Undergraduate Admission Requirements

The following admission requirements apply to students who have not completed any college-level course work after graduating from high school or earning the GED. High school students with post-secondary course work are considered incoming freshmen.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Jack, Joseph & Morton Mandel Honors College Application Deadline: January 15
Freshman Scholarship Priority Deadline: March 1

Minimum Requirements for Admission

Students must meet the following three requirements to be admitted:

1. Cumulative high school GPA of 2.3
2. Successful completion of 13 core academic requirements:

  • 4 years/units of English
  • 3 years/units of Math
  • 3 years/units of Natural Sciences
  • 3 years/units of Social Sciences

Students graduating from an Ohio public or chartered high school in 2014 and
beyond must complete the Ohio Core Curriculum Requirements, which include:

  • 4 years/units of English
  • 4 years/units of Math, including Algebra II or an equivalent course
  • 3 years/units of Science
  • 3 years/units of Social Studies
  • 1 year/unit of Fine Arts, to include courses taken in grades 7-12

3. Mandatory completion of the ACT or SAT with a minimum ACT Composite score of 16 or a minimum SAT total score of 860 on the redesigned SAT or a minimum combined SAT Critical Reading and Math score of 770 on tests administered prior to March 2016. Writing sections are not considered.

If you have questions about the University's admission requirements, contact your admissions representative.

Additional Admission Requirements for Specific Colleges

Some academic programs have more selective admission requirements that exceed the minimum admission requirements stated above.

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
Students should have a minimum 3.0 GPA and 23 ACT (1070 combined critical reading and math SAT or SAT 1130 for tests taken March 2016 or later). Note that for the Department of Engineering Technology the university minimum admission requirements apply.

School of Nursing
Students must be admitted to Cleveland State as Pre-Nursing and then follow the School of Nursing admission process.

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.

External Test Credit

Cleveland State University grants credit for qualifying scores earned in the Advanced Placement (AP) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations (both offered by the College Board).

Follow the links below for information on credits available for the various examinations.

Students seeking credit for AP or CLEP examinations must have their official score report sent directly from the College Board to the Office of the University Registrar.