Undergraduate Admissions Information

University and Admission Policy

Chicago State University operates all of its activities and provides all benefits to students and employees without regard to race, color, creed, religion national origin or sex. The University does not discriminate on the basis of handicap in admission or access to its programs.

  • Admission to the University does not imply admission to a particular program. Colleges and departments may have additional requirements.
  • A $25.00 Non-Refundable fee for admission (check or money order only) must be submitted with the domestic application. (Fees are waived for 2022-23 year)
  • A $100.00 Non-Refundable fee for admission (check or money order only) must be submitted with the International admission application. (Fees are waived for 2022-23 year)
  • This application and fee is only valid for the semester that you indicate. However, you may defer the application and fee for one time only by notifying the Office of Admissions in writing four weeks prior to the opening day of the semester that is indicated on your initial application. Otherwise, a new application and fee will be required.
  • All applications and documents will be retained for one year from the semester for which you applied, after which time applications and documents will be discarded if the applicant has not enrolled at the university or deferred the application to a later semester.
  • Some programs require students to participate in the University Assessment Program in English, Mathematics, and Reading.

Freshmen (never attended college) will need to submit the following to be considered for admission* to CSU:

  • A completed CSU Application or Common Applicationcommon application logo
  • Official Transcript from all High Schools
  • Personal Essay
  • Counselor/Teacher Recommendation
  • ACT/SAT scores
  • A $25.00 application fee (Fees are waived for 2022-23 year)

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

Transfer applicants must submit the following:

  • A completed CSU Application
  • Official transcript(s) from each College/Universities attended
  • A $25 application fee (Fees are waived for 2022-23 year)

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, a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale from the last institution attended, and meet the freshmen admission requirements.

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 (FAFSA). 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.

Permanent Residents (Non-U.S. Citizens)

  • Permanent residents must attach a copy of both sides of their Permanent Resident registration card to this application.
  • Permanent residents should review admissions criteria regarding freshman and transfer applicants.
  • Permanent residents who have attended secondary or post secondary institutions outside the U.S. must submit the documentation that is indicated below:

Original or true copies of all secondary and post secondary educational records. All documents in a language other than English must be accompanied by a certified translation and credentials from all secondary schools attended abroad must be accompanied by a certified detailed evaluation from a nationally known credentials evaluator. See the International page for further information.