500550
TOEFL (iBT)6180
PTE Academic4789

Visa Process for International Students -

  • Students are required to submit their proof of financial support. The college upon receiving the required documents for validation shall issue an I-20 form to the applicant.
  • Applicants must provide the following documents to receive the I-20 Form:
    • Copy of passport
    • Proof of financial support (Affidavit and Bank Statement)
  • The I-20 must be completed with accurate information such as name, biographical information, and program information as this will be used for the visa stamp in the applicant’s passport.
  • Students have to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee and print the receipt for the interview.
  • Applicants then need to apply for the F-1 visa, submit the form and make the required payment.
  • Finally, students have to attend the scheduled interview at a suitable U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

California State University, Chico Undergraduate Admissions

The university offers undergraduate course in the field of Accounting, Art & History, Anthropology, Biological sciences, Broadcasting, Media design, Chemistry and Construction Management. The applicants are required to fulfil the following requirements -

Academic requirements - Official transcripts, SAT/ACT scores (optional), GPA

The SAT/ACT test is not required for admission. Although not required, higher-level test scores may allow applicants to be placed into higher level English and/or Math courses.


Supporting documents - Letters of Recommendation

California State University, Chico Graduate Admissions

The university offers graduate courses in the field of Communication studies, Environmental Studies, Geosciences, Mathematics Education and Nutritional Sciences.

Requirements for some popular programs are given below -

CourseApplication PortalApplication DeadlineApplication FeeAcademic RequirementsEnglish Language Proficiency
MBA March 2
Spring- September 16
$55Transcripts with a GPA of 3 above, Résumé, Two letters of recommendation, Statement of Purpose, Minimum GMAT/GRE Scores: (570/303)TOEFL (PBT): 550 (iBT): 80 IELTS: 6.5 PTE: 59
MS in Computer Science 1$55Transcripts with a GPA of 3 above, Two letters of recommendation, Statement of Purpose, Minimum GRE Scores: 303TOEFL (PBT): 550 (iBT): 80 IELTS: 6.5 PTE: 59
MS in Mathematics 1$55Official Transcripts, GPA of 3 above, Résumé, Two letters of recommendation, Statement of PurposeTOEFL (PBT): 550 (iBT): 80 IELTS: 6.5 PTE: 59
MS in Environmental Science March 2 Spring- October 1$55Official Transcripts with a GPA of 3 above, Résumé, Two letters of recommendation, Statement of PurposeTOEFL (PBT): 550 (iBT): 80 IELTS: 6.5 PTE: 59
MA in Social Sciences April 15 Spring- October 1$55Official Transcripts with a GPA of 3 above, Résumé, Two letters of recommendation, Statement of PurposeTOEFL (PBT): 550 (iBT): 80 IELTS: 6.5 PTE: 59

To get admission in CSU, Chico the applicants need to have a strong academic record. The applicants should always provide supporting documents such as LORs and SOPs to increase the chances of getting admission. The applicants can check their application status on Chico State Portal account

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