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Your chances of getting into Cleveland State University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

85.3%
Admission Difficulty for Cleveland State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Very Easy 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Cleveland State is 85.3%.  Its admission rate is the 50th lowest in Ohio.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Cleveland State and can you get accepted?

Cleveland State University is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 9,872 out of the 11,570 who applied were admitted.

Cleveland State University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.31. 17% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Cleveland State?

85% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Cleveland State University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.31 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1010 on the SAT
  • Score 21 on the ACT

Cleveland State GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

3.31*

Typical High School Grades 

B+

What GPA do you need to get into Cleveland State University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Cleveland State are to have around a 3.31 high school GPA. You are required to have above average high school grades.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.31 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Cleveland State accepts 85% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Cleveland State is 3.31 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #50 in Ohio for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Cleveland State is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.3 GPA range.

*This school has not published high school GPA data for its incoming freshman class. In these cases, CollegeSimply uses an algorithm to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of college GPA data. 3.31 is a prediction of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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Cleveland State SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Cleveland State University. If you optionally submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 21% of students submitted SAT scores and 40% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

880-1130

Applicants Submitting SAT 

21%
SAT Scores for Cleveland State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 450
Math 25th Percentile 430
Composite 25th Percentile 880
SAT Scores for Cleveland State University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 570
Math 75th Percentile 560
Composite 75th Percentile 1130
Average SAT Score 1010

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Cleveland State University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Cleveland State is 1010 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 880-1130. Students who get into Cleveland State University score in the top 81 percent of all SAT test takers..  Cleveland State ranks #39 in the state of Ohio for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1010 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Cleveland State regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 880 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 880, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 750, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Cleveland State University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1010 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1005, you have around a 85% chance of being admitted. A 1130 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 92% chance of getting in.

Cleveland State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1130 and Above Good >92%
1005 to 1130 Avg + 85%-92%
880 to 1005 Avg - 75%-85%
755 to 880 Reach 61%-75%
Less than 755 Low <61%
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Cleveland State ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

18-25 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

40%
ACT Scores for Cleveland State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 16
Math 25th Percentile 16
Composite 25th Percentile 18
ACT Scores for Cleveland State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 24
Math 75th Percentile 25
Composite 75th Percentile 25
Average ACT Score 21

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Cleveland State?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Cleveland State is 21, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 18 and 25.  The school ranks #32 in Ohio for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 21. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 18 and score in the score in the top 62 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 14.

40 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Cleveland State University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Cleveland State University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Cleveland State for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 21 score has around 85% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 92% with a 25 ACT score.

Cleveland State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
25 and Above Good >92%
21 to 25 Avg + 85%-92%
18 to 21 Avg - 77%-85%
15 to 18 Reach 65%-77%
Less than 15 Low <65%
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Applying

Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Cleveland State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 6,877 3,567 11,570
Accepted 6,619 3,245 9,872
Acceptance Rate 96% 91% 85%
Enrolled 1,042 610 1,654
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 16% 19% 17%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Aug 15, 2024

Days left to Apply

24

Applicants have 24 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Aug 15, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Cleveland State University is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Cleveland State University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Cleveland State University Application Requirements
Test Scores Not required for admission, but considered if submitted (Test Optional)
High School GPA Required to be considered for admission
High School Class Rank Not considered for admission, even if submitted
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required to be considered for admission
Recommendations Not considered for admission, even if submitted
Demonstration of Competencies Not considered for admission, even if submitted

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Cleveland State University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Cleveland State University is lightly competitive to get into, you have a very good chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.31 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 1010 and ACT of 21 will almost guarantee your admission.

Other Colleges to Apply To 

Students applying to Cleveland State University often consider these colleges

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=202134 IPEDS survey data for Cleveland State University.

FAQs

Does Cleveland State University prefer SAT or ACT?

21% of students submit their SAT scores to Cleveland State. 40% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Cleveland State University?

85% of those who apply are granted admission to Cleveland State. Admission competition is and the college has very easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Cleveland State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 880 and 1130. The average SAT score is 1005. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Cleveland State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 18 and 25. The average ACT score is 21. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.