SF Chronicle Features Chico's Bidwell Park

Photo: Mason Trinca, Special To The Chronicle

Photo: Mason Trinca, Special To The Chronicle

The San Francisco Chronicle featured Chico's Bidwell Park in its travel section. The author opens with "Morning on the Maidu Trail in Chico's Bidwell Park is a giant advertisement for Why People Love Northern California."  Yep. Exactly.

While us locals have long revered Bidwell Park as the crown jewel of our community, outsiders are finally taking notice. 

Enjoy reading this delightful piece as it explains the history, the layout, birds and how to explore the park in all its glory.  


Chico State Nursing Program Ranked #20 In State of California

Photo: CSU, Chico.

Photo: CSU, Chico.

California University Chico's Nursing Program has been ranked #20 in the state of California.

According to the Chico Enterprise-Record, "The annual RegisteredNursing.org RN program rankings listed the Chico State program as No. 20 in the state. The website ranked the top 50 nursing schools out of 131 in California by analyzing current and historical pass rates of students who take the National Council Licensure Examination, which is required for licensure, and state boards of nursing use to help assess a student’s competency."

Well done, Wildcats. To learn more about the CSU, Chico Nursing Program, visit their website.

Read the full article here

CSU, Chico College of Business MBA Program Ranked Among the Highest

California State University, Chico continues to make headlines and we couldn't be prouder.


California State University, Chico and the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program in the College of Business continue to be recognized for its excellence. In addition to the recent re-accreditation with the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business, the University and the MBA program have been recognized by Money magazine, Washington Monthly, CEO Magazine, EDUniversal, Princeton Review and The Financial Engineer (TFE) Review.

Money named CSU, Chico as one of the nation’s “Best Colleges for Your Money” in its 2017 rankings. Out of more than 2,400 colleges and universities across the country, CSU, Chico ranked No. 174 based on its educational quality, cost, and alumni success. Among the criteria Money uses to rank colleges and universities are graduation rates, student-faculty ratio, cost to obtain a degree, student debt and graduates’ earnings.

“Unlike other rankings, Money tries to identify colleges that are outperforming their direct competitors,” said Kim Clark, senior writer at Money. “The top schools in our ranking have the best overall combination of quality, affordability and graduate success.”

This is the third year in a row the University has been recognized by Money in this way.

Read the rest of the press release here.   Way to go Wildcats!

To learn more about the Chico State MBA program, visit their website

CSU Chico Named A Top 10 Agriculture School

Countryside Daily Magazine has named California State University, Chico as one of the Top 10 Agricultural Schools in the US. 

Photo courtesy of Chico State's University Farm

Photo courtesy of Chico State's University Farm

All schools selected had to meet very high standards and deliver on their educational promises. Countryside Daily selected these schools that offered traditional agricultural courses while including tracts related to sustainability and responsibility.  They came to the right place.

Chico State was recognized for the work being done to build soil health through organic and microbial means instead of using synthetic chemicals. Faculty at Chico State are realizing that change is needed from what is currently being used. 

Congrats to the Chico State Agricultural School, it's faculty and it's students.  You make us proud. 

Read the full article here.


TIME Lists Chico In Top 10 Cities Where People Exercise Most


A new report from Gallup and Sharecare, a health and wellness company, found an average of 53.4% of Americans reported exercising three or more times per week.  "As you might expect, the communities with the highest levels of reported exercise are also among the communities with the highest wellbeing overall," says lead researcher Dan Witters. "That reflects the impact exercise has on wellbeing."

Chico came in at #10 with 60.9% of people exercising three or more times per week. With our abundant outdoor activities to suit nearly every desire and level, it doesn't surprise us at all.

View the entire list here.

CSU Chico Makes Washington Monthly's "Best Bang for the Buck - West"

CSU Chico

CSU Chico

Congratulations to CSU, Chico for making the top 25 Best Bang for the Buck list at the Washington Monthly. Since 2005, The Washington Monthly has released an annual College Guide and rankings where they rate schools based on what they are doing for the country. 

The "Best Bang for the Buck" rankings are an exclusive list of schools that help non-wealthy students attain degrees that will advance them in their careers at affordable prices.  CSU Chico came in at #21. Congrats!

View the entire list here.

Realtor.com Votes Chico #7 in U.S. Cities Where Outdoor Lovers Can Actually Afford To Live

Realtor.com searched metro areas where the median home prices are under $300,000., had top-notch outdoor access and close enough to provide the time to enjoy it. 

Bumpass Hell - Lassen Volcanic National Park. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.

Bumpass Hell - Lassen Volcanic National Park. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.

Chico? A respectable #7, thank you very much AND was the only city listed west of the Mississippi due to its bike friendly nature and access to awesome parks like Lassen Volcanic National park.

The full criteria involved in their search included:

  • Number of national parks within a four-hour drive (weekend getaway)
  • Number of state parks or beaches within a one-hour drive (afternoon getaway)
  • Restaurants with outdoor seating 
  • Annual months of mild weather, with daily highs between 60 and 80 degrees
  • Bicycle-friendliness rating from the League of American Bicyclists
  • Median Home prices under $300,000 

Read the full details and sources here - but only after your daily dose of the outdoors, of course.


