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Cleveland State University

Cleveland, OH 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate85%

Cleveland State University Admissions

It is moderately difficult to get into Cleveland State University. Around 85% of applicants get into Cleveland State University each year. Last year, 11,570 students applied to Cleveland State University and 9,872 were admitted.

If you are applying to Cleveland State University, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 8/15 and the application fee costs $40.

Cleveland State University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Cleveland State University's admissions stats.

Cleveland State University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.4
Admissions Test Policy Not optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 0%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 39%
Waitlist No

Cleveland State University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Cleveland State University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes May 1
Regular Decision Yes 8 15

Applying Early to Cleveland State University?

Cleveland State University does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is May 1.

Some students apply to college early in hopes that it will boost their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of being admitted, since it shows your interest in a school.

➡️ Explore a list of some competetive colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Cleveland State University Admissions

Transferring to Cleveland State University

For more information on transferring to Cleveland State University, contact the school directly.

For Students Waitlisted to Cleveland State University

Cleveland State University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Cleveland State University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Cleveland State University

Wondering what factors are considered by Cleveland State University during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Class Rank Important

Make sure to check with Cleveland State University for more information on admission factors.

Cleveland State University Application Requirements

To apply to Cleveland State University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with Cleveland State University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Other Requirements
Transcript of High School Record
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.3

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Cleveland State University?

Students admitted to Cleveland State University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.4.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Cleveland State University does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 0% of Cleveland State University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 39% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

To be most competitive at Cleveland State University, you should strive to earn between 18 and 24 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 24 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Cleveland State University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 24, and three out of four students scored lower than 24 on the ACT.

A 18 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Cleveland State University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 18.

More Information on Transferring to Cleveland State University

Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Cleveland State University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Cleveland State University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Cleveland State University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Cleveland State University.

Does Cleveland State University accept transfer credits?

✅ Cleveland State University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Cleveland State University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Cleveland State University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

❌ Cleveland State University does not accept International Baccalaureate credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Cleveland State University?

✅ Cleveland State University is not test optional.

What is Cleveland State University's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Cleveland State University is 85%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Cleveland State University?

❌ Cleveland State University does not offer early decision.

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Cleveland State University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Cleveland State University? Cleveland State University is a somewhat selective institution. The Cleveland State University acceptance rate is 85%. This means that the institution accepts 85 out of every 100 applicants.


Cleveland State University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Cleveland State University is Aug 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Cleveland State University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Cleveland State University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

Not available


Reading SAT Range

Not available

Cleveland State University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Cleveland State University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.38. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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