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Chicago State University Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Chicago State University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Chicago State University Ranked?

2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Chicago State University was awarded 6 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting.

Overall Quality

CSU landed the #1,324 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

CSU also holds the #54 spot on the Best Colleges in Illinois ranking.

See all of the rankings for Chicago State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into CSU?

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, Chicago State University is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 78%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

Average Test Scores

About 20% of students accepted to CSU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 400 and 538. Math scores were between 440 and 540.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Chicago State University  ( 400 to 538 )

SAT Math Scores for Chicago State University  ( 440 to 540 )
CSU received ACT scores from 91% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 16 and 20.

ACT Composite Scores for Chicago State University  ( 16 to 20 )

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Chicago State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At CSU, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 10 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Chicago State University is 98%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  98 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Chicago State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate is a sign of how many full-time students like a college or university well enough to come back for their sophomore year. At Chicago State University this rate is 61%, which is a bit lower than the national average of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  61 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at CSU is 2%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  2 out of 100

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Below Average Overall Diversity at CSU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,108 undergraduates at CSU with 1,361 being full-time and 747 being part-time.

CSU Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

The overall diversity score for CSU is 27.84 out of 100. This is below average when compared to other schools in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  27.84 out of 100
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How Much Does Chicago State University Cost?

The overall average net price of CSU is $11,365. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for CSU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$9,944 $13,541 $13,937 $16,212 $17,690

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of CSU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At CSU, approximately 91% of students took out student loans averaging $5,483 a year. That adds up to $21,932 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CSU is 12.3%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do CSU Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from CSU make about $33,800 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is about 15% less that the average pay for college graduates overall. However, graduates with your major may make more.


See which majors at Chicago State University make the most money.

Location of Chicago State University

Chicago State University is a public institution situated in Chicago, Illinois. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Location of Chicago State University

Contact details for CSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 9501 S. King Drive, Chicago, IL 60628-1598
Phone: 773-995-2000

Chicago State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 39 majors graduated from Chicago State University. Of these students, 353 received undergraduate degrees and 248 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 68 $33,900
General Psychology 59 $24,800
Criminal Justice & Corrections 43 $25,900
Nursing 24 $63,100
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 20 NA
Sociology 19 $23,400
Teacher Education Grade Specific 18 $34,200
Liberal Arts General Studies 17 NA
Computer Science 9 NA
General English Literature 9 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Chicago State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at CSU

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 1,193 students took at least one online class at Chicago State University. This is an increase from the 1,038 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 1,193 225
2016-2017 1,038 204
2015-2016 1,896 13
2014-2015 1,264 182
2013-2014 2,210 180

Learn more about online learning at Chicago State University.

Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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