#11 Best Public Universities in Illinois

Chicago State University

Chicago, Illinois

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Student Population
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Location Chicago, Illinois
Online csu.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Large City
Chicago State University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Located in Chicago, Illinois, Chicago State University is a small four year public college offering both undergrad and graduate programs. In the most recent statistical year 3,126 prospective students applied, and 1,980 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 191 enrolled in the school.  1,810 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,154 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2019/2020, excluding room and board, is $7,488 plus fees of $3,878. CSU is ranked 834 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2020 U.S. Colleges Ranking.

Chicago State University is designated as a Predominantly Black Institution (PBI) and receives federal grants supporting the school's efforts to serve low and middle-income Black Americans.



CSU is rated within the lower 38% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 4 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


Rankings for Chicago State University within the 2021 CollegeSimply Best Colleges Lists.

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Admission Standards
Extremely Easy
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SAT 873/1030
ACT 16/19
GPA 2.98
Applications Accepted
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Applications Due May 1, 2022
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $25

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Annual Cost to Attend

Illinois Resident Tuition
In State Costs for Chicago State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,800
Other Fees$3,878
Room and Board $8,724
Budget for Other Expenses$4,451
Total One Year Cost$26,341
Out of State Resident Tuition
Out of State Costs for Chicago State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,800
Other Fees$3,878
Room and Board $8,724
Budget for Other Expenses$4,451
Total One Year Cost$33,709

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Average Salary After 10 Years
$38,300 per year
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate
21% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Chicago State University students
Subject Percent of Class
Liberal Arts and Humanities 31%
Business 13%
Psychology 13%
Health Professions 9%
Education 7%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=144005 IPEDS survey data for Chicago State University.

Current students may use the Chicago State University GPA calculator to determine their current college GPA.