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These checklist is for admitted students. For questions please contact the office of admissions

(773) 995-2513

Toll free at 1 (800) 278-3011

Step A: Apply

Instructions to claim your account. Once your account is claimed, print the page for your records. You will use the account user ID and password for several things, including email and an online learning system called Moodle.

Step B: Apply

File your Free FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) after October 1st. Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so file ASAP (U.S. citizens and permanent residents only).

Have you applied for financial aid?

  • If no, apply on-line or contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.
  • If yes, be sure to check the e-mail address you used on the FAFSA application for updates.
  • Check with your academic college for additional scholarship opportunities.

Priority consideration for merit-based scholarships is based upon completing the FAFSA by February 1st.

Please visit our FAFSA web page or contact Financial Aid at for assistance and/or additional information. CSU’s federal code is 001694. 

Learn about and register for New Student Orientation by visiting here.

It is necessary for you to attend orientation prior to starting school and we encourage your parents to also attend. Orientation provides critical information about your educational career at CSU, including registering for courses, paying your bill, submitting required forms, ordering textbooks, and more. 

After you confirm your enrollment, please contact Housing & Residence Life at (773) 995-4543 or

All newly admitted freshman students are required to take the placement exams. Placement exams should be taken upon being admitted to the university or as soon thereafter (If applicable).

The Office of Examinations runs the Examinations Testing Lab in the Gwendolyn Brooks Library, Room 144. At the Examinations Testing Lab, new and current students can take placement exams as part of getting started with registration for required English composition and Math courses. Tests are offered virtually and on campus by appointment only. You are encouraged to arrive no later than 15 minutes before the scheduled test time. For virtual testing, you must have a computer or laptop with a working camera

Please use our online registration form to make an appointment to take your placement exams.

Newly admitted freshmen are required to provide their final Official High School transcript with school seal and graduation to the Office of Admissions.

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

If you attended a community college or earned college credits during high school, please have them send an official transcript to the Undergraduate Admissions Office by July 1.

CSU accepts the following types of course credit:

  1. (AP) Advanced Placement  
  2. (CLEP) College-Level Examination Program
  3. (IB) International Baccalaureate 
  4. State Seal of Biliteracy
  5. Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate credit is generally accepted if you meet the required minimum score for each exam. Detailed information on each of these credits may be found here.

Contact each organization to learn how to send your scores to CSU:

Office of Records and Registration

Academic Evaluations and Advisement ADM 128

Chicago State University

9501 S. King Drive

Chicago, IL 60628

Students can view transfer credit details on CSU X-PRESS via Cougar connect by navigating to the Student channel.

Coursework will only be evaluated after your official transcripts from each institution attended and/or scores have been received by the Office of Evaluations.

If currently enrolled and your transfer credits are not visible, please contact the Office of Evaluations immediately. Please allow our office 3 weeks to fully enter all transfer credit.

Immunizations are a state law requirement and failure to comply will result in academic withdrawal. Prior to registration, you are required to provide proof of immunization compliance. All enrolled students who attend classes on campus must provide documentation of immunizations.

Complete the Student Immunization Record (pdf) form and send it to:

Chicago State University

Wellness Center Cook Administration Building/ Room 131

9501 S. King Drive

Chicago, IL 60628

Illinois high school health records are acceptable if they contain information as specified in the following standards and are properly certified (all information must be written in English):

  1. All dates in a series of immunizations must be included.
  2. All dates must include month, day & year.
  3. A physician, school/college/university health service registered nurse or Illinois Department of Public Health official must certify all dates by signature and include address.
  4. Any laboratory or radiological (x-ray) evidence must be accompanied by a copy of the report showing the student's name and dates.

Only the following exemptions will be accepted and statements must accompany the Certificate of Immunity form:

  1. Medical contraindications - A written, signed and dated statement from a physician stating the specific vaccine(s) contraindicated and duration of the medical condition that contraindicates the vaccine(s).
  2. Pregnancy or suspected pregnancy - A signed agreement from a physician stating the student is pregnant or pregnancy is suspected (give expected date of delivery). After delivery, the student must then comply with the provisions of this policy as directed by her physician.
  3. Religion exemption - Those claiming exemptions for religious reasons must file Form B-114 (obtained from the Wellness Center) along with a letter on official church stationery and signed by the religious administrator.

Students should contact the Wellness Center, located in Room 131, Cook Administration Building, or call (773) 995-2010 for further information on how to satisfy State of Illinois immunization requirements.

  • Attend an admitted students workshop
  • Meet with your advisor to create your degree plan and obtain your registration pin number
  • Register for classes & confirm all expenses via Cougar connect
  • Obtain parking pass if you are commuting
  • Email to obtain your university ID.
  • Get all educational materials (books, calculators, etc)
  • If you are a Veteran, Please contact Veterans Affairs to obtain your benefits 



Important Contacts 

Department Phone
Academic Advising  
Admissions (773) 995-2513 or (800)278-3011
Abilities Office (773) 821-4401
Bursar (773) 995-2470
Examinations (773) 995-5420
Financial Aid (773) 995-2304 or (877) 278-8898
Global Engagement Office (773) 995-2582
Honors College (773) 995-3801
Housing (773) 995-4543
Parking (773) 995-2141
Records & Registration (773) 995-2517 or (855) 390-5136
Student Health Insurance (773) 995-4533
Veteran Affairs (773) 995-3549

Wellness Health Center


(773) 995-2010

(773) 995-2011