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Career Success Guide


Computer Systems Institute

At Computer Systems Institute, you'll earn career certifications that are right for you. Our certification programs are designed to meet the needs of today's fastest-growing industries and to prepare you for careers in Business, Health Care, and Computer Networking.  CSI is a post-secondary education provider committed to quality, career-focused training led by enthusiastic professionals who are inspired to transform an individual into a skilled professional.

Founded in 1989, CSI has become a premier career training school with over 10,000 graduates most of whom found successful employment within only a few months of graduation. In 2005, recognizing the demand to study in the USA from a growing community of international students, CSI launched its affordable and effective English as a Second Language programs. Since then, CSI has had thousands of international students from all over the world. CSI offers several English language programs ranging from beginner level to advanced academic levels.

CSI programs emphasize hands-on learning, industry current technologies, and preparation for professional certifications. CSI utilizes Blended Learning Methodology for its training career programs.

Headquartered in Skokie, IL, the Institute owns and operates five campuses in Illinois: Chicago Loop, Skokie, Lombard, Gurnee, and Elgin and two campuses in Massachusetts: Charlestown and Worcester. The Institute offers its students Career Advising, Morning, Afternoon, Evening and Weekend schedules, and Career Service. The career training campuses are comprised of comfortable classroom/labs, student lounges, administrative offices, and testing centers.

CSI Mission

We are a dynamic institution providing career focused high quality programs designed to enhance job opportunities for our graduates and provide a skilled workforce for the community. We strive to achive this by employing qualified and enthusiastic professionals who create a stimulating learning environment and deliver effective career development services.

Our Philosophy

CSI philosophy is based on the premise that our students come to school to advance and transform their careers and lives. CSI has created affordable career training opportunities that are high in quality, rich in services and support, and expertly designed to meet our students' goal.


Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award certificates. ACICS is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the United States Department of Education and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

The following campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS):

Illinois Campuses
-Computer Systems Institute - Gurnee, IL
-Computer Systems Institute - Skokie, IL
-Computer Systems Institute - Chicago, IL
-Computer Systems Institute - Elgin, IL
-Computer Systems Institute - Lombard, IL (Campus Addition of Gurnee, IL)

Massuchusetts Campuses
Computer Systems Institute - Charlestown, MA (Campus Addition of Gurnee, IL)
-Computer Systems Institute - Worcester, MA (Campus Addition of Gurnee, IL)

For more information contact ACICS:


750 First Street NE, Suite 980
Washington DC 20002

CSI Credentials

  • Computer Systems Institute is approved by the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher Education.
  • CSI is approved by the Department of Education to provide Title IV funding to eligible students.
  • CSI is approved training provider by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of Illinois.
  • CSI is approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs to accept GI Bill.
  • CSI is authorized under Federal Law to enroll non-immigrant F-1 and M-1 students.
  • CSI is authorized with on-site Prometric, Certiport, Pearson VUE, and NHA testing centers. 
  • CSI is a Microsoft IT academy member.

"What this school is to me is a new beginning to a better life."

I just wanted to basically thank everyone for their part in making this school what it is. What this school is to me is a new beginning, to a better life. To those I had the privilege of meeting first hand, and even to those I haven't met (yet), with great gratitude I say thank you!

Alex L.
CSI Student