The following admission requirements apply to students who have taken college coursework since graduating from high school, regardless of whether or not any credit was earned.

To be considered for the Honors Program, new transfer students must complete the Honors Program application and be admitted to the University prior to February 28.

Minimum Requirements for Admission

Transfer applicants have earned a high school diploma or equivalent (such as a GED) and must have earned at least a 2.0 cumulative grade-point average (GPA) at all previous colleges and universities combined in order to be admitted to Cleveland State University as a degree-seeking student. Students transferring with fewer than 12 semester credits must meet freshman admission requirements and the transfer GPA requirement.

Additional Admission Requirements for Specific Colleges

Some academic programs have more selective admission requirements that exceed the minimum admission requirements stated above. Students not meeting these requirements may be considered for pre-admission into one of our academic colleges. In some circumstances, students may be admitted into University Studies.

College of Education and Human Services:

  • Please contact the Advising Office for more information on specific requirements.
    Students must be admitted to Cleveland State as Pre-Education and then follow the admission process for teacher licensure programs.

Washkewicz College of Engineering

  • 2.2 GPA and
  • Grade of C or better in course equivalent to Cleveland State's Math 181, 182; Chemistry 261, 266; Physics 241 or 243; and English 101, 102
  • Note: For the Department of Engineering Technology the University minimum admission requirements apply

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences — Department of Music

  • Music students must complete an additional application and complete an audition. Students who have not completed a music theory course for college credit are also required to complete an oral and written placement exam. Contact the Department of Music for additional information at 216.687.2033.