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Whether you are coming from a two- or four-year school, Cleveland State University is excited to assist and welcome you as a member of our Viking family! At CSU, our number one priority is you. We are focused on your success and offer assistance at all levels of your journey, from the start of your academic career with us as a transfer student through graduation.

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Minimum Requirements*

CSU considers you a transfer student if you have taken any college coursework since graduating from high school, regardless of whether or not you earned credit. Transfer applicants must

  • have a high school diploma or equivalent (such as a GED)
  • 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.

High school students who have only taken College Credit Plus (CCP) coursework are considered new freshmen and not transfer students. 

*Each academic college has specific guidelines for direct entry. Students not meeting these requirements may be considered for pre-admission into an academic college or admitted to University Studies.

Students must be admitted to Cleveland State University as pre-business and then follow the College of Business admission process. Visit the Monte Ahuja College of Business website for more details.

Students applying to the College of Education and Public Affairs must be admitted to Cleveland State as Pre-Education and then follow the admission process for teacher licensure programs. Please contact the College’s advising office for more information on specific requirements.


Students applying to Washkewicz College of Engineering programs should have a 2.2 GPA and completion of Pre-Calculus II or Calculus I with a grade of C or better, or placement into CSU Pre-Calculus II or Calculus I.

Department of Engineering Technology

The University’s minimum admission requirements applying to our engineering technology programs.

School 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 School of Music for additional information at 216-687-2033.

CSU’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Honors College serves academically talented students through the University Honors Program. You must be admitted to Cleveland State before you apply to the Honors Program. Requirements include a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above, completion of 60 earned semester hours and most general education requirements by the end of the semester in which you are applying. Students should apply in the spring semester of their sophomore year.

Many programs within the College of Health have their own admissions requirements. Please refer to the “Declaring a Major” section in the University catalog for specific program information.


AUG 1, 2023

Fall 2024 application opens


Scholarship deadline for transfers

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Resources for Transfer Applicants

CSU is dedicated to helping you get the most out of the credits that you have earned at other colleges and universities. Your transfer credits will be evaluated upon your admission to CSU. You will receive an official copy of your transfer evaluation by mail from the Office of the University Registrar.

CSU grants military credit, as well as external test credit for qualifying scores earned in the Advanced Placement (AP) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations (both offered by the College Board). 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. Refer to the most frequently asked questions about transferring to CSU.

Transfer Center

CSU’s Transfer Center provides transfer students with the resources they need for a smooth transition to CSU. They can provide an unofficial transfer credit evaluation prior to admission, available by appointment. Transfer students who have already been admitted to CSU should schedule an appointment with their respective academic advising office.

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