Prospective Students

University Scholars Program Admissions

incoming freshman
Incoming college freshman applicants should apply midway through their senior year of high school. Deadline for submission of Scholars Program applications for all students is August 1st. If a student misses the lower division deadline, they can apply as a sophomore or junior.
 
If you have already applied to the Honors Program, there is no need to apply to the Scholars Program since students declined a place in the Honors Program will automatically be considered for the Scholars Program.
 
Students must meet at least ONE of the following criteria to be considered for the Scholars Program; if the student does not meet one of the criteria the application will not be reviewed.
  • 27 ACT composite score or above, OR
  • Comparable SAT score, OR
  • Rank in the top 15% of their high school class.
Application Checklist for Incoming Freshman
  • Submit a completed Cleveland State University application and all associated materials to the admissions office (acceptance into the University is required before your Scholars application will be reviewed),
  • Submit a completed Scholars Program application to the Mandel Honors College
  • Interview with Scholars advisor (call 216-687-5559 to schedule an interview), OR submit a brief essay (500 words) explaining how participating in the Scholars Program will benefit your academic career.
Current college sophomores and juniors
Any student that has completed a year at CSU or any other accredited University may be considered for the University Scholars Program. Transfer students that apply to the program must be currently enrolled at CSU.
 
Students must meet all the following requirements:
  • A minimum cumulative 3.25 GPA from all previous college level work, AND
  • Demonstration that completion of Upper Division Scholars Requirements for individual major is possible (must have at least two academic years left before graduation)

Deadline for submission of Scholars Program applications for all students is August 1st. 

Application Checklist for College Sophomores and Juniors

  • Be a current CSU student OR submit a completed Cleveland State University application and all associated materials to the admissions office (acceptance into the University is required before your Scholars application will be reviewed).
  • Submit a completed Scholars Program application to the Mandel Honors College,
  • Interview with Scholars advisor (call 216-687-5559 to schedule an interview), OR write a brief essay (500 words) explaining how participating in the Scholars Program will benefit your academic career.
** Applicants to the Mandel Honors College must be pursuing their first Bachelor's degree. Students who already hold a Bachelor's degree are ineligible for consideration.