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Find out more about how Chicago State University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Chicago State University Ranked?

2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, 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

College Factual ranked CSU as #1,324 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when CSU held the #1,401 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 61 colleges in Illinois, CSU is ranked at #54.

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Is It Hard to Get Into CSU?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Chicago State University is 78%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that CSU is a good fit for you.

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

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

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

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 2,029 undergraduates at CSU with 1,297 being full-time and 732 being part-time.

CSU Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from CSU make around $33,800 per year during the early years of their employment. 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 located 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 courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

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

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