Chicago State University

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Chicago State University (abbreviated “CSU”) was founded in 1867 as Cook County Normal School. Today it is a four-year, public state university located in Chicago, Illinois. The university is one of 54 four schools that belongs to the Thurgood Marshal College Fund, a philanthropic association dedicated to assisting African Americans pay for college tuition. The university has a total annual enrollment of approximately 7,000 students.

CSU offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a large variety of academic fields and disciplines. The school offers various continuing education and non-traditional adult education degree programs. All degrees are offered on campus and require classroom attendance. CSU currently doesn’t offer 100% online degree programs but hopes to do so at some point in the future. It does however support distance learning education programs and offers hybrid/online courses in a few fields of study including criminal justice and political science.

In addition to an exceptional academic offering, students can also look forward to a fun and fulfilling student life while attending CSU. Students have the opportunity to get involved in the university’s athletics program with includes team sports in baseball, basketball, cross country, volley ball, golf, track & field and tennis. There are also several fraternities and sororities on campus that students can join.

General Information

Admission Office

9501 South King Drive

Chicago, IL 60628

(773) 995-2513

Fax: (773) 995-3820

Contact: Addie Epps

Director of Admissions
Main Address

9501 South King Drive

Chicago, IL 60628

(773) 995-2000

Total undergrads: 5,161


Urban setting

Very large city (over 500,000)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $35

Online application fee: Free
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 64%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 89%

College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Acting B
Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Ceramics B
Directing/Theatrical Production B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Drawing B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Graphic Design B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music Management/Merchandising B
Music Theory/Composition B
Painting B
Photography B
Printmaking B
Sculpture B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B
Cellular/Molecular Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Actuarial Science B
Business Administration/Management B
Business/Managerial Economics B
Entrepreneurial Studies B
Finance/Banking B
Human Resources Management B
Insurance/Risk Management B
International Business B
Legal studies in business B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B
Sales/Selling Skills B
Small Business Administration B

Communications & Journalism

Advertising B
Communications/Rhetoric B
Digital Communications/Multimedia B
Journalism B
Photojournalism B
Public Relations B
Radio/Television B

Communications Technologies

Animation/Special Effects B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Information Sciences/Systems B


Art Teacher Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
Drama/Dance Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education B
Education of Learning Disabled B
Education of Mentally Handicapped B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
Family/Consumer Sciences – Education B
French Teacher Education B
German Teacher Education B
History Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physics Teacher Education B
Psychology Teacher Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Social Science Teacher Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B
Speech Teacher Education B


Civil Engineering B
Civil engineering, environmental B
Computer Engineering – General B
Construction Engineering B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Engineering Physics B
Industrial Engineering B
Manufacturing Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

Engineering Technologies

Manufacturing Technologies B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Consumer Merchandising B
Family/Consumer Sciences – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
German B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Science B
Medical Dietetics B
Nursing (RN) B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Humanities B
Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Law Enforcement Administration B

Social Sciences

Economics B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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