Freshman Applicants

To be granted admissions to Chicago State University, a prospective freshman student must submit an application online.

Applicants who are currently in high school or have earned a high school diploma, or a General Education Development (GED) certificate, or a home-schooled program and never attended college must submit the following supporting documents to complete the admission application:

  • Official High School transcript, or GED test results, or home-schooled portfolio
  • Official ACT or SAT scores
  • Personal essay *
  • Letter of Recommendation **
  • $25 non-refundable Application fee

Applicants with a high school diploma must meet the following subject requirements:

  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years of Math,
  • 3 years of Social Studies
  • 3 years of Science
  • 2 years of foreign language, music, vocational education or art.

Applicants with a GED certificate or Home schooled must meet a minimum ACT composite of 18 or SAT composite of 960. 

* Applicants who submit an application via the school website can complete/upload the personal essay at that time. Applicants who submit an application via common app must answer the essay question on that application. 

** Letters of recommendation can be completed by a teacher, school counselor, mentor, coach, or employer and sent to

Admitted applicants are required to provide a final Official High School transcript with graduation date prior to beginning classes.

Note: Applicants can request ACT or SAT official scores to be sent to Chicago State University – code 0992 by contacting the below agencies

Agency Website Phone Number
ACT 319-337-1313
SAT 609-771-7600
Note: ACT Prep Guidebook


Completing the application by the Priority Deadline Date below guarantees your application is considered for an early decision and merit scholarship opportunities.

Terms Priority Deadline Regular Admissions Deadline
Spring 2020 September 1, 2019 January 6, 2020
Summer I March 1, 2020 May 1, 2020
Summer II April 1, 2020 May 15, 2020
Fall 2020 November 1, 2019 August 10, 2020

Late applicants will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis for admissions and financial assistance.