What Is Cougar Start U...

Welcome New Cougars

Congratulations on your acceptance to Chicago State University!  We are pleased that you have decided to further your education at our institution.

As a new student we know that you are eager to learn the expectations of a college student.  Our New Student Orientation (Cougar Start U) will provide you with needed information, resources, and tools to begin your transition.  It will also give you insight on life as a Cougar.  Our goal is to help each student experience a stress-free transition while introducing  you to our great institution.  Cougar Start U is required for all newly admitted freshmen.  Transfer students are strongly encouraged to attend.

Freshmen are not allowed to register for classes until they have completed Cougar Start U Orientation.  Students must also participate in the mandatory program, Fresh Start U, the week of August 15th.  More information will be given a Cougar Start U.

At Cougar Start U you will. . . . 

  • Receive information on the available campus resources
  • Meet your academic advisor
  • Review the web-based course registration system
  • Connect with new and current students
  • Interact with faculty and staff
  • Learn about campus policies and procedures
  • Review your degree requirements



Fall 2017 Orientation

June 14 - June 15
July 12 - July 13
July 25 - July 26
August 8 - August 9