Chances of getting into Chicago State University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for Chicago State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExtremely Easy
Applicant CompetitionVery Low

How hard is it to get into CSU and can I get accepted? The school has a 78% acceptance rate ranking it #54 in Illinois for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 1,087 out of 1,396 applicants were admitted making Chicago State University an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has extremely easy requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 74 percent. Only 13% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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CSU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Chicago State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 440
SAT Math 25th 480
SAT Composite 25th 920
SAT Scores for Chicago State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 580
SAT Math 75th 570
SAT Composite 75th 1150
Average SAT Score 1040

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

Chicago State University typically requires applicants to be in the top 74 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 920 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 1040 out of 1600. The school ranks #38 in Illinois for highest average SAT composite score. 20 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Chicago State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1150 and Above Good >86%
1035 to 1150 Avg + 78%-86%
920 to 1035 Avg - 68%-78%
805 to 920 Reach 55%-68%
Less than 805 Low <55%
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CSU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Chicago State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 15
ACT Math 25th 15
ACT Composite 25th 16
ACT Scores for Chicago State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 20
ACT Math 75th 18
ACT Composite 75th 20
Average ACT Score 18

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 20 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 91 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Chicago State University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Chicago State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
20 and Above Good >86%
18 to 20 Avg + 78%-86%
16 to 18 Avg - 68%-78%
14 to 16 Reach 55%-68%
Less than 14 Low <55%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Chicago State University has not reported high school GPA data for its accepted students.

Admission Statistics

Chicago State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 878 518 1,396
Accepted 711 376 1,087
Acceptance Rate 81% 73% 78%
Enrolled 92 48 140
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 13% 13% 13%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Chicago State University and what considerations affect 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 Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor 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 IPEDS survey data for Chicago State University.