Welcome to the Undergraduate Online Application for admissions to Chicago State University.

The only types of applicants we are currently accepting via this method are the following:

bullet First-time Freshmen (Never attended college)
bullet Freshman/Transfer (Less than 24 semester/36 quarter college credit hours)
bullet Transfer (minimum 24 semester/36 quarter college credit hours)
bullet Second Bachelors degree

If you do not fall within any of the above listed categories please go to the applicant page and download the application.  You may also call the Office of Admissions for assistance, 773-995-2513 or send us an e-mail to assist you at ug-admissions@csu.edu. The online application cannot be used as a readmission application.  If you have previously attended Chicago State University (CSU), please call 773-995-2522 or visit the Registrar's site.

To complete the online application, simply type your answer in the corresponding fields or select your answers from the dropdown lists (where applicable).  Remember, since you will be typing in your own information, you can guarantee the correct spelling of your name and address and other vital information.

Undergraduate Students

If you are seeking an undergraduate degree either as a beginning freshman, transfer student or second bachelor's degree, you can use the apply online or Common Application (beginning freshman only).

Use of your Social Security Number (SSN): Your social security number is not required for admission to CSU; however, by providing it, you will help us to match your application materials and is required if you are applying for federal financial aid (FASFA). The University is committed to ensuring the privacy and confidentiality of student records and will not disclose your SSN without your consent for any purpose except as allowed by law.

IFreshmen applicants - (Never attended college) Freshmen need to submit the following to be considered for admission* to CSU:

  1. A completed CSU Application or Common Application
  2. Official Transcript from all High Schools
  3. ACT/SAT scores
  4. Personal Essay
  5. Secondary School Report 
  6. A $25.00 application processing fee 

*Some students may be required to submit writing samples, letters of recommendation and/or interview with our Academic Support Staff.

Transfer applicants

  1. A completed CSU Application
  2. Official Transcript from each College/Universities attended
  3. A $25.00 application processing fee 
  4. Apply online

Applicants with 24 or more college-level semester hours must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 grading scale based on ALL college-level work attempted.

Applicants with fewer than the required number of hours of earned credit must have at least a 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale based on all college-level work attempted, and meet the freshmen admission requirements.

Second Bachelors Degree

  1. A completed CSU Application
  2. Official Transcript from each College/Universities attended
  3. A $25.00 application processing fee
  4. Apply online

Options to pay the application fee:

  • Please submit online payment via credit card through our secure online payment website. Note, we accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express or
  • By calling the Cashiers 773-995-2029 to pay by phone or
  • If you cannot pay your fee via credit/debit card, mail check or money order to:
Chicago State University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
9501 S King Dr. ADM 200
Chicago, IL 60628

Take caution and do not make payment more than once, as no refund will be issued.

Once we receive your online payment, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with a fee payment code. Please fill in your payment  confirmation code on your Signature Page in the space provided.  

Please note, applications will not be processed without payment or fee waiver.

Second Bachelor’s Degree applicants must submit official academic transcripts from each college or university attended indicating all college-level work attempted. You are a second bachelor's applicant if you have already been awarded a bachelors degree from a regionally accredited college or university and wish to pursue a second bachelors degree.

Use of your Social Security Number (SSN): Your social security number is not required for admission to the University; however, by providing it, you will help us to match your application materials and is required if you are applying for federal financial aid. The University is committed to ensuring the privacy and confidentiality of student records and will not disclose your SSN without your consent for any purpose except as allowed by law.

Check the status of your online application. Use the same Login ID and PIN you created when you applied via the web, or, if you submitted a paper application, email us at ug-admissions@csu.edu.  Freshman applying via Common Application must log in to their Common Application portal to review application status.

Crime Awareness and the Clery Act

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Crime Statistics Act, 20 U.S.C. 1092, the Annual Campus Security Report is available on the CSU Police Department website at the CSU Police Department web page.

The Annual Security Report contains crime statistics for the three previous calendar years of reported crimes that occurred on campus or on public property within or immediately adjacent to campus.  It also contains information on (1) the reporting of crimes or emergencies, (2) security of, and access to, campus facilities, (3) university police law enforcement authority, (4) security awareness programs and practices, (5) crime prevention programs, (6) drug and alcohol policy and programs, (7) crime statistics, (8) where to find information on Illinois registered sex offenders, and (9) policy and procedures regarding sexual assault.

Individuals can request a paper copy of the report by submitting a written request to the CSU Police Department, 9501 South King Drive O&M Building Room #210, Chicago, Illinois 60628-1598.  If additional information is required regarding campus safety and security measures, please contact the CSU Police Department at 773-995-2113.

Additionally, in compliance with Illinois P.A. 95-764, and in an effort to educate the campus community about sexual assault (including prevention and awareness of sex offenses, procedures to follow if a sex offense occurs, procedures for on campus disciplinary action, possible sanctions, and distribution), online resources and campus-sponsored awareness programs are offered on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Information about above policies, procedures, services, and programs can be obtained from the Department of Student Affairs, CSU Police Department and the Student Handbook.

bullet This application is valid only for the semester for which you are applying.  If you do not enroll for that semester you may defer your admission by submitting notice in writing four weeks prior to the first day of the semester.

If you must make changes after you submit the application, please contact the Office of Admissions. You must apply for admission to one specific program.  See our list of major/programs offered for more information.

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