Chicago State University

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?

2022 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 48 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is health professions.

Overall Quality

CSU landed the #2,228 spot in College Factual's 2022 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,576 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

CSU also holds the #93 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

Chicago State University has an acceptance rate of 46%, 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.

Average Test Scores

About 79% 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 420 and 510. Math scores were between 330 and 453.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Chicago State University  ( 420 to 510 )

SAT Math Scores for Chicago State University  ( 330 to 453 )
CSU received ACT scores from 42% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 15 and 19.

ACT Composite Scores for Chicago State University  ( 15 to 19 )

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Chicago State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at CSU is an impressive 9 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 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 54%, which is a bit lower than the national average of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  54 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 4%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  4 out of 100

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Chicago State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

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?

The overall average net price of CSU is $11,733. 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 +
$11,507 $11,844 $10,023 $16,602 $15,682

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 78% of students took out student loans averaging $5,229 a year. That adds up to $20,916 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CSU is 11.6%. 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

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
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, 386 received undergraduate degrees and 220 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
General Psychology 66 $29,685
Business Administration & Management 48 $34,704
Nursing 38 $63,600
Liberal Arts General Studies 36 $29,685
Criminal Justice & Corrections 26 $31,495
Sociology 25 $30,119
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 21 $25,967
Teacher Education Grade Specific 20 $35,060
General Biology 19 $27,048
Health & Medical Administrative Services 12 $33,993

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 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 2019-2020, 1,215 students took at least one online class at Chicago State University. This is an increase from the 1,188 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 1,215 230
2018-2019 1,188 240
2017-2018 1,193 225
2016-2017 1,038 204
2015-2016 1,896 13

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.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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