About Chicago State University

Founded in 1867, Chicago State University. is a Public college. Located in Illinois, which is a city setting in Illinois, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 2,352 full time undergraduate students, and 1,226 full time graduate students.

The Chicago State University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 11:1. There are 193 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Chicago State University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate57%
Application Deadline
Application Fee25
SAT Range860-1280
ACT Range16-20

Admissions at CSU are considered Selective, with ,14% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 11 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

0% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 0% were in the top quarter, and 0% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Chicago State University.

“We”re apathetic”
“We know about current events and vote”
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
“We save it for the classroom”
“Sometimes, but not often”
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
“All the time, including weekends”
“I”m always terrified”
“I only go out in groups”
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
“I feel extremely safe”
“We don”t play sports”
“We play recreationally”
“We bought the gear”
“We live for the big game”
“It”s not really our thing”
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
“There are a variety of opportunities”
“We”re a very artistic group”
“Haven”t met them”
“Available in class”
“They keep regular office hours”
“They”re always available”
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
“We”re not into drinking at all”
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
“We only party on weekends”
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
“Never, we”re here to learn”
“There might be people who do”
“People are known to partake on weekends”
“There”s a huge drug scene”
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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    26 Students rated on-campus housing 3.6 stars. 31 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    25 Students rated off-campus housing 3 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    42 Students rated campus food 3.5 stars. 24 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    49 Students rated campus facilities 3.6 stars. 27 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    49 Students rated class size 4.5 stars. 63 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    49 Students rated school activities 3.7 stars. 29 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    49 Students rated local services 3.9 stars. 37 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    49 Students rated academics 3.9 stars. 35 % gave the school a 5.0.

Chicago State University REVIEWS

What's your overall opinion of Chicago State University?

13 Students rated Chicago State University

rosie - 05/19/2020

I have been going to Chicago State on and off dor years. I can say, there are professors that care about there students more than the job. I can say, there are professors that do their lesson plans. Most of all I can say, I have fortunate to have meet some of the professors that I have. They help change my life for the better.

Monet - 10/30/2019

My overall opinion of Chicago State University is that it could be better. It is not a terrible university, but compared to the university I attended my first year of college it is bad. The food that they serve for students could better and worth our money. The professors could be more attentive and accessible to students. The university should be more engaging, and open for conversations about scholarships, grades, extracurricular activities, and many other things to help students feel great to be a Chicago State Cougar.

Ariana - 05/07/2019

It is very nice, welcoming and encouraging.

Essence - 04/23/2019

Chicago State University is a beautiful school. Here you are able to be yourself. Also, if you don’t know who you are, you’ll know by the time you leave this school. The student life here is amazing. We are like one big family. CSU definitely rocks.

Chicago State University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Chicago State University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Chicago State University is 57%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    If I could go back and tell myself about college I would say study more. Pay attention in math and try to remember as much as you can. I would also say try applying for scholarships early because college cost a lot of money and it is trying to pay for school. I would tell myself that nothing is too impossible to acheive. I always held back in high school I would really tell myself to push through every assignment and make sure I am doing my work to the best of my ability.

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  3. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    There's really nothing to complain about.

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  4. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The students arew constantly given the run around! There's not much help at all for the students and no one seems to care, or know what they're talking about.

    Read all  13 answers
  5. Describe the students at your school.

    The classmates I have now are helpful and intelligent.

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  6. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    A good diverse school.

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  7. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    The kind of person who should not attend this school is one who is not focused or interested in further advancing their academic career. One who is not interested in graduating or pursuing a career in their field of study.

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  8. What kind of person should attend this school?

    The kind of person that should attend Chicago State University is a harworking, focused and goal-oriented individual. There is no discrimination against any person who may want to attend this university. Students that attend the school should be serious and ready to be succesful. Chicago State expects the best from students and not the worst. Any student who is willing to believe in themselves, they can achieve anything. The person attending Chicago State University should have confidence, morals and a set mind frame of becoming the best.

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  9. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    That the students want change and the school does nothing to bring the change about.

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  10. What's unique about your campus?

    The best thing i consider about my school is the education. They are extremely focus on education which most colleges should be, and mainly my major education. Chicago State are one of the best schools in U.S that offers a a great educational program.

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  11. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    I brag most about my professors when referring to Chicago State University. I never feel like I am getting false or not enough information.

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  12. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish i would have known about the school spirit before I came to this school. By attending a school with low school spirit it makes you enjoy your school less. I personally believe it affects the way you perform in school also. The happier you are to be at a certain school the better you will do while you attend there. If you are really careless about your school you will perform as a student but not to the best of your abilities.

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  13. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    This school is best known for placing students in their appropriate fields where they want to start a career in.

    Read all  4 answers

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

100% of students attending Chicago State University receive some sort of financial aid. 83% were awarded federal grants. While 98% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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