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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, 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

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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
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  • 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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Chicago State is a predominantly Black campus located on Chicago's south side. A beautiful campus with very active staff, students and athletes. Food isn't the best no special restaurants. Not much access to food after 11:00pm. Very affluent and educational institution. The dorms are substantial and gender separated. A nice campus life with clubs and events every other day. Lots of resources and opportunities but you HAVE to stay on people. Otherwise an overall nice university experience without leaving home or if you're out of state.
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My experience at Chicago State University was Amazing!! The teacher and staff are amazing and very helpful and understanding. The students are also very helpful and understanding. The dorm rooms are great, the food is great, and the parties and events are great too. I love everything about Chicago State University and I'll love to go back.
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.