Location & Contact Information

9501 South King Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60628
Main Phone: (773) 995-2000
Main Contact: James Nondorf

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Chicago State University

     CSU provides a very personal education for a 7000 diverse student population, with a variety of ages, states, nations, and cultures represented. The average class size is 19. Student athletes, men and women, compete at the highest NCAA level – Division I. We offer 14 sports that compete at the NCAA Division I Level. CSU hosts the only public research library located on the far south side of Chicago. CSU houses several centers for research and scholarly exploration. They include the Center for Urban Mental Health Research, the Minority Biomedical Research Program, the Research Development Office, the Neighborhood Assistance Center, and the Calumet Environmental Resource Center, among others.
     Black Issues in Higher Education consistently includes CSU among the top producers of both master's and bachelor's degrees in select majors which places it in the rare company of just 10% of all American universities. Nearly 35,000 CSU alumni live and work in the Chicagoland region. Famous alumni include major entertainment figures including philanthropic leaders; teachers; small business owners; media executives; enterntainment stars; business executives and researchers; among others. CSU is one of only a handful of universities that offers the combined bachelor/master program in Occupational Therapy.

Quick Facts

Undergrad Population: 2108
Graduate Population: 931
Student Body: Coed
In State Tuition: $10163
Out of State Tuition: $17123
Room & Board: $12633
Applications Due: July 15th ($75)
Conference: NCAA
Mascot: Cougars
Online Classes: yes
Percent Men: 69
Percent Women: 31

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Majors Offered

College of Arts and Sciences
-Art & Design
-Biological Sciences
-Chemistry & Physics
-Communications, Media Arts & Theatre
-Criminal Justice, Philosophy & Political Science
-Foreign Languages & Literatures
-Geography, Sociology, History & African-American Studies
-Liberal Studies
-Computing, Information, and Mathematical Sciences & Technology
-Social Work

College of Business
-Management Information Systems
-Supply Chain Management

College of Health Sciences and pharmacy
-Health Information Administration
-Occupational Therapy
-Public Health

College of Education
-ESL/Bilingual Endorsement
-Physical Education Endorsement
-Early Childhood Special Education Approval
-Special Education Endorsement
-CIIF Master’s Degree
-Higher Education Administration

School of Graduate and Professional Studies

Sports & Extra Curricular Activities
Choral Groups, Dance, Fraternities, Intramural Sports, Marching Band, Pep Band, Radio Station, Sororities, Student Newspaper
College History
     Chicago State University opened its doors as a teacher training school in a leaky railroad freight car in Blue Island, Illinois on September 2, 1867. Today, in contrast, the university is a fully accredited public, urban institution located on 161-picturesque acres in a residential community on the Southside of Chicago. During the first year of its founding, CSU enrolled 62 students. The current student enrollment is nearly 7,200.
     The path from then until now has been marked by change. During its 139 years, CSU has changed its name, focus, governance and location. But with each transition, the university has kept sight of its educational mission and enhanced its services to Chicago and its surrounding communities.
     Under the name of Cook County Normal School, the school found its first permanent home in 1870. Daniel S. Wentworth was the institution’s first principal. The original building contained 27 rooms and a model grammar school. A few years later, Cook County Normal School added a dormitory that earned it a jump in enrollment and a national reputation. The school was acquired by the Chicago Board of Education in 1897, and renamed Chicago Normal School. In 1913, it became Chicago Normal College, and still later Chicago Teachers College.
     A major change, reflected in a broadening of the college’s curriculum, came in 1965, when control of the school passed into the hands of the State of Illinois. The revamped institution was renamed Illinois Teachers College: Chicago South. Soon after, the legislature acted to remove the title of “teachers college” from all state colleges and universities. In 1967, the school became Chicago State College. Throughout the 1960s, Chicago State expanded its academic programs and began to move toward fulfilling its new, more comprehensive role as a liberal arts institution. The school was renamed Chicago State University in 1971.
     In November 1972, the university made the monumental move from its 6800 South Stewart Street campus, where it had been located for 102 years, to its present location at 9501 South King Drive, 12 miles from the Loop. A new student union and a 360-bed residence hall opened in August 1995, giving CSU students an opportunity to experience the convenience of living on campus in an enriched academic, social and cultural environment.
     Today, CSU is governed by a Board of Trustees appointed by Governor of Illinois. The university’s four colleges - Health Science, Arts and Science, Business, and Education offer 36 undergraduate and 19 graduate degree-granting programs. In addition, CSU has a Division of Continuing Education and Non-Traditional Programs that reach out to the community with extension courses, distance learning and not-for-credit programs.
     From its humble origins, Chicago State University has evolved into an outstanding, nationally acclaimed university that provides a value-added education for all who enter its hallowed halls. Consistently evolving to reflect state-of-the-art trends in higher education, Chicago State University moves, with confidence, into the twenty-first century.
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