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Chicago State University 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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The Chicago State University is a public, urban, and residential institution that offers admissions to undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate courses. Admissions at this renowned institute of the US Education System are strongly competitive with an acceptance rate of nearly 33% and require a minimum average GPA of at least 3 or more.

In light of SAT and ACT scores at the institute, the competition is not very strict with minimum 1010 and 19 as the minimum requirement for SAT and ACT, respectively. Some salient points in addition to these that must be considered when applying for Chicago State University are as mentioned below.

  • The applicants can apply through Regular, Conditional, or Early Admission programs.
  • The undergraduate applicants can either apply through the CSU Online Application or the Common Application.
  • The university has an online application portal for graduate applicants.
  • A non-refundable fee of 30 USD must be submitted by all the applicants when seeking enrollment at the institute.
  • Letters of recommendation, essays and resume form some of the important parameters that govern the admission process at the organization.

COVID-19 (coronavirus) admission updates

The university cares for protecting the community’s health by providing a comprehensive operation plan for the Fall semester. This includes a blend of in-person, online, hybrid, and e-learning classes to ensure the safety of the students, faculty, and employees. Students can take e-classes through moodle.


Application PortalOnline
Student-Faculty Ratio10:1
Application Fee (Non-Refundable)USD 30 (Non-Refundable)
Acceptance RateNA
Mode of PaymentMaster-Card/ Visa
Academic CalendarSemester
Intake SeasonsUndergraduate programs – Fall and Spring
Graduate programs – (Around the year along with specified deadlines for Fall, Spring, and Summer
Work ExperienceRequired for Graduate Programs
Financial AidLoans, Scholarships available

Admission Deadlines

The institute provides a range of courses for international students at undergraduate and graduate level. Application deadlines for the same sare as mentioned below.

Undergraduate ProgramsFall – 01 April Spring – 15 October
Graduate Programs
Master of Science (MS)
Biological SciencesFall – 15 July Spring – 15 November
Computer ScienceFall – 15 July Spring – 15 November Summer – 15 April
Criminal JusticeFall – 15 July Spring – 15 November
MathematicsFall – 15 July Spring – 15 November
Master of Business Administration (MBA)Fall – 15 July Spring – 15 November

International Student Admissions

Chicago State University welcomes international applications for enrolling in undergraduate and graduate programs. The graduate applications are accepted around the year. However, students are requested to meet the deadlines to avoid delay in admissions. On the other hand, undergraduate admissions are accepted in Fall, Spring, and Summer. The admission process for international students is done online. Besides, all applicants must fulfill the additional requirements as posed by the university which are as mentioned below.

How to apply?

Application Portal: Applicants must submit their application via the common app. They must later submit a downloadable international packet

Application Fee: 30 USD

Biasc Admission Requirements: International applicants are required to fulfill the mentioned requirements to be eligible for seeking admission to Chicago State University. These are as follows:

  • Official high school/ secondary academic transcripts and certificates translated in English by a credential translator
  • Foreign Credential Evaluator
  • Official SAT and ACT scores for undergraduate admissions
  • GPA of 2,50 to 7.0
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Professional CV or Resume
  • Statement of purpose (Essay)
  • Certification of sponsorship
  • Bank statement/ Official letter from the bank
  • Students can send the admission documents to Chicago State University to the following address for graduate program admission:
  • Office of Graduate & Professional Studies

Chicago State University
9501 S King Dr., ADM 200
Chicago, IL 60628.

English Proficiency Test Scores

International freshmen and transfer applicants are required to present TOEFL, IELTS scores to demonstrate English proficiency. The minimum scores required as mentioned by the university are as follows:


Visa Process for International Students

All international candidates must apply for an F-1 Federal visa to study in the USA. On completion of admission, the university will issue I-20 to international applicants to complete the visa process. Applicants can apply for a visa at the US embassy of their country. The forms can be filled online and a fee of 160 USD will be charged. The documents that will be required for the visa processing are:

  • Electronic application form
  • Receipt of the application fees paid
  • A passport.
  • One photograph
  • 1-20 form from the university
  • Transcripts of the institutes attended
  • Evidence of English proficiency, like test scores of TOEFL or IELTS.
  • Bank statements showing enough funds to pay for tuition fees and living costs in the U.S.

Chicago State University Undergraduate Admissions

Chicago State University welcomes undergraduate admissions in the fields of Business Management, Marketing, Journalism and Communication, Computer and Information Sciences, Education, History, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Humanities, Mathematics and Statistics, Physical Science, Psychology, Social Sciences, Visual and Performing arts.

Candidates must have qualified their secondary education with a minimum aggregate from a recognized institution or university.

