CSU sign along expressway


Welcome to Chicago State University, a place we like to call “CSU”. CSU is a fully accredited, public, urban, commuter and residential institution. Originally founded in 1867 as an experimental teacher training school, the institution has evolved into a multipurpose university committed to meeting the needs of the urban community. The university is located in a residential community on the south side of Chicago; approximately 12 miles from the Loop. The 161-acre campus has contemporary buildings attractively placed in a carefully preserved woodland setting. Admission to the university is granted for eligible prospective undergraduate, graduate and professional students. We’re a different kind of place. We have a different approach to student learning and student achievement that distinguishes us from all other academic institutions.

Financial Aid

Realizing that choosing a college is a major decision, we want to assist you in any way that we can. One way we ensure campus diversity: we have a strong commitment to helping all admitted students afford an education here. A college education is one of life's most rewarding experiences. Financing a college education is one of the most important investments a student will make in a lifetime. As a student at Chicago State University you have a world of financial assistance resources available to you, including grants, low interest loans, scholarships, and campus jobs. In addition, you have us. We are here to help you secure the funds to make your college education an affordable reality. For more information on financial assistance and how to complete the financial aid process, click on our Office of Student Financial Aid link.

Chicago State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission