Cleveland State University

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2121 Euclid Avenue

Cleveland, OH 44115

Phone: (216) 687-2000
2013-2014 Tuition
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Aug. 16
application deadline

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Cleveland State University is a public institution that was founded in 1964. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 12,038, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 85 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Cleveland State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $9,289 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $12,411 (2013-14).

Located in downtown Cleveland, Cleveland State University offers more than 200 undergraduate and graduate programs. About one-third of CSU students are there to earn a graduate degree, and programs offered include those in the Monte Ahuja College of Business, the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, the Washkewicz College of Engineering and the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs. At CSU, many students have full- or part-time jobs, so the university offers flexible academic planning and convenient class times.

Outside the classroom, students can get involved in more than 150 campus clubs, about a dozen fraternities and sororities and three different student newspapers. The university also offers numerous Cleveland State Vikings varsity sports teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I Horizon League. Off campus, CSU students can explore the city's museums, restaurants, professional sports teams and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Notable CSU alumni include the late Tim Russert, the longest-serving moderator of NBC's "Meet the Press" news program, and the late Carl Stokes, the former mayor of Cleveland and the first African-American elected mayor of a major American city.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Our mission is to encourage the development of human and humane knowledge in the arts, sciences, humanities and professions through scholarship, creative activity and research while providing an accessible and contemporary education to all individuals. We are here to serve and engage the public and prepare our students to lead productive, responsible and satisfying lives in the region and global society.

We will be recognized as a student-focused center of scholarly excellence that provides an accessible and exceptional education to all. We will be a place of opportunity for those who seek truth, strive toward excellence and seek a better life for themselves and for their fellow citizens. As a leader in innovative collaboration - both internally and externally - with business, industry, government, educational institutions and the community, the University will be a critical force in the region's economic development. We will be at the forefront of moral, ethical, social, artistic and economic leadership for the future and embrace the vitality that comes with risk. We will be the strongest public university in the region and be known for our scholarship in service to students and to our community.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1964
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to Cleveland State University, it's important to note the application deadline is August 16, and the early action deadline is May 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at Cleveland State University is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 63.2 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 63.2%
Application deadline August 16
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Cleveland State University is 19:1, and the school has 33.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Cleveland State University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Social Sciences; Psychology; and Education. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 65.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 19:1
4-year graduation rate 10%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 20%
Health Professions and Related Programs 14%
Social Sciences 12%
Psychology 9%
Education 7%

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Student Life

Cleveland State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 12,038, with a gender distribution of 45.6 percent male students and 54.4 percent female students. At this school, 8 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 92 percent of students live off campus. Cleveland State University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 17,525
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Cleveland State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Cleveland State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Cleveland State University.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Cleveland State University, 75.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,090.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

In-state tuition and fees $9,289 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $12,411 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,858 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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