Where to Apply: Applicants must submit their application via the common app or downloadable international packet

Application Fee: 30 USD (Non-Refundable)

Admissions Requirements: Applicants must also submit the following mentioned documents to complete their admission process:

  • Official high school transcripts. The transcript which is not in English must accompany an English translation by a known credential translator.
  • Official SAT and ACT scores
    • SAT – 960
    • ACT - 18
  • Personal Essay
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Candidates must have acquired a minimum GPA of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale
  • Certification of sponsorship accompanied by other documentation in support of sponsorship. This includes the following:
    • Official Letter from the bank
    • Or a bank account statement

Chicago State University Graduate Admissions

The Chicago State University welcomes applications for graduate admissions round the year. However, applicants are requested to meet the deadlines to avoid delay in the procedure. Eligible candidates are supposed to apply for admission online by visiting the graduate admission section on the official website of the institution.

The university offers programs in the field of Biological and Biomedical studies, Computer and information science, education, English language and literature, Occupational Therapy, Science, History, Fine Arts, Mathematics, Psychology, and Public Health Administration. Candidates must register online at the application portal and upload all the documents online. After the documents are assessed by the university, the candidate will receive the acceptance and payment form online.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants must foremost create their user account to begin the application process. Hereon, they must choose their degree, program of interest, citizenship status, and term. After completing the entire filling of form they must apply by submitting along with the necessary documents.

Below listed are the necessary documents which must be submitted along with the application form:

  • Recently updated resume
  • Official higher education transcripts from respective institution/colleges/universities attended
    • The official transcripts must be sent either directly from the respective universities via one of the following links, or
    • Or they can be sealed in an envelope accompanied by signage of the university registrar
    • A course-by-course evaluation of all foreign educational credentials must be sent directly to the university through one of the following evaluation services agencies. These include – Education Credentials Evaluators (ECE) or World Educational Service (WES).
  • Statement of Purpose in the form of an essay mentioning your interest in the program
  • Copy of Passport
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • English language proficiency scores
  • Bank Statement
  • Notarized documents including financial statement form and Certificate of sponsorship
  • The documents must be sent to the following address

Office of Graduate & Professional Studies,
Chicago State University,
9501 S King Dr., ADM 200,
Chicago, IL 60628.

Program-specific requirements for various courses available at the university are as tabulated below.

RequirementsMaster of Business Administration (MBA)Master of Science in Education (MSED)Master of Science (M0053)Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)Master of Public Health
Application Fee (in USD)3030303030
GMAT/ GRENot requiredNot requiredNot requiredNot requiredNot required
Work ExperienceNot requiredNot requiredNot requiredNot requiredNot required
Professional CV/ ResumeRequiredRequiredRequiredRequiredRequired
Admission InterviewNot requiredNot requiredNot requiredNot requiredNot required

Students seeking federal loans and scholarships are required to connect with the admission office and complete their FAFSA application and list the school code of 001694 to determine their eligibility for financial awards. Furthermore, students must thoroughly check the additional requirements for undergraduate courses which are subject to differ from program to program.

The college takes complete care for students admitted to the fall semester at the time of the pandemic. With an overall acceptance rate of 33%, the institution follows a competitive admissions process that is carried out on a rolling basis. Eligible candidates are requested to apply for the admissions in time within prescribed deadlines and follow the process to avoid delay and gain admissions.

Applicants seeking to study in the USA must confirm their enrollment and reserve their seats after receiving a letter of place from the institute. To confirm the intent to enroll, applicants have to pay their commitment fee online (credit or debit card only), or by going to the Cashier's Office or by calling to make the payment over the phone. The commitment fee amount is 50 USD. The commitment fee will be applied towards the tuition and is non-refundable.

Applicants should not hesitate to contact the Office of Admissions for any help.


Ques. How soon can I know my admission status at Chicago State University?

Ans. Chicago State University takes quick decisions and begins the process as soon as the applicant’s file is completed. Applicants can check their admission status by contacting the university admission office at 777-995-2513 or emailing at Candidates who have applied online can check the application progress after the completion of the process in the system.

Ques. Will students at Chicago State University be provided training for online courses and other e-learning methods?

Ans. Yes, Chicago State University will be providing training for students on online and e-learning methods at the university’s computer lab in August.

Ques. Should students at Chicago State University seek Federal Work-Study continue to report for work?

Ans. Chicago State University is on the lookout for students who can work remotely. Interested students can connect to Keith Hooker at for detailed information.

Ques. I do not have access to the internet and other e-learning tools. How can I gain access to my courses at Chicago State University?

Ans. Chicago State University library and library resources will be open for students to take courses virtually. Students who want to access the library are required to make prior appointments with the library. Besides, they can also contact the IT Help Desk for further assistance in the case of equipment, internet, and using e-learning methods. Besides, you can also use the below internet resources for connectivity.

  • Comcast Tool Kit
  • Driveup WIFI Map Tool
  • Internet Service Resources
  • IE Two Months of Free HighSpeed Internet

Ques. Can international students at Chicago State University arrive early to campus?

Ans. No. Early Arrivals are currently not permitted at the campus of Chicago State University due to safety regulations.

They must further select the program they want to seek admission into and fill in the mentioned details.

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