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| DO NOT EXPECT TO GRADUATE IN 4 YEARS!!! HOPE TO GRADUATE IN 5 YEARS. If you are an athlete, expect to be red-shirted. Do not expect any athlete scholarships. The president lower the gpa of incoming freshmen to increase enrollment. Good luck finding a job after graduation. |
|Apr 18 2011|| 5th Year Male --
Class 2010 |
| Chico is a GREAT place to be. It doesn't feel like you're "away at school", it actually feels like you're at home. There are so many opportunities to get involved here. People joke around, saying you actually have to TRY to NOT get involved in the Chico State community, which is extremely true. The campus is absolutely beautiful, bridges, the creek, trees, and flowers galore. The buildings are beautiful as well, brick and stone are abound. If your GPA is high enough I would highly recommend applying for the Honors Program. You get smaller class sizes and priority registration. If you're worried about the classes being more difficult, don't be. They're not any harder, they just eliminate any possible busy work.|
As for the halls, some buildings have smaller rooms (Whitney,Shasta, Lassen) and some have much larger (Konkow, Mechoopda, Esken, Sutter...others are a little farther away (UV). I would strongly suggest viewing the halls before you make your decision..but Konkow is for sure the best.
Last semester we had "Shitney" Dining, but since the school has opened up a new dining facility, Sutter. They get a little "creative" sometimes, but for the most part it's pretty okay. The building is really nice as well..so even if you don't like the food, you can still enjoy the scenery!
THIS IS NOT A PARTY SCHOOL. People have this misconception about Chico. Sure people party...but no more than at any other college campus. I have friends at Brown who party WAY harder than anyone here in Chico. If you don't drink its NO PROBLEM. No one is going to force you to drink or do drugs. Theres usually a party or two going on on the weekends and if you want to go and dance you can. All in all, if you don't want to come to Chico..DON'T. It's a home, it's a community, and when people who don't want to be here end up coming here they just ruin the vibe. If you're not open to the Chico experience you're just going to have a miserable time.
|Mar 13 2011|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2014 |
|Not so bright|
| I initially entered into Chico State hating the idea of going to a school in the middle of nowhere, with seemingly endless parties, and its stereotypical unintelligent "douchebags." I had dreamed of going to Cal Poly SLO and was heartbroken when I did not get in. (My major and budget prevented me from applying to too many schools, and Chico was one of the best options.) |
While yes, there are the aforementioned students, no, Chico is not all like that. I know plenty of people who value their education like I do yet still want to make the best of their social lives.
I went to a college prep school, so my non-honors classes in college are relatively easy. I was entered into the Honors Program at Chico based on my grades, and it has proven to be a nice-but-non-overbearing challenge. There are people in my classes that definitely outshine me in the brains department. Plus, being in the Honors Program allows for priority registration so I am able to sign up for classes before the juniors, sophomores, and freshman. It's a great plus, especially with the budget crisis. Speaking of the budget crisis, you can tell it has taken a toll on classes and supplies, but the school and teachers do try their best to give each student the education he or she deserves.
The friends I have made here are ones I will definitely keep for a life time. My roommate and floor mates are my best friends and family; I never had these relationships in high school. One thing you don't want to miss out on, and I can't stress this enough, is the "first year college experience" where you live amongst new friends thrown into the same situation as you.
Chico also has a new master plan renovation where they're revamping all their old buildings and making new additions such as parking, housing, classrooms, aquatics centers, etc. to the campus. It's going to be absolutely beautiful. Gym? The best thing EVER. The surrounding areas of Chico are shabby compared to where I grew up, but definitely livable. The houses close to campus are filled with college partying students and pretty nasty; and yes, there have been some incidents of crime, so do be careful. Other than that, there's the beautiful Bidwell Park where we go for picnics, swims, bike rides, and fun. Downtown is charming and cute with boutiques scattered here and there along with amazing food shops.
Social life? There is plenty. Let's face it. Chico is notorious for being the ultimate party school. However, that used to be in the '70s and '80s during their pioneer days. Now, you can still find parties every weekend, just not the whole "beer bong out the second story dorm window" scenario anymore. Things get crazy on major holiday weekends, and it is awesome. If this scene isn't for you though, there are activities that the school puts on for students. There's movie nights with free popcorn, stand-up comedies, socials, and little things here and there. Now, I have absolutely fallen in love with the school and could not imagine myself anywhere else. They say everything happens for a reason, and I definitely believe this to be true. After all, it's not the college you go to that matters, but what you do there that counts. Make the best of the four or five... or even six years of college, and they will be fulfilling. I only hope you can be as lucky as I am in finding the college for you.
|Feb 02 2011|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2014 |