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Introducing UStart: Increasing Access to US University Degrees

Cleveland State University
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By Shorelight Team
Last updated on May 3, 2021

Designed especially for international students who may not meet traditional entry requirements, UStart builds students’ academic skills and cultural awareness, all in a welcoming and encouraging environment. 

Two female international students laugh and talk while sitting side by side on a bed in a dorm at Cleveland State University

International students who need extra guidance with academics and English-language proficiency now have a clear and supported path to a US university degree. Successfully complete UStart and continue to Cleveland State Global at Cleveland State University for your undergraduate degree, no separate application required.*

Introducing UStart

Designed especially for international students whose academic credentials may not meet traditional US university entry requirements, UStart builds students’ academic skills and cultural awareness, all in a welcoming and encouraging environment. And students who successfully complete UStart will be empowered to pursue their goals with confidence, including admission to Cleveland State University (CSU)! 

“UStart is an opportunity for talented international students who need extra resources to succeed academically, socially, and professionally,” says Dr. Sarah West, Cleveland State Global. “We address student needs with compassion.”

Set the Foundation for Your Future Degree

Offering a mix of academic courses, English language instruction, and one-on-one advising, UStart encourages international students of all backgrounds to apply. 

A flexible program structure, with two placement tracks and two semesters available, enables students to learn and work at their own pace.  

UStart

Program Structure

Minimum 2 semesters

Credits Earned

24-30

UStart Track 2

Program Structure

Minimum 2 semesters

Credits Earned

24

Continue at CSU

When you successfully complete UStart, you qualify to continue your degree studies at CSU without having to submit a new application. With this clear path to a US university degree program, you can focus on what really matters – your first-year studies – without the additional pressure of upcoming admissions and acceptance processes.  

“UStart is designed to support the entire student,” says Dr. Robert Schleper, Cleveland State Global. “We believe every student has the ability to learn and grow.”

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*UStart students must complete the program in good standing for continuation to CSU.