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Chances of getting into Chicago State University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
63.3%
Admission Difficulty for Chicago State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExtremely Easy
Applicant CompetitionLow
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How hard is it to get into CSU and can I get accepted? The school has a 63% acceptance rate ranking it #28 in Illinois for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 1,980 out of 3,126 applicants were admitted making CSU a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has extremely easy requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 75 percent. Chicago State University typically accepts and attracts "B-" average high school students. Only 10% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. Chicago State University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CSU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
873-1030
Applicants Submitting SAT
72%
SAT Scores for Chicago State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 440
SAT Math 25th 433
SAT Composite 25th 873
SAT Scores for Chicago State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 510
SAT Math 75th 520
SAT Composite 75th 1030
Average SAT Score 950

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Chicago State University?

Chicago State University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 100 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 873 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 800. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 950 out of 1600. The school ranks #47 in Illinois for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 72 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Chicago State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1030 and Above Good >74%
951 to 1030 Avg + 63%-74%
873 to 951 Avg - 50%-63%
795 to 873 Reach 37%-50%
Less than 795 Low <37%
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CSU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
16-19 
Applicants Submitting ACT
82%
ACT Scores for Chicago State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 15
ACT Math 25th 16
ACT Composite 25th 16
ACT Scores for Chicago State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 21
ACT Math 75th 20
ACT Composite 75th 19
Average ACT Score 17

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into CSU?

Admission data indicates that CSU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 16 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 75 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 14 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 18 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 19 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #46 in Illinois for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 82 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Chicago State University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Chicago State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
19 and Above Good >78%
17 to 19 Avg + 63%-78%
16 to 17 Avg - 54%-63%
15 to 16 Reach 46%-54%
Less than 15 Low <46%
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CSU GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
2.98*
Typical High School Grades
B-

What GPA do you need to get into Chicago State University?

You can get into CSU with slightly below average high school grades. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Chicago State University was 2.98 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #48 in Illinois for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as CSU accepts 63% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 2.98 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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Admission Statistics

Chicago State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,065 1,061 3,126
Accepted 1,349 631 1,980
Acceptance Rate 65% 59% 63%
Enrolled 122 69 191
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 9% 11% 10%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
May 1, 2022
Days left to Apply
225

Applicants have 225 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on May 1, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Chicago State University is $25.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Chicago State University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Chicago State University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Chicago State University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

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

FAQs

Does Chicago State University prefer SAT or ACT?

72% of students submit their SAT scores to CSU. 82% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Chicago State University?

63% of those who apply are granted admission to CSU. Admission competition is low and the college has extremely easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Chicago State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 873 and 1030. 72% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Chicago State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 16 and 19. 82% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.