Cleveland State University promotes success by admitting freshmen who are prepared academically, as demonstrated by the three criteria below:
- Completion of 13 units of the state-specified, core curriculum in high school
- 4 units of English and
- 3 units each of mathematics, social science, and natural science.
(additionally, 2 units of foreign language and 1 unit of visual/performing arts are strongly recommended)
- Attainment of at least a 2.3 grade-point average (GPA) in high school
- Mandatory completion of the ACT or SAT with a minimum score of 16 or 770, respectively. Students taking the new SAT should earn a minimum combined score of 770 on the math and critical reading sections.
With these criteria serving as the basis for regular admission, the university may offer provisional admission to students who do not fully meet them. These provisional students will be limited to 12 hours or fewer each semester during their first year of enrollment at Cleveland State in an effort to promote their academic success. Students not qualifying for admission may complete specified course work at a regionally accredited, two-year or four-year college and reapply to Cleveland State.