To be granted admissions to Chicago State University, a prospective freshman student must submit an application via the common app ( or the CSU online application.

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 requirements 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 and 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 940. 

* Applicants who submit an application via the school website can download the essay topic that must accompany the application. 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

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

AgencyWebsitePhone Number
Note: ACT Prep Guidebook

Completing the application by the priority review date below guarantees your application is considered for an early decision and merit scholarship opportunities.

Desired TermPriority Deadline
FallApril 1st
SpringNovember 15th
Summer Session 1May 1st
Summer Session 2June 1st

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