Matador Guide to Best College Towns in America

Photo courtesy of DCBA

Photo courtesy of DCBA

As written by the Matador Network: The best college towns have a few things in common: culturally vibrant downtowns with shopping and globally-influenced dining, unique arts and culture scenes (particularly music), and opportunities for outdoor recreation.  Farmer's Markets, local history, and local events like movie nights, al fresco concerts, and yoga in the park are what bring residents - temporary and permanent - together.  

Chico rates #8 in America.  

Visit the Matador Network for the full listing>

Chico's Momona Restaurant Voted Best Ramen in California

Momona Noodle House:  Customized Ramen via Instagram

Momona Noodle House:  Customized Ramen via Instagram

Congratulations to Chico's own Momona for their recognition by Mental Floss magazine as home to the best ramen in California!

We bao to your greatness. Read the full article here.  

Did you know....“Momona” is a Hawaiian word meaning “satiated, well-fed, satisfied, fat, fertile”. Team Momona loved the idea of “momona” because it evokes being content, happy and full. Fro their website: "We, as a team, live to eat and be happy."

CSU Chico Ranked As One Of The Top College Farms in US

Ranked #11 out of 35 by College Rank, Chico State's College Farm is a shining example of the benefit of education in the classroom and "in the field".  

Photo courtesy of Marisa Stoller

Photo courtesy of Marisa Stoller

Criteria include a strong integration with students on campus and the University must provide all students with a variety of opportunities stemming from the farm. The students must also integrate into the community giving local citizens and students the chance to interact in a way that would not be possible without a college farm.  The farm must be sustainable and offer classes taught directly at the farm, not just in a classroom. 

Chico State's University Farm is a place where students get their hands dirty by taking what they learn in the classroom and put it into practice. Students work with local farmers and ranchers conducting research of which the results are often used to drive innovation and improve performance.  Local businesses such as Sierra Nevada brewery benefit as they provide feed for the cows (spent grains and hops from brewing), in turn, they purchase their beef from the University farm for the brewery restaurant. Community members can purchase meat and produce directly from the farm shop and many of the local schools offer student field trips to the farm to promote agriculture among young children. 

The University Farm houses a weather station providing critical data for the area and giving students yet another way to communicate with local community members building communication skills and achieving real-world applications and experience.  Want to visit? Explore the Chico State College Farm website for details and events.

Chico Restaurant Makes List for 10 Amazing Breakfasts in NorCal

The online website onlyinyourstate.com heralds Mom's Restaurant located at Salem and 2nd Streets in downtown Chico as one of the top 10 Amazing Breakfast Spots in Northern California.  

The article highlights 10 restaurants throughout the north state and Mom's huevos rancheros made the list.  While it might be news to some, locals know Mom's features delicious homemade comfort food that hits the spot whether it be morning, noon or night.  If you haven't been yet, check them out. 

You can read the full list here.

Chico State Team Wins National Competition

Photo courtesy of Chico Enterprise Record

Photo courtesy of Chico Enterprise Record

Chico State team wins national agriculture competition! Winners of the American Society of Animal Science's Academic Quadrathlon, the 4 student team beat out ag powerhouses Texas A&M, Purdue University and Cornell for the title. Way to go Wildcats! Details found here.

Pictured: Chico State team winners Kenzie Wattenburger, Heather Foxworthy, Joel Wisniewski and Julie Allen.


Cal Northern School of Law Alumni Appointed Superior Court Judges

Cal Northern School of Law, located in Chico, is proud of two alumni appointed to California Superior Court Judge seats.  

Tamara Wood and Kimberly Merrifield have both been appointed to Superior Court Judge seats by Governor Jerry Brown between 2015/2016. Judge Wood is seated with Shasta County Courts and Judge Merrifield at Butte County Superior Court. 

You can find details here.  For more information on Cal Northern School of Law in Chico, please visit their website at calnorthern.edu.

L.A. Times: Chico as a Weekend Escape

B Street Bistro. Photo courtesy of LA Times.  

B Street Bistro. Photo courtesy of LA Times.  

Yes, there IS a lot going on here. This delightful piece in the L.A. Times by author Ken Van Vechten showcases Chico as a charming weekend getaway. Brought here to attend the Wildflower Cycling Event, Ken and his wife enjoy downtown Chico and Bidwell Park. 

Thanks for the nice write-up, Ken.  We hope to see you and your wife again soon. 

Read the full article here.

Chico State Included in Best Colleges List by MONEY Magazine

The accolades keep coming! MONEY Magazine has recognized CSU Chico as one of the top schools in the nation in its 2016 Best Colleges ranking.

Chico State came in at #95 out of 705 that made the cut - highest of any CSU campus. According to the website, colleges are ranked based on how they deliver the most value - a great education, at an affordable price, that prepares students for rewarding careers. 

The 705 finalists (out of 2,000) were ranked on 24 factors in three categories: educational quality, affordability, and alumni success. Plus, MONEY measured comparative value by assessing how well students at each school did vs. what's expected from students with similar economic and academic backgrounds, and the college's mix of majors. View the entire list here.

Well done, Wildcats!