season of giving

season of giving


give for education equity, opportunity and access

as illinois’ only 4-year predominantly black institution (pbi), chicago state university is deeply committed to championing education equity, access and opportunity for students from diverse backgrounds. seventy-eight percent of student scholars are black and latinx, 30%  are the first in their families to attend college, and 53% have incomes below the poverty line.

csu delivers an intentional and holistic suite of academic, financial and personal well-being supports to our student scholars designed to address the myriad barriers standing between them and their dream of earning a college degree including:

  • rise academy first-year student success initiative that provides all incoming student scholars with tuition and fee scholarships, free textbooks, free laptops and internet service during their first year of college.
  • food pantry partnership with the greater food depository which provides a range of staples. the on-campus pantry serves more than 30 students per week.
  • health and wellness center provides comprehensive services, including primary care and prevention, women's health, immunizations, preventative healthcare and education, consultation and health advocacy.the center fields approx. 1,200 visits over the course of the fall and spring semester.
  • cougar closet provides lightly used professional clothes to students, particularly to allow students access to clothing appropriate for interviews and career-building activities including job and internship interviews.
  • scholarships awarded by csu to deserving student scholars totaled nearly $4m during the past school-year, including nearly $125,000 through the csu covid-19 emergency fund

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give to make an impact

  • csu is illinois’ only four-year u.s. doe-designated predominantly black institution
  • csu is ranked 1st in illinois and tied 2nd nationwide among public universities for equity in educating and supporting african american students
  • csu is ranked 2nd in the nation for the number of african american physics graduates each year by the american physics society
  • csu is ranked in top 4% nationwide among all colleges and universities for economic mobility

give because the future depends on it

your financial gift, your demonstration of support and commitment and belief in the mission of chicago state university and the deserving student scholars we serve. your support makes the difference!

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now more than ever, the future, our future depends upon the generous support of caring supporter like you, championing for black and latinx, first-generation students as they push through, over and around the myriad barriers that stand between them and their dream of a college degree. please won’t you consider joining the village of support by making a gift today!

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