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Chicago State University

Chicago, IL 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate48%

Chicago State University Admissions

Chicago State University is not difficult to get into. The university admitted 48% of all applicants in 2014. Last year, 4,794 students applied to Chicago State University and 2,280 were admitted.

If you are applying to Chicago State University, the application fee costs $25.

Chicago State University Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Chicago State University's admissions stats.

Chicago State University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.2
Admissions Test Policy Not optional
Waitlist No

Chicago State University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Chicago State University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action No

Considering Applying Early to Chicago State University?

Chicago State University does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ See a list of some top colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

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Is Chicago State University Difficult To Get Into?

It is not difficult to get into Chicago State University. Chicago State University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2022, Chicago State University accepted 48% of all applicants, about 2,280 from 4,794 applicants.

Schools that are not difficult to get into, like Chicago State University, accept up to 95% of applicants. Most admitted students scored at most a 1010 on the SAT and a 19 on the ACT.

Transferring to Chicago State University

Transfer student admissions is not difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Chicago State University

Chicago State University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Chicago State University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Chicago State University

What does Chicago State University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Application Essay Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Interview Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Talent/Ability Considered

Make sure to check with Chicago State University for more information on admission factors.

Chicago State University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Chicago State University, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in with Chicago State University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale)
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Chicago State University?

Students admitted to Chicago State University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.2. Chicago State University considers weighted GPA scores from incomging students.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Chicago State University does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

More Information on Transferring to Chicago State University

For transfer students, it is not difficult to get admitted to Chicago State University.

Transfer students can enroll in Chicago State University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

• Summer Term

Chicago State University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Chicago State University?

❌ Students who are admitted to Chicago State University must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Does Chicago State University accept transfer credits?

✅ Chicago State University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Chicago State University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Do I have to submit test scores to Chicago State University?

✅ Chicago State University is not test optional.

What is Chicago State University's acceptance rate?

✅ Chicago State University's acceptance rate is 48%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Chicago State University?

❌ Chicago State University does not offer early decision.

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Chicago State University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Less Selective


How hard is it to get into Chicago State University? Chicago State University is a less selective institution. The Chicago State University acceptance rate is 48%. This means that the institution accepts 47 out of every 100 applicants.


Chicago State University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Not available

Transfer Applications are Due

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Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Chicago State University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

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Reading SAT Range

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Chicago State University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Chicago State University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.18. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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