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2121 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
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Cleveland State University

Cleveland State University Rating: 4.3/5 (52 votes)

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Introduction

Cleveland State University, also known as Cleveland State and CSU, is a member of the University System of Ohio. The main campus of this public institution is located in downtown Cleveland and a satellite campus can be found in the nearby suburb of Westlake.

The university’s 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.” The school also emphasizes its metropolitan setting, encouraging students to consider issues from the metro to the global level in their life and world.

History

The school initially began as a YMCA educational program, which became the private Fenn College in 1929. The state took control of Fenn, turning it into a public institution and changing its name to Cleveland State in 1964. In 1969, CSU also took over the Cleveland-Marshall School of Law.

Today, CSU awards bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional degrees. The university is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Academics

Students may pursue over 200 academic programs across nine different colleges:

  • Nance College of Business Administration
  • College of Education and Human Services
  • Fenn College of Engineering
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • College Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
  • College of Sciences and Health Professions
  • Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
  • School of Nursing
  • College of Graduate Studies

Two divisions also exist to assist students with academic support services and with continuing education.

Bachelor’s degrees are awarded in a number of different disciplines, including business, computer science, education (which includes teacher licensure requirements), engineering, humanities and social sciences, hard sciences, and urban affairs. Students may also enroll on a post-baccalaureate basis.

Master’s degrees are awarded in English, history, music, philosophy, Spanish, five different business categories, education, nine engineering fields,numerous health fields, mathematics, and fields in the social sciences and urban affairs. Two degrees (JD and LLM) are awarded in Law, and there are several joint degrees between the College of Law and the rest of the University.

Cleveland State awards nine doctoral degrees and an educational specialist degree (Ed.S.) as well as graduate certificates in a number of fields, including adult learning and development, gerontological studies, local/urban management, software engineering, and other health, education, and business areas.

Research Opportunities

The university is home to numerous centers and special programs that primarily facilitate faculty research, but also afford opportunities for students to assist and benefit from related academic activities that the centers present. Some of the more unique centers include the Bioethics Center, Great Lakes Environmental Finance Center, the Center for Modeling Integrated Metabolic Systems, and the Center for Sacred Landmarks.

Library Resources

CSU’s library system offers a wide selection electronic catalogs and on-line databases, in additional to physical volumes stored on site. It is also a member of OhioLink, which provides access to 31 million library items across the state of Ohio. The libraries contain a number of local history collections.

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Unique Programs

The Center for International Services and Programs provides interested eligible students with opportunities to participate in exchange programs and benefit from the curriculum at participating international institutions. The Center is also Cleveland State’s ambassador organization to the American Council on Education and Ford Foundation initiative to improve global learning. The Center strives to help students learn to lead productive, responsible and satisfying lives in their own communities as well as the world as a whole.

Admissions

Prospective freshmen can apply via the online Admissions system. Applicants must provide proof of a high school diploma or GED and have not previous bachelor’s degree or equivalent. Applicants must also meet basic high school GPA and SAT / ACT standardized test score requirements, which are set by the university. Students who do not meet these requirements may be enrolled in the University Studies program on a provisional basis.

Applications to the undergraduate programs are accepted through July 15 for the fall semester, with a modest fee. In addition to the application form and fee, students must provide official transcripts and official test scores. Applications can be submitted on-line.

Graduate students must provide the following for admissions to the graduate school: application form, fee, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, official scorer ports, and any related materials required by the particular graduate program. Law school applicants must submit a completed application a modest fee, LSDAS report, two or three letters of recommendation, and a personal statement.

Financial Aid

Eligible CSU students may receive financial aid in a combination of grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study programs. Recipients must demonstrate financial need and also satisfactory academic progress, including GPA requirements, completion rate requirements, and minimum class load requirements.

