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Admissions at CSU

At CSU we value diversity! Chicago State University is committed to driving equity forward on our campus and in our community and region. By becoming a Chicago State Cougar, you join a 150-year legacy of accomplishment that is ever in motion. Our students are the center of everything at CSU; from small classes to empowering students inside and outside the classroom, every experience will transform your life. We are ready to help guide and support you through your personal experience to earn a degree that can expand your world.

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Figures reflect the 2021 - 2022 Academic Year


Undergraduate Admissions 

Undergraduate admissions covers bachelors degrees programs, non-degree programs, and one certificate program.

Graduate Admissions 

Graduate admissions covers masters degree programs, doctorate degree programs and post-baccalaureate certificate programs.

Cost should not be a barrier to a good education. Chicago State University is committed to providing low tuition rates and abundant scholarships. Here are some ways we fulfill our promise each year:

  • We aid students in applying for such grants as AIM High, State of Illinois MAP, and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant.
  • We have many scholarships available for both tuition and housing costs. These include opportunities for undocumented and DACA students.
  • We provide a limited number of tuition and fee waivers to eligible students
  • We have an active student employment program, allowing students to work on campus while going to school.
  • We have a partnership with UPS that may enable some students to earn their degrees debt-free.


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Get Involved

At Chicago State, we believe education is more than preparation for career advancement — it is preparation for life. That’s why we’ve fostered an on-campus community with engaging activities to promote personal growth. Student government, organizations, clubs, and intramurals provide leadership opportunities and dedicated spaces for students to connect over shared interests. We are also proud to have nine historically African American fraternities and sororities chartered on campus.

Learn more about student activities at CSU.


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