Cleveland State University in Cleveland

Cleveland, OH

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Cleveland State University offers 441-degree programs and 27 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 18:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 84%. The most popular test is SAT - 17% of students submitted it in comparison to 91% of students who submitted ACT. 45.2% are women, and 54.8% are men. 9% percents of international students. Cleveland State University is a member of 4 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Cleveland State University is 16558$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $13646 and $25504 per year. 35% of full-time Cleveland State University students completed their education in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is at the level of national average. Average salary after attending is $38,600, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Cleveland State University is a public and non-academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and pay in-state tuition and receive Title IV aid.


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Cleveland State University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$14,284
$30,001 - $48,000$15,247
$48,001 - $75,000$17,904
$75,001 - $110,000$19,112

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school rank

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)



  • Typical room charge for academic year: 8600

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: -


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


6952 of Cleveland State University undergraduate students were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 59 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Cleveland State University number 25 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Ohio.

Students at Cleveland State University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Family IncomeNumber awarded grant and scholarship aidAverage amount of grant and scholarship aid awarded
$0 - $30,000
$30,001 - $48,000
$48,001 - $75,000
$75,001 - $110,000

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Yellow Ribbon Program

Recognized student veteran organization

Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Cleveland State University.


ROTC - Army

ROTC - Air Force

Study abroad

Weekend/evening college

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization

Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program offering scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

Study abroad - programs and arrangements giving students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Weekend/evening college allows students to complete courses and attend classes only on weekends or only in evenings.

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

Graduation Rate


Cleveland State University graduation rate is below the national average.

35% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Cleveland State University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes an extensive number of students. This indicator doesn’t take into consideration students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading picture. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare educational institutions.

Applying information

Average number of admissions to one applicant

1 : 1

Average number of applicants to one enrolled

6 : 1

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school rank

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


In comparison to National Average

Cleveland State University acceptance rate is above national average.

In comparison to state Average

Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 73%, so acceptance rate value is above state average for 11%.


In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $10k - $20k price range

Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 67%, so Cleveland State University acceptance rate value is above state net price average for 17%.


Admissions yield

Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



Full time


Part time

Retention rate

Full-time retention rate


Part-time retention rate


The Cleveland State University full-time retention rate is 71% and part-time retention rate is 50%.

Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and continue studying in the same program next fall semester are included in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important index: if it is high, it shows that school offers quality curriculum, good student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

SAT/ACT scores

SAT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Cleveland State University students submitting SAT scores


Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
1320 - 1690

SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
Critical Reading: 440 - 570
Math: 450 - 580
Writing: 430 - 540

SAT Test Score Range


ACT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Cleveland State University students submitting ACT scores


Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
19 - 25

ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
English: 18 - 25
Math: 18 - 25
Writing: 6 - 8

ACT Test Score Range


SAT Score Converter

The new SAT is scored out of 1600 after the adjustments made in 2016. The old SAT was scored out of 2400. If you took an old SAT, you can convert your score to the new SAT score using the SAT Score Converter.

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For the High School Class of 2016:
Most students in the Class of 2016 will take the old SAT, and most colleges will convert new SAT scores to old SAT scores.

For the High School Class of 2017:
Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Cleveland State University is 18:1, that means that for every 18 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Cleveland State University the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Cleveland State University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in Ohio.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Cleveland State University

The campus located by 2121 Euclid Ave address in Cleveland, Ohio.


Cleveland State University in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Cleveland State University with 0.12% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Cleveland State University are burglary, motor vehicle theft, and robbery.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Cleveland State University offers 441 programs in total: 234 are for Bachelor's degree, 162 - for Master's degree, 21 - for Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs, and 18 are Post-master's certificate.

This is one of the highest number of programs in comparison with other 40 universities in Cuyahoga county, with one of the highest number of Bachelor's degree and Post-master's certificate programs offered. Cleveland State University is one of the few institutions in Cuyahoga that offers a Doctor's degree-research/scholarship program.


Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 27 distance learning programs that are provided in the Cleveland State University: 18 are for Master's degree and 9 are Bachelor's degree.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be fully online as well as partially online and contain real-time elements. So look carefully into each program to make sure you can commit.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Ohio state average data to help you compare.


Cleveland State University provides coursework for undergraduate students, graduate students and students with doctors professional practice.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 10319 students with 309583 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 3336 with 80065 credit hours. The doctors professional practice enrollment was 644 students.


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Student Reviews and Ratings for Cleveland State University

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Overall Rating:

Being an international student, i found CSU more as my second home. I cherished many great memories in my 2 years stay at CSU. Thanks to all my professors and my team at Conference Services at Student Center and Recreational Center team for believing me and supporting me. I am proud CSU student.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

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Great area to just walk around and enjoy the art and city.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

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CSU from Chester Avenue. Clean. Busy. Watch out for careless speeding drivers. They definitely aren't looking out for those hoofing it.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Have been to CSU for my master’s degree in Education back in 2014. The college is overall very good and is getting better since then. The staff are courteous and helpful. I would definitely recommend attending this college for graduate studies.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Cleveland State University is a middle-class university. It is fine but needs lots of improvements especially security-wise.The security cameras are not activated anywhere in the university, not in or between the buildings and the security personals are not attentive. Because of that many robberies happened within the campus. Here are two incidents that I am aware of: A few weeks ago a group of kids between about 10 and 15-year old forcefully got into one of the student-center commercial stores, a locked one. Within the same month in the MC-main classroom-building, an armed(a gun)robbery occurred. Be aware of your surroundings on campus and around since even the blind are not safe, for gods sake. Remember to not walk around alone and take advantage of the safety escort which is the best service ever.The student center building(SC) is where the CSU dining and some commercial stores and restaurants are located. The building is expected to be loud to extremely loud, even when it is almost empty you will hear those inconsiderate people shouting out.The library closes too early at about 9 or 10 pm in the fall and spring, and at about 8 pm Mon-Wed and 6 pm Thur-Fri in the summer. The quiet areas in the library are not so quiet and the people working there don't care to ask anyone to keep quiet. The link between the building is a great thing and is appreciated. There are vending machines in Rhodes Tower, and the Main Classroom building but not in the Student Center so that you buy from the stores and restaurants in there.The elevators in Rhodes Tower are fairly fast and have gone throw renovations summer(2017) and summer(2018). In contrast, the elevators in Main Classroom are very, very, slow considering that they serve only 4 levels+basement(garage). The elevator to the west of Rhodes Tower, that serves the testing center and the veterans' program office, is the slowest ever. Be aware of your surroundings on campus and around since even the blind are not safe, for gods sake.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Location & Website

Address: 2121 Euclid Avenue


Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +2166872000

Institution is active in current year: 1

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