Chicago State University

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School Overview

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.

Chicago State University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (773) 995-2000
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 9501 S. King Drive, Chicago, IL 60628-1598
Setting: City: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 3,039
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 12%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 10 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 1,851 (61% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $11,366
Out-of-state Tuition: $18,734
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 98%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $13,359

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Chicago State University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Chicago State University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 11
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 211
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 111
Education 6101
English Language and Literature/Letters 12
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 253
History 11
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 11
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 2
Library Science 21
Mathematics and Statistics 11
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 1
Physical Sciences 2
Psychology 111
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Social Sciences 131
Visual and Performing Arts 2
Grand total 933251

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Chicago State University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $11,366
Out-of-state $18,734
Books and supplies $1,800

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $8,356
Out-of-state $13,846

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 139 98%
Grant or scholarship aid 139 98% $13,359
Student loan aid 135 95% $4,833

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,600 79% $9,851
Federal student loans 1,621 80% $9,116

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Chicago State University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Chicago State University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 3,126 1,061 2,065
Percent admitted 100% 59% 65%
Percent admitted who enrolled 6% 7% 6%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Chicago State University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 3,039
Undergraduate enrollment 2,108
Graduate enrollment 931

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Chicago State University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
    • Pharmacy (PHAR) - Professional degree programs
    • Pharmacy (PHAR) - Professional degree programs
  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
    • Occupational Therapy (OTM) - Programs leading to a Master's Degree
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does 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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