About Butte College
Butte College serves 13,000 students each semester and is a regionally accredited community college located just 75 miles north of Sacramento, nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills. The Main Campus is a designated wildlife refuge, and rests on 928 acres making it one of the largest community college campuses in California.
Butte College offers a quality education where students can choose from over 160 academic programs. The College also offers degrees with guaranteed transfer to California State Universities—with over 25 Associate in Arts for Transfer and Associate in Science for Transfer degrees. Butte College has the highest transfer rate to CSU, Chico. With its exceptional instructional programs and impressive technology, the College has earned an excellent reputation for high quality general and transfer education and career and technical skills preparation.
The College's Mission Statement
Butte College provides quality education and services to students who aspire to become productive members of a diverse, sustainable, and global society. We prepare our students for life-long learning through the mastery of basic skills, the achievement of degrees and certificates, and the pursuit of career and transfer pathways.
A National Leader in Sustainability
Butte College has a long history of sustainability.
In 2011, Butte College became the first college to become 'grid positive,' meaning that the College had the capacity to generate enough electricity to fully offset its electricity cost.
When attending Butte College, the majority of our international students choose to live in the city of Chico. Chico is a small city made up of about 100,000 people. With both Butte College and California State University, Chico in town, Chico is most certainly a "college town". As a result of so many students, Chico is filled with the art, vibrancy, diversity and culture of a much larger city to an otherwise small safe city. Friendly people can be found chatting with friends at one of the many local coffee houses, soaking up the sun or hiking together in Bidwell Park, one of the United States largest municipal parks.
Whether you enjoy hiking, cycling, water sports, photography or just playing in the outdoors with friends, there are a myriad of choices for you to participate in. Summer and winter sports and activities are to be found easily. Lassen Peak, Mount Shasta, Lake Oroville and Bidwell Park are all close by and contain some of the best outdoor recreational spots around. Had enough of nature for a while? Large cities like San Francisco are just a day trip away for weekend shopping and fun!
Come join us to live and study in one of the best cities to live in the Unites States. We would love to welcome you!
Still have questions? - One of the best ways to get a feel of the culture of a city is to ask a local resident! Please feel free to email Butte College staff member at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our student Facebook page and post a discussion topic or check out the pictures taken by current students.
Butte College International Students have a variety of housing options. To assist you in securing a place to stay while studying in Chico, we have provided a few housing options and contact information for each option.
Home Stay / Home Share places you with a local family that has been pre-screened by a local private homestay placement agency, International Homestay California for cleanliness and safety and demonstrates a desire to house international students...
Craig Student Living / Student Housing is popular for many first-time freshmen. Craig Student Living is located in the city of Chico and frequent busses are available to take you to the Butte College main campus...
Private Apartment Living is popular for students who are independent and seek a space of their own. Most students choose this option after they have established connections in the area and have made friends during their first year...
Where is Butte College?
Butte Community College is located just 75 miles north of the State Capital of California, Sacramento.
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