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Cleveland State University 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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With an acceptance rate of 90%, Cleveland State University admissions are not too competitive. Approximately 17,730 students are enrolled at Cleveland State University. The international student body exceeds 1,400 and continues to grow every year.

More than a thousand courses across 200 major fields are available at Cleveland State University. The university also has several Honors Program and professional certificate programs.

CSU has eight colleges in total, providing a number of undergraduate and graduate study options in areas like Business, Engineering, Education, Human services, Law, Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The SAT and ACT scores are moderately competitive to get admission through as the ACT score is recorded at 16 and the minimum SAT total score is 880 on the redesigned SAT or the minimum combined SAT critical reading and math score is 770.

  • The undergraduate applicants can apply through either the university’s online application portal or the common application.
  • The students applying for graduate programs can apply through the online application portal of the university.
  • International students should seek assistance from the International Student Services department with their admission process.


Application PortalOnline Application Common Application
Application Fee40 USD
Minimum GPA2.3
Acceptance Rate90%
SAT scoreMinimum SAT total score: 880 or a minimum combined SAT Critical Reading and Math score: 770
Minimum ACT composite16
Tuition (per semester)In-state Resident: 4,818 USD
Non-resident Domestic: 6,855.60
USD International: 7,263 USD
Application PortalOnline Application
Application Fee40 USD
Payment ModeCheck or money order drawn on a U.S. bank, payable to Cleveland State University
Tuition (Annual)In-state Resident: 7,090.85 USD
Non-resident Domestic: 12,119.90 USD
International: 13,377 USD

Cleveland State University Admission Deadlines

Honors Application DeadlineFreshman: January 15
Transfer: February 28
Application DeadlineFreshman: March 1
Transfer: April 1
Scholarship Deadline for TransfersApril 1
Fall SemesterMay 15
Spring SemesterOctober 15
Summer SemesterMarch 15
International AdmissionsCSU International

Cleveland State University International Admissions

The Center for International Services & Programs is the central office for international activity on campus. They help connect the international students to campus and the local community through International Student Orientation, immigration advising, social events, and cultural adjustment support.

International Student Services is a department within the Center for International Services & Programs that provides immigration advising and academic support to F-1, F-2, and J-1 students. Sponsored students also receive specialized advising through this office.

Following are the requirements for international admissions:

  • Transcripts: 
    • All secondary school records, including certificates.
    •  All school records are required to be submitted in the original language accompanied by a certified English translation.
  • Cumulative secondary school GPA should be equivalent to a 2.3 on the US grading scale for most programs.
  • The exceptions to the GPA requirement are 
    • The College of Engineering, which requires a 3.0 score 
    • The College of Education and Human Services, which requires a 2.5 score.
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • ACT and SAT scores
  • Financial verification: 
    • In order to receive a certificate of eligibility for a student visa (Form I-20 or Form DS-2019) from Cleveland State University (CSU), all international students must submit documentation of financial support for one academic year.

Language Requirements for International Students

Applicants have to meet the following criteria to prove their proficiency in English:

TOEFLiBT: 78 and at least 17 in each section pBT: 550
IELTS6.0 and at least 5.0 in each section
ACT English Score20
SATOld SAT critical reading score (before March 1, 2016): 470 or new SAT reading test score (after March 1, 2016): 26

Visa Requirements

  • In order to receive their visa documents, all international students need to demonstrate financial support for the first academic year.
  • I-20 or DS-2019 are the most common visa documents essential for obtaining an F-1 or a J-1 student visa
  • Newly admitted students must email their I20 request forms to the Center for International Services and Programs (CISP)
  • These visa documents are essential to obtain the F-1 or J-1 student visa in order to study at Cleveland State University.
  • This will require a payment of the SEVIS Form I-20 fee.
  • Students are required to collect all relevant documents and schedule a visa appointment at the nearest US Embassy

Cleveland State University Undergraduate Admissions

The minimum requirements for Cleveland State University admissions in undergraduate programs are:

  • A cumulative high school GPA of 2.3 and 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
  • ACT and SAT scores.

Transfer: CSU’s Transfer Center provides transfer students with the resources they need for a smooth transition to CSU. Transfer applicants are required to have a 2.0 cumulative GPA at all previous colleges and universities combined. If the transfer students have fewer than 12-semester credits, they must meet freshman admission requirements as well as the transfer GPA requirement.

Cleveland State University Graduate Admissions

Applicants should direct their queries regarding Cleveland State University admissions into various graduate programs to the College of Graduate Studies.

Following are the requirements for graduate admissions:

  • Submit official transcripts: transcripts, mark sheets, certificates from all post-secondary institutions that the applicant has attended.
  • All transcripts should be in the original language accompanied by a certified English translation.
  • Submit proof of English proficiency. 

[Note: The College of Engineering has higherTOEFL (iBT) subscore requirements: 78 (Reading: 20, Listening: 21, Writing: 17, Speaking: 20)].

Cleveland State University Graduate Courses Admissions

CourseApplication DeadlineAcademic Requirements
MBAFall: May 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: March 15
Undergraduate GPA; Combined GMAT score for the verbal and quantitative components or GRE score (Fee details below*)
M.S. Civil EngineeringFall: May 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: March 15
Undergraduate cumulative GPA: 2.75;
GRE quantitative score in the 50th percentile
M.S. Mechanical EngineeringFall: May 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: March 15
Minimum baccalaureate GPA: 3.0 (or 2.75 for students from EAC/ABET accredited programs);
quantitative GRE General in the 75th percentile or higher
M.S. Software EngineeringFall: May 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: March 15
Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA: 3.0;
Minimum quantitative GRE: 650 (old grading scale) or 151 (new grading scale)
M.S. ChemistryRolling admissions (no deadline)GRE scores

*In-state Resident: 7593.95 USD (per semester)

Non-resident Domestic: 13025.35 (per semester)

International: 14383.20 (per semester)

Supplementary Materials

Following supporting documents may be required:

  • Recommendation letters
  • Goal statement
  • Writing sample
  • Documentation of financial support for one academic year

Cleveland State University offers a total of 150 graduate programs. The university is extremely accepting of all international students. The Center for International Services & Programs staff supports the international students to adjust to student life at Cleveland State University.

International Student Services will assist international students throughout the application process. Students are encouraged to get involved on campus and explore everything the great city of Cleveland has to offer.

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