#11 Best Public Universities in Illinois

Chicago State University

Chicago, Illinois

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Chicago State University overview
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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Chicago State University is a public institution situated in the heart of Chicago, Illinois, providing a diverse and urban academic environment in close proximity to the city's cultural and business resources. Founded in 1867 as a teacher training school, the university now offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs, with a particular emphasis on education, health professions, and business. Chicago State University, set on a 161-acre campus, offers on-campus housing options to accommodate its students. The university maintains a moderately selective admissions process, seeking to cater to a range of academic profiles. Chicago State's academic community is supported by a faculty engaged in significant research, particularly in the fields of pharmacy and health sciences. While the university is not especially renowned for its athletic programs, it competes in NCAA Division I as part of the Western Athletic Conference.

In the most recent statistical year 7,404 prospective students applied, and 3,592 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 173 enrolled in the school.  1,396 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 921 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $7,656 plus fees of $4,362. CSU is ranked 870 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 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 36% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 4 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Extremely Easy
Chicago State University overview
SAT 750/963
ACT 15/19
GPA 3.18

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Average
Application Fee $25

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Chicago State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$2,400
Other Fees$4,362
Room and Board $13,800
Budget for Other Expenses$4,500
Total One Year Cost$32,718

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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.

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