Future Students

High School Student Admissions

University Honors Program

First Year Admissions

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

Application Deadline: January 15th 

Students must meet at least ONE of the following criteria to be considered for the Honors Program; if the student does not meet one of the criteria the application will not be reviewed.

​​​​​​​For admission in fall 2021 we are not requiring SAT or ACT scores.  Our application criteria include two options: test scores and class rank.  We will certainly accept test scores if they are available.  If a test score is unavailable we ask that students submit independent evidence of class rank (i.e. noted on a transcript or indicated in a letter from a school official).  This does not have to be a precise standing--rather, we need to know whether or not the student is in the top 10% of their graduating class.  If this is not possible the student should contact Dr. Lehfeldt at e.lehfeldt@csuohio.edu for further guidance.

  • 30 ACT Composite Score
  • 1380 SAT Score
  • Rank in the top 10% of their high school class

Application Checklist Incoming First Year Students

  • Submit a completed Cleveland State University application and all associated materials to the admissions office (acceptance into the University is required before your Honors application will be reviewed) 
  • Submit a completed Honors Program application to the Mandel Honors College.  For the 2020 -2021 (Fall 2021 admission) we recommend scanning all materials and email the application to honors.program@csuohio.edu
  • Submit a written autobiographical essay (See application for more details) to the Mandel Honors College
  • Submit letters of reference: Two letters of reference are required – a maximum of three letters will be accepted. Applicants are encouraged to seek letters from reviewers able to comment on the student’s ability to complete honors-level work in their major. For the 2020 -2021 application period all reference letters can be emailed to honors.program@csuohio.edu

If an applicant is declined a place in the Honors Program, they will automatically be considered for the University Scholars program.

Please Note: Cleveland State University Honors Program does not interview prosepective 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.

All applications must be submitted by January 15

University Scholars Program

First Year Admissions

Application Deadline: August 1

Incoming college freshman applicants should apply midway through their senior year of high school.  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
  • 1280 SAT Score, OR
  • Rank in the top 15% of their high school class.
Application Checklist for Incoming First Year Students
  • 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.
All application materials must be submitted by August 1
** 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.
 
** The Mandel Honors College only admits students to programs once a year for Fall semester.