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University Honors Program – Upper Division

Competitive applicants should be in the position to complete their honors degree requirements in their major in approximately two academic years. 


Admissions Criteria

Students must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above in all college-level coursework
  • A rigorous curriculum overall in the major
  • Commitment to completing honors work in the major
  • Completion of 60 earned semester hours by the end of the semester in which the student is applying
  • Completion of most general education requirements by the end of the semester in which the student is applying

 Application Checklist – EXTERNAL Upper Division applicants

  • 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. 

Application Checklist – INTERNAL Upper Division applicants (currently attending CSU)

Internal applicants should complete the application in this link: https://forms.office.com/r/JBkdx3f40G

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.


All application materials must be submitted by MARCH 15TH


  • 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.