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State University located in Chicago, Illinois

  • Chicago State University (CSU) is a state university in Chicago, Illinois, U.S..
  • The University was set up as Cook County Normal School in 1867. It was renamed to Chicago State College in 1967 and became Chicago State University in 1971.
  • In January 1975, 5,000 students signed a petition on a 45-foot-long (14 m) scroll requesting that President Gerald Ford give the commencement address at graduation that summer. On July 12, 1975, President Ford gave the commencement address at the ceremony and even received an honorary doctor of laws degree.
  • The school's sports teams are called the Cougars and the team colors are green and white.
  • The University Library has a system called ROVER (Retrieval Online Via Electronic Robot) which can retrieve 5 books in 2.5 minutes.
  • Recording artist Kanye West is a former student of the University.
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