Admission Checklist and Timeline


A complete application for admission to Cleveland State University includes:

  • Completed application
  • Official high school transcript or GED scores
  • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited college and universities attended other than Cleveland State (including postsecondary coursework as a high school student)
  • Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores and Financial Verification Form (international students only)

Check the status of your application.

Application Dates and Deadlines

Applications for admission are accepted throughout the year. Admissions decisions are typically made within 24 hours of receipt of all required materials. If special circumstances apply, an admissions committee reviews individual applications for decision each week. Students are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible as space is limited in certain academic programs. All students must be admitted before receiving financial aid, scholarships and on-campus housing.

Click here to view the full academic calendar.

Honors Program

Students wishing to apply for the Honors Program for the Fall semester of 2015 must apply by January 15. Click here for additional information and application.

Financial Aid

Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or renewal FAFSA to be considered for financial aid including loans at Cleveland State University. Please visit to begin the financial aid process. If you have questions, please contact Enrollment Services at 216.687.5411.


All students interested in University housing (Euclid Commons or Fenn Tower) need to complete the housing application soon after applying for admission. Click here or call 216.687.5196 for further information. Housing assignments are based on a number of factors including application date and distance from home.  Apply early as space is limited.


Orientation is the first step for students after being admitted to Cleveland State. Orientation is a one day program that includes meeting with your advisor, registering for classes, getting your ID card, taking a tour of campus, and learning about CSU services and programs. Orientation is mandatory for all first-year students and optional for transfer students.

Programs for Spring semester will begin in December and continue throughout January. Programs for Summer and Fall semesters will begin in May and continue throughout the summer. To sign up for an Orientation program or for more information, click here or call the Orientation staff at 216.523.7416.

External Test Credit and Military Credit

Click here for information on external test credits and military credits.