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Applications are accepted throughout the year. High School 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. Review the admission requirements and application instructions prior to completing your printed or online application.

Follow these steps to apply for admission to Cleveland State:

Step 1

Complete Application for Undergraduate Admission

You may complete an application using one of the following methods:

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

Read the important application information and be aware of important dates and deadlines which may affect your application status.

Step 2

Include Application Fee

A nonrefundable $30 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.

Step 3

Obtain Official Transcripts

  • Official high school transcripts from every school attended are required. Download the high school transcript request form as a PDF here. (Adobe Acrobat Reader is required.)
  • High school seniors should also include the 12th grade schedule of classes and seventh semester grades (if available).
  • Students with post-secondary course work must include college transcripts from every institution attended. Download the college transcript request form as a PDF here. (Adobe Acrobat Reader is required.)
  • Students who have completed the GED 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 to download the appropriate form and follow the submission instructions.

Step 4

Obtain Official ACT or SAT Test Results

Official ACT or SAT scores are required for admission to Cleveland State. 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. Cleveland State's codes are:

Step 5

Submit Materials and Application Fee

To apply for admission, submit your materials (application, official transcripts, and official ACT or SAT test results) along with the $30 application fee through one of three methods:

  • Online
  • By Mail:
    Cleveland State University
    Application Processing Center
    Office of University Registrar
    1836 Euclid Avenue, UN 443
    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 6

Accept Your Admission

All students must be admitted to Cleveland State University and accept their admission to receive financial aid and scholarships (fall deadline: May 1st, spring deadline: November 1st). Log on to CampusNet using your CSU ID and password. Click on the "Applicant" tab and choose "Yes" to accept.