International Admissions

Undergraduate Students Apply for Admission

Follow these steps to apply for admission at Cleveland State University:

Step 1—Complete Application for Admission

  • Apply online and pay application fee before submitting any supplemental documents.

Step 2—Obtain Official Transcripts

  • For freshman: Original or certified copies of all official secondary school records, including certificates. Photocopies are not acceptable. All school records should be submitted in the original language and should be accompanied by a certified English translation.
  • For transfer: Original or certified copies of all university records (transcripts, mark sheets and certificates). Photocopies are not acceptable. All school records should be submitted in the original language and should be accompanied by a certified English translation.

Step 3—Obtain Official English Language Results

All students must meet the minimum English proficiency requirements for admission consideration. The following scores are acceptable for all undergraduate programs.

  • TOEFL internet-based test: 65 (at least 14 in each section)
  • TOEFL paper-based test: 525
  • IELTS: 6.0
  • For a full list of options to prove English proficiency, please visit see Proof of English Proficiency.
  • CONDITIONAL ADMISSION: Undergraduate applicants can be considered for conditional admission by completing a separate application for Cleveland State University’s Intensive English Language program at http://www.csuohio.edu/ielp or by enrolling in any ELS center (www.els.edu). After successfully completing the CSU IELP program or ELS 112, you will be able to enter into your academic program.

Step 4—Financial Verification

In order to receive a certificate of eligibility for a student visa (I-20 or DS 20-19) from CSU, all international students must submit documentation of financial support for one academic year. While this is not required for admission consideration, you may choose to submit this documentation with your application materials. For more information about finances, please see Financial Requirements.

Step 5—Submit Materials

Submit all materials to the following address:

Cleveland State University
Office of International Admissions
2121 Euclid Avenue, UN 350
Cleveland, OH 44115 USA

Please include your CSU ID number with your materials. All test scores must be official and sent directly to CSU from the testing agency. Our ETS institution code is 1221; ACT code is 3270.