Pretty good for a Party School…

More on the “Party School” theme that surrounds Chico State (yeah, I know, Im obsessive).

I did a google search for Chico State and found this nice little bit of Vindication from Wiki:



  • 6th Best Public Master’s Level University in the West 2008 [1]
  • 4th Best Public Master’s Level University in the West 2007 [2]
  • 4th Best Public Master’s Level University in the West 2006 [3]
  • 3rd Best Public Master’s Level University in the West 2005 [4]
  • 3rd Best Public Master’s Level University in the West 2004 [5]
  • 4th Best Public Master’s Level University in the West 2003 [6]
  • 3rd Best Public Master’s Level University in the West 2002 [7]

School statistics

From Peterson’s in 2006[4]
  • Enrollment: 15,025
  • Average GPA (admitted students): 3.41
  • Average SAT: 1238 (This represents the old SAT scoring system, new SAT statistics have not yet been published.)
  • Average GRE:1210 (Old GRE scoring system)
  • Average ACT: over 24
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 21:1


    The Chico State Motto, "Today decides tomorrow"

    The Chico State Motto, “Today decides tomorrow”

    Male to Female Percentage: Male 46% – Female 54%

  • Caucasian 65.8%
  • Filipino 0.8%
  • Mexican American 8.6%
  • Other Latino 3.0%
  • Asian American 5.0%
  • African American 2.0%
  • American Indian 1.1%
  • Pacific Islander 0.5%
  • Unknown 13.2%

The Orion

The Orion is Chico State’s nationally acclaimed school newspaper, and has been named (on several occasions) the number one weekly collegiate publication.[5]

CSU Chico won the NCAA Division II national championships in men’s swimming and diving in 1973, 1974 and 1976. The program was eliminated several years after the 1976 national championship season.

The baseball team won the NCAA Division II national championship in 1997 and 1999 and has been in contention for the title often.

In 2001 the women’s rugby team won a national championship


California State University, Chico has once again been designated as a member of the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction. This honor, the second in a row for CSU, Chico, highlights the University’s civic engagement activities during 2007.

In 2006, the year the community service honor roll program was launched, CSU, Chico was one of 10 schools to be a finalist for the President’s Higher Education Community Service Award for Excellence in General Community Service.

In 2006-07 CSU, Chico was first among 215 colleges and universities in the U.S. by raising a record $187,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the largest childhood cancer research center in the world. CSU, Chico also set records for the highest number of participants writing the highest number of letters on behalf of St. Jude.

CSU, Chico has set records for the number of volunteers taking part to raise money (2,021) and the number of letters sent out requesting support (in excess of 37,000).

Among the civic engagement programs at CSU, Chico are Community Action Volunteers in Education (CAVE) and Community Legal Information Center (CLIC). CAVE student volunteers help more than 30,000 clients annually, and CLIC student volunteers provide free referrals and legal information to more than 13,000 clients


CSU, Chico has received a number of honors for its leadership role in sustainability and environmental awareness and education. CSU, Chico’s Green Campus Program won the Best Practices award for Student Energy Efficiency in the CSU in April 2008. In 2007, the University was awarded the Grand Prize by the National Wildlife Federation for efforts to reduce global warming.

The University was ranked on a list of 15 colleges and universities around the world cited for their leadership in sustainability and environmental programs. Grist, a well-known Web-based environmental news and commentary publication, has placed CSU, Chico on its list of “15 Green Colleges and Universities.” The DailyGreen, a popular Web site that bills itself as “The consumer’s guide to the green revolution,” has featured CSU, Chico in a list of 10 top colleges and universities that includes Harvard University, Duke University, Middlebury College and Oberlin College.

California State University, Chico Professor Jeff Price, shared in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize as a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and is also Senior Fellow for Climate Change and Biodiversity at the United Nations Environment Program – World Conservation Monitoring Center (UNEP-WCMC).

CSU, Chico University Printing Services has been awarded Forest Stewardship Council] chain-of-custody certification by Scientific Certification Systems (certificate number SCS-COC-001517), supporting CSU, Chico’s campuswide commitment to sustainability. CSU, Chico is one of the first universities in the country to receive this certification.

CSU, Chico’s executive director of the Institute for Sustainable Development is Scott McNall. Complete information on the University’s involvement in sustainable issues is listed on the Sustainable News Web site.

Notable alumni

Name Known for Relationship to Chico
Lubna Khalid Al Qasimi Minister for Economy and Planning of the United Arab Emirates  
Nelson Briles Former Major League Baseball Player  
Raymond Carver Author  
Doug Chapman Actor BA, 1994
Amanda Detmer Actress  
Clair Engle United States Senator BA, 1930
Ken Grossman Co-founder Sierra Nevada Brewing Company  
Dominik Jakubek Goalkeeper for Major League Soccer  
Mat Kearney Columbia Recording Artist  
Adnan Khashoggi Saudi businessman  
Sandra Lerner Co-founder of Cisco Systems  
Michael Messner sociologist, Professor at the University of Southern California BA, 1974; MA, 1976
Bob Mulholland Political Strategist  
Christopher Hudson Photographer  
Matt Olmstead Writer and television producer  
Maureen O’Toole Citigroup financier  
Lubna al Qasimi Minister for Economy and Planning of the United Arab Emirates  
Ed Rollins Political Strategist BA, 1968  
Carolyn Shoemaker Astronomer  
Mike Thompson Member of the United States Congress  
Bill Wattenburg Radio host, author, inventor  
Chris Wondolowski Midfielder for Major League Soccer  
Don Young Member of the United States Congress BA, 1958
Bruce Zinky Musical instrument designer

Cultural references

  • Chico State mentioned as #1 party school in Seth McFarlane’s American Dad! on FOX (episode 12 “Stan of Arabia Pt. 1,” aired November 6, 2005)
  • 1997 Chico State’s party reputation mentioned in King of the Hill, Bobby Hill’s girlfriend Connie says, “I want to go to a party school..yeah Chico State!” [7]
  • In January 1987 Playboy Magazine named Chico State as the #1 Party School in the country.

External links

Official University


Chico State is more than just its party image, it has a lot to be proud of as well.

~ by irishgrl on August 19, 2008.

2 Responses to “Pretty good for a Party School…”

  1. thanks for writing this interesting link. I stumbled on it while looking at CSU information. I’m a CSU grad of 1980, and was there when the party school info was published in Playboy. lol I think it was deserved back then. I was living in the Caribbean when the 1988 Pioneer Week “riot” happened, and remember seeing (on TV) a couch on fire in the intersection of 5th and Ivy on the news. I used to live on 5th, the 2nd or 3rd house from Ivy. Anyhow, thanks for the cool link.

  2. Thanks for the feedback James 🙂 Chico is a great little town, and CSUC is a great campus. While nobody denies the truth of the scandals from the past, I just feel that its myopic to classify Chico State as a party school and nothing more. I have nothing against partying, btw, since all work and no play etc etc……..

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