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President's Welcome

President Gayle E. Hutchinson, wearing a white jacket, pink shirt and black pants, crosses one of the bridges on the the Chico State campus.
President Gayle E. Hutchinson


In this catalog, you will find a wealth of knowledge about California State University, Chico, an award-winning university and leader in sustainability and student success. As you explore this site, you will discover people, programs, advising services, and other resources of a university guided by deep and enduring values and committed to learning academic excellence and transformative student experiences. Chico State is a university that leads in teaching, service, and scholarship; this has been our legacy since our founding 134 years ago.

A comprehensive, four-year university, Chico State embraces the motto “Today Decides Tomorrow.” We take these words to heart as we focus with optimism and hope on the future, while building on the best of our past. We aspire to create a vital and collaborative living and learning experience for our 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and an environment devoted to reason, respect, civility and community, as well as an appreciation for our beautiful downtown home in the city of Chico.

Our mission is to serve Northern California, the state, the nation, and the global community by adhering to a set of guiding principles.

Our pursuit of equity, diversity, and inclusion: We hold dear the values of multicultural respect, awareness and understanding, and we pursue diversity not just as an idea to embrace but as a way of life. We are one university, one community. Chico State has an impressive record of effective diversity efforts that spans more than 50 years. Today we are building momentum to provide an excellent education for all, in a community defined by diversity and inclusiveness.

Our focus on resilient and sustainable systems: We live in an interconnected world and have responsibilities to dwell responsibly in the present and be mindful of the footprint we leave behind. Chico State is frequently recognized for its longstanding commitment to providing leadership toward a more sustainable and resilient future. The choices we make today to maintain a clean environment, a healthy population, and sustainable practices will benefit future generations.

Our commitment to civic and global engagement: It is our mission to serve Northern California, the state, the nation, and the global community through excellence in learning, scholarship and creativity, and public engagement. Students at Chico State have opportunities to help meet a broad base of community needs, engaging through curricular and co-curricular experiences that actively involve them in serving the public good.

It is no secret that Chico State is a top-value school. We pride ourselves on the opportunities we offer, the transformation we witness, and the remarkable success of our students and alumni. The University Catalog is a gateway that will introduce you to what we call the Chico Experience.

We invite you to consider joining us!

Gayle E. Hutchinson
CSU, Chico President

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