Chicago State University

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9501 S. King Drive

Chicago, IL 60628

Phone: (773) 995-2000
2013-2014 Tuition
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Regional Universities (Midwest)

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Chicago State University is a public institution that was founded in 1867. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,618, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 161 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Chicago State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $11,041 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $19,501 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Chicago State University has been successfully recruiting and graduating "under-prepared" minority students, who, because of a variety of reasons, have been denied many of the economic and social educational benefits enjoyed by the greater society. By serving this population, Chicago State University has proven to be a gateway to the transformation of the lives and communities from which CSU students come. Chicago State University ranks first in Illinois in awarding bachelor's degrees to African Americans in the physical sciences, health professions, and related sciences. It ranks fourth in Illinois in awarding baccalaureate degrees to Latino students in education. Nation-wide, Chicago State has ranked 18th in granting baccalaureate degrees to minority students in all fields; it has ranked 4th in B.S. in Education and 4th in M.S. in Mathematics; ranked 11th in granting M.S. in English; ranked 10th in B.S. in Psychology.

In fall 2004, Chicago State University's Honors College accepted its first cohort of students. These are students from underserved populations who are academically talented and motivated to take a highly rigorous program of study. The Honors College offers its students unique service and learning opportunities as well as an enriched, interdisciplinary general education curriculum in order to develop future professionals and leaders in its students' communities, state, and nation. Through the Honors College, Chicago State University seeks to provide educational opportunities not only to under-prepared students but also to offer enriched educational opportunities to academically talented students whose abilities may be blunted in large, majority serving institutions.

In the fall 2005, the College of Education welcomed its first cohort of doctoral students in Educational Leadership. In addition, the University has received approval from the Illinois Board of Higher Education for the College of Pharmacy to start a 6-year program in Pharm.D. beginning in fall 2008.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1867
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $3,064,053


When applying to Chicago State University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 15. The application fee at Chicago State University is $25. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 37.1 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 37.1%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Chicago State University is 13:1. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 58.3 percent.

Class sizes N/A
Student-faculty ratio 13:1
4-year graduation rate 4%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
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Student Life

Chicago State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,618, with a gender distribution of 28.4 percent male students and 71.6 percent female students. Chicago State University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 6,107
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Chicago State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Chicago State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Chicago State University, 43 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Chicago State University.

Students who have cars on campus 43%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Chicago State University, 98.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $7,056.

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In-state tuition and fees $11,041 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $19,501 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,468 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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