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Chicago State University Data & Information Overview

165 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
47% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Chicago State University Ranked?

#1,830 Best Colleges in Nation
#78 Best Colleges in IL
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions Highest Ranked Major

2024 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 165 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is rehabilitation & therapeutic professions.

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Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2024 analysis, CSU is ranked #1,830 out of 2,217 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This is an improvement over the previous year, when CSU held the #2,008 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

CSU also holds the #78 spot on the Best Colleges in Illinois ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into CSU?

47% Acceptance Rate
72% Of Accepted Are Women

Acceptance Rate

Chicago State University has an acceptance rate of 47%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for CSU.

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Chicago State University Faculty

10 to 1 Student to Faculty
100% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at CSU is an impressive 10 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

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 100%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  100 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Chicago State University

41% Freshmen Retention
7% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 41% tells us that most first-year, full-time students don't stick around for a second year at Chicago State University. Students may have a variety of reasons for this, such as only intending to attend a school for one year while they brush up on certain subjects.

Freshmen Retention Rate  41 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 7%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  7 out of 100

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Chicago State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,086 Full-Time Undergraduates
83.4% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
70.8% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,685 undergraduates at CSU with 1,086 being full-time and 599 being part-time.

How Much Does Chicago State University Cost?

$12,681 Net Price
92% Take Out Loans
$15,780 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of CSU is $12,681. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At CSU, approximately 92% of students took out student loans averaging $3,945 a year. That adds up to $15,780 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CSU is 8.7%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do CSU Graduates Make?

$40,534 Avg Salary of Grads
Average Earnings Boost
Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from CSU with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $40,534 in their early years. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.


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

Location of Chicago State University

Illinois State
1,086 Full-Time Undergraduates
Large City Campus Setting
Located in Chicago, Illinois, Chicago State University is a public institution. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Contact details for CSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address:9501 S. King Drive, Chicago, IL 60628-1598

Chicago State University Majors

39 Majors With Completions
312 Undergraduate Degrees
193 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 39 majors graduated from Chicago State University. Of these students, 312 received undergraduate degrees and 193 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 MajorsBachelor’s DegreesAverage Salary of Graduates
General Psychology53$26,067
Business Administration & Management42$35,049
Liberal Arts General Studies37$28,460
Criminal Justice & Corrections32$31,389
Radio, Television & Digital Communication18NA
General Biology13$28,475
Health & Medical Administrative Services10NA
Recreation Administration8NA

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

Online Learning at CSU

54% Take At Least One Class Online
14% Take All Classes Online

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2020-2021, 1,266 students took at least one online class at Chicago State University. This is an increase from the 1,215 students who took online classes the previous year.

YearTook at Least One Online ClassTook All Classes Online

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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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