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Cleveland State University

Cleveland, OH 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate91%
Acceptance Rate91%

Cleveland State University Admissions

If you are applying to Cleveland State University, the regular decision application deadline is August 15 and the fee for the application costs $40.

Cleveland State University Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Cleveland State University's admissions stats.

Cleveland State University 2022 Admissions Statistics
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 0%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 0%
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 August 15 ––

Considering 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.

➡️ Find a list of some competetive colleges that accept 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's Most Important for Getting Into Cleveland State University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. 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're strong.

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
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Standardized Test Scores 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. Make sure to 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)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
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?

Cleveland State University has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.

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 looks at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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. 0% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Cleveland State University?

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Cleveland State University students scored 0 or higher and 75% of students scored 0 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Cleveland State University students scored 0 or higher, and 75% scored a 0 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Cleveland State University?

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.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Cleveland State University

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is August 15.

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

• Fall Term

• Spring 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 but does accept Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

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

✅ Cleveland State University is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is Cleveland State University's acceptance rate?

✅ Cleveland State University has an acceptance rate of 91%.

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

❌ Cleveland State University does not offer early decision.

Want To Learn More About Cleveland State University?

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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 91%. This means that the institution accepts 91 out of every 100 applicants.


Cleveland State University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 15

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 Aug 15.

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

Cleveland State University ACT Scores


ACT Range

18 - 24

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

24 and Above


18 to 24


18 and Less


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Cleveland State University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

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Reading SAT Range

Not available

Cleveland State University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

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

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