Cleveland State University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Cleveland State University

Cleveland State University is an urban public institution that offers over 200 disciplines of study at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Also, the institution has over 200 student organizations. The Cleveland State Vikings play in the NCAA Division I Horizon League for most sports.


  • Total Enrollment: 16,327 (12,248 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 46% Male/54% Female
  • 78% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $10,880 (in-state); $15,054 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $800
  • Room and Board: $11,576
  • Other Expenses: $3,440
  • Total Cost: $26,696 (in-state); $30,870 (out-of-state)

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 90%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 78%
    • Loans: 62%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $7,473
    • Loans: $7,031

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Degree options: Psychology, General; Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions, Other; Mechanical Engineering; Social Work; and Biology/Biological Sciences, General

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 72%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 24%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 45%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Basketball, Fencing, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Overview of Cleveland State University Admissions

Students with good grades and test scores have a good chance of being admitted to Cleveland State. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being accepted. Applicants must complete an online application, and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data

  • Cleveland State University Acceptance Rate: 88%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 480/100
    • SAT Math: 480/590
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 19/25
    • ACT English: 18/25
    • ACT Math: 18/25
    • ACT Writing: -/-

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Cleveland State University, then it should be easy for you to gain admissions to the schools below. If Cleveland State University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

University of Texas at El Paso, University of California, Merced, California State University Sacramento, California State University Northridge, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Kean University, California State University Los Angeles

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Cleveland State University, then you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Washington State University, East Carolina University, Texas State University, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, Georgia State University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will Be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Cleveland State University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, then you’ll be a competitive candidate for these schools.

Quinnipiac University, Ohio University, University of Alabama, Pace University, University of North Texas, California State University Long Beach, Florida Gulf Coast University

Applying to Cleveland State University

Application Deadline: August 16

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