Chico State Center for Entrepreneurship

The mission of the Chico State Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE) is to provide support for students and recent alumni to build their own businesses.

The Center aims to help students move beyond the classroom, remove the barriers to success, and pave the way for a successful business launch. Each semester CFE hosts a variety of competitions and events to challenge students and expose them to real-world ideas. In addition, successful entrepreneurs come to campus to speak about their experiences.

The Peace Institute at California State University, Chico

The Peace Institute at CSU, Chico

The Peace Institute at California State University, Chico was founded in 2004 by faculty and members of the community. Its purpose is to present speakers and activities addressing peace and war, social justice, sustainability, reconciliation, and peace education.

Learn more and see upcoming events on The Peace Institute’s website.

Book in Common

A Book in Common is chosen each academic year by a group of university faculty and staff and community members. The Book in Common is a shared, community read, designed to promote discussion and understanding of important issues facing the broader community. Drawing on the themes of the book chosen, California State University, Chico, Butte Community College, the City of Chico, and Butte County sponsor a variety of events: panel discussions, lectures, and other public events.

Cross-Cultural Leadership Center

Cross-Cultural Leadership Center - “Passing on the Legacy” Series

The Cross-Cultural Leadership Center at CSU, Chico values and respects the richness and understanding that diversity brings. The Center exists to create an environment in which all students, regardless of their ethnicity, culture, or differences, feel safe and respected.

Academic Presentations from the CSU, Chico Department of Journalism & Public Relations

The CSU, Chico, Department of Journalism and Public Relations offers a structured, rigorous program to prepare students to learn both through classroom and through professional journalism experience. The Orion, the campus newspaper, has received numerous national awards. The department is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.


PATH Scholars

CSU, Chico offers a comprehensive program, called PATH Scholars—Promoting Achievement Through Hope—to support the educational goals of current and former foster youth students. Services include personalized financial aid services, counseling, advising, and tutoring, as well as services for connecting students with resources on campus and in the community.

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences includes the following academic departments: Anthropology, Child Development, Economics, Geography and Planning, Health and Community Services, Multicultural and Gender Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Social Science, Sociology, and Social Work. The mission of the College is to advance creative and high-quality teaching, learning and scholarship, deepening the understanding of behavioral, social, cultural, and environmental issues.

Center for Water and the Environment

The Center for Water and the Environment (CWE) is the CSU, Chico hub for research and education activities related to water and the environment. The faculty, staff, and students affiliated with CWE come from the following diverse fields: agriculture, biological sciences, chemistry, economics, engineering, environmental sciences, geography, geological sciences, mathematics, social sciences, and statistics.

School of Education

The mission of the CSU, Chico School of Education, in collaboration with community partners, is to develop effective, reflective, and engaged educators. The School’s faculty and staff believe in the power of education to create a diverse, democratic, socially responsible society in which every student is valued. As a learning community, the School is committed to exemplary education programs that use scholarly inquiry and research-based practices as tools for continual professional growth and renewal.


Over 30 years ago, the Older Californian Act created 33 regional Area Agencies on Aging. Passages is the agency for 10 North State counties and is administered by the CSU, Chico Research Foundation. Its mission statement is simple yet broad: “to support and improve the lives of adults in the communities we serve.” Passages provides many services to older adults, including the Senior Nutrition Program, Heath Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP), and the Information and Assistance Program. The agency also helps seniors with long term care planning and transportation needs.