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Chances of getting into Chicago State University

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
46%
Admission Difficulty for Chicago State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExtremely Easy
Applicant CompetitionAverage
How hard is it to get into CSU and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at CSU is 46%.  It ranks #4 in Illinois and #193 in the nation for lowest rate of acceptance. CSU is a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Last year, 1,927 out of 4,151 applicants were admitted.

The school has extremely easy admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 88 percent (SAT 750/963 ACT 15/19). Chicago State University typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.03. 8% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The CSU application fee is $25 and applications are due by May 1.

Testing Requirements

You are required to 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 COVID-19.

CSU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
750-963
Applicants Submitting SAT
72%
SAT Scores for Chicago State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 420
SAT Math 25th 330
SAT Composite 25th 750
SAT Scores for Chicago State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 510
SAT Math 75th 453
SAT Composite 75th 963
Average SAT Score 860

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 95 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 750 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 640. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 860 out of 1600. CSU ranks #45 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 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Chicago State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
963 and Above Good >59%
856 to 963 Avg + 46%-59%
750 to 856 Avg - 33%-46%
644 to 750 Reach 23%-33%
Less than 644 Low <23%
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CSU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
15-19 
Applicants Submitting ACT
82%
ACT Scores for Chicago State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 16
ACT Math 25th 16
ACT Composite 25th 15
ACT Scores for Chicago State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 20
ACT Math 75th 18
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 15 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 81 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 13 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 17 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 19 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #43 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 2020 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 >59%
17 to 19 Avg + 46%-59%
15 to 17 Avg - 33%-46%
13 to 15 Reach 23%-33%
Less than 13 Low <23%
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CSU GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.03
Typical High School Grades
B

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

Applicants need about average high school grades to get into CSU. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Chicago State University was 3.03 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #53 in Illinois for highest average GPA. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to CSU will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

 What do these ratings mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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Admission Statistics

Chicago State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,708 1,443 4,151
Accepted 1,349 578 1,927
Acceptance Rate 50% 40% 46%
Enrolled 120 43 163
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 9% 7% 8%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
May 1, 2022
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on May 1, 2022.

Application Fee

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

Application Requirements

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

Chicago State University Application 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?

46% 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 750 and 963. 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 15 and 19. 82% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.