What Is Cougar Start U...

Welcome New Cougars!

Welcome to Chicago State University! We are pleased that you have decided to further your education at our institution. As a new student we know that you are eager to get started. Cougar Start U will provide you with needed information, resources, and tools to begin your transition. It will also give you insight on life as a Cougar.

Cougar Start U is required for all newly admitted freshmen. Freshmen are not allowed to register for classes until they have completed Cougar Start U Orientation. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to attend.
Registering for Cougar Start U: Select your Cougar Start U date to the right. You will need your CSU username and password to register for your orientation date.

Placement Exams:  You must take your placement exams before attending orientation.  You will not be given a registration appointment or allowed to see an advisor without placement scores. You do not need an appointment to take placement exams. Exams are available on a walk-in basis Tuesday through Thursday. Testing times are 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. You are encouraged to arrive no later than 15 minutes before the scheduled test time. For more information on placement exams and a full schedule, please go to www.csu.edu/examinations.

Orientation Fee: There is a $50 nonrefundable orientation fee. The fee must be paid prior to your orientation date. Each student is allowed two guests. Each additional guest must pay $10.

To pay your orientation fee, please contact the Cashier's Office at 773-995-2029 or you can pay in person at the Cook Administration Building Room 213.
Click here for orientation day instructions and frequently asked questions.

New Student Orientation