Cleveland State University, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is a public four year institution established in 1964 when the state took over operation of Fenn College, itself established in 1923. The school grew larger in 1969 when it assumed control then absorbed Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Over the years the school has grown larger, encompassing a large portion of the Cleveland area and enrolling an increasing number of students year after year. Currently the school enrolls over 17,000 students per year, providing them with a variety of programs to study. All programs and facilities are reviewed and updated regularly to meet the needs of modern students. Today the school is among the best in the region, providing a quality education to residents of Ohio as well as international transfer students. The school's central location in a major metropolitan area allows for many cultural and extracurricular activities to take place.
Cleveland State University offers degrees in a variety of majors, typically taking four years to complete and resulting in a bachelor's degree. Major programs require students to fulfill general education courses, take lower and upper division courses related to their major, as well as elective courses that allow the students to experience classes outside of their major. Additionally, students may take on a minor degree that allows for study in a secondary field, with less overall coursework. Graduate programs are also available, allowing students to continue their education for either a master's or doctoral degree. Graduate programs have separate admissions requirements, requiring a lesser degree, appropriate test scores, and academic proficiency.
Programs offered include:
Admissions and FInancial Aid
To be considered for admission at Cleveland State University students must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.3, have an ACT score of 16 or an SAT score of 770, and have completed all the high school courses required for graduation. If a student meets these requirements, he or she will have the application for admission reviewed and a decision rendered. Once the final decision is made the student will be notified, and if admitted, provided the information necessary to begin their academic career at CSU.
Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, work study programs and scholarships. Students in need of financial assistance are required to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the resulting information from which will be used by the school's financial aid department to put together an aid packet that meets the students financial needs and identifies aid program eligibility. Students must reapply for financial aid prior to each academic year due to the possibility of changing financial circumstances and may be asked to provide additional information randomly to verify the FAFSA's accuracy as per new federal regulations.
The Cleveland State University Vikings participate in intercollegiate athletics through the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division 1. Prior to becoming CSU, the school participated in athletics as the Fenn College Foxes. Intercollegiate athletics provide students an opportunity to experience competition in a healthy environment, developing physical skills as well as habits such as good health, teamwork, discipline and leadership, that may be applied to one's personal, professional and academic life. Students interested in experiencing the camaraderie associated with intercollegiate athletics must try out for a team, with additional information such as dates, times, and forms available through the school's athletics department. Individuals participating in intercollegiate athletics must balance their schoolwork with their team sports, making time for both while maintaining a GPA that allows continued participation in athletics.
Athletic programs offered include:
- Cross Country
- Swimming and Diving
Admission Requirements & Details
The admissions information below may give you an idea of the candidates Cleveland State University accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any college or dual credits that may be transferred.
College Credits Accepted
- Dual Credits
- Life Experience Credits
- AP Course Credits
The total student enrollment at Cleveland State University is about 17,000. The enrollment breakdown by academic level is 11% enrolling as graduate students and 72% as undergraduate students.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $15,900. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $30 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Tuition estimates per year:
- In-State: $9,600-$12,000
- Out-of-State: $13,000-$15,450
- Part-time students are charged:
- In-State: $400-$480 per unit
- Out-of-State: $540-$640 per unit
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||89%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||71%||$6,486|
|Receiving Student Loans||66%||$7,008|
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo help students and recent graduates, Cleveland State University may provide student services like:
- Online classes
- Night and weekend classes available
- Remedial instructional courses
- Counseling assistance
- Work study style employment
- Assisting students to find work
Cleveland State University has an overall graduation rate which is close to 32%.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||8%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||14%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||9%|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Counseling Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
- Law Program
- Music Program
- Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program
- Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program
- Occupational Therapy (OT) Program
- Speech-Language Pathology Program
- Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program
Cleveland State University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division I-AAA classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:
- Basketball (Horizon League)
- Swimming and Diving
- Track and Field, X-Country
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by Cleveland State University by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Family and Consumer Sciences
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Natural Resources and Conservation
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Public Administration and Social Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Visual and Performing Arts
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