Cleveland State University (CSU)

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CSU can be found in Cleveland, OH, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. There are around 17,000 students enrolled each year at CSU.

Many of the students that got into Cleveland State University earned an SAT score in the range of 980 to 1210, or got accepted with an ACT score within the range of 19 to 25. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the Cleveland State University (CSU) average GPA ranges from 2.98 to 3.33 for accepted students. Roughly 90 percent of all students which applied were accepted at Cleveland State University, and from those that were granted acceptance around 20 percent continued on to enroll. Using acceptance rate data from previous years, we can project that the Cleveland State University (CSU) acceptance rate in 2021 is going to be around 84%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Cleveland State University (CSU) Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Cleveland State University was reported as 94.0% in Fall 2020 with over 10,600 college applications submitted to CSU. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • CSU ACT Scores: 19 - 25
  • CSU Average GPA: 2.98 - 3.33

How Hard Is It to Get into Cleveland State University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

When determining how difficult it is for students to get into Cleveland State University, ACT/SAT test scores and high school average GPA ranges of accepted students of previous years can help estimate the selectivity of a school.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2022 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2022-2023 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for CSU has been slowly getting higher over the past years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 87.5%
  • 2017-2018: 90.1%
  • 2018-2019: 88.3%
  • 2019-2020: 94.0%
  • Projected CSU Acceptance Rate 2022-2023: 84.4%

How Does Cleveland State University (CSU) Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for CSU is sixty-six percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Case Western Reserve University27.4%
University of Akron Main Campus73.0%
Ashland University71.2%
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania70.7%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Cleveland State University (CSU) (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading490 - 600
Math490 - 610
Total Score980 - 1210
ACT®Score Range
English19 - 27
Math18 - 26
Composite Score19 - 25
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