My husband and I were offered a full-ride scholarship to University of California, Berkeley, or an opportunity to attend California State University, Chico (CSUC) with most of the expenses covered. After comparing such important points as classroom size, quality of education, knowledge and skill of professors, and accessibility, we opted for CSUC Wildcats. It’s a decision we will never regret.
CSUC is located at 400 West First Street, Chico CA 95929-0722. The phone number for the Office of Admissions is 800-542-4426 or 530-898-4428. There are over three hundred academic programs for the university, which began as a Normal School, certifying teachers. It continues to offer teaching programs in such areas as history, political science and government, and English. In addition, engineering and social work are career options with high rating. It is a friendly university. With so many institutions of higher education available, it is difficult for a prospective student and his or her family to make a decision. Visit CSUC to find out if it is right for you. Find the map here.
Tips for current and future students
Look at the high school requirements now for the colleges or universities you want to attend. Be certain those classes are in your schedule, and strive for the best grade possible. Take the PSAT, SAT, and ACT once you are eligible. That gives you an opportunity to fill any holes in your education quickly, and retake the test for a higher score.
Take advantage of the knowledge your professors can share. The contacts that they maintain in the outside world can be of benefit when you are looking for work, or seeking additional programs to further your career choice. In addition, a written referral by a highly respected individual is a good document for your personnel file.
Test scores, while not the ultimate deciding factor in acceptance, are influential. SAT and ACT scores are required. A grade of “C” or better is required in all required high school courses. Go here for the list of high school courses that must be met to gain admission to CSUC.
Dormitory (dorm) life is recommended for at least the first two years of college. It helps the student get settled into a study rhythm, and provides close access to classrooms and instructors. Sharing studies and potential homesickness with other students is a benefit during this lifestyle change. It enhances your opportunity to study and learn. Dorms average about $5,000 a semester, including fifteen meals a week.
An off-campus housing guide is also provided. Visit here for more information.
Bidwell Park adjoins the University grounds, and is ideal for picnics and other group activities. Fishing, biking, and sightseeing are popular, as well. Different departments offer presentations, and the athletic department is active in many sports, including football, baseball, and basketball. There is always the chance that one of your classmates might be the next quarterback for your favorite NFL team. Visit this site for additional things to do around Butte County.
Two places instantly came to mind. The first is Hula’s Chinese Bar-B-Q ( 2540 Esplanade at East Avenue, Chico 530-342-8564), known for its excellent lunch and dinner combos, which include soup, steamed rice and appetizers.
The second, a favorite of students and locals for many years, is Madison Bear Garden ( 316 W 2nd St, 530-891-1639), right by the University on the corner of 2nd & Salem.
Getting around campus
Many paths across the grounds give all a means to get from point A to point B quickly. Bridges across the streams lend peaceful moments between the chaos of class and assignments. CSUC is a bike-friendly campus. . Rollerblades are a popular means of transportation, also. Be alert for others, whether a rider or a walker.
The university has always encouraged students, faculty, and staff to participate with the community. “Chico Statements” Spring 2010 university magazine reviewed some of the programs sponsored by the university in which students participate. Passages Adult Resource Center, a non-profit direct-service program of the University’s Research Foundation, offers free services to senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and caregivers. The Senior Nutrition Program provides what often is the only meal for the day. Helpers are assigned to assist the care-giver, or provide a break for them while they do shopping or just take a break. It is an excellent way for students who are interested in social services to build their understanding and expertise in life skills.
The Annual Winter Community Service Project for January 2010 resulted in two transitional living houses being built for domestic violence victims. Faculty, students, and community volunteers participated in “Building Safe Havens.” The project also provided experience for forty nutrition and food students, who provided meals for the workers.
Education works best when you let it work for you. Grab all you can, and succeed at what you are doing. Good luck in your future; prepare for it now to ensure the best.
CSUC, Academic Facts and Resources
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Chico Statements, Spring 2010