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We have simplified the admissions process for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 in response to COVID-19. Read the details here.

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  • Step One

    Complete the application for undergraduate admission. Applications are accepted throughout the year; however, students are strongly encouraged to apply for admission in the fall of their senior year or as early as possible. All students must be admitted to Cleveland State before receiving financial aid and scholarships and applying for campus housing. You may complete an application using one of the following methods:

    • Online through CSU or using  The Common Application
    • Download and print application (Adobe Acrobat Reader required to download application)
    • Request an application to be sent to you by calling 216.687.5411

    Review answers to FAQs about CSU’s application process, including residency, citizenship and our review process, before you start your application. 

    We have simplified the admissions process for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 in response to COVID-19. Read the details here.

  • Step Two

    A nonrefundable $40 application fee is required by check or money order (made payable to Cleveland State University). Students submitting an application online may pay with Visa or MasterCard.  High school students who have limited financial resources and meet the NACAC requirements may use the NACAC Request for Application Fee Waiver Form when applying for college. Download the form.

    In response to COVID-19, we are waiving all application fees moving forward for new Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 applicants. If you are applying via the CSU Viking App, select "paper check by mail" on the payment screen to submit your application and our team will handle the rest. We've also extended the application deadlines to May 15 for Summer term and August 15 for Fall term.

  • Step Three

    Obtain your official transcripts. All paper transcripts must be submitted in an official sealed envelope. You are required to submit official high school transcripts from every school that you’ve attended. Download the high school transcript request form as a PDF here. Seniors should also include the 12th-grade schedule of classes and seventh-semester grades (if available). 

    Students with post-secondary coursework must include college transcripts from every institution attended. Download the college transcript request form as a PDF here

    If you completed the GED you should submit an official score transcript from the state in which the diploma was earned. If the GED was earned in Ohio, visit the Ohio Department of Education to download the appropriate form and follow the submission instructions. If the GED was earned in a state other than Ohio, visit  www.acenet.edu to download the appropriate form and follow the submission instructions.

    Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 Applicants: We understand that you might not be able to secure a transcript because your high school is closed due to COVID-19. We are now accepting self-reported GPAs in order to provide freshman admission decisions. Final transcripts will be required prior to the start of the Fall 2020 term. We haven’t changed our standards, but given the current situation, we will not hold up your application for these documents. You can provide your self-reported GPA to our admissions team here.

  • Step Four

    Official ACT or SAT scores are required for admission. Scores appearing on your official high school transcript are acceptable. You can also request to have your test scores sent to Cleveland State directly from the testing agencies. Our codes are:

    We understand the challenges associated with the cancellation of testing dates for the SAT and ACT, so we are waiving the standardized test score requirements for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 applicants if you are unable to provide a test score. If this applies to you, please complete this form for our team to review.

  • Step Five

    Submit your materials and your application fee through one of three methods:

    Online through CSU or The Common Application

    By Mail:
    Cleveland State University
    Application Processing Center
    2121 Euclid Ave., UN 446
    Cleveland, OH 44115

    In Person: Deliver your completed application in person to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions located in the Welcome Center at Euclid Commons, room 100.

  • Step Six

    Confirm your application for admission to Cleveland State is complete. Make sure you:

    • Complete and submit the application
    • Send your official high school transcripts or GED scores
    • Send official transcripts from all regionally accredited colleges and universities you attended other than CSU (if applicable)
    • Pay your $40 application fee

    Please note that all credentials submitted in support of your application become the property of Cleveland State University and will not be released under any circumstance.

