Welcome New Cougars

Congratulations on your acceptance to Chicago State University!  We are pleased that you have decided to further your education at our institution.

As a new student we know that you are eager to learn what is expected as a college student.  Our New Student Orientation (Cougar Start U) will provide you with needed information, resources, and tools to begin your transition to college.  It will also give you insight on life as a Cougar. Our goal is to help each student experience a stress-free transition into college while introducing you to our great institution. Cougar Start U is required for all newly admitted freshmen.   Transfer students are strongly encouraged to attend.  At Cougar Start U you will…

  • Receive information on the available campus resources and departments, become acquainted with the CSU community, and learn strategies that will assist you in being a successful student
  • Meet with an advisor and develop your fall schedule
  • Review the web-based course registration system
  • Connect with new and current students 
  • Meet faculty and staff that are here to support your growth and development
  • Become familiarized with campus policies and procedures
  • Be introduced to your academic program, curriculum, and degree requirements


 Cougar Start U Date

Tuesday December 16, 2014

(please click on date above to RSVP)   

 We cannot wait to see you on campus and have you as a member of the CSU family.  Please call the Office of First Year Experience if you have any questions at 773.995.4510.  

You will need your CSU username and password to register for classes.  If you do not have your username and password, contact the ITD Helpdesk at (773-995-3963.)  


Frequently Asked Questions


Cougar Start U Schedule 

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.      Check in 

9:00 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.      Welcome and Introductions 

9:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.    Department Presentations 

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.    Lunch 

1:40 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.      Department Presentations 

2:00 p.m. -  4:00 p.m.      Advisor Presentations


To ensure that you have a positive experience at Cougar Start U make sure you come prepared!  Review our New Student Checklist and complete all action items.

Out of town guest please contact (773) 995-4510 for hotel information. 



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