Chicago State University

Chicago State University

Chicago State University, sometimes referred to as CSU, is a state university founded in 1867. There are over 6,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students enrolled in this university. Apart from distance learning and teacher certification programs, CSU offers a wide array of courses in arts, sciences, technology, education, criminal justice, healthcare, music and business management studies. There are more than 30 different undergraduate degree programs, and a number of master degrees provided by the university.

CSU sports teams are called the Cougars and the official colors are evergreen and white. The CSU wrestling and basketball team have won a number of national championships over the years.

The Chicago State University has several well known alumnus with names like Grammy award-winner Kanye West; Dr. Margaret Burroughs, a noted author; Shondra Harris, the first female president of Uribe, Jamaica; restaurateur David Blackmon; and many famous athletes.

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Chicago State University
9501 S. King Drive
Chicago , IL 60628-1598
General Phone: (773) 995-2000

Chicago State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts312African-American studies, Spanish language, English, creative writing, liberal arts and sciences, general studies, library science, economics, geography, ...
Education and Teaching270multilingual education, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, special ed, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, early childhood education, business teaching, industrial arts teaching, ...
Therapy and Counseling104psychology, counseling psychology, physical therapy
Security and Law Enforcement54criminal justice and safety
Business and Management50business management
Nursing and Emergency Medicine43registered nursing
Science33biology, chemistry, physics
Family and Social Work27social work
Medical Administration20medical records admin, public health education
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy11parks and recreation management, occupational therapy
Media8radio and television
Medical Support and Technology7health service and sciences
Art Studies6art studies
Computer Science and Engineering4computer science

Number of programs and degrees for Chicago State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree63035
Master's degree34322
Doctor's degree01
Postbaccalaureate certificate12

Chicago State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Chicago State had a total enrollment of 6,810 students (5,032 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 31%
Women 69%
Full-Time 89%
Part-Time 11%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 74%
Graduate 26%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 9%
Black 79%
Hispanic 7%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 4%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 11%
20-21 11%
22-24 15%
25-29 19%
30-34 12%
35-39 10%
40-49 13%
50-64 8%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)1%

Chicago State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 55 %
Part-Time 31 %

Chicago State Room and Board (2007)

Chicago State offers campus housing for 330 of its 5,032 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Chicago, Illinois for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Illinois Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Chicago State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
ACT Verbal1721
ACT Math1619
ACT Composite1820

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT88%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Chicago State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 8,878
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 15,658
Room and board $ 7,250
Books and supplies $ 1,800
Other expenses $ 3,300

Financial Aid:
Chicago State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 169400)

Chicago State Faculty

Chicago State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2843
Non-tenured and not on tenure track3339

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year8$101,9694$94,623
Associate professorcalendar year5$95,3815$98,767
Assistant professorcalendar year1*5$90,473
All faculty totalcalendar year14$98,21814$94,621

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year42$81,21324$78,305
Associate professoracademic year42$68,97730$64,357
Assistant professoracademic year23$57,74244$60,004
Lectureracademic year32$36,18238$38,613
All faculty totalacademic year139$63,265136$58,217

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Chicago State Athletics

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports122032

Chicago State Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Education And Teaching
Bilingual and Multilingual Education
Business Teacher Education
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
General Studies
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Library Science/Librarianship
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Radio and Television

Medical Administration
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
Public Health Education and Promotion

Medical Support And Technology
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Occupational Therapy/Therapist
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General

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What Sets Chicago State Apart:

% of degrees in mathematics
(vs. all colleges)
Top 8%Chicago State % of degrees in mathematics
% of degrees in liberal arts
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 9%Chicago State % of degrees in liberal arts
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 10%Chicago State Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
Minority % of student body
(vs. all colleges)
Top 11%Chicago State Minority % of student body
Number of students
(vs. all colleges)
Top 11%Chicago State Number of students
Female % of student body
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 13%Chicago State Female % of student body
% students 40 years or older
(vs. all colleges)
Top 13%Chicago State % students 40 years or older
Number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 14%Chicago State Number of degree programs
% of freshmen enrolled part-time
(vs. all colleges)
Top 15%Chicago State % of freshmen enrolled part-time
% of degrees in education and teaching
(vs. all colleges)
Top 16%Chicago State % of degrees in education and teaching

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checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
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checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army)
checked Offers athletic scholarships
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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