  • Step Seven

    As an applicant, you have access to track the status of your application and to view your admission decision once it is available. This access begins as soon as you receive your CSU ID number, which we send you via email once your application is received. If you have previously opted out of receiving emails from CSU, please contact us at 216.523.7416 or admissions@csuohio.edu to opt back in and to receive your CSU ID Number. To check your application status:

    • Log on to CampusNet using your seven digit CSU ID number.
    • Click the "Don't Know My Password" link for password setting instructions. (If you already have a password for CampusNet, please continue to use it). If you encounter technical difficulties with your password settings, please contact the CSU Call Center at 216.687.5050, and our technical team will promptly reset your password.
    • Click the "Applicant" Tab for your application status.
    • Once all of your application materials have been received, please allow one to two weeks for an admission decision to appear on the summary page.
  • Step One

    Complete the application for undergraduate admission. Applications are accepted throughout the year. All students must be admitted to Cleveland State before receiving financial aid and scholarships and applying for campus housing. You may complete an application using one of the following methods:

    •    Online through CSU
    •    Download and print application (Adobe Acrobat Reader required to download application)
    •    Request an application to be sent to you by calling 216.687.5411

    Review answers to FAQs about CSU’s application process, including residency, citizenship and our review process, before you start your application. 

  • Step Two

    Pay your application fee. A nonrefundable $40 application fee is required by check or money order (made payable to Cleveland State University). Students submitting an application online may pay with Visa or MasterCard.

    In response to COVID-19, we are waiving all application fees moving forward for new Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 applicants. If you are applying via the CSU Viking App, select "paper check by mail" on the payment screen to submit your application and our team will handle the rest. We've also extended the application deadlines to May 15 for Summer term and August 15 for Fall term.

  • Step Three

    Submit your official transcripts. You must include official copies of transcripts from all institutions at which you enrolled, regardless of whether or not you earned credit. Please note:

    • If you have earned fewer than 12 semester hours of college credit, ACT or SAT test scores and a high school transcript or GED must be submitted.
    • A high school transcript, GED transcript or proof of an associate's degree is required for financial aid consideration.
    •  All paper transcripts must be submitted in an official sealed envelope.

    If you are unable to secure official transcripts for Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 due to COVID-19, please contact undergraduate admissions at admissions@csuohio.edu and the staff will assist you on how to get an admissions decision with unofficial transcripts. Please note that official transcripts will be required to start the term.

  • Step Four

    Submit your materials and application fee through one of three methods:

    Cleveland State University
    Application Processing Center
    2121 Euclid Ave., UN 446
    Cleveland, OH 44115
    • In Person: Deliver your completed application in person to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions located in the Welcome Center at Euclid Commons, room 100.

    Please note that all credentials submitted in support of your application become the property of Cleveland State University and will not be released under any circumstance.

  • Step Five

    As an applicant, you have access to track the status of your application and to view your admission decision once it is available. This access begins as soon as you receive your CSU ID number, which we send you via email once your application is received. If you have previously opted out of receiving emails from CSU, please contact us at 216.523.7416 or admissions@csuohio.edu to opt back in and to receive your CSU ID Number. To check your application status:

    • Log on to CampusNet using your seven digit CSU ID number.
    • Click the "Don't Know My Password" link for password setting instructions. (If you already have a password for CampusNet, please continue to use it). If you encounter technical difficulties with your password settings, please contact the CSU Call Center at 216.687.5050, and our technical team will promptly reset your password.
    • Click the "Applicant" Tab for your application status.
    • Once all of your application materials have been received, please allow one to two weeks for an admission decision to appear on the summary page.
  • You are a graduate student if you have successfully completed a bachelor's degree and wish to pursue a master's or doctoral program. Please visit CSU's College of Graduate Studies for more information and to apply.

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  • You are an international student if you do not have citizenship in the United States and require a Visa to enter and study in the United States. Please visit CSU's website dedicated to the needs of international applicants.

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  • If you already hold a bachelor’s degree (or higher) but plan to take undergraduate coursework at Cleveland State University, you should apply as a post-baccalaureate student.

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IMPORTANT DATES

AUG 1, 2019

Fall 2020 application opens

OCT 1

Begin filing your FAFSA - CSU's school code is 003032

JAN 15

Freshman Honors Program application due

FEB 28 Transfer

Honors Program application due

Extended to AUG 15

Freshmen application deadline

Extended to AUG 15

Transfer application deadline