Cleveland State welcomes and facilitates access to Federal Perkins Loans and Federal Stafford Loans for students, as well as the Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS). There are also a number of private loan options for first-time baccalaureate degree-seeking students. Incoming freshmen have access to more than a dozen scholarship programs, including the Honors Program Scholarship and Phi Theta Kappa.

In order to determine eligibility for financial aid, students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year.

Student Financial Aid Details

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Students

Student life includes leadership programs, an annual orientation program, mentoring, volunteering, and a large number of student clubs and organizations. The campus is home to a large selection of fraternities and sororities. The student body adheres to the “Viking Community Creed,” which outlines the community’s shared vision of treating people fairly and improving the society around them.

A modern, cutting edge student rec center was completed in 2006 as well as other building renovations on campus. Three years later, CSU announced its long term goal to increase the number of students living on the mostly-commuter campus by adding new apartment-style dorms. Cleveland State also worked with the city to develop new housing, retail, and other student-friendly amenities near campus, including the addition of public bus rapid transit, making transportation to and from campus a bit easier.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

The Cleveland State Vikings are a member of the NCAA’s Horizon League. The university’s Division I sports teams include baseball, basketball, fencing, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, and wrestling for men and basketball, cross-country, fencing, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, and volleyball for women.

School colors are forest green and white.

Local Community

Cleveland, the most populated city in Ohio, is located in the northeastern part of the state on the shores of Lake Erie. The CSU campus is downtown, near various recreational centers, business buildings, museums, theaters, and the Western Reserve Historical Society.

The city is a sports lover’s paradise. Fans of the Cleveland Browns, Indians, and Cavaliers are known for their devotion to their teams. The I-X Indoor Amusement Park offers thrill seekers a more extreme brand of entertainment.Music lovers can enjoy the Cleveland Orchestra and the Tri-C JazzFest.

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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Ohio and 402nd overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 9 0.05
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 9 0.05
Robbery 20 0.12
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 5 0.03
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 39 0.23
Arrest 21 0.12

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1,842 0.46
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 74 0.02
Forcible Rape 354 0.09
Robbery 3,156 0.79
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 10,706 2.70
Larceny 10,524 2.65
Vehicle theft 4,093 1.03

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population8,186 (8,186 urban / N/A rural)
Households3,085 (2.21 people per house)
Median Household Income$7,236
Families1,643 (3.06 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (high research activity)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, high graduate coexistence
GraduateSTEM dominant
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3911

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 1407th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $9,449 $9,449 $12,628
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $50 $50 $50
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $394 $394 $526
FT Graduate Tuition $9,377 $9,377 $17,629
FT Graduate Required Fees $50 $50 $50
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $521 $521 $979
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $25,317 $25,317 $28,496
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $25,317 $25,317 $28,496
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $13,459 $13,459 $16,638

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Law Degree — Tuition $11,908 $16,346
Law Degree — Required Fees $50 $50

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $9,002 $9,314 $9,002 $9,314 $12,024 $12,436
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $800(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $11,842 $11,662
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,300 $3,160
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $11,842 $11,662
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,300 $3,160
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,300 $3,160

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$30
Graduate Application Fee$30
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 6,768 (2,853 male / 3,915 female)
Admitted 4,255 (1,829 male / 2,426 female)
Admission rate 63%
First-time Enrollment 1,727 (761 male / 966 female)
FT Enrollment 1,682 (728 male / 954 female)
PT Enrollment 45 (33 male / 12 female)
Total Enrollment17,497

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Horizon League
NCAA Track & Field Conference Horizon League

ACT Test Admission

610th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 88%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 25
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 25
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 25

SAT Test Admission

618th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 22%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 450 / 570
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 460 / 580
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 910 / 1150

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,186
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$7,370
Board Fee$4,500

