Freshman Applicants

Chicago State University welcomes and encourages all prospective students to apply for admission.Applicants who do not meet the minimum grade grade point average and/or minimum test score requirement are strongly encouraged to apply for conditional admission.

Before starting the application process, be sure to:

  • Request that your official high school transcript and official transcripts of any college coursework be sent directly to the Office of Admissions.
  • Request that your official ACT or SAT scores be sent directly to Chicago State University from the College Board and/or ACT.
  • Have a valid credit or debit card or your bank information available for the application fee.
  • Check dates and deadlines so you stay on track with the application process.
  • Check to see whether your AP, IB, or college credits will transfer to Chicago State University.

Explore Financial Aid Options

Chicago State University (CSU) offers multiple forms of financial aid including scholarships, grants, and loans.You are automatically considered for several scholarships simply by applyingto CSU.

  • Submit your FAFSA early. We suggest that you complete and submit your FAFSA application by November 15th.
  • Research and apply for private scholarships and other opportunities early.

Visit our financial aid website for additional scholarship information.

Freshman Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admissions to Chicago State University, you must:

  • Complete the online application via the Common Application or the CSU Online Application.
  • Submit the $25 non-refundable application fee or a CSU Undergraduate Fee Waiver Request Form. Applicants who meet low-income requirements may submit a CSU Undergraduate Fee Waiver Request Form electronically to
  • Have a minimum unweighted cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.  Official transcripts from all previously attended academic institutions (high school, GED, community college, or college/university) must be submitted before a decision is made.
  • Request that a final official high school transcript showing your graduation date be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by August 1.
  • Have a minimum ACT composite score of 18 or a total score of 960 on the new SAT examination. Official test scores must  be sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions before a decision can be made.

Our institutional codes are:

  • College Board Code (SAT): 1118
  • ACT Code: 0992
  • Have completed the following coursework:
    • Four years of English
    • Three years of mathematics
    • Three years of social studies
    • Three years of science
    • Two years of either foreign language, music, art or career/vocational education

Conditional Admission Requirements

If you do not meet the minimum grade grade point average and/or minimum test score, we strongly encourage you to apply for conditional admissions. Applicants will be reviewed holistically by members of our admissions committee.

For consideration for conditional admissions, you must also submit the following:

  • One letter of recommendation from a school counselor or teacher (speaking to your motivation for college and your college readiness)
  • A one-page typed personal statement addressing your motivation to attend college; engagement and involvement with extracurricular activities including work, clubs/organizations, athletics, community service; and a brief discussion on what you plan to do to achieve academic success your first year of college and beyond.

Note:  Individuals admitted conditionally must:

  • Attend an assigned orientation.
  • Take the university placement tests on the assigned date. 
  • Submit the $100 Student Deposit by April 1 (waivers are not accepted).
  • Attend and successfully complete a six-week summer bridge program.

Admission to Programs and Majors

Freshman admission does not guarantee admission to professional or upper-division programs. Several majors have competitive or selective admission after the sophomore year. Programs that currently have separate admission criteria include education, nursing, occupational therapy, and health information administration.

Contact the Office of Admissions at 773/995-2513 or via email at with any questions.

Chicago State University accepts the following types of course credit:

  • Advanced Placement (AP)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma and certificates
  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • Dual Credit

We do not charge a fee to post credit on your transcript earned through AP, IB, or CLEP examinations.

Detailed information on each of these credits may be found here.

Advanced Placement credit is generally accepted if you meet the required minimum score for each exam listed below. Visit the College Board’s website to learn how to send your scores to Chicago State University.

Credit By College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

You are eligible to earn CLEP credit if you have less than 90 semester hours of college credit. Credit can be applied to a course in your program/major of study. In most cases your scaled score must be higher than 50 to earn credit.  

Credit is accepted by most programs/majors, although departmental approval may be required. Speak with the Coordinator for Examination in the Cook County Administration Building, Room 129, for additional information.

Incoming degree-seeking freshmen and transfer students who have taken CLEP tests before being admitted to Chicago State University should have an official statement of their CLEP scores mailed to the Office of Admissions, Chicago State University. The scores will become a part of the admissions file for entering students but will in no way affect the admissions decision. The request for such scores should be directed to:

CLEP Program

Box 1822

Princeton, New Jersey 08541

Dual Credit 

Chicago State University (CSU) will accept the majority of courses taken for dual credit at regionally accredited colleges or universities. The credit must be documented on a transcript and sent to CSU.

There are no limits to the number of dual credits you can earn. However, we strongly recommend you check with your academic department to see whether the credits will count toward your major.  

Dual credits are more likely to be accepted and applied to meet general education requirements rather than courses within your major.

Contact your advisor or the Office of Evaluations for additional information.

Clery Act

The Clery Act is a consumer-protection law aiming to provide transparency around campus crime policy and statistics. The university provides this information to inform students, parents, potential students, employees, and potential employees of the crimes that are occurring on and around campus.