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Begin your journey at Chicago State University

Chicago State University Undergraduate Admissions

Whether you are a first-time freshman, transferring from another school, or coming back after a long break, there is an undergraduate program for you at Chicago State University. Here, you will learn from renowned faculty and have access to state-of-the-art facilities. Most importantly, CSU will prepare you for the future and help you meet your educational and professional goals. 

Contact us if you have any questions at:

By phone: (773) 995-2513


Understand Application Requirements

What type of student are you? If you are looking for a master's or doctorate degree, go to the graduate admissions page. ACT and SAT scores are not a requirement for admission to Chicago State University. Read more about test-optional requirements.

Learn About Financial Aid and Tuition

Tuition is dependent on the year and semester in which you are admitted and whether you are in-state or out of state. In addition to affordable tuition, CSU offers scholarships and student work opportunities to offset the cost of your education. We can also help you find outside financial support.

For any questions regarding tuition or fees, contact the Bursar Office
In person:  8:30 am to 5 pm, weekdays at Cook Administration Building - Room 212 
By phone: (773) 995-2470

For any questions regarding financial aid, contact Office of Student Financial Aid:In-person: 8:30 am to 5 pm, weekdays at 9501 S. King Drive Chicago, IL 60628 ADM 207
By phone: (773) 995-2304


The Rise Scholarship Program

Incoming freshmen have the opportunity to apply for the Rise Scholar program. Rise scholars receive support in the form of:

  • A scholarship that covers the first year of tuition and fees
  • A 4-year personal laptop including internet hotspot access
  • Free textbooks 
  • Dedicated workshops, advisors, and resources for added support and guidance

You can apply for this program while you are waiting for your admissions decision or after you have been admitted. To get more details, sign up for a Rise information session.

Honors College Scholarships

Students admitted to the Honors College are eligible for scholarships that cover tuition and fees. First-year freshmen are eligible join Honors College, if they have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. Transfer students or current CSU students are eligible if they have a minimum of 12 college credit hours and a cumulative GPA of 3.35.

Learn more about the Honors College.

Sign up for Admissions Events and Tours

If you want to learn more about CSU, consider signing up for a virtual information session. These are offered for both first-time students and transfer students. You can also take a virtual or in-person tour of campus.


Have you ever wondered how your major might help you after you graduate? See this new academic major report for the state of Illinois! 

This tool contains useful data on how graduates from different majors are doing in the labor market: How much money are they earning? What industries are they working in? How much debt do they graduate with? What occupations are they likely to hold? Whether declaring an initial major, or switching majors, use this tool to better inform you of your choices!