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Chicago State University: Narrative Description


9501 South King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60628
Tel: (773)995-2000
Admissions: (773)995-2513
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1867. Setting: 161-acre urban campus. Endowment: $2.5 million. Research spending 2003-04: $2.6 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $2835 per student. Total enrollment: 6,835. Faculty: 431 (304 full-time, 127 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 2,863 applied, 47% were admitted. 12% from top 10% of their high school class, 30% from top quarter, 63% from top half. Full-time: 3,236 students, 71% women, 29% men. Part-time: 1,631 students, 77% women, 23% men. Students come from 32 states and territories, 9 other countries, 2% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 6% Hispanic, 87% black, 0.4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 54% 25 or older, 7% live on campus, 13% transferred in. Retention: 62% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: liberal arts/general studies; business/marketing; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 7/15. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. State resident tuition: $4830 full-time, $161 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $9660 full-time, $322 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $1313 full-time, $210 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, degree level, location, and student level. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, degree level, location, and student level. College room and board: $6032. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Tuition guaranteed not to increase for student's term of enrollment.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 75 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities. Most popular organizations: Math/Computer Science Club, Geographic Society Club, gospel choir, Movie Club. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, controlled dormitory access. 328 college housing spaces available; 311 were occupied in 2003-04. Option: coed housing available. Paul and Emily Douglas Library with 320,000 books, 587,812 microform titles, 1,539 serials, 7,887 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $3.2 million. 75 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See University of Chicago.

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