Chicago State University
(Freshman Leadership Institute)
New Student Convocation
August 15th-17th

What is F.L.I. (Freshman Leadership Institute)? 

 F.L.I. (Freshman Leadership Institute) is Chicago State University’s three-day freshman retreat.  It is a program designed to help you transition into Chicago State University, teach you our traditions, and introduce you to the Chicago State experience by staying in Housing and Residence Life.  As a Cougar, you are now part of a rich tradition, and we want to make sure that you get off on the right foot.  Please keep in mind that F.L.I. is mandatory for all new freshmen. 

What is Convocation?

New Student Convocation is an annual tradition when all new students are officially inducted into their graduating class, and their academic careers officially begin at Chicago State University. Students are welcomed to the university community by the University Community. Convocation is a celebration of university life and Chicago State University traditions. It provides students with an opportunity to gather with their classmates and join the CSU academic community through a major campus event.  It is one of the few times that the class will gather together prior to graduation.  Following Convocation there is lunch and a fun-filled day of activities.  

F.L.I. Registration Link