Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research institution with 17,000-plus students, 10 colleges and schools and more than 175 academic programs.

According to the Brookings Institution, CSU is No. 18 in the U.S. among public universities that fulfill a critical dual mission: providing upward mobility and conducting impactful research. CSU is the only Ohio university in the top tier of the Brookings list.

U.S News & World Report consistently lists CSU among America’s Best Colleges and Universities.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, CSU welcomed the largest freshman class in its history, with 2,000 first-year students.

CSU’s student-success initiatives save time and money for students. The average CSU graduate’s debt is nearly $2,000 below the state average, and CSU’s average student debt per borrower is the second lowest among Ohio public universities.

Engaged Learning connects CSU students with 3,000 co-ops, internships and other experiential learning opportunities with employers in virtually every industry, ensuing they graduate fully prepared to succeed in their chosen professions.

CSU recently was ranked No. 1 in the nation for increases in research expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation.

Our dynamic campus in the heart of downtown Cleveland continues to evolve. In early 2018, we opened a striking addition to CSU’s Washkewicz College of Engineering. In the fall of 2018, we’ll unveil CSU’s new School of Film & Media Arts – the only standalone film school in Ohio – located on the top floor of the Idea Center at Playhouse Square.

CSU has strengthened its ties to Cleveland through a series of forward-thinking partnerships. Campus International School and MC2STEM High School provide pathways to college for young people, by way of the Education Park that CSU has created with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. CSU serves unmet health-care needs in our community through the Partnership for Urban Health. CSU has teamed up with Case Western Reserve University to lead the way in evolving the internet of things.



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Established as a state-assisted university in 1964, Cleveland State University assumed a tradition of excellence when it adopted the buildings, faculty, staff, and curriculum of the former Fenn College, a private institution of 2,500 students that was founded in 1929. Cleveland State University’s historical roots go back to the 19th century. During the 1880s, the Cleveland YMCA began to offer day and evening courses to students who did not otherwise have access to higher education. The YMCA program was reorganized in 1906 as the Association Institute, and this in turn was established as Fenn College in 1929. A significant contribution of Fenn College was its pioneering work in developing internships for students in engineering and business. These internships, as joint ventures between the college and local businesses and industries, provided students with professional contacts and experience as well as an affordable education. Historic Fenn Tower, now student housing, still stands as a reminder of the early years, when Fenn College was known as the "Campus in the Clouds." The Cleveland-Marshall College of Law traces its origins to 1897 when the Cleveland Law School was founded. It was the first evening law school in the state and one of the first to admit women and minorities. Another evening law school, John Marshall School of Law, was founded in 1916. In 1946, the two schools merged to become the Cleveland-Marshall School of Law. Cleveland-Marshall became part of Cleveland State University in 1969.


Cleveland State University offers a number of student services, including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, health service, health insurance. Cleveland State University also offers campus safety and security services like late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, 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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Cleveland State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 12,306, with a gender distribution of 46 percent male students and 54 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. In sports, Cleveland State University is part of the NCAA I. Total enrollment 16,607 Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

Student Reviews:

1.I just graduated from Cleveland State with a Master degree in Electrical Engineering. I had the worst experience ever in this school. Most of the Electrical Engineering are selfish. Especially my adviser Ana Stankovic.. She's the most selfish and arrogant person I have ever met. She delayed my graduation a complete semester which cost me thousands of dollars. She doesn't know how to teach and doesn't care about students. She plays a lot of politics.Another horrible professor was Villaseca. He's a real racist professor. He should get fired for discriminating against students. I had a power electronics teacher by the name of Peter Kasack who barely showed up to teach during the semester. He canceled class more than he showed up. No one learned anything and everyone got an A. Don't ask me how. This school has the worst teachers in Ohio. If you want to learn, don't go there. I literally just paid money to get my degree and learned most of the things that I know now on my own and from my job. 2.Cleveland State is probably the biggest joke in the world!!!! Don't ever come here!! Check the transfer out rate and you will know the truth! Don't be fooled by CSU's so-call urban university, the Cleveland is dying! It's absolutely not a academically good university, and I suggest all the international students don't apply and transfer out, because it doesn't give you the value that you pay for!! Kids here are mostly NOT SMART, and neither the professors!!