Future Students

First-Year Admissions

University Honors Program

First Year Admissions

Incoming college first-year applicants should apply midway through their senior year of high school. 

Applications received by March 20th (with all supporting materials received by March 25) will receive full consideration. Subsequent applications will be reviewed after May 1st if spaces are still available.

Application Checklist Incoming First Year Students

  • Apply online to Cleveland State University and indicate your interest in applying to the Mandel Honors College.
  • You will subsequently be prompted to submit the following supplemental materials:
    • An application essay (prompt will be provided). 
    • Two letters of reference are required. Applicants are encouraged to seek letters from reviewers able to comment on the student’s ability to complete honors-level work in their major. 
    • Applicants MUST be admitted to CSU prior to review of your Honors application.

Click here if you are interested in learning more about Honors, OR if you have previously submitted your application to CSU and did not indicate interest in Honors.



Cleveland State University Honors Program does not interview prospective students. The college is however willing to meet with prospective students to give them an overview of the program and answer questions. You can set up an appointment by calling 216-687-5559.


  • Applicants to Mandel Honors College must be pursuing their first bachelor's degree. Students who already hold a bachelor's degree are ineligible for consideration.
  • Mandel Honors College only admits students to programs once per year for Fall semester.