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COLLEGE & SCHOOL REQUIREMENTS

Minimum Requirements

Students applying as first-time freshmen must have a cumulative high school GPA of 2.3 and will have successfully completed 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 charter 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

CSU also requires completion of the ACT or SAT with a minimum ACT Composite score of 16 or a minimum SAT total score of 880 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. Questions about the University's admission requirements? Contact your admissions counselor.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR FRESHMEN

AUG 1

Fall 2019 application opens

OCT 1

Begin filing your FAFSA

JAN 15

Freshman Honors Program application due

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

GPA

Students applying to Washkewicz College of Engineering programs 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). 

Department of Engineering Technology

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

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

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 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). More information on external test credit can be found by visiting the Office of the University Registrar website

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.