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 277 520 107 104 8 2,301 222 3,562
Accounting 31 15 2 4 108 6 167
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching 24 2 20 2 48
Advanced Legal Research/Studies, General 2 1 1 4
African-American/Black Studies
Anthropology 1 16 3 20
Applied Mathematics, General 4 3 7
Art/Art Studies, General 1 2 1 5 9
Audiology/Audiologist 5 1 42 1 49
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 7 2 4 13
Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician 2 2 5 1 10
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 5 10 11 1 71 3 102
Business Administration and Management, General 42 46 15 20 283 29 436
Business Statistics 4 25 29
Business/Managerial Economics 2 1 1 1 4 1 10
Chemical Engineering 5 1 2 20 1 29
Chemistry, General 11 3 1 20 1 36
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 4 1 23 4 32
Civil Engineering, General 4 26 3 33
Clinical Psychology 1 6 1 8
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling 1 1 2
Community Organization and Advocacy 3 1 16 3 23
Computer Engineering, General 2 3 5
Computer Software Engineering 11 1 1 3 16
Computer and Information Sciences, General 17 1 3 6 1 23 2 53
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 5 20 6 31
Creative Writing 9 1 10
Criminology 13 4 1 40 1 60
Curriculum and Instruction 10 25 8 6 120 23 192
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 2 3 1 6
Drawing 2 1 3
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 13 1 34 4 52
Economics, General 3 1 2 12 19
Education, Other
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other 7 7
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 4 1 13 1 20
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision 1 9 1 2 31 2 46
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 42 3 8 32 2 87
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 1 2 10 1 14
Engineering Mechanics
English Language and Literature, General 15 2 1 50 4 73
Environmental Science 1 17 1 20
Environmental Studies 11 1 12
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Finance, General 2 5 2 33 2 44
Fine/Studio Arts, General 5 5
French Language and Literature 2 2
Geology/Earth Science, General 2 2
Graphic Design 1 6 1 8
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 3 24 4 4 84 5 125
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other 1 4 3 2 43 4 57
Historic Preservation and Conservation
History, General 1 6 36 5 49
Human Services, General 2 1 7 2 12
Industrial Engineering 3 1 2 2 8
International Business/Trade/Commerce 6 3 7 4 21
International Relations and Affairs 7 1 1 1 1 21 3 35
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 4 1 1 18 3 27
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 5 1 1 17 24
Labor and Industrial Relations 10 6 2 1 39 2 60
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 1 6 2 10
Linguistics 1 6 7
Management Information Systems, General 2 1 16 4 23
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 9 1 3 37 4 54
Mathematics, General 5 2 16 3 26
Mechanical Engineering 10 2 1 2 43 4 63
Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians, Other 2 2 4 1 9
Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry 1 1 2
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Music Therapy/Therapist 3 3
Music, General 1 1 17 1 21
Nursing Administration 2 3 1 6
Occupational Therapy/Therapist 1 28 3 32
Optics/Optical Sciences
Organizational Communication, General 2 12 1 27 42
Painting 1 4 5
Philosophy 11 1 12
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 3 1 7 2 13
Physician Assistant 1 1 19 2 23
Physics, General 1 1 11 13
Political Science and Government, General 4 1 24 1 30
Printmaking
Psychology, General 3 48 9 5 1 175 12 258
Public Administration 4 15 2 1 42 5 69
Public Health, General 1 2 2 5
Public Relations/Image Management 2 8 2 31 1 44
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other 2 6 2 57 67
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 2 1 4 65 6 78
Religion/Religious Studies 1 3 2 6
Sculpture
Social Sciences, General 1 7 2 10
Social Sciences, Other
Social Work 81 8 2 1 66 10 172
Sociology 9 4 23 1 37
Spanish Language and Literature 2 2 4 9 2 20
Special Education and Teaching, General
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 2 9 2 1 30 3 47
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 1 2 14 1 18
Urban Studies/Affairs 2 20 4 35 3 64
Women's Studies 1 1

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 776th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $79,135 ($83,777 male / $69,044 female)
Number of FT Faculty 511 (299 male / 212 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,069
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $21,992,965
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