Chicago State University (CSU), founded in 1867, is the oldest public university in the Chicago Metropolitan area. The University’s five colleges—Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Health Sciences, and Pharmacy— offer over 70 undergraduate and graduate degree-granting and non-degree programs. CSU is committed to equity in education. The University of Southern California’s Race and Equity Center recently ranked Chicago State University first in Illinois and tied for second nationwide among public universities for educating and supporting African American students. A 2017 study on social mobility showed that graduates of Chicago State University were among the most likely to improve their economic status with a college degree. In fact, CSU ranked 2nd out of 103 colleges and universities in Illinois, and in the top 100 out of thousands of colleges and universities nationwide, on an economic mobility index for students’ access and outcomes based on their education at our institution.
Under the leadership of President Zaldwaynaka Scott, whose term began in July 2018, CSU has been committed to the process of renewal and transformation. The President’s student-centered vision focuses on the advancement of the outstanding academic programs currently in place, as well as the development of new, innovative, and relevant programs to meet the needs of employers of the twenty-first century. Top priorities for the President include an unwavering focus on sustainable enrollment growth and student success.