For most of the nineteenth century, a cherry orchard stood in Chico, California. Then, in 1887, John Bidwell donated eight acres for the construction of Chico State Normal School. Through the next century the school continued to evolve, changing names until 1972 when it adopted the present title, California State University, Chico (often referred to as “Chico State”). The facilities also continued expanding, and today Chico State stands on 119 acres, in addition to operating the nearly 4,000-acre Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve and the 300-acre Butte Creek Ecological Reserve, along with an 800-acre farm. CSU Chico houses seven colleges, five schools and twenty-eight centers hosting undergraduate majors and graduate degree programs, with hundreds of minors, teaching credentials, and certificate programs.
Chico State offers undergraduate and graduate degrees via satellite and continues to pave the way in distance education. Both courses and degree programs are offered online, including asynchronous sessions and synchronous video streaming lectures. Students also have the option to combine online learning with on-campus coursework, including Special Sessions and Summer Sessions.
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