SuccessU Program 

StudentsThe goal of the SuccessU Program is to assist incoming, freshmen students whose pre-college education did not fully prepare them to reach their academic potential. In turn, the SuccessU program provides students with needed resources to help them take full advantage of the educational opportunities Chicago State University offers and to help them succeed during their first year of college with the end goal being graduation.

To serve students to the best of our ability, SuccessU faculty and staff create supportive curricula and programs to help students develop skills essential to successful academic performance in the larger university. The curriculum is designed for students to exit the program in one academic year (a two-semester commitment). Students must take and pass the required courses necessary to do so.

Once students complete the entire SuccessU curriculum, they are officially exited from the program. Students will complete necessary paperwork with an advisor and transfer to their chosen major. Students must meet the requirements of the major before they can be transferred. 

The Benefits of the SuccessU Program

  • Specialized orientation, advising, and registration
  • Individualized attention by instructors and academic advisors who work in the SuccessU program
  • Freshman Seminar 1500 and 1510
  • Access to the RISE Academy program

SuccessU Facts:

  • SuccessU students perform at the same levels or better than their classmates  
  • SuccessU program students have higher retention rates
  • SuccessU program students are more connected to the campus 
  • SuccessU program students participate more in campus activities 

SuccessU curriculum

The SuccessU program curriculum combines basic skills and general education coursework applicable to all majors. In addition, students participate in the Rise Academy program. Rise Academy designed to help students acclimate to the university and succeed academically in their first year.

Students must complete the following curriculum before exiting the SuccessU program:

  • Freshman Seminar 1500
  • Freshman Seminar 1510
  • English 1230 or 1270
  • For admission criteria, please contact the Office of Admissions at (773) 995-2513.