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Which type of applicant are you?

There is a basic distinction between a degree-seeking and a non-degree seeking student. Please review each type of applicant distinctions below and follow the steps for the application that is most applicable to you. 

As you get started with an application, please note a Social Security Number (SSN) is not required for admission. However, by providing it you will help us to match your application materials.  The Social Security Number is required if you are applying for federal financial aid (FAFSA). The University is committed to ensuring the privacy and confidentiality of student records and will not disclose your SSN without your consent for any purpose except as allowed by law.

Undergraduate Students

If you are seeking an undergraduate degree either as a beginning freshman, transfer student or second bachelor's degree, you will first need to complete your application.  To prepare, please reference our application deadline dates below:

TermDeadline Dates
Summer 2016Priority processing - May 1st
Fall 2016Priority processing - May 1st
 Freshman student applications will be accepted through - August 1st
 Transfer student applications will be accepted through - August 1st
 

*Please note:

The Freshman student enrollment deadline is - August 12th                    

The Transfer student enrollment deadline is - August 12th

Spring 2017Priority processing - November 15th

 

Freshmen applicants: Never attended college

Effective Fall 2015 Freshmen will need to submit the following to be considered for admission* to CSU:

  1. A completed CSU Application or Common Application The Common Application
  2. Official Transcript from all High Schools or GED
  3. ACT/SAT scores
  4. Personal Essay Submit a printed personal essay of no more than 650 words, include your first and last names, with your date of birth.
  5. Counselor/Teacher Recommendation
  6. A $25 application fee

*Some students may be required to submit writing samples, letters of recommendation and or interview with our Academic Support Staff.

Transfer applicants:

  1. A completed CSU Application
  2. Official Transcript from each College/Universities attended
  3. A $25 application fee 

Applicants with 24 or more college-level semester hours must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 grading scale based on ALL college-level work attempted.

Applicants with fewer than the required number of hours of earned college credit must have at least a 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale based on all college-level work attempted, and submit high school transcripts along with ACT/SAT scores.

Second Bachelors Degree

  1. A completed CSU Application
  2. Official Transcript from each College/Universities attended
  3. A $25 application fee 

Second Bachelor’s Degree applicants must submit official academic transcripts from each college or university attended indicating all college-level work attempted. You are a second bachelor's applicant if you have already been awarded a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university and wish to pursue a second bachelor's degree.

Undergraduate-at-Large (visiting)

If you are not seeking a degree from Chicago State University at this time, you will need to complete the Undergraduate-at-Large Application. Be sure to read the instructions completely and thoroughly.

Note: Undergraduate-at-Large students are not eligible for any type of financial assistance and will not receive an evaluation of previous college credit.

Undergraduate International

An International student is anyone who is neither a U.S. citizen nor a U.S. permanent resident. You must utilize the paper version of the International Undergraduate Application. Please read and follow the written instructions. International students (F1) must download the undergraduate International application or use Common Application for admission.

Freshmen will need to submit the following to be considered for admission to CSU:

  1. A completed CSU International Application
  2. Official Transcript from all High Schools
  3. Foreign Evaluation of Transcripts by WWW.WES.ORG or WWW.ECE.ORG
  4. Official ACT/SAT scores
  5. Personal Essay - Submit a printed personal essay of no more than 650 words, include your first and last names, with your date of birth.
  6. Counselor/Teacher Recommendation
  7. Proof of English Ability (TOEFL or IELTS scores)
  8. $100.00 application fee 

Students coming on F-1 (student) visas will also need to submit the following to receive their immigration documents:

  1. Certificate of Sponsorship
  2. Official Bank Letter or Statement demonstrating financial support
  3. Photocopy of Passport

For more detailed information go to International admission.

Readmit Applicants

A former CSU undergraduate student who left the University for 2 years or more and was in good academic standing must apply for readmission through the Office of Records and Registration. 773-995-2522. Do not use this application.

Reinstatement Applicants

A former CSU undergraduate student who has been dismissed for poor scholarship (DPS) and has been away from the University for more than one term must apply for reinstatement. Contact the Office of the Registrar for further information at 773-995-2522.

Summer School Only At Large

Students wishing to take one or more courses for the summer are to use the Summer Session Only Application. Please review the Admissions Criteria for each type of applicant. Test scores, documents, and other requirements are detailed here.

To check on the status of your application or to speak to an Admissions Counselor, please call the Office of Admissions at 773-995-2513 or e-mail ug-admissions@csu.edu.

Students who applied online can check their status at CSU Xpress using their application user ID and password.

Options to pay the application fee:

  • Please submit online payment via credit card through our secure online payment website. Note, we accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express or
  • by calling the Cashiers 773-995-2029 to pay by phone or
  • if you cannot pay your fee via credit/debit card, mail check or money order to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

9501 S King Dr. ADM 126
Chicago, IL 60628

Be cautious and do not make payment more than once, as no refund will be issued.
Once we receive your online payment, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with a fee payment code. Please fill in your payment confirmation code on your Signature Page in the space provided.

Please note, applications will not be processed without payment or fee waiver.

All applications and documents will be retained for one year from the semester for which you applied, after which time applications and documents will be discarded if the applicant has not enrolled at the university or deferred the application to a later semester.

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Undergraduate Catalog

If you would like to review an undergraduate catalog, please click here.

Visit or call the Office of Admissions, Cook Administration Building, Room 126, 773-995-2513, if you have more questions.

Send all undergraduate application materials to:

Chicago State University
Office of Admissions / ADM 126
9501 S. King Drive
Chicago, IL  60628-1598