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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    C
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    D-
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    D
  10. Campus Food
    C-
  11. Student Life
    C-
  12. Safety
    B
Chicago State is a public university located in Chicago, Illinois. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,464 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Chicago State acceptance rate is 58%. Popular majors include Business Administration and Management, Psychology, and Criminal Justice and Safety Studies. Graduating 16% of students, Chicago State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $27,000.
About Chicago State University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Western Athletic Conference
Address
9501 S. King Drive
Chicago, IL 60628
Website
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Chicago State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
58%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
860-1280
ACT Range
16-20
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$11,293/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $12,039/ year
  • $30-48k
    $15,451/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,352/ year
  • $76-110k
    $13,072/ year
  • $110k+
    $15,106/ year
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Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
71%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.45 responses
70%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.46 responses
68%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.47 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,464Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
48%
Pell Grant
80%
Varsity Athletes
6%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 26 responses
Report
  • DIVERSE, NO SUCH THING AS TYPICAL AT CSU
    31%
  • Level headed
    31%
  • Apart of a group
    19%
  • Invested
    15%
  • Diverse
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
34%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.53 responses
Poll
42%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.55 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 34 responses
Report
  • Local State University
    44%
  • HBCU
    29%
  • Unorganized
    15%
  • Extraordinary
    9%
  • Constant
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$34,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
16%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
89%
National
83%
79%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.29 responses
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I love how they offer a variety of degree programs. They also have friendly staff who help you to meet your needs, teachers who care and want to see you succeed. I also love the low cost for tuition. The only thing that I believe should change is the requirement to have a student pin to register when the upcoming semester is approaching.
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I have been attending this college since 2013. It is affordable and cheap for the academic part, but the campus life is very dull. The professors are nice and educated. It would be better if it was more organized. Overall, no complains. Good programs are offered!
Overall, Chicago State University is a great school. However, if you are looking for a huge campus with a great number of students who are enjoying the college life, then Chicago State U is not for you. If you desire to come back to school and earn a Bachelor's, or Master's Degree along with students who are parents and professors who are understanding and flexible then come on in! The best time is Welcome Week which is the first week of school every semester. Student Activities work really hard to get students involved and gain a feeling of comfort at their new or returning semester. Majority of the students are friendly as well!