Facts You Should Know About the PSI Summer Institute 

Prematriculation Summer Institute (PSI)

The Engineering Studies Office at Chicago State University (CSU) Prematriculation Summer Institute (PSI) assists students in developing skills needed for successful completion of the Engineering Studies Program at CSU.

The program offers academic advising, interactive lectures and workshops, faculty mentoring programs, internships, scholarships, student study centers, and career counseling. 

The program is typically paced to fit students’ scholastic background and individual learning needs.

PSI Goals

  • To provide students with an overview of college life.
  • To increase student awareness of career opportunities in engineering through coursework, field trips, competitions, and workshops.
  • To develop effective study habits.
  • To encourage utilization of academic resources and services.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must be in the top 20% of their high school graduating class and satisfy each of the following criteria:

  1. A minimum ACT composite score of 20 and an SAT score of 1020. An official or unofficial copy of your high school transcript(s) or college transcript(s).
  2. Three years of regular high school mathematics (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II/Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus or College Algebra). Computer science and computer math are classes that are not applicable.
  3. Three years of natural and/or physical sciences (Biology, Physics, Chemistry, and Advanced Placement courses in Biology, Physics, or Chemistry courses are applicable).
  4. Must be admitted to Chicago State University.

Program Dates

The next program will be in 2020.  

Program Cost

Tuition is free for the summer program. Students typically receive a modest stipend for participation.

Course Description

The program consists of six weeks of progressively advanced topics in mathematics, technical writing and survival techniques. Classes are held Monday through Thursday, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The following is a description of each course:

Applied mathematics with an emphasis on equations and inequalities, rectangular coordinates, lines, functions, graphing, polynomials and rational functions.

Technical writing with emphasis on reasoning skills, paragraph and essay development, grammar usage, punctuations, and mechanics.

Survival tech with emphasis on effective study strategies, career exploration, library and research orientation, note taking, testing strategies, and time and stress management.

PSI 2020 Summer Institute Application

Thank you for your interest in the Pre-matriculation Summer Institute, we are not accepting applications at this time.  Please check back in April 2020.