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First-year Undergraduate (campus)

Opportunity for all

As a public university, Central State welcomes all students who want to further their education and contribute to the university community. Our doors are open to applicants of any age, ancestry, race, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, marital or family status, military status, national origin, political beliefs, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

First-year undergraduate (campus) application

Apply as a first-year undergraduate if you plan to study on-campus for a bachelor's degree or certificate program and meet one of the following qualifications:

  • Have a high school diploma or GED

  • Be enrolled in high school dual enrollment (College Credit Plus)

Note: If you are a first-year international student, submit the undergraduate (campus) application.

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When to apply

You can submit your Central State application any time of year, however, to ensure your application is processed in a timely manner be sure to submit your application at least two terms before your planned start term. We encourage all students to start in the fall, which would mean your best time frame for applying would be between October-April previous to the Fall you plan to attend. 

How to apply: The admissions process

The basic steps to apply are the same for most students. Once you have applied, we will review your application by considering your academic achievements, school activities, and personal qualities — including your motivation to learn. You can expect to receive a decision through email four to 10 weeks after you submit your complete application.

Three steps to apply

Take these steps to apply to Central State University for first-year (campus) undergraduate admissions: 


All processes, policies, and information contained on this page are specific to the Central State University first-year undergraduate (campus) admissions application. 

  • If you are an on-campus undergraduate (transfer, international, or non-traditional student), or if you want to complete an online degree, please see one of our other application options. Each application has different processes, policies, and information specific to the application